Greater Iowa Greats

Greater Iowa Greats are our treasured alumnae and current Girl Scout members from Greater Iowa.  In fact, you may be a Girl Scout Great. If you are a Gold Award recipient, a dedicated volunteer, a celebrity, a transformational leader, or a current Girl Scout who is making a difference in your community then we want to hear your story!  Read about our featured Greats below.

Troop #40505
Council Bluffs, IA

On top of organizing a successful food drive for SU 406 for the past few years- they came up with an additional idea around Halloween.  They donated the majority of their candy to troops that were unable to trick or treat during Hurricane Sandy. They sent approximately 18 lbs!  Troop 40505 is lead by Laury Baxter.


 


Jackie Giles, Troop #505, Adel, IA
(nominated by Cristin Kreifels)

Jackie is the epitome of a Girl Scout.  She commands a troop of Girl Scout Brownies, but started last year with Girl Scout Daisies, most of which were first graders, but included a few kindergartners when they couldn’t find a troop to join.  When her daughter was to bridge to Brownies at the end of the year, Jackie lined up leaders for those girls who would not be able to bridge and continues to assist that troop as much as possible.  Not only is she a great troop leader, but Jackie is also a wonderful mom to 3 children, a very caring daycare provider, and the wife of a soldier who is currently serving in Afghanistan.  She makes sure that her troop is involved in community service projects throughout the year, brings in guest speakers to educate her troop, and fosters independence in her girls.


Bonnie Keller, Troop #53, Sioux City, IA
(nominated by Sue Keller)

Bonnie, a Gold Award recipient, is a Girl Scout Ambassador and high school Senior.  Her Gold Award project started several years ago with the plan to get her classmates trained in the life saving procedure CPR and the use of an AED.  To complete this process, Bonnie became a certified CPR/AED instructor last summer and got an AED purchased for the school.  She also got CPR mannequins that will be used by the school for training for years to come.  Trying to get 129 students trained was a difficult process, especially when she could only do this during school time -- but she managed to get this accomplished this year!

Bonnie has been involved in Girl Scouts for the last 13 years.  She has been an Assistant Leader to a group of Girl Scout Daisies for the past two years and has been on the Girl Scout Board of Directors as a girl member.  She has also earned the Bronze and Silver Award. She recently traveled to Houston, Texas for the 100 year anniversary convention of Girl Scouting.  She has thoroughly enjoyed her time in Scouting. 

She is also very involved with other community service organizations as well including S.T.A.R.S., K9 S.T.A.R.S., the American Heart Association, Hospice, Challenger League, the Humane Society, the Red Cross, Mayors Youth Commission and her parish youth group.  She has been involved in many school activities as well, including National Honor Society, Miracle Makers, Mission Club, she’s served as a program assistant at Camp Cayoca, she’s been a Swim team captain, has been involved in tennis and several choir groups.  She is currently a certified lifeguard/water safety instructor and employed at our local pool.  Her plans include attending Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa.


Ronette Bruner, Troop #377, Council Bluffs, IA
(nominated by Michelle Konvalin)

Ronette is a recipient of all of the highest awards in Girl Scouting, the Bronze, Silver, and Gold.  Her volunteer work goes above and beyond, volunteering weekly at the Girl Scout Office in Council Bluffs, Mohm’s Place (local homeless shelter), the Crescent Fire Barn, with Service Unit 406, and more.

"She is such a good role model of what our “grown up” Girl Scouts should be. She mentors [Michelle Konvalin's daughter], Lexi, and teaches her many things, and has shown what a mature, wonderful, giving heart she has."

 

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