Cranford, NJThe Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey honored members of the Girl Scouts of Cranford Service Unit at a dinner held on April 12, at the Doubletree by Hilton Somerset Hotel and Conference Center.  

Recognized for their substantial contributions, the following individuals were awarded:
- GSHNJ Dedicated Leader Award - Anne Caldwell, Teresa Gathercole, Lauren Ramsay
- GSHNJ Rookie of the Year Award - Faith Dzurovcik McDevitt
- GSHNJ Volunteer of Excellence Award – Lisa Durant, Kristin Santos, Erin Esteves, Alexandra Paulyson, Elayna Torsone and Olivia Haub

GSHNJ staff presented the awards that evening, honoring hundreds of volunteers throughout the region.  The Dedicated Leader Award recognizes a troop/group leader, assistant leader or coordinator for continued outstanding performance working with girls.  The Rookie of the Year Award recognizes a troop/group leader, assistant leader, troop volunteer, or SU volunteer for outstanding performance during their first year of service.  The Volunteer of Excellence award recognizes those volunteers who have contributed outstanding service while partnering directly with girls in any pathway to implement the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE) through use of the National Program Portfolio (Journeys), or who have contributed outstanding service in support of the council’s mission delivery to girl and adult members.     

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Girl Scouts is the world's preeminent organization dedicated solely to girls - all girls - where, in an accepting and nurturing environment, girls build character and skills for success in the real world. In partnership with committed adult volunteers, girls develop qualities that will serve them all their lives.

For over 100 years, its membership has been unified towards the achievement of the Girl Scout mission: “To build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.”

The Girl Scouts of Cranford boasts over 1,000 Girl Scout Members in 65 troops and Juliette’s making it one of the largest non-profit organizations in town.  The Cranford Service Unit is a part of the Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey (GSHNJ) Council which is part of the Girl Scouts of the USA.  If your family is interested in learning more about local Girl Scouts or to find out more information on the Girls Scouts of Cranford, please visit http://www.cranfordgirlscouts.com

Photos: Top L-R: Teresa Gathercole, Lauren Ramsey, Erin Esteves, Alexandra Paulyson, Anne Caldwell, Olivia Hauc, Faith Dzurovcik McDevitt Bottom: Kristin Santos and Lisa Durant

Photo 2: Faith Dzurovcik McDevitt with her daughter Grace