Saturday, April 8 was a day made for celebration, as nearly 300 people gathered for this year’s Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony at the Augusta Civic Center to conduct council business, enjoy a hearty breakfast, share personal stories of triumphs in Girl Scouting, and celebrate Maine’s graduating seniors, Silver, and Gold Awardees. Check out the pictures from this year's event, courtesy of Tammy Murray Photography
There was laughter as guest speaker Kim Block, News Anchor for WGME 13, warmed up the audience with tales of risk-taking gone awry and lessons gleaned from a lifetime of experience – “There are no coincidences in life,” she said.
Appreciation pins and Honor pins were awarded to outstanding adult volunteers, and The President’s Award went to five deserving Service Units for extraordinary work in their areas.
Lifetime member Claire Lupien took the stage to host the Girl Awards, and proudly shared how being a Girl Scout gave her the confidence to chase her dream of becoming a chemical engineer. She introduced the graduating seniors, and the crowd cheered as 8 girls bridged to adult members; officially stepping into the world as young women of courage, confidence and character.
Betsey Timm, Board President for GSME, presented scholarships from the Jo Stevens Scholarship Fund to two outstanding Girl Scouts. Next, 12 girls who’d earned their Silver Awards - the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette can earn - were honored and pinned.
The ceremony closed with the presentation of the Gold Awards, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. To earn the award, girls must plan and implement take-action projects which have a sustainable impact in their communities and beyond. This year, Valery Gillis, Kate Ginder, Sara Imam, Celine Lowell, and Natalie Gale joined the elite group of awardees. Great job, girls!
Congratulations to all of our awardees, and thank you for demonstrating what it means to be outstanding Go-Getters, Innovators, Risk-Takers, and Leaders. We’re proud of you!
Keep an eye on our Awards Ceremony and Annual Meeting page for next year’s event!