Local Girl Scouts highlight successful cookie sale season, Volunteer Appreciation Day

For the Tomahawk Leader

TOMAHAWK – The Tomahawk Girl Scouts last week thanked the community for supporting its annual cookie sale and highlighted the upcoming Volunteer Appreciation Day.

The local scouts sold more than 5,200 boxes of cookies this season.

A release from the Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes (GSNWGL) Council explained that 100% of net proceeds from cookie sales stay local.

“Girl Scouts and troops use (cookie sale proceeds) to fund their fun,” the release stated. “And because Girl Scouts is completely girl-led, the Girl Scouts themselves get to decide exactly what they do. Our local Council uses Cookie Program proceeds to create incredible experiences and camps, support and train volunteers, offer financial assistance, maintain properties and so much more. Every dollar that comes to the Council from the Girl Scout Cookie Program is used to make the Girl Scout experience incredible and support the Girl Scouts within our area.”

Pictured, from left, are the top sellers from their respective troops: Mya Loka, Cadette, Troop 7221; Adalynn Picl, Brownie, Troop 7220; Shyann Boos, Senior, Troop 7227; and Skylar Safreanek Aniol, Junior, Troop 7212.

As part of Girl Scout Volunteer Appreciation Day, slated for Monday, April 22, the Tomahawk scouts also gave a shoutout to the local Girl Scout leaders, assistants and service team members.

Leaders, Assistant Leaders and Service Team members for 2023-2024 include Heidi O’Hare, Elizabeth Voermans and Danielle Lucas, Brownie/Junior Troop 7219; Robin Schulz and Emily Maule, Daisy/Brownie Troop 7220; Kay Kissinger Wolf and Kelly Gleisner, Junior Troop 7212 and Senior Troop 7227; Mary Duba and Judy Koshak, Cadettes 7221; and Ann Jelinek and Linda Neumeyer, Service Team.

Duba and Kissinger Wolf received pins for their 55 years of service, both as Scouts and Leaders.

Lucas was honored for her five-plus years of volunteer hours.

Judy Koshak was nominated for and received the Thanks Badge, which “recognizes volunteers who have contributed outstanding service in support of our Council’s mission delivery to girl and adult members,” the release said.

Judy Koshak was nominated for and received the Thanks Badge. Photos courtesy of Kay Kissinger Wolf.

To be nominated for the Thanks award, a candidate must be “an active, registered adult member who has successfully completed all volunteer requirements and actively recognizes, understands and practices inclusive behavior.”

“The service performed by the nominee resulted in outcomes that benefitted the entire Council or the entire Girl Scout organization and are so significantly above and beyond the call of duty that no other award would be appropriate,” the release said.

Koshak’s nomination form noted her involvement with the Girl Scouts, both in running a troop and volunteering at Camp Birch Trails, as well as her “upbeat attitude and infectious smile.”

The Tomahawk Girl Scouts are part of the GSNWGL council, which covers 58 counties across northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, 400 miles east to west and 300 miles north to south.

To learn more about GSNWGL, visit www.gsnwgl.org/.

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