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Adult Award Honorees

Girl Scouts of Utah has the best volunteers around, and we want to celebrate their outstanding work and show appreciation for all they do! Since we couldn't hold our traditional in-person Recognition of Excellence event, all adult award honorees will be recognized through Girl Scouts of Utah digital channels.

2020 Adult Award Honorees

Each year, GSU recognizes volunteers for their tremendous work for the girls in our council. Below are the recipients of the 2020 adult awards.

GSU Legacy of Service

The GSU Legacy of Service award recognizes outstanding contributions made by two or more family members who continue the tradition of service for two or more generations.  

Kayley (10 years) & Karen (30+ years) Cassity
Four Valley Service Unit

Karen started as a Brownie the 1940s, and by the time she was in high school, she joined the Girl Scout Mariners in Kentucky. Her favorite Girl Scout camp as a child was Camp Cedarledge in Missouri, where it cost only $17 per week to attend. As an adult, Karen was a Girl Scout leader for her daughter’s troop in the 70s, and continues to volunteer for Girl Scouts of Utah by helping with “Making Games” Brownie badges at the Park City Museum and with various Four Valley Service Unit events.

Kayley has been providing an outstanding troop experience for girls, including her own daughter, as a troop leader. As the Four Valley Service Unit Manager, she is also an outstanding leader. Kayley is exceedingly welcoming to all troop leaders and is diligent in her efforts to keep them informed of service unit and council opportunities. Meetings and events go off without a hitch under her leadership.

This mother-daughter duo is keeping the Girl Scout tradition alive and well in the Park City area. Their continued support of Girl Scouts of Utah is an inspiration to others. 

Janice (25 years) &
Elizabeth (8 years) Jones

Juniper Service Unit

Janice and Elizabeth Jones have been involved with Girl Scouts since about 1990. Janice’s daughter, Elizabeth was in fourth grade when she wanted to be a Girl Scout, and upon looking for a troop, her best option was to start her own. Janice was Elizabeth’s troop leader through sixth grade, when she started a co-op Girl Scout troop for her youngest daughter, Angela. She was also the troop leader for a multi-level troop for her two granddaughters.

Janice has been very active as a troop leader, providing opportunities for dozens of girls over the years. She has volunteered at the service unit level, serving as the registrar for several years, as well as volunteer coordinator representative and membership representative for four years each. With her medical knowledge and experience, Janice always volunteers to be the medical contact at service unit events.

While Janice was the volunteer coordinator representative, she recruited her daughter Elizabeth to be the events representative. Together, with help from other service unit volunteers, they worked to provide many opportunities for girls. Elizabeth currently serves as the highest awards and adult recognition representative. Janice and Elizabeth help and support the current service unit leadership with events. Their years of service to Girl Scouts of Utah has and will continue to motivate and inspire other generations.

Christensen Family
Oquirrh Service Unit

Sandy Christensen has been a Girl Scout leader for 28 years, including running a troop for all eight of her daughters. Six of her girls completed their Girl Scout Gold Award projects and all of them now continue with Girl Scouts as Lifetime Members. Her daughters Kate just earned her Girl Scout Silver Award and Kori is working on her Girl Scout Bronze Award. Sandy continues to run her troop with her daughters involved as leaders. Her husband Carl has also remained a key volunteer, helping with the troop as needed. 

Most of her daughters provide long distance support while Sandy and her co-leader Krystel run the day-to-day. Kira, Kinsey, Kiyna, Kiylee, Kacy, and Kaylan are all Girl Scout Gold Award recipients. The entire family is dedicated to serving Girl Scouts of Utah for generations to come. 

Freddie Award

The Freddie Award recognizes an adult volunteer who has delivered outstanding service to Girl Scouts of Utah through working with girls and adults in the areas of program and training, and has made a significant contribution to other community organizations (church, school, civic, cultural) through holding a leadership position and/or providing longterm service to that organization. 

Lori Whittam (10 years)
Lori Whittam is the Alta Service Unit Product Program Representative. She ensures every TPM and leader knows exactly what is going on and she is available 24/7 to answer questions. She completely transformed the cookie training process into an event that many leaders and TPMs love attending. She is organized and careful with all the troops’ personal investment.

Lori is always willing to volunteer for other roles within the service unit, especially if the team is shorthanded, and step up to lead girls.

