Girl Scouts San Diego recognizes local volunteers

Girl Scouts San Diego recognizes local volunteers
From left, Girl Scouts San Diego Director of Retail and Product Sales Lani Longacre and Girl Scouts San Diego COO Gerry Keshka congratulate awardee Wendy Dell along with Girl Scouts San Diego Board Chair Debbie Rider and Girl Scout Cadette Cassandra Ugarte of Troop 5260. Courtesy photo


OCEANSIDE — Oceanside residents Wendy Dell, Jessica Zamora, Jamie and Jason Anderson, Beth Callahan, Iyonna Hill, and Shekiss Saldivar were honored recently at Girl Scouts San Diego’s recent Volunteer Celebration.

Dell and Zamora are among the nearly 2,500 local volunteers who assist with the annual the Girl Scout Cookie Program. They received Cookie Awards for exceeding expectations, increasing Scout participation and providing exceptional support for adults involved with the cookie program.

As “cookie coordinator” for Camp Pendleton, Dell developed an innovative system to make choosing cookie booth sale sites easier on Girl Scout troops. She was particularly sensitive to the needs of families with one parent deployed in her decisions and strategies.

Zamora, cookie coordinator for Vista, helped boost sales in her area by 10 percent in 2014 by providing exceptional support for other volunteers. In addition, she created a Cookie Award Ceremony to recognize high-achieving girls.

The Andersons, Callahan and Hill took the stage to accept the Appreciation Pin. The Anderson husband-wife team lent a hand at group camping events, with Jamie teaching outdoor skills and Jason assisting with tent setup and cooking. Callahan shares her experience with other volunteers during extensive trainings and information nights. Hill facilitates many activities for Camp Pendleton Girl Scouts, with a special focus on safety and conflict resolution.

Saldivar, the manager of the Camp Pendleton Service Unit (community of Girl Scouts), received the Appreciation Pin for keeping her team organized despite the frequent arrivals and departures of military families.

Girl Scouting for girls in grades K-12 has an annual membership fee of $15. Visit to join or volunteer.


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