Local Girl Scout leader receives council honor

Jennifer Tinnes of Westfield received the Appreciation Award from the Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont council during its recent annual meeting in Hickory.

A Westfield resident has been awarded for going above and beyond her duties as a volunteer with local Girl Scouts.

Jennifer Tinnes received the Appreciation Award during a recent annual meeting and adult recognition ceremony of the Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont council.

The event was held at the Hickory Convention Center to celebrate the greatness in Girl Scouts of all ages and the continuation of the scouting mission to instill courage, confidence and character in its members.

Tinnes was among several individuals whose work in making the council successful in the past year was honored, given that it relies on volunteers to help make the scouting program available to girls in their communities.

The Appreciation Award the Westfield woman received recognizes a registered adult Girl Scout who has delivered outstanding service and contributed to the achievement of the council’s goals in at least one service area.

Tinnes filled a long-vacant position of service unit specialist in Surry County. She has formed a service team and organized scouting activities and community service projects for local troops.

She also mentors new leaders and organized cookie booths for all the Surry troops in serving as local Girl Scout cookie specialist. Her leadership has resulted in membership growth and increased cookie sales in Surry County, council officials say.

Tinnes, who has been involved in the cookie program for more than 10 years, works hard to perpetuate sales because of the important role that plays as scouting’s chief fundraiser. Troops use the proceeds for field trips, supplies for Girl Scout programming and service projects that benefit the community.

In one recent year, 43,472 boxes were sold in Surry County, with more than 200 girls participating.

Tinnes also attends Leaderee, a council-wide adult learning event, to bring new ideas and enthusiasm home to her area.

The Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont council, a United Way agency, is one of 112 councils nationwide chartered by Girl Scouts of the USA to deliver scouting programs within specific geographic boundaries. The local council serves nearly 16,000 girls and 7,000 adult volunteers in 40 counties and maintains six camp properties and four service centers offering unique experiences for girls and adults.

Surry County is part of its Triad Service Area, based in Colfax in Guilford County.

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