By Kim French, GSNI Member Support Specialist
Congratulations to Ericha Lilly-Hosick who has been awarded GSNI’s Volunteer Spotlight for December 2017!
Ericha has volunteered with GSNI for nearly two years with a willingness to fill a void and make things better whenever possible! Seeing her daughter’s desire to be a Girl Scout, she realized in order to make this happen, she needed to start a new troop for her daughter and her friends, even though she had no prior Girl Scout experience.
Not long after Troop 885 began, when asked if she would fill the open role of Broken Arrow Service Unit Manager, Ericha said she would! When approached with possibly planning a Twilight Camp (the first summer camp Broken Arrow had hosted in a few years), she also agreed, and along with the service unit Camp Committee, did a tremendous job. Ericha is also a Service Unit Co-Treasurer, a GS Organizer, an Onboarding Coach, and since her service unit does not have an Events Coordinator, Ericha creates and coordinates events for the girls in her service unit. Recently, she even enthusiastically volunteered to be a new Outdoor Council Trainer!
As one of GSNI’s Member Support Specialists, I nominated Ericha. Ericha’s heart bleeds Girl Scout green! She takes every opportunity to share her love of Girl Scouts with others, both members and non-Girl Scouts alike. I have so much respect for Ericha who has positively impacted the Broken Arrow Service Unit, the girls in her troop, and other members of our Girl Scout community. She’s always open to trying something new and does her best to motivate others around her. I can’t thank her enough for the commitment she has made to Girl Scouts!
When asked why she volunteers for Girl Scouts, Ericha stated, “While I may only have one and a half hours each week with my troop, I know I am having a positive effect on the lives of several young ladies, who I am certain will become brilliant future leaders in every aspect of their lives. Volunteering has given me the opportunity to spend quality time with my daughter, too. I’ve made countless fond memories as a Girl Scout Volunteer.”
Ericha commented, “At times, it can be difficult to guide young minds in a direction where they can all agree, whether it is the next badge we will work on or what we should do as a service project.” Involving The Three Processes into their program, she explained, “As our troop gets older, being girl-led is becoming increasingly easier, possibly due to the bond our girls have created by spending time together. Also, I do believe everyone benefits from learning by doing. Whenever possible I try to have examples of what we will be working on prior to our troop meeting. Sometimes things don’t work out the way we expect them to. However it’s still good to try them out, so the girls can see for themselves and can learn if something doesn’t work, why it won’t work.”
As her Member Support Specialist, I have seen Ericha go above and beyond and accept challenges when they come. Despite a few disappointments here and there, I feel these challenges spark her interest to continue to encourage others and to make a difference!
Ericha’s advice to other volunteers or parents is, “Volunteering can be everything you want it to be. You will get so much more out of it than what you put into it. So just do it!”
Thank you, Ericha, for your dedication and wonderful contributions to the girls and volunteers of GSNI!
GSNI wishes to thank Patty Donahue and Image Awards Engraving and Creative Keepsakes in Geneva, Illinois, for donating the tile trivet awards for our Volunteer Spotlight Program!