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 Kathleen Rioux of Lawrenceville was recently awarded the Honor Pin at the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta annual adult volunteer award ceremony. The Honor Pin is reserved for a distinctive group of volunteers who have made a significant impact on the Girl Scout movement. 

Special Photo Kathleen Rioux of Lawrenceville was recently awarded the Honor Pin at the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta annual adult volunteer award ceremony. The Honor Pin is reserved for a distinctive group of volunteers who have made a significant impact on the Girl Scout movement. 

Local receives Girl Scout volunteer honor

LAWRENCEVILLE — Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta recently awarded Kathleen Rioux of Lawrenceville with the Honor Pin at the council’s annual adult volunteer awards ceremony.

The Honor Pin is reserved for a distinctive group of volunteers who have made a significant impact on the Girl Scout movement and who have provided outstanding service to two or more counties within the council’s jurisdiction.

In her 16 years as an adult volunteer, Rioux has been a Girl Scout master trainer and is a member of the Trainer Recognition Committee and co-chair of the sub-committee High Award review.

“Kathy goes above and beyond the expectation … working with girl members to teach them a new skill or inspire their imaginations to reach a new level in their quest to excel as Girl Scouts,” fellow adult volunteer Helen Person said.

The Next Stop gets $8K grant from Jackson EMC

SUWANEE — The Next Stop recently received an $8,100 grant from the Jackson EMC Foundation, which is funded by members of the Operation Round Up program.

Suwanee-based The Next Stop is an afternoon program for adults with mild disabilities.

Randy Dellinger, Gwinnett district manager of Jackson EMC, delivered the check to founders Stu and Vicki LaRoche and some of The Next Stop members.

Local named president of insurance association

SNELLVILLE — Snellville resident Stark D. Harbour, a partner at William Adams & Associates and president of the Adamds-Harbour Agency in Atlanta, was elected president of the Independent Insurance Agents of Georgia during the association’s annual meeting.

IIAG is a trade association representing more than 760 agencies and 3,500 insurance professionals throughout the state.

Harbour has been a member of IIAG’s executive committee since 2007 and will continue to serve through his five-year term, which ends in June 2012. He has served in a number of roles for IIAG and its local associations.

Harbour started in the financial services industry in 1985, when he joined Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith. He joined the Grimes Insurance Agency in 1997 as a producer and later served as a partner in the firm. Harbour joined Bill Adams at William Adams & Associates in 2008.

Brookwood graduate gets scholarship from orthodontist

SNELLVILLE — Dr. Arthur Silver, an orthodontist in Snellville, recently awarded his annual Silver Smiles Scholarship Award to Jessica Martini, a recent Brookwood High School graduate.

Silver annually gives a $1,000 scholarship to a deserving senior. The scholarship is based on academics, extra curricular activities, and community involvement.

Martini was chosen from many applicants based on her 4.0 grade-point average, as well as her leadership and volunteer activities. Not only did Martini maintained straight A’s throughout her academic career, she also never missed a single day of school.

She will be using the scholarship funds to further her education at Georgia Tech.

Berkmar grad wins scholarship from Students Without Mothers

LILBURN — Nilam Wazir, a recent graduate of Berkmar High School, has been recognized by Students Without Mothers with a $4,000 scholarship for her academic achievement in the face of personal tragedy.

A resident of Lawrenceville, Wazir, who has scoliosis and spina bifida, lost her mother to cancer three years ago. She said the hardest part of losing her mother has been remembering her mother whenever coming across something about motherhood.

Wazir is a gifted art student who wants to pursue marketing when she begins her college experience at Emory University. Her goal is to graduate from a nationally recognized business school to honor her mother’s faith in her potential.

Wazir spends much of her free time doing community service with organizations including the Atlanta Community Food Bank and has been recognized with the Presidential Volunteer Service Award.

Students Without Mothers is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping deserving students who have lost their mothers go to college by providing them with scholarships and personal support.

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