Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland, Inc. commemorated its inaugural year as a Girl Scout council at a leadership celebration event on Saturday, March 21 in Branson, MO. Girl Scouts of the USA Consultant Naomi Lippin presented Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland CEO Jennifer M. Orban and Chair of the Board Tina Stillwell with the official charter for the council.


Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland, Inc. commemorated its inaugural year as a Girl Scout council at a leadership celebration event on Saturday, March 21 in Branson, MO. Girl Scouts of the USA Consultant Naomi Lippin presented Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland CEO Jennifer M. Orban and Chair of the Board Tina Stillwell with the official charter for the council.
 
The charter allows Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland to develop, manage, and maintain Girl Scouting across sixty-eight counties across central and southernMissouri, southeast Kansas, and northeast Oklahoma. Having brought together five former Girl Scout councils, Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland currently serves over 15,000 girls through troop participation, special events, camp programs, and other leadership opportunities.
 
Volunteers have always been a vital part of Girl Scouting, and sixteen of them were recognized with peer-nominated awards at the celebration event. They included Branson volunteer Jennifer Bryant, Ava volunteers Al McGee and Melinda McGee, Willard volunteer Vicki Williams, and Lebanon volunteer Kathy West. Carol Taylor (Cassville, MO) Barbara Bauknecht (Jackson, MO), Joyce Dixon (Mountain View, MO), Sarah Dovin (Jackson, MO), Leesa Eddy (Jackson, MO), Jayne Tiehes (Jackson, MO), Cindy Smith (Moberly, MO), and Kristull Wingert (Nevada, MO) were also recognized.
 
Virginia “Jennie” Mosher (Lebanon, MO) and Katharine “Kam” Nelson (St. Robert, MO) were awarded the Thanks Badge for their contribution of at least four years of continued outstanding service to Girl Scouts and their fellow volunteers. Longtime volunteer Mary Daly (Columbia, MO) was honored with the Thanks Badge II for her outstanding leadership as a Girl Scout volunteer, including her positive and proactive guidance as Girl Scouts - Heart of Missouri Council moved through the process of merging with four other councils to form Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland. 
 
Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland is pleased to celebrate and recognize the positive energy, continued commitment, and outstanding leadership of its volunteers.
 
 
About Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland
Girl Scouts is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls 5–17 with 3.7 million girl and adult members worldwide. Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts is the leading authority on girls’ issues, and builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland serves 15,000 girls, in 68 counties, who are developing crucial life skills that help them grow courageous and strong so they can make wise choices in today’s world and beyond.  To purchase cookies, volunteer your time, make a donation, or join Girl Scouts, call 877-312-4764 or visit us on the web atwww.girlscoutsmoheartland.org.