Adult Volunteers Recongized for Contributions

Congratulations to all our wonderful service units, leaders and volunteers who make our organization great.

We recently held an adult recognition ceremony in Manning and honored a large group of people who help make Girl Scouts of Eastern South Carolina a great council. Congratulations to all!

Leadership Development Pins and Leaves

Lisa Bacigalupo: Southern Beaufort County, Pin and 1 Green Leaf

Leslie Bruner: Marlboro County, 2 Green Leaves

Kelly Cox: Greater Dorchester, Pin and 4 Green Leaves

Chiffon Ford: Northern Horry County, Pin and 4 Green Leaves

Sheila Ford: Northern Horry County, Pin and 3 Green Leaves

Kristin Gagajewski: Florence/Timmonsville, Pin

Wendy Graham: Greater Dorchester, Pin, 2 Silver Leaves and 1 Green Leaf

Amy Gray: Florence/Timmonsville, Pin and 2 Green Leaves

Heather Javoroski: Georgetown, Pin and 1 Green Leaf

Jennifer Kennedy: Florence/Timmonsville, Pin, 1 Silver Leaf and 2 Green Leaves

Christine Mancine: East Cooper, Pin and 3 Green Leaves

Sharon Myers: Western Horry County, 1 Green Leaf

Phyllis Neville: Southern Beaufort County, 1 Green Leaf (plus eplace one lost)

Johnnie Pirkel: Greater Dorchester, 1 Silver Leaf

Brandi Rowley: Greater Dorchester, Pin and 2 Green Leaves

Katie Ruggiero: East Cooper, Pin and 3 Green Leaves

Ashli Smart: Florence/Timmonsville, Pin and 1 Green Leaf

Jessica Smart: F Florence/Timmonsville, Pin and 1 Green Leaf

Colleen Smith: Northern Horry County, Pin, 1 Silver and 1 Green Leaf

Jennifer Springer: Southern Beaufort County, Pin and 1 Green Leaf

Clementine Stevenson: Northern Horry County, Pin, 2 Silver Leaves and 2 Green Leaves

Ruth Watts: Florence/Timmonsville, Pin and 3 Green Leaves

Appreciation Pin

The Appreciation Pin recognizes an adult who has delivered outstanding service to at least one geographic area, Service Unit or program delivery audience.

Debbie Melancon, Greater Dorchester

Debbie has been a troop leader since 1999. Not only has Debbie demonstrated that she is a caring and dedicated leader, she has also served the greater Girl Scout community in Summerville in her capacities as service team member, day camp staff and project volunteer.

Denise Roberts, Southern Beaufort County

Besides being the leader for her daughters’ troop, Denise is always willing to volunteer where needed, including organizing community service activities for the girls to participate in, running activities at Twilight Camp, helping the Product Sales Coordinator during Cookie Season. Quote: “Denise is the ultimate volunteer”.

DeAnna Wilson, Charleston Peninsula

Mrs. Wilson didn’t hesitate to become the leader of troop 613 as well as an assistant leader to troop 306. She is always there where help is needed. She spear headed a recruitment campaign at the Church of Christ which pushed the parent membership to 85%. Mrs. Wilson has helped with many Girl Scout events ensuring our visibility throughout the Charleston Peninsula.

Honor Pin

The Honor Pin recognizes an adult who has delivered outstanding service to two or more geographic areas, Service Units, or program delivery audiences.

Debbi Mullins-Hendershot, Northern Horry

Debbie has been involved in Girl Scouting since 1997 and has served in many capacities, ranging from troop leader to Service Unit Chair, Service Unit Product Sales Chair and Council Trainer, which is especially remarkable since she does not have a daughter in Girl Scouting. For the past 7 years Debbi has organized the World Thinking Day Event for the Northern Horry Service Unit.

Denese Tyler, Western Horry

Denese’s Journey in Girl Scouting started 9 years ago when she became a troop leader for her daughter’s Daisy troop. Since than she has taken on many responsibilities including Service Unit Chair for Northern Horry and council trainer. Denese is well known for her “Strawberry Pickin” event she hosts every year for all girls in Horry County.

Palmetto Pin

The Palmetto Pin recognizes an adult who has delivered outstanding service benefiting the entire council.

Nancy Sulek, Southern Beaufort County

Nancy has worn many hats in Girl Scouting, including being the leader of 2 troops, Service Team Member and Co-Chair for many Service Unit event such as Go Fish and Twilight Camp.

For the past two years Nancy has been instrumental in organizing the “Death by Chocolate” Events in Hilton Head which is a major fund raiser for Girl Scouts of Eastern South Carolina. This last year she was able to have $9000 worth of items/gift certificates donated to the event.

Thanks Badge

The Thanks Badge recognizes an adult member whose performance is truly outstanding and benefits the community over a substantial length of time.

