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March Green Spot: Mary Fanslow


This month’s Green Spot volunteