At the recent Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline Council’s Annual Meeting held on January 26 in Weyers Cave, Pearl Jamison, Charity Revutin, Carrie Waltz and Melissa Washinger received Girl Scouting’s top recognitions for adults.
Pearl Jamison of Culpeper received the Appreciation Pin.
Charity Revutin of Culpeper, Carrie Waltz of Amissville, and Melissa Washinger of Culpeper all received Volunteer of Excellence Awards.
Both awards recognize an individual’s exemplary service in support of delivering the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. The Volunteer of Excellence Award honors service at the troop-level, benefiting girls directly. The Appreciation Pin honors service at the community level, benefiting multiple troops.
Pearl Jamison is a troop leader, service unit team leader and council trainer. She works for Culpeper County Public Schools, yet finds time to be a Girl Scout volunteer and is leader of a high school troop of teen girls, the council said in a news release. She also supports girls in her service unit in any way she can.
As a service unit team leader, Jamison works to encourage joint adventures for all leaders in the unit, hosts team-building activities and has helped to create events that support troops and encourage girls to expand their friendships, not just as a troop but as a community, the release said.
Jamison takes dedication to the highest level, and is referred to as the backbone of the Culpeper Service Unit. She is well known, and looked up to by girls and adults in the area, according to the news release.
Charity Revutin is always willing to help when needed, and was a parent volunteer for her daughter’s troop years ago, which then turned into leadership of the troop. A few years later, she started another troop for her second daughter.
Later, when the Culpeper Service Unit cookie program manager stepped down, Revutin stepped up to fill that vacancy. She has been a troop leader for over nine years and cookie program manager for at least three years in the Culpeper Service Unit.
Carrie Waltz is a popular troop leader in Culpeper and gets requests from girls wanting to join her troops. She is co-leader of two troops, and prior to these troops was leader of two other troops.
In addition, Waltz has been a service unit finance facilitator and event planner for the Culpeper Service Unit for several years. She coordinates the service unit’s annual Operation Christmas Child event, for which girls pack more than 160 boxes with supplies donated from troops to send to children overseas who are less fortunate.
Melissa “Missy” Washinger is a troop leader, service unit secretary, event planner, and council trainer. She is energetic and always willing to help, the council said.
When another Brownie troop was needed in her area, she formed one, and has successfully run an active troop ever since. When the service unit communications facilitator stepped down, Washinger filled the position.
Washinger became a council trainer to offer guidance to leaders in Culpeper County and has helped the service unit by attending recruitment events to promote Girl Scouts and increase membership. She organized a successful annual Easter egg hunt for the service unit. The first year, the team filled about 500 eggs; this past year, that number increased to more than 1,400.
With support from adult volunteers, parents and staff, the Skyline Council delivers the Girl Scout experience to 9,100 members—5,600 girls and 3,500 adults—in a 36-county area in Central, Southside, Southwest and Western Virginia. The council is headquartered in Roanoke.
The council operates three regional properties: Camp Icimani in Roanoke County, Camp Sacajawea in Bedford County and Camp Sugar Hollow in Albemarle County. To volunteer, reconnect, donate or join, call 540-777-5100, email email@example.com or visit www.gsvsc.org.