SOMERSET, NJ – Cranford’s Girl Scouts Service Unit received the Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey President’s Award for the second straight year during an awards dinner at the Ukrainian Cultural Center in late October.

According to a press release sent by Cranford’s Girl Scout unit, Troop 48, it is considered the council’s most prestigious volunteer award.

“The honor recognizes the efforts of a service-delivery team or committee whose exemplary service in support of delivering the Girl Scout Leadership Experience surpassed team goals and resulted in significant, measurable impact toward reaching the council’s overall goals,” a press release from the troop reads.

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Individual Cranford Girl Scout leaders received additional awards:

GSHNJ Dedicated Leader Award – Diane Butka and Christine Newport

GSHNJ Rookie of the Year Award – Melissa Alfano, Anne-Marie McGuinness, Jacqueline Messinger and Nancy Valdivia

GSHNJ Volunteer of Excellence Award – Stephanie Banks Patterson and Virginia Bartkowicz

GSHNJ Appreciation Pin: Ginette Bracke, Nicole Consorte, Erin Esteves, Cessy Gamez Peralta and Kristin Santos

25 Year Membership Recognition – Lisa Durant

According to the press release, the Dedicated Leader Award recognizes a troop leader, assistant leader or coordinator for outstanding performance working with girls. The Rookie of the Year Award recognizes a leader or volunteer for outstanding performance within their first year of service.

The awards were accepted by Lisa Durant, former service unit manager, and Anne-Marie McGuinness, current service unit co-manager, on behalf of the group.