A Highland woman was elected to lead the Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois (GSSI) Board of Directors, and two other local women were also elected to executive posts on the board during the organization’s annual meeting on April 5 at the Hilton Garden Inn in O’Fallon.
Linda Manley of Highland will serve as GSSI board chair through 2018. Susan Bowman of Highland was also elected to serve as treasurer and Angie Zahn of Trenton as secretary through 2017.
Manley is a financial adviser with Edward Jones Investments and has been involved with Girl Scouting for 40 years, first as a Girl Scout through high school and later as a troop leader, service unit cookie chair and service unit treasurer.
She brings outstanding skills and knowledge in fundraising, finance, business and technology. She currently serves on GSSI’s board of directors as second vice chair and is chair of the finance committee. She also serves on boards of the St. Paul Educational Foundation, Jarvis Township Senior Program and the Troy/Maryville/St. Jacob/Marine Chamber of Commerce.
Bowman is the secretary/treasurer of The Korte Co. in Highland. She was a Girl Scout from first through 12th grade and received the prestigious Girl Scout Gold Award. She also served as a Girl Scout troop leader from 1993 to 1999 for her daughter’s troop.
She serves on the Faith Countryside Homes Board of Directors and served previously on the board of directors for Louis Latzer Memorial Library in Highland, the Highland High School band, Chestnut Health Systems and was an allocations committee member with the Alton United Way. She is currently a member at large of the GSSI Board of Directors and serves on the finance committee and property task force.
Zahn is the owner of Zahn Appraisal Service and a broker with Strano & Associates Real Estate. She served as a past president of Girl Scouts of River Bluffs Council for six years and on the board of directors for 12 years. She has been Girl Scout mentor and leader for the past 29 years, and under her leadership, seven of her girls have earned the prestigious Girl Scout Gold Award. Zahn is a lifetime member of the Girl Scouts and a founding member of the Juliette Gordon Low Society.
Several local units and volunteers were also honored at the annual meeting.
Connie Fair of Service Unit 109 for Troy, St. Jacob and Marine received an Honor Pin. The award recognizes an individual’s exemplary service in support of delivering the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE), which has had measurable impact on two or more geographic areas of service, allowing the council to reach and surpass its mission-delivery goals.
Service Unit 7 in Bond County, Service Unit 110 in Highland and Service Unit Team 202 for Trenton, Lebanon, Mascoutah and New Baden all received the The President’s Award. The honor recognizes the efforts of a service-delivery team or committee whose exemplary service in support of delivering the Girl Scout Leadership Experience surpassed team goals and resulted in significant, measurable impact toward reaching the council’s overall goals.
The Appreciation Pin, which recognizes an individual’s exemplary service in support of delivering the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, was awarded to Loretta Hilmes, Nikki Labbee and Marsha Shirley, all of Service Unit 202.
Lynn Miener of Service Unit 109 for Troy, St. Jacob and Marine, and Melissa Oberlender of Service Unit 110 in Highland received the Volunteer of Excellence Award, which 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.
Also receiving the Volunteer of Excellence Award were Kristine Bohn, Amanda Doll, Allison Smith and Tara Godier of Service Unit 7 in Bond County, and Susan Knapp, Stacy Schroeder, and Jill Thomas of Service Unit 15 in Clinton County.