Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Volunteer Spotlight: Meet Terri Denson

Terri Denson has been a Girl Scout volunteer for more than 20 years. Along with two other advisors, she serves Girl Scout Senior/Ambassador Troop 10765 at First Missionary Baptist Church in Huntsville.

Terri began her volunteering with a Cadette troop, then moved up with the girls when they bridged to the Senior level. She serves as Service Unit 31’s fall product manager and she is rotating off the Gold Award committee for the Huntsville area. In addition to these positions, Terri is also the Girl Scout coordinator for her church, which is the sponsor for her troop, and she plans her troop’s yearly trip.

In the past, Terri has served as service unit cookie chair and in several other volunteer positions in the North Alabama legacy council.

Girls in her troop range from grades nine through twelve, and most have been involved with Girl Scouts since they were in Daisies or Brownies. Her troop loves doing community projects, earning the Gold Award and taking on leadership roles in various activities. The girls do service projects with Kids to Love, an adopt-a-prison fellowship angel every Christmas, and they do other projects with their service unit (31) and other troops at their church. Terri also says that when they have graduating high school seniors, one of more of her girls earns the Girl Scout Gold Award.

Terri’s troop donated cookies to the military during the Girl Scout Cookie Program, and they use some of their profits for service projects and their yearly educational trip, which they have done for the past 20 years. Past trips include Ripley’s educational program in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and the Disney youth program at Disney World.

“My greatest reward from Girl Scouting is seeing the girls become successful women in life, seeing some becoming Girl Scout leaders here in Alabama and other states, and seeing their daughters becoming Girl Scout Daisies and Brownies, carrying on the tradition,” she says.