Lori’s volunteerism isn’t limited to Girl Scouts. She also serves as the East Region GRiT Coordinator. She is passionate and energetic about getting more girls on bikes. As Regional GRiT Coordinator, Lori is responsible for planning and implementing GRiT activities for girls in a specific region. Additionally, she has become a go-to for creative ideas for engaging youth and making events more fun.

Lori deserves so many accolades because of the work she puts in, as well as her unflagging, helpful attitude. Girl Scouts of Utah has been so fortunate to receive the gift of her time and assistance.

Honor Pin

The Honor Pin recognizes an adult volunteer who has delivered outstanding service to two or more geographic areas or Girl Scout service units.

Kevan Jensen (27 years)
Kevan Jensen has shown true dedication and passion for the Girl Scout Movement, always willing to support Girl Scouts throughout the state. Kevan is one of the council's most experienced trainers and is ready to lend a hand with training when it's needed. She happily travels to help support areas that don’t have as many training opportunities.

Not only is Kevan an excellent trainer, she has also been a fundamental part of the Leadership Summit Committee, which provides the annual training conference to service unit leaders across the council. Kevan is always very helpful in our committee meetings and is very knowledgeable when it comes to making decisions that will best serve our volunteers. Kevan has held many positions in Girl Scouts, so she brings first-hand experience to most of her trainings. Volunteers respect the insight she is able to provide them.

In addition to everything Kevan does for the council, Kevan is also dedicated to her own troop and service unit, ensuring her large multi-level troop has an amazing Girl Scout experience. She is known for creating incredible events that leave a lasting memory for the girls who attend. Kevan brings her high standards for Girl Scouting into everything she does.

Charity McClain (16 years)
Charity McClain is an example of friendly and helpful, always willing to offer help without hesitation. In her last three years as the Suncrest Service Unit Manager, Charity has been active in partnering with other service units to hold joint events and share the workload for these multi-service unit events. 

Charity has been on the Camporee Committee every year since it started, serving as the older girl leader. She is also a member of the Leadership Summit committee and has been since it first began. Charity has been an integral part of both of these council-wide events for several years and has helped make them as successful as they are today. Charity was also instrumental in planning World Thinking Day for the last two years, which was held in partnership with other service units in the area.

GSU Family Award

The GSU Family Award recognizes an adult volunteer whose performance in providing service to troops/groups and the Girl Scout service unit merits recognition. 

2020 Awardees:

  • Barron Family (16 years) - Oquirrh Service Unit
  • Tankersley Family (14 years) - Lakeview Service Unit
  • Zumbado Family (10 years) - Juniper Service Unit
Volunteer of Excellence

Volunteer of Excellence recognizes 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 or who have contributed outstanding service in support of the council’s mission delivery to girl/adult members. 

2020 Honorees:

  • Nichole Athens (Mt. Olympus SU)
  • Carol Chapman (Dixie SU)
  • Clarice Garcia (Copper Meadows SU)
  • Deborah Curtis (Hunter Valley SU)
  • Marcia Hilton (Nebo Shadows SU)
  • Michelle Jones (Tooele SU)
  • Elizabeth Nafus (South Davis SU)
  • Christine Peasley (Copper Meadows SU)
  • Trish Shreeve (Alta SU)
  • Julanne Slama (Alta SU)
Appreciation Pin

The Appreciation Pin recognizes an adult volunteer who has delivered outstanding service to at least one geographic area, service unit, or program delivery audience.

2020 Honorees:

  • Irish Billings (Suncrest SU)
  • Marcee Carlton (Suncrest SU)
  • Melissa Lund (Frontier SU)
  • Michele Hill (Red Rocks SU)
  • Michele Thompson (Suncrest SU)
  • Nancy Duncan (Sunnyside SU)
  • Stephanie Martinez (Timpanogos SU)
Years of Service in Girl Scouting Honorees

The Years of Service in Girl Scouting Pin is given to adults in Girl Scouting in recognition of her/his adult years of volunteer service in five year increments. Years of service represent the number of years an adult volunteer has actively provided service and is not based on years of membership. Service does not need to be continuous or consecutive.

2020 Honorees:

  • Richard Blaylock - 35 Years of Service
  • Tamara (Tami) Schwab - 30 Years of Service
  • Sharon Wehan - 35 Years of Service
  • Sandra Christensen - 30 Years of Service
  • Sandra Brown - 30 Years of Service
  • Marylou Langevin - 45 Years of Service, 55 Years of Membership
  • Barbara Schmidt - 25 Years of Service
  • Betty Rider - 70 Years of Service
  • Judith Pechmann - 30 Years of Service