Volunteers are the heartbeat of Girl Scouting. Girl Scouts Louisiana East recognized its adult volunteers as well as outstanding principals and religious leaders at the council’s Annual Meeting on April 1, with special council-level recognition going to a select few. Among those honored were Ascension Parish residents Monique Brown, Brenda Shuff and Brandi Stallings.

The Years of Service Pin is given to adult members registered with Girl Scouts of the USA for 20 or more years of active volunteer service. Shuff received this award because of her commitment to Girl Scout for 25 years within multiple councils.

They also received the Volunteer of Excellence award, which recognizes those volunteers who have contributed outstanding service while partnering directly with girls in any pathway to implement the Girl Scout Leadership Experience through the use of the National Program Portfolio or who have contributed service in support of the council’s mission delivery to girl and adult members.

Brown, a Junior Girl Scout troop leader, is described as “a leader who exhibits calm and positive energy.” Her girls are excited to complete badge work and projects because she allows them to make the activities their own.

Known as a “Gem” by her parents, Shuff allows her leadership skills to shine through and inspire her girls to become notable leaders as well.

Stallings was nominated for this award because she eagerly stepped in to a leadership position when their troop lost a leader. She is pegged as providing her girls with the necessary tools needed to succeed.