Northwest NEWS

July 3, 2000

Valley Special

Girl Scout volunteer receives top honors

   June Starkie, of Fall City, was recently bestowed with the honor of Girl Scouts' Honor Pin Award for her hard work, dedication, and commitment to helping young girls grow courageous and strong. The Honor Pin is awarded for exceptional service beyond position expectations to two or more geographical areas. She is one of 11 people to receive this award this year.

   Positive adult role models, who are willing to give their time to work with young women, are heroes in their own right. Girl Scouts-Totem Council is fortunate to have nearly 8,000 adults who give their time to the organization each year.

   Nominated by their peers, these awardees are recognized for providing an accepting and nurturing environment for all young girls to develop qualities that will serve them all their lives, such as strong values, social consciousness, and conviction about their own potential and self-worth.

   Starkie has been a Council Trainer for many years and often brings a wealth of knowledge and information to her peers. She was honored for her work as troop leader for two troops, Service Unit Manager, Registrar, recruiter, and mentor to new leaders and troops. She is always willing to step up at a moment's notice to do a training or to spend countless hours on the phone assisting leaders. In addition, she continues to support the service team by stepping in to fill unexpected holes. This year, she picked up the responsibility of Registrar when it was vacated at a moment's notice.

   "June has proven herself to be an outstanding resource for new leaders. Her friendly, open, and approachable attitude makes her an easy choice for new leaders to call," wrote Kate Otey in her nomination letter. "But she goes beyond that--she often takes it upon herself to call new leaders and to personally welcome them and to give them guidance to make sure they're on the right track to becoming great leaders."

   Girl Scouts is the world's preeminent organization dedicated solely to girls and serves over 3.5 million members nationwide. Through the many enriching experiences provided by Girl Scouts, girls grow courageous and strong, while building character and skills for success in the real world. Locally, Girl Scouts serves nearly 18,000 girls ages 5-17 in Northwest Washington, who have already discovered the fun, friendship, and power of girls together. For more information, call 800-767-6845.