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Huntington Beach Residents Honored by Girl Scouts of Orange County

by: Elizabeth Fairchild
Posted: June 19, 2017

HUNTINGTON BEACH...On Sunday, June 4th Girl Scouts of Orange County and its Board of Directors came together with over 700 guests to celebrate the incredible accomplishments of Girl Scouts and the adult volunteers who support them at the Celebrate! Recognition luncheon at the Disneyland Hotel. The following Huntington Beach residents received a prestigious award during the event. 


 50-year Member Lindy Thurrell at the 2017 Girl Scouts Celebrate Recognition Event


Lindy Thurrell received her 50-Year Membership Numeral Guard Pin, in honor of the total number of years she has been a Girl Scout. During her 50 years as a Girl Scout, Lindy has spent 38 years changing girls’ lives as an adult volunteer in Huntington Beach. 


2017 Appreciation Pin Recipients: Sandra McMasters, Kathryn Rodriguez, Laura Otero, Karen Pione, and Elaine Murphy


Volunteers Sue Baldwin-Laird and Kathryn Rodriguez received the Appreciation Pin, a national award that recognizes volunteers who have delivered outstanding service to Girl Scouts.

 Sue Baldwin-Laird is the leader of her younger daughter’s troop and an advisor for her older daughter’s troop of 45 girls!  Last summer when the Huntington Beach Day Camp was in jeopardy of canceling, Sue rallied adults and older girls to provide a spectacular experience for the Girl Scouts of Huntington Beach and surrounding areas. 

 Kathryn Rodriguez is a mentor to both adults and girls in her Service Unit! She guides and assists the adult members so they have all the tools they need to be successful leaders and encourages girls to take on leadership roles and try new things.


2017 Appreciation Pin Recipients: Lorena Montes, Brigitte Lindstrom, Addy Lerner, Lisa Craig, Sue Baldwin-Laird, Chris Evans, Jennifer Baker


Girl Scout Ambassador Lucy O’Connell (18) was surprised with the Juliette Low Spirit of Girl Scouting Award, which honors graduating high school seniors who have demonstrated their dedication to Girl Scouting.  Girl Scouts has allowed Lucy to explore the outdoors at several Girl Scout camps and high adventure activities around the country, and she passes her love of the outdoors on to other girls.  She is reliable and true to herself and her values, while being kind to others and respectful to all.

 Girl Scout Ambassadors Victoria Henson and Hannah Thornhill were surprised with the Outstanding Senior Girl Scout Award.


2017 Juliette Low Spirit of Girl Scouting Award Recipients: Hannah Lee, Ashley Holguin, Lucy O’Connell, Phoebe Logier, Erika Dunning


Victoria Henson (17) is an honor student, athlete, and Model United Nations teacher at school.  She volunteers with Girls Inc. teaching educational and extracurricular classes to kids and gives her time to City of Lights to improve environmental sustainability of orphanages in Africa. In Girl Scouts, she shows leadership in planning service unit events and is always willing to step in and express her ideas.


2017 Outstanding Senior Girl Scout Recipients: Mailealii Sagiao, Ashley Weiner, Isabelle Lucena, Samantha Shaw, Hannah Thornhill, Victoria Henson, Cassandra Amirghahari


Hannah Thornhill (18) participates in dance at school and in her community, and she is active in her church.  She is a Girl Scout delegate and has helped run Strategy Cafes and Service Unit events in Huntington Beach.  Hannah has a heart for service and is compassionate and driven.

 Reflecting on the award recipients, Girl Scouts of Orange County CEO Nancy Nygren shared her gratitude. “I am very proud to take part in this celebration, honoring some of the hardest working, most dedicated volunteers any organization could have. Together, we are educating our communities about the importance and relevancy of the Girl Scout Leadership Development Experience while changing thousands of girls’ lives for the better.”


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