Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan Recognizes Two Allen Park Residents for Exceptional Leadership in Honor of National Volunteer Month
From Christina Marshall
April is National Volunteer Month and like every year, Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan (GSSEM) is celebrating by recognizing 100 volunteers across the region for their commitment to the Girl Scout program. Among the dozens of women, men and organizations, are Dr. Ron Pelley and Dr. Faith Strickland, of Allen Park, who received the Volunteer of Excellence Award and Thanks Badge, respectively. All awards are national awards from Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA).
Pelley is a member of the Religious Relationships Committee. Over the years, he has been involved in a multitude of events and programs that foster the spiritual development and internalization of values for scouting programs. He’s considered “Man enough to be a Girl Scout.” Strickland is a founding member of the Religious Relationships Committee who demonstrated her commitment to serving girls through her continued participation in the creation and implementation of opportunities that explore religious diversity. She represented Girl Scouts at the Catholic Youth Organization of the Archdiocese of Detroit as a part of the Committee on Scouting for Girls. Both have demonstrated an unparalleled dedication to Girls Scouts and the communities they serve.
“The volunteers are the heart of this entire organization,” says Liz Bogner, GSSEM Volunteer Lead. “They are on the frontline delivering programs to girls, and offering them an empowering experience. It’s so important that to recognize them, as they are the ones directly making an impact in our girls’ lives. We couldn’t thank them enough.”
The Volunteer of Excellence award recognizes those volunteers who have contributed outstanding service while partnering directly with girls in any pathway to implement the Girl Scout Leadership Experience through use of the National Program Portfolio or who have contributed outstanding service in support of the Council’s mission delivery to girl and adult members.
The Thanks Badge honors an individual whose ongoing commitment, leadership, and service have had an exceptional, measurable impact on meeting the mission-delivery goals and priorities of the entire council or the entire Girl Scout Movement.
GSSEM will be doing online recognition of all award recipients in lieu of the recognition event which was cancelled due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
To learn more about volunteering for GSSEM, visit gssem.org/volunteers. To follow the activities of GSSEM, visit gssem.org or follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
About Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan (GSSEM)
GSSEM is the local council chartered by Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) to facilitate the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE), designed to help girls develop leadership skills through three key elements—Discover, Connect and Take Action. Each element has a set of five outcomes including girls develop a strong sense of self (Discover); girls develop healthy relationships (Connect); and girls can identify community needs (Take Action).
GSSEM serves more than 30,000 girls and adult volunteers in Oakland, Macomb, Genesee, St. Clair, Sanilac, and parts of Wayne, Monroe and Livingston Counties. GSSEM provides a girl-led, girl-centered, fun-filled quality leadership experience.