Thank You! This Month Let’s Celebrate the Power of Your Favorite Girl Scout Adult Volunteer!

Every April, Girl Scouts celebrate the powerful, life-changing contributions of the volunteers in their life during National Volunteer Month. No matter what the world throws our eastern Missouri Girl Scout adult volunteers, including Troop Leaders, they embody the Girl Scout Promise and Law—keeping the spirit of the organization strong, vibrant and exciting!

This month is also when Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri recognizes individuals for their exemplary leadership and commitment to Girl Scouts with the Thanks Badge. Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri are pleased to share Amy Cox, Debbie Lieberman, Keri Speh and Melinda Orskog are this year’s Thanks Badge recipients. The Thanks Badge is one of the highest honors an adult volunteer can achieve in Girl Scouts. Their ongoing service has had an exceptional and measurable impact on meeting the mission-delivery goals and priorities of the Girl Scout Council or the entire Girl Scout movement.

The organization also recognizes one Thanks Badge II recipient annually. This year, the Girl Scout Council is excited to announce Barb Gable is the Thanks Badge II awardee. This badge recognizes a previous Thanks Badge award recipient who has continued to provide outstanding service in a leadership role, also resulting in a measurable impact benefiting the entire movement.

Barb Gable, District 12, has been a Girl Scout volunteer for decades, beginning as a Troop Leader for her daughter when she was young. She went on to serve in several other essential leadership roles, including Day Camp Unit Leader, Neighborhood Manager and Equipment Manager. Barb also founded Dozens of Daisies in 2007—a Girl Scout adult volunteer alum group that takes annual trips and stays in touch despite the years and distance between them.

Amy Box, District 11, is currently volunteering as Girl Scout Troop Leader, Troop Cookie Manager, Troop Fall Product Manager, Neighborhood Manager, Neighborhood Fall Product Manager, Neighborhood Cookie Manager and finally, District Manager. Because of Amy’s passion and dedication to Girl Scouting, more girls in her four unique counties have access to the organization’s resources and tools, helping prepare them for a lifetime of leadership and success.

Debbie Lieberman, District 12, has served as the Whispering Pines Day Camp Director for years. Working year-round to make this Day Camp program an engaging and unforgettable experience, Debbie serves more than 300 girls and 70 adults every summer. Not one to let anything get in the way of her Girl Scouts having a blast, Debbie had to overcome several challenging obstacles as her time as Camp Director, including when the camp’s location, Simpson Park, flooded several years ago. Thanks to her quick thinking, their campground was saved!

Melinda Orskog, District 15, has spent years building a strong Girl Scout network within her Kirksville community. Currently serving as a Troop Leader and Neighborhood Manager, Melinda consistently provides other adult volunteers the support, materials, resources and ideas necessary to successfully lead. Most recently, Melinda implemented the Girl Scout Spirit Award for her fellow volunteers. Because of Melinda’s innovative thinking, more adults have stepped up to help within the community.

Keri Speh, District 10, currently serves as Troop Leader, but she’s also taken on other leadership roles including, District Manager, Neighborhood Manager, Event Coordinator and Troop Organizer. Keri was also an integral voice on the Membership Committee responsible for helping reinvent the eastern Missouri Girl Scout brand. Keri is a mentor and motivator to many! After guiding the same troop of girls for the last 13 years, Keri recently took on a Junior troop!

Congratulations to this year’s awardees—you bring the power of Girl Scouting to girls! Thank you! Mark your calendars now because the organization is honoring the 2020 Thanks and Thanks II Badge recipients at the Annual Representative Assembly and Recognitions Ceremony on Sat., July 11 at Edward Jones.

Also, during National Volunteer Week (April 19-25), share across social channels what makes the Girl Scout adult volunteer in your life (whether you are a girl, parent or a community supporter) so special! Remember to tag @girlscoutsem!