Mary Ann Mack, Board Member

Mrs. Mack has been a long term volunteer in Girl Scouting. She has served as Service Unit Chair, Troop Leader, Member of the Mary Dean Brewer Women of Distinction Committee and most recently as a Board Member. On the Board she served on various committees: Board Development, Audit, Investment and Fund Development.

Thanks Badge II

The Thanks Badge II for continuing service recognizes an adult member who has already received the Thanks Badge and who has continued to contribute in extraordinary ways that benefit the total council or the entire Girl Scout movement.

Linda Walters, Greater Dorchester

Linda has continued to demonstrate almost 30 years of dedication to the Girl Scout movement. Since receiving the Thanks Badge in 2000 she has become even more active and involved. She continuously goes above and beyond to make sure girls and adults have a successful journey throughout their Girl Scout years. Linda volunteers on all levels of the council, from troop leader to Service Unit to Council level ensuring that the movement continues on the right path. As a trainer, not only does she facilitate all training courses currently offered by Girl Scouts of Eastern South Carolina, she is instrumental in making sure that all training modules are in line with the current information. Quote: “Not only is she an ambassador for our council, but for the entire organization.”

Pam Floyd, outgoing board member

Pam has served as a board member for Eastern South Carolina and Carolina Low Country for seven years. She embodies the Girl Scout Promise and Law in everything she does, from meeting deadlines to being prepared and taking decisive action during her tenure as a board member. Pam was instrumental in development and planning during the merger and has helped continue the council's forward progress.

Juliette Spirit Award

This recognition is to honor a long serving volunteer of the Girl Scout movement residing within the jurisdiction of Girl Scouts of Eastern South Carolina. “Juliette’s Pearls” represent the necklace she sold to keep Girl Scouting going during the Depression Era.

Brenda Britton West of the Ashley

Brenda has been involved in Girl Scouting for 35 years. Since receiving the Thanks Badge II in 2003, her commitment to the girls has only grown deeper and stronger. She served as Service Unit Chair and as a Service Team Member in various capacities. She has been a council trainer for many years, making sure that new as well as seasoned leaders always have the most current information. Brenda has served on many council committees such as Locomotion, Adult Recognitions, and Women of Distinction. She is always there to lend a helping hand. She has been instrumental in planning and implementing the Trainer Retreat for the last two years as well as the Outdoor Trainer Roundup. Quote: “Brenda is tireless in her work for Girl Scouts. Her blood runs truly green.”

Numeral Guards

Numeral Guards reflect the number of years a member has been registered as a Girl Scout Adult and Girl combined.

5 Year:

Kathleen Archer

Lisa Bacigalupo

Tracy Blusewicz

Linda Chambliss

Linda Cooper

Veronica Higgs

Jennifer Kennedy

Marcie Lloyd

Shirley Minnigh

Wendy Wagner

Ruth Watts


10 Year:

Debbie Chapman

Sharon Deas

Sandy Edwards

Melody Evans

Chattip Leek

Jayme Lopko

Sherrie Mikrut

Amanda Morgan

Regina Osborn

Michelle Swinton-Brown

Jeanine Turner


15 Year:

Jennifer Adduce

Daisy Finley

Margaret Herlihy

Ashley Holder

Ellen Judge

Joyce Martin

Lisa May

Lisa Mount

Gretchen Rivers

Jan Smith


20 Year:

Jamie Cheek

Corinne Holder

Phyllis Neville


25 Year:

Elizabeth Anderegg

Gerinda Doctor

Eileen Lacombe

Eileen Petite


30 Year:

Sonja Friedman

Shirley McGeeh

Debbie Mullins-Hendershot

Janice Spann

Linda Walters


35 Year:

Susan Brooks

Charlotte Gillespie

Patti Slay

Debbie Urato


40 Year:

Sarah Hoy


45 Years:

Pam Wozniak

Years of Service

The Years of Service pin recognizes an adult member registered with Girl Scouts for her/his years of active volunteer service.

25 Years:

Susan Brooks

Gerinda Doctor

Patti Slay

Debbie Urato


30 Years:

Sarah Hoy

Debbie Mullins-Hendershot

Linda Walters


35 Years

Pam Wozniak

Best Practices

The Best Practices initiative is designed to recognize extraordinary programming for girls at the Troop and Service Unit level. There are four categories:

  • Community Action: These are projects that are Community Service focused.
  • Educational Adventures: Programs that teach girls a specific thing.
  • Special Celebrations: Programs that are focused on recruitment and/or retentions of girls and adults.
  • Girl Scout Spirit: Programs based on the Girl Scout Promise and Law.

