Two Hanover/Horton Volunteers are Honored

HANOVER/HORTON– Countless hours of volunteer time with the Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan were honored during an Adult Recognition Awards Ceremony in Lansing.

The awards ceremony– Celebrating Leadership 2014– is an annual event that gives leadership within Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan the opportunity to thank volunteers, businesses and organizations for the difference they make in the lives of girls.

During the April 26 ceremony, Jan Barker, Chief Executive Officer for GSHOM, encouraged an audience of more than 100 to take some time to find out why these individuals, businesses and organizations were singled out for special recognition.

“You will see how the efforts of our honorees have fulfilled outcomes, such as the development of a strong sense of self, the ability to work as part of a team, and the desire to educate and inspire others to act,” Barker said.

Local honorees included Hillside United Methodist Church in Horton, Rebecca Nutt of Hanover, Renea Rainey of Horton, the Hanover Horton Lions Club, and St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church in Michigan Center.

The churches and the Lions Club received the Friend of Girl Scouting Award, which recognizes community and business partners who support Girl Scouting at the area level.

Nutt and Rainey received the Girl Scout Honor Pin, which is an award that recognizes an individual’s exemplary service in support of delivering the Girl Scout Leadership Experience in two or more Girl Scout areas within Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan's jurisdiction.

Nutt, Area Product Program Manager for Hanover, was honored because she is always willing to help. Words from her nomination form included, “Rebecca’s ideas have put the sparkle in events, making them special for both girls and adults. She is always providing guidance and support to new and experienced leaders.”

Rainey, a Co-leader for six years and Area Product Program Manager for the Hanover/Horton area, was honored for her ability to coordinate numerous events happening at the same time. “She is always available to answer questions and assist with any concerns that come up during sales. With her guidance and help, the troop and girl participation in our product program has increased for the area,” her nomination form described.