Submitted by Caroline Cornell
Are you up for a quest? My challenge to each service unit across Colorado is to find your outstanding volunteer for 2017/18 and nominate her (or him) for an adult recognition award. It’s an easy process and will make a world of difference when you celebrate your success. The deadline for submission is March 31, 2018.
Why bother recognizing our volunteers?
In a perfect world, girls would remember to thank their troop leaders every year on Leader Appreciation Day (pssst – it’s April 22). To celebrate, parents might help their daughter write her troop leader a special note. Or, bring her a small surprise like a plant or some homemade cupcakes. But wait, who tells girls and their parents that it’s Leader Appreciation Day? Yep, that’s the trap most of us fall into. The reality is, troop leaders don’t. Because it just feels weird.
I GET IT. We’re all volunteers. We’re not in it for the recognition. We don’t need a t-shirt. We come back year after year to experience the satisfaction of watching a girl grow from a timid Daisy to a confident and strong Gold Award Girl Scout who’s ready to bridge to adulthood. Let’s face it, we’re here for the hugs.
Formal volunteer recognition isn’t something a volunteer would ever ask for, but it is something that makes her feel valued and appreciated. Kind of like when your kids magically clean their bedroom for your birthday and you didn’t need to remind them about it.
What does it fell like to receive an adult volunteer recognition?
About seven years ago, my service unit decided to celebrate our volunteers by recognizing at least one person who’s done an outstanding job that year. Just to make it interesting, we keep it top secret until we hold our end of year celebration. It’s become a great tradition and has yielded some really big surprises. Being a volunteer should be celebrated.
As the Membership Connection Committee chair, I know that Girl Scouts of Colorado recognized nearly twice as many volunteers in 2017 than we did the year before. This increase still means we only recognized about 1% of our volunteers.
What do I do next?
Nominate someone today! Applications are open now and must be completed by March 31, 2018, to qualify for this year’s award cycle. http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/for-volunteers/volunteer-appreciation/adult-recognition-nominations.html. All of the details about the application process including the qualifications can be found in the Appreciation Award Packet.
Questions about the MCC? Learn more at: http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/about-girl-scouts/membership-connection-committee.html