Girl Scouts recognizes Grand Blanc resident for exceptional leadership

DETROIT — April is National Volunteer Month and like every year, Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan (GSSEM) is celebrating by recognizing 100 volunteers across the region for their commitment to the Girl Scout program.

Among the dozens of women, men and organizations, Rachel Karyakose, of Grand Blanc, who received the Volunteer of Excellence Award. All awards are national awards from Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA).

Karyakose is a lifetime Girl Scout member and the Troop Leader for multilevel Troop 76956 of St. Pius X School. She is a former Girl Scout Gold Award honoree who became an adult member, serving girls just like her. She supports her troop by planning engaging troop outings and ensuring all outings stay safe with plenty of adult chaperones.

“The volunteers are the heart of this entire organization,” says Liz Bogner, GSSEM Volunteer Lead. “They are on the frontline delivering programs to girls and offering them an empowering experience. It’s so important that to recognize them, as they are the ones directly making an impact in our girls’ lives. We couldn’t thank them enough.”

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.

GSSEM will be doing online recognition of all award recipients in lieu of the recognition event which was canceled due to the coronavirus (COVID- 19) pandemic.

Details: Visit gssem.org/volunteers. G.G.