Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois recognizes volunteers, girls and community partners in a variety of ways. Our members and communities change the world for girls across our council. Because of them, our girls are one step closer to their true potential.
Below you can find the amazing ways GSNI recognizes our members and community partners. Don't forget to nominate an awesome volunteer when Adult Recognition nominations opens up December 1, 2023!
Every day, our volunteers provide girls with the environment they need to pursue the interests, causes, and leadership roles that matter most to them. Girls are learning from them that being scientists, CEOs, and advocates for social change are paths they can take to make a difference in the world. Under their guidance, girls are standing up, standing out, and standing tall in every aspect of their lives.
GSNI's Recognition Committee reviews each and every Adult Recognition Nomination that is submitted in mid-February. If you would like to join the Recognition Committee, email Customercare@girlscoutsni.org with the email subject: Recognition Committee.
Those who receive one of our Adult Recognition Awards will be honored at GSNI's Annual Meeting & Recognition Event each year.
To nominate a volunteer for an Adult Recognition Award, complete the following steps when nominations open:
1. Review the criteria for each National Adult Volunteer Award in GSNI's Adult Recognition Handbook or the links below under each award.
2. Review the list of Past Recieptients to ensure the volunteer has not recieved the award in the past.
3. Submit a nomination form for the National Adult Volunteer Award that fits best for the volunteer.
Check out our Decision Tree to help you identify which award to nominate your nominee.
The Appreciation Pin recognizes an individual's exemplary service in support of delivering the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. This service which has had measurable impact on one geographic area of service, helps reach and surpass the mission-delivery goals of the area.
The Hall of Fame Award recognizes a lifetime commitment to the Girl Scout Movement within Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois. The recipient has supported GSNI in a varitey of ways including advocating for Girl Scouts in the community, volunteering in a variety of roles and financially supporting GSNI. No more than two current individuals shall be inducted into the Hall of Fame in a given year. The Hall of Fame Award can be given to 2 posthumously individuals each year. Presentation of the Hall of Fame Award will be done at the Annual Volunteer Recognition event.
*The Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois Hall of Fame Award replaced the Courage, Confidence, and Character Award in 2015. Those volunteers who received that award are automatically members of GSNI's Hall of Fame.
The Honor Pin recognizes an individual's exemplary service in support of delivering the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, which has had measurable impact on two or more geographic areas of service, allowing the council to reach and surpass its mission-delivery goals.
The President's Award recognizes the efforts of a service-delivery team or committee whose exemplary service in support of delivering the Girl Scout Leadership Experience surpassed team goals and resulted in significant, measurable impact toward reaching the council's overall goals.
The Thanks Badge honors an individual whose ongoing commitment, leadership and service have had an exceptional, measurable impact on meeting the mission-delivery goals and priorities of the entire council or the entire Girl Scout Movement.
The Thanks Badge II honors a previous Thanks Badge award recipient who has continued to provide exemplary service in a leadership role, resulting in a measurable impact that benefits the entire Girl Scout Movement.
The Volunteer of Excellence Award recognizes those volunteers who have contributed outstanding service while partnering directly with girls in any pathway to implement the Girl Scout Leadership Experience through use of the national program portfolio, or who have contributed outstanding service in support of the council's mission delivery to girl and adult members.
GSNI's Board of Directors established the Community Partnership Award as a way to recognize special donors or organizations that have significantly supported GSNI to better serve our girls and volunteers. Donors or organizations who recieve this award are recognized at GSNI's Annual Meeting each year in April.
Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois is a certifying organization for the President's Volunteer Service Award. The President's Volunteer Service Award recognizes United States citizens and lawfully admitted permanent residents of the United States who have achieved the required number of hours of service during a specified time frame.
Hours are measured over a 12-month period and awards are designated based on cumulative hours. For GSNI, hours must be completed between February 1, 2023 to February 1, 2024 to be honored at GSNI's Annual Recognition Event in April 2024.
For more information on eligiblity, criteria, hours and timeline for each level of the President's Volunteer Service Award, please download GSNI's President's Volunteer Service Award guidelines and log.
For questions, please email email@example.com with the subject title: President's Volunteer Service Award.
There are several ways Service Units can recognize their volunteers and girls locally. Below you can find resources for Service Unit Recognition Chairs to share with their Service Unit Teams as they plan their recognition activities for the year.
If you have an idea on how to recognition volunteers and girls at the service unit level, please submit ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: Service Unit Recognition Idea.
GSNI offers Recognition Chair Training for all Recognition Chairs through gsLearn. If you are a new or current Recognition Chair and would like to take the new Recognition Chair Training; log into your MYGS Community at the top of the webpage and click on gsLearn.
If you are interested in becoming a Recognition Chair in your Service Unit, contact your Member Support Specailist at email@example.com.
Recognition Chair Position Description
Service Unit Highest Award Celebration Packet