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Girl Scout leaders receive recognition at meeting

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Several Girl Scout leaders from Johnson County received special recognition at the Girl Scouts of Central Indiana annual meeting and recognition ceremony on April 29.

The awards are given to individuals who exemplify excellent leadership and service to the Girl Scouts’ mission to foster courage, confidence and character in young women.

Kelly Mallasch and Carla Small earned the Leadership Excellence Award. This award recognizes adult volunteers who serve as role models for their scouts.

Mallasch, a Brownie troop leader, created a service project for the Johnson County Animal Shelter that taught her troop about caring for animals, fundraising, critical thinking, money management and arts and crafts.

Small advances diversity in Girl Scouting and serves as troop leader to 12 girls of various racial and socioeconomic backgrounds. She helps her troops develop practical life skills by working on a money management project. They also participated in Lemonade Day and used their money to buy toys for Riley Hospital for Children.

Peggy Eskridge received the Honor Pin, which recognizes exemplary service in support of delivering the Girl Scout Leadership experience. She serves 151 troops in 19 service units around the Franklin Township service unit area. She distributed 4,125 cases of cookies, and 57 girls sold more than 1,000 packages of cookies.

Redbud service unit and Wa-Di-O-Ni service unit both received President’s Awards, which recognized Redbud’s reaching 101 percent of their girl recruitment goal with 61 percent girl retention and 70 percent adult retention. Wa-Di-O-Ni reached 105 percent of their girl membership goal.

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