Michele was recently honored with the Sustained Service Pin, and has previously received the Appreciation Pin. She has served as a troop organizer for her school, increasing Girl Scout presence. She has been very active in the service unit, helping to make sure the service unit holds at least one event per month, including a large annual bridging ceremony that has very high attendance every year. Michele also helped start one of the first Mariners troops in the council, helping to make sure the Girl Scouts in the service unit have high-adventure outdoor opportunities.
The sustained service pin is awarded to an individual who has continued to volunteer at the service unit or council level an additional three years after receiving another GSUSA or GSWISE award. It is only given if the individual is not eligible to receive another GSUSA or GSWISE award.
To qualify for the award, the nominee must be an active, registered adult Girl Scout, have received the highest award they are eligible to receive based on their area of service, and has demonstrated outstanding leadership in the areas of advancing girl participation in meaningful programs and inspiring service and community partnership. The service of the nominee has remained above and beyond the expectations of any position held and has continued to help the council reach or surpass its strategic priorities for at least one service unit.
To be submitted for initial consideration to the staff or volunteer committees, a minimum of one nomination and one endorsement from a second individual are required.
Once approved to move forward by the staff or volunteer committee, the nomination and endorsement are submitted to the GSWISE Board of Directors for final approval.