GOLDEN GIRL: Patty Cappy, left, receives the Thanks Badge from Magic Empire Council staff member Donna Dutton and CEO Karen Morgan. The Thanks Badge is the highest award a Girl Scout volunteer can receive from the Magic Empire Council.
Courtesy Ingrid Williams
Girl Scouts of Magic Empire Council held its annual volunteer recognition dinner recently to award many volunteers for outstanding service and dedication to the Girl Scouts. Among those who received awards were Leslie Cairns, Becky Helms, Sheila Harbert, Jackie Robb and Patty Cappy of Tulsa.
Cairns and Helms were among five recipients of the Appreciation Pin for delivering outstanding service to at least one geographic area, Service Unit or program delivery audience.
Cairns is a committed and conscientious leader with a generous spirit. Her tireless efforts have been vital to her involvement in the management of her Service Unit and her role as a School Coordinator. Leslie has been invaluable to other volunteers as she has organized new ways to network and learn through email groups, retreats and campouts. Her positive attitude and willingness to go the extra mile for girls has earned her a reputation for making Girl Scouts a fun place to be involved.
Helms has served as a Membership Executive at Magic Empire Council for eight years and is an inspiration to volunteers. She is known for always having a laugh or a word of encouragement for those around her. In the spirit of mentorship, she takes fledgling leaders and pours her heart and soul into making Girl Scouts a significant part of their lives as they impact the lives of girls. Without her guidance and example, many Girl Scout leaders would not be the role models they are today.
Harbert and Robb were among four recipients of the Honor Pin (also known as the Magic Empire Council Award) for outstanding service to two or more Service Units or program delivery audiences and for going beyond the expectations of the position.
Harbert has shown boundless energy and dedication in her leadership of Project M.E.N.D. (Mothers Encouraging and Nurturing Daughters), reaching out to the girls with incarcerated mothers and their families. She challenges the girls to live a life reflecting the Girl Scout Promise and Law and encourages them every step of the way. Under her guidance, the program has greatly expanded. Sheila is working hard to break the intergenerational cycle of incarceration and is making a great impact on the girls and communities she serves.
Robb has been a friendly face in the Girl Scout Store for 10 years, working hard and greeting everyone with a ready smile. She is a wonderful representative of the Council and everything that Girl Scouts stands for. Whether it is a simple question or an in depth project, Robb is “in the know” about nearly everything a girl or volunteer might need to know, and if she does not know the answer, she will not rest until she finds it. She is the ultimate resource for Girl Scouts in Magic Empire Council, even traveling to Resident Camps, Service Unit Meetings and Council events so that volunteers will have everything they need.
Cappy was one of three recipients of the Thanks Badge, the highest award within the Council, recognizing an adult member whose performance is truly outstanding and benefits the total Council or the entire Girl Scout movement.
Cappy has been an exemplary supporter of Magic Empire Council for over ten years. She has served in every Board role during her tenure with Girl Scouts and was also instrumental in the development of the renowned Juliette Low Leadership Society fundraising event. Cappy has not only worked at the governance level of the Council, but has directly worked with the girls – even opening her home to host events for older girls. Her vision for the Girl Scout program propelled the Council to achieve greatness even during times of challenge. She is a true Girl Scout, through and through.
“Without the dedication of these volunteers and so many like them, the Girl Scout program would not be as far reaching as it is today, I am truly grateful for the contributions made by each of these volunteers,” says Karen Morgan, Chief Executive Officer.
Magic Empire Council serves more than 10,700 girls in 14 counties in northeastern Oklahoma. More than 2,500 volunteers serve these girls.
For more information about Magic Empire Council, visit the Web site at www.mecgs.org.