Tuesday, June 12, 2018

2018 Gold Award Celebration

On Saturday, June 9, Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast honored 30 girls who earned their Gold Award during our 2018 membership year.

From creating and selling works of art to help out a local church food pantry, to raising awareness about the dangers of driving under the influence, Girl Scouts used their Gold Award projects to draw attention to issues important to them which allowed them to use their voice and enact change in their communities. Click here to see a full list of the girls who were honored along with the title and description of their project in the Gold Award Keepsake Booklet.

The evening’s celebration was emceed by Host of Another View, Barbara Hamm Lee who is also a Girl Scout alum and Famous Former.

Several special guests also attended, including Norfolk City Councilwoman Andria McClellan and Dr. Patricia King, newly elected Chesapeake School Board Member and psychiatrist.    

While guests enjoyed refreshments and the girls’ projects, Angie Hoen, vice president of Townebank delivered opening remarks to the girls.

“These young ladies have envisioned this mountainous achievement, looked at that mountain-high goal, climbed it as their own and said to their leaders, their families, their mentors and this Council, ‘come on, we’re going over that mountain,” Angie said as she congratulated the girls on their accomplishments.

During the celebration, Chesapeake Girl Scout Kaitlyn Duffy was honored posthumously for her project, “Protecting the Skin You’re In,” which worked to raise awareness of Melanoma and the importance of protecting your skin to prevent the disease. Kaitlyn lost her life in a tragic car accident last year. Both of her parents accepted the Gold Award pin in her honor.

Helen Kattwinkel, Gold Award Committee Member, read the Girl Scout Gold Award Charge which was followed by a toast led by the Board of Directors Chair, Carolene Goodwyn-Harris.

“For those of you that know me, you know I speak to leaving our footprint so that others may benefit from our time and treasure. Today, I say to you, our G.I.R.L.s, your footprint already goes beyond what most will be able to achieve in a lifetime. We commend you as you serve as an example to so many others,” Carolene toasted.

Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast also recognized our three 2018 National Young Women of Distinction Nominees: Ava Gonzalez, Krysta Rutherford and Tara Grady. Read more about the honor here.

“I am inspired by the leaders I see today in this room-my Gold Award Girl Scout Sisters,” GSCCC CEO Tracy Keller explained to the girls and their families.

Congratulations to all of the girls who worked hard and went for the Gold! We are so proud of you.

Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast would also like to thank Townebank for sponsoring the night’s celebration.