SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - As an organization, the Girls Scouts of America has been foundation from which countless young ladies have built impactful and meaningful lives. Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland recently recognized the dedicated area volunteers for their outstanding service in Girl Scouting at its 2018 Recognitions Ceremony in Springfield, Missouri.

The Volunteer of Excellence Pin was presented to Columbus resident Debra Messer. The Volunteer of Excellence Pin recognizes volunteers for outstanding service in direct partnership with girls or who have contributed outstanding service in support of the council’s mission delivery to girl and adult members.

“It is because of the commitment, generosity, and heart of our volunteers that girls across our council grow in courage, gain confidence, and develop character,” said CEO Anne Soots. “We offer our congratulations and deep appreciation to our volunteers who have given their time to mentor and change the lives of girls.”

About the Girl Scout Leadership Experience

Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts of the USA is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls. With 2.6 million girl and adult members worldwide, Girl Scouts is the leading authority on girls' healthy development. Girl Scouts is proven to help girls thrive in five key ways as they: develop a strong sense of self, seek challenges and learn from setbacks, display positive values, form and maintain healthy relationships, and identify and solve problems in the community. Everything a Girl Scout does centers around STEM, the outdoors, development of life skills, and entrepreneurship, and is designed to meet her where she is now and to grow along with her.

About Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland

Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland has a membership of just over 12,500 girls and 4,000 adults across 68 counties in central and southern Missouri, southeast Kansas, and northeast Oklahoma. With the support of community partners, donors, and volunteers, we mentor and support girls as they develop crucial life skills and prepare to take the lead – today, tomorrow, and for the rest of their lives. For more information on how to join, volunteer, reconnect or donate to Girl Scouts, call 877-312-4764 or visit us on the web at www.girlscoutsmoheartland.org.