Laura Estes of Carterville has been named GSSI’s January Pearl of the Month. The Pearl of the Month Award recognizes a Girl Scout volunteer who has delivered service beyond expectations and helped to ensure that the approximately 14,000 Girl Scouts in southern Illinois benefit from a premier Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Nominees must meet several criteria, including completion of all required training for his or her volunteer position as well as providing outstanding service to his or her Service Unit or the Council.
In addition to her regular duties as a troop leader, Laura is an advocate for hunger and homelessness and has managed the adoption of The Promise Food Pantry in Marion for her Service Unit. She has motivated each troop to donate canned goods, coats, gloves, hats and money. She has organized this initiative into monthly projects for the entire Girl Scout year. Her troop is very active and Laura is an inspiration to all who work with her.