Clare Hylant, North Region
Clare co-leads a multi-level troop of 35 girls that meets weekly, and takes the time to plan activities, trips, and meetings for every level! She genuinely cares about what she does and helping the girls to get everything they can out of each project. She facilitated the opportunity for our Juniors to make a systematic change in our school's menus: inviting the superintendent and other board members to a panel to discuss the health of what food is offered to the kids; found a fresh food grant the girls applied for and received for the school; ultimately earning their Bronze Award.
Kerrie Weise, Central Region
Kerrie leads a team of school recruiters and manages at least 4 large school recruitment events each year—this year was no exception. In her usual Go-getter and Innovator style, Kerrie introduced girls to the Girl Scouting Program at school open houses, girl talks in kindergarten and 1st grade classrooms, and troop forming round-ups. Under her fantastic Leadership, the recruitment team was able to form 9 new troops for our service unit! She was also able to encourage a whole new group of Risk-Takers—each of those new troops are complete with leaders and girls. Plus, Kerrie led her team in reaching our fall recruitment goals!
She gets results! Our Service Unit has met all Fall Recruitment goals due to Kerrie's outstanding efforts and is well on our way to meeting our Spring recruitment goals! She organized and oversaw all recruitment meetings, came up with new ideas for recruitment, and went above and beyond by giving of her time to speaking to girls via a cute skit during classroom visits. She also coordinated new leader meetings and keeps on top of all our data requirements. We have no waiting lists for girls! We couldn't ask for any better than Kerrie and I am honored to nominate her for VotM. She is very deserving.
Sarah Sturgeon, South Region
Sarah has been the troop leader of my troop since we were Daisies (We're now in 11th grade). She's always encouraging us to try new things and reach our fullest potential. Under her leadership we've gone on camping trips, done service projects, and even traveled hours away as a troop to try new things. When I mentioned I wanted to run a Mom & Me campout, most of my troop wasn't interested and didn't want to do it. However, Mrs. Sturgeon heard me and encouraged me to do it anyway. Now I'm doing it as part of my Gold Award project. She encourages every girl in our troop like this, and is working with each girl on accomplishing their own individual Gold Award. I think getting this recognition as Volunteer of the Month is just something she deserves for being caring and encouraging to every one of the girls in our troop.