Girl Scout volunteers honored

change their worldAt the first annual meeting for Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland, held on March 27 in Branson, Mo., ten outstanding volunteers were honored for their contributions to the organization. Fellow volunteers nominated Karla Geerlings (Columbia, Mo.), Renee Hobbs (Cassville, Mo.), Christy Lane (West Plains, Mo.), Lori Powderly (Cape Girardeau, Mo.), Nani Wilde (Nevada, Mo.) and Deidre Wipke-Tevis (Columbia, Mo.) to receive the Girl Scout Appreciation Pin.

Geerlings was applauded by her peers for her for her generous spirit, dedicated work ethic and contagious enthusiasm. Hobbs, who currently volunteers as the Girl Scout troop organizer and orientation trainer in Barry County, was recognized for her consistent and enthusiastic efforts to support Girl Scouting. Lane, the volunteer service team manager for Ozark, Howell and Oregon Counties, was nominated for her helpfulness to other volunteers and her commitment to carrying out the principles of the Girl Scout Promise and Law. Powderly was recognized for her positive mentorship of girls and her efforts to increase the visibility of Girl Scouting. Wilde awarded the Girl Scout Appreciation Pin for her efforts coordinating events for Vernon County Girl Scouts, teaching girls about nature, and ensuring that Girl Scouting is accessible to all girls. Wipke-Tevis was recognized for her efforts coordinating special events for girls in the area and the countless hours that she gives to help train other volunteers.

The Girl Scout Honor Pin was awarded to Timpe for her positive attitude and her extensive efforts in coordinating events for Girl Scouts in Cape Girardeau and to Wingert for her efforts in community service, planning Vernon County Girl Scout events and ensuring that girls do their best.

Mason and Rorrer received the Girl Scout Thanks Badge for their contributions to the counties in which they volunteer. Mason has been a Girl Scout volunteer for ten years, and currently serves as the volunteer Girl Scout service team manager for Vernon County. She gives extensive time and support to the Girl Scout cookie program, her fellow volunteers, and girls throughout Vernon County. Rorrer, a long-time Girl Scout volunteer, currently serves as the co-service team manager for southeast Springfield. She was honored for her efforts in the Girl Scout community, which include offering her expertise as a trainer and mentor for new volunteers and helping to plan events for Girl Scouts in Greene County.

“We are very grateful for the continued support and contributions of volunteers like these women,” says Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland CEO Jennifer M. Orban, “Girl Scouts could not exist without the time, energy and heart that they give to the girls.” Awardees who were in attendance at the event were presented with framed certificate and pins. Geerlings, Powderly and Timpe could not attend, but will receive their awards at upcoming volunteer meetings.

About the Girl Scout Leadership Experience

Girl Scouting is about building strong leaders. Founded in 1912, Girl Scouting is the premier leadership development organization for girls ages 5-17 in America. With 3.7 million members worldwide, Girl Scouts has a strong history of encouraging girls to become strong, confident young women. The Girl Scout Leadership Development Experience encourages girls to engage not just in traditional activities and service projects, but also in the process of leadership. Through hands-on opportunities, girls learn-by-doing in cooperative group settings and empowering individual explorations. Girl Scouting helps girls discover a strong sense of self, connect with others in a changing world, and take action to help make the world a better place.

About Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland

Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland serves 20,000 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 volunteer your time, make a donation, or join Girl Scouts, call 877-312-4764 or visit us on the web at


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