Gwinnett Gab 6/5/2008

Student wins essay award

LAWRENCEVILLE - The Philadelphia Winn Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution recognized Samantha Albert, a Brookwood High School student, as its 2008 DAR Good Citizens essay winner.

Albert read her essay at the chapter's March 16 meeting at the Lawrenceville Female Seminary.

Regent Gwen Brogdon and Chairwoman Sylvia Johnson presented Albert with a certificate, pin and cash award.

Army team wins softball game

DULUTH - The Army slow pitch softball team recently won the "Top Gun" all-military softball match organized to benefit the Gwinnett chapter of the Sentinels of Freedom.

The games began at 1 p.m. at Bunten Road Park. The Army first defeated the Navy 15-5. In the second game, the Air Force beat the Marines 13 to 7. The Army then beat the Air Force 17 to 10 in the final match.

The Sentinels of Freedom is a group of local residents raising money and community awareness to help severely disabled servicemen who fought in Iraq or Afghanistan by reconnecting them with their family and providing them with a home, a job, an education and life coaching.

The softball match was the group's first fundraiser. The Gwinnett chapter reached its goal of obtaining a home and a vehicle for the first wounded soldier to be brought back to Gwinnett.

For more information about the group, contact Team Leader Karen Love by e-mail at sentinelsoffreedom@charter.net, by postal mail at P.O. Box 2124, Duluth, GA 30096 or by fax at 678-254-2991.

Girl Scout volunteer wins Council's highest honor

DULUTH - The Girl Scout Council of Northwest Georgia recognized Trudy Rudert of Duluth with the Thanks Badge II at the council's annual Pick of the Bunch awards presentation.

The Thanks Badge II, the highest honor awarded to Girl Scout volunteers, is given to those who provide continuous outstanding service that benefits the entire council or the Girl Scout movement.

For 48 years, Rudert has given her best to the Girl Scout organization. She served as a troop leader for 27 years and an instructor of trainers for 17.

In the last two years, Rudert registered to conduct 80 workshops. This includes 24 American Red Cross classes and 15 outdoor platform tent weekends. She assisted in the development of course work for advanced camping skills, outdoor cooking skills and campfire gourmet.

Volunteer receives service award

DULUTH - The Girl Scout Council of Northwest Georgia recognized Anne De Franks of Duluth with the Helen Foster Award of Excellence at the council's annual Pick of the Bunch awards presentation.

The Helen Foster Award of Excellence is given to Girl Scout volunteers who provide superior service that calls attention to community needs.

Helen Foster touched the lives of thousands of girls and adults as the Girl Scout Council of Northwest Georgia's director of development. When she died in 1997, she left a legacy of 22 years of dedication to Girl Scouting.

De Franks is willing to jump in wherever she's needed. She is a Brownie and Cadette Girl Scout leader, cookie chair, annual fund chair, event coordinator and is currently the service unit director for the Two Bridges Service Unit.

Girl Scout volunteer receives service pin

NORCROSS - The Girl Scout Council of Northwest Georgia recognized Kathy Chaffin of Norcross with the Honor Pin at the council's annual Pick of the Bunch awards presentation.

The Honor Pin is given to Girl Scout volunteers who provide outstanding service to two or more counties within the council's jurisdiction.

Chaffin served as a council trainer for 15 years and a training unit administrator for the last four. In her role, she is willing to step in when needed and is very flexible. She often agrees to switch classes with her fellow trainers who might have last minute conflicts and are unable to fulfill their assignments.

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