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Event Recap: Annual Meeting & Adult Awards

Girl Scouts of West Central Florida held its Annual Meeting and Adult Awards Ceremony on Saturday, April 25 at the University Area Community Center in Tampa, Florida.  During the morning meeting, we celebrated the successes of the past year, elected and installed our new slate of Board leadership and recognized outstanding adult volunteers.

In the past year, our council put new processes in place and added new technology systems to enhance the Girl Scout experience and make things easier for our members. Felecia Gilmore-Long, President and Kris Johnson, Interim CEO joined forces to present the many successes of 2014 and discussed where we’re going next. Some highlights of the new technologies included our website, online camping reservation system, troop membership renewal system, digital volunteer toolkit and digital cookie system.

We easily achieved quorum with 155 delegates in attendance representing 38 communities. We even had 10 communities with perfect attendance!  Way to go Brooksville Ridge, Caloosa, Circle of Springs, Gulf Sands, Joining Rivers, Land of the Silver Moon, Shifting Sands, Sunset Scouts, Wai Lani and West Wind!

Congratulations to all of our newly installed members to our Board of Directors. Here is a complete list of our current Board of Directors.  

Board of Directors – Leadership
President: Felecia Gilmore-Long
First Vice President: Marva Louisville
Second Vice President: Laura Webb
Third Vice President: Lavinia Vaughn
Secretary: Alison Fraga
Treasurer: Denise Samson

Girl Members
Anne Bauer
Katherine Martin

Board of Directors - Members at Large
Stephanie Owens
Maruchi Azorin
Marlise Bushman
Maria Eichelberger
Amy Hudock
H. Tyson Lykes II
Renee Dabbs
Kari Goetz
Kay Gray
Alison Martin
Marion Rich

Board Development Committee
Marlise Bushman
Maria Eichelberger
Karen Gangel
Carol Ihrig
J. Denise Jordan
Dr. Alma Hires

In addition, thank you to all of our retiring board members whose terms ended this year, for donating countless hours of your time to help support our mission. 

Board of Directors Members
Emily Huntley, Girl Member
Gwin Londrigan
John Sarmanian
Tracy Ramirez

Board Development Committee
Tammie Brewer
Amy Hudock
Gwin Londrigan
April Monteith 


Adult Awards Ceremony

The Adult Award Ceremony was the most inspiring part of the morning. Members of the GSWCF Board of Directors presented awards to some of the most passionate and dedicated volunteers in our council. 

Honor Pin – Recognizes an adult Girl Scout who has delivered outstanding service to two or more geographic areas, communities, or program delivery audiences.

Laurie Dever
Jackie Keller
Kelly Williams-Puccio
Jolanda Thompson
Susan Trevino
Brenda West

Thanks Badge - Recognizes an adult Girl Scout whose performance is truly outstanding and benefits the total council, or the entire Girl Scout Movement.

Camella Dennis
Laura McMeekin
Terri Reese
Christa Vail
Lavinia Vaughn

Thanks Badge II – Recognizes an adult member who has already received the Thanks Badge and who has continued to contribute in extraordinary ways that benefit the total council or the entire Girl Scout Movement.

Debbie Smyth

Heart of Gold – Recognizes an adult Girl Scout who has delivered continuous and reliable service to Girl Scouts and the community at large.

Nayda Kahlbaugh
Audrey Leach
Joy Logan


Trefoil Award in Memory of Linda Scott - Recognizes an adult Girl Scout who has delivered outstanding service to three different areas within the council: work with volunteers, work with girls, and work for the mission of Girl Scouts of West Central Florida.

Sheila Hill
Sheryl Vannetta

Volunteer Years of Service Pins - Recognizes an adult Girl Scout for their years of active volunteer services at five-year intervals.

15 Years
Nicole Mackin
Shirl McCray
Lynda Morrill
Raelene Morrison
Angela O’Connor
Marion Rich
Kimberly Samson
Lynn Sansspree
Ruth Teare-Sarnago

25 Years
Camella Dennis
Joy Logan
Deborah Markham
Carole Shaw
Karen Teare

30 Years
Marcia Greensfelder
Leanne Huff

35 Years
Mary Lemar

Congratulations to all of our award recipients! Thank you for our many years of service to Girl Scouts of West Central Florida.