Best Practices Troop Level:

Community Action

1st Place: Troop 550 Southern Beaufort County

“Trick or Treat so others can eat”

Instead of going trick-or-treating for candy, Troop 550 went trick-or-treating for canned food. They distributed fliers ahead of time and were able to collect 350 canned goods which they donated to Deep Well.

Troop Leader: Ti-Ashia Mitchell

2nd Place: Troop 638 South Strand

“Hero Boxes”

Troop 638 helped the Blue Start Moms pack “Hero Boxes” for deployed soldiers. Troop Leader: Laurel Robowski

3rd Place: Troop 484 Georgetown

Working on the WOW (Wonders of Water) Journey, the girls of Troop 484 learned about water conservation. Turning their newly learned knowledge into action they decorated a rain barrel and incorporated it into as part of a Green House.

Troop Leader: Heather Javoroski

Honorable Mention: Troop 672/762 South Strand

The girls of Troop 672/762 collected a total of 384 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies for Wounded Warriors. They sent them to Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, N.C., where they brought smiles to the injured soldiers.

Troop Leader: Nicole Harper

Educational Adventures

1st Place: Troop 786 Florence/Timmonsville

1st Aid Legacy Night – Round Robin

Troop 786 invited organizations from the medical field to learn about first aid through demonstrations and Q & A. They included Companion Vet Care, Florence Pediatric Dentistry, a physician, nutritionist, fire marshal, first responder and 911 – dispatcher.

Troop Leader: Jennifer Kennedy

2nd Place: Troop 177 Southern Beaufort County

Working on the Legacy Cook Badge Troop 177 decided to make HAPIN (Helping A Person In Need) Meals. The girls made a total of 10 meals which were frozen and delivered to people in need.

Troop Leader: Sherrie Mikrut

3rd Place: Troop 37 Charleston Peninsula

The girls visited South Carolina State University and Claflin University in Orangeburg. They toured both campuses and were able to speak to an admissions officer to learn what they needed to do to prepare for college.

Troop Leader: Joyce Martin

Honorable Mention: Troop 150 South Strand

Troop 150 went on a three-day learning adventure. At the Columbia State Museum, they learned about life during the Civil War. At the Riverbanks Zoo, they experienced why nocturnal animals are often misunderstood. At Catalonia Plantation, they learned about American Indian culture and the life of a slave.

Troop Leader: Kyle Myers

Special Celebration

1st Place: Troop 689 Charleston Peninsula

The Senior Troop 689 invited Brownie, Junior and Cadette Troops to a Spectacular Bridging Ceremony Trip. They spent the first day at Six Flags over Georgia Theme Park and also visited The APEX Museum. The next day they visited the Coca-Cola Museum where the girls bridged to their next grade levels.

Troop Leader: Gerinda Doctor

2nd Place: Troop 672/762 South Strand

Troop 672/762 held 2 “Bring a Friend Acting Work Shops” where girls learned to read a script as well as auditioning techniques. They also learned how to shoot a commercial in front of a camera. This event recruited 8 new girls.

Troop Leader: Nicole Harper

3rd Place: 786: Florence/Timmonsville

When Troop 159 merged with 786, all scouts and their families were invited to get to know one another. They shared Girl Scout songs, camp fire stories as well as s’mores and pizza.

Troop Leader: Jennifer Kennedy

Honorable Mention: Troop 37 Charleston Peninsula

Troop 37 held their Court of Award at the Charleston County Library. They guest speaker was Archie Burkel, aka Top Hat, founder and president of the Hat Ladies LLC.

Troop Leader: Joyce Martin

Girl Scout Spirit

1st Place: Troop 475 Marlboro County

Three troops from 3 different SU came together for a fun filled weekend at Sandy Ridge. The girls enjoyed meeting and getting to know each other and/or built on friendships that had started at summer camp.

Troop Leader: Leslie Bruner

2nd Place: Troop 652 Greater Dorchester

The girls of troop 652 went to Magnolia’s of Summerville Nursing Home on Christmas Eve to sing carols to the residents. They also collected small gifts which they gave to the residents.

Troop Leader: Johnnie Pirkel

3rd Place: Troop 638 South Strand

When the South Strand Service Unit asked for a troop to host a Bridging Ceremony, Troop 638 volunteered. The girls led an opening flag ceremony which was followed by the bridging of each grade level. Afterward, the girls led everyone in a flag retirement.

Troop Leader: Laurel Robowski

Honorable Mention: Troop 474 Greater Dorchester

The older girls of Troop 474 invited the Daisy, Brownie and Junior Grade leveld for a Glam-A-Rama day. Not only did the girls get beautiful on the outside, but they learned that real beauty comes from within as well. Being young women of courage, confidence and character makes them shine from the inside out.

Troop Leader: Wendy Graham

Best Practices Service Unit Level

Community Action

1st Place: Service Unit 660 Greater Dorchester

The girls, leaders and parents of SU 660 marched in the Summerville Christmas Parade and pushed shopping carts to collect a total of 78 lbs. of boxed and canned foods which was donated to the Lowcountry Food Bank.

Program Coordinator: Amy Kosar

2nd Place: Service Unit 651 Hartsville

The Hartsville Service Unit put on a Donate and Skate Event as an On-time Registration and Recruitment tool. They were able to collect over 200 items and donate it to the Hartsville Interfaith Ministries.

Program Coordinator: Tenille Price

3rd Place: Service Unit 646 Florence/Timmonsville

Red Ribbon Week coincided with Service Unit 646’s Skate On-Time Registration Event. They invited DEA Agent Joe to talk to the girls about drug abuse and why not to use drugs.

Program Coordinator: Amy Gray

Honorable Mention: Service Unit 639 South Strand

South Strand organized an Ornament Workshop where each girl made two ornaments and decorated two cookies: one each to keep and one to give away. Each girl also brought a gift item from a wish list. All donations were delivered to Sea Haven House, a homeless shelter for teens.

Program Coordinator: Susan Huggins

Educational Adventures:

1st Place: Service Unit 639 South Strand

The theme for Twilight Camp 2011 was Weird Science. Girls learned that Science can be fun and that they can achieve anything they set their mind to. Among other activities, Daisies and Brownies made bubbles, Juniors made bouncy balls and Cadettes built geysers.

Program Coordinator: Susan Huggins

2nd Place: Service Unit 631 Southern Beaufort County

GO FISH! was an all grade level event for girls to learn to fish and learn about the local fish population. In the afternoon they traveled to the Waddell Center, a mariculture center dedicated to the study of marine and fresh water species.

Program Coordinator: Nancy Sulek

3rd Place: Service Unit 660 Greater Dorchester

Military Pride is Revvin’ in 2011 Day Camp was a truly girl led event. Senior and Ambassador girls with previous Program Aid experience ran the day camp, Cadettes in 7th grade and up worked as Program Aides and Daisy, Brownie and Junior girls learned all about the Military.

Program Coordinator: Kim Robbins

Honorable Mention: Service Unit 646 Florence/Timmonsville

Service Unit 646 put on a Cookie College for all grade levels. Girls learned all about the business and customer service side of cookie sales. They attended four different workshops.

Program Coordinator: Jennifer Kennedy

Special Celebration

1st Place: Service Unit 660 Greater Dorchester

As a recruitment tool, girls were invited to “Bring A Friend” to the Drive In Movie Night at Bethany United Methodist Church. They made their cars out of cardboard boxes which they sat in to watch the movie.

Program Coordinator: Michelle DiDomenico

2nd Place: Service Unit 639 South Strand

South Strand’s Program Aides have worked the Service Units Annual Twilight Camp the last few years. As a reward for the hard work they were treated to a sleepover and movie night. They were able to make the crafts they had been helping campers with all week. This was a great retention event for the PA’s. Three of the adult volunteers working with them were part of the first Program Aid class the SU ever held.

Program Coordinator: Susan Huggins

3rd Place: Service Unit 646 Florence/Timmonsville

During their Twilight Camp – “Girls Going Green” girls learned how to turn ‘trash’ into wonderful projects. Each day girls created an assortment of projects from flower rings to hair accessory holder, all made from recycled materials.

Project Coordinator: Amy Gray

Honorable Mention: Service Unit 631 Southern Beaufort County

Fashion Forward! Was a Twilight Camp where the girls learned the basics of fashion design though art and created their own fashion designs. The camp culminated with a Fashion Show for the parents where girls wore their creations.

Program Coordinator: Nancy Sulek

Girl Scout Spirit

1st Place: Service Unit 639 South Strand

“Wave the Flag” Encampment was held on Veterans Day weekend. The girls learned Flag Etiquette, patriotic songs and symbols, the Pledge of Allegiance in Sign Language and wrote Thank You cards to Soldiers and Veterans.

Program Coordinator: Susan Huggins

2nd Place: Service Unit 651 Hartsville

The focus for the camp was “Back to Basics” and girls tie-dyed bandanas, make duct tape wallets, sit-upons and friendship bracelets.

Program Coordinator: Tenielle Price

3rd Place: Service Unit 660 Greater Dorchester

As part of the 9/11 Event troops toured the Firefighter’s Museum in North Charleston. The Museum was presented with a plaque in honor and memory of the heroes of 9/11, both lost and survived.

Program Coordinator: Kim Robbins

Honorable Mention: Service Unit 646 Florence/Timmonsville

Service Unit 646 organized a Juliette Gordon Low Birthday Party at Skateland. Girls got to roller skate and celebrate Juliette with pizza and cupcakes.

Program Coordinator: Amy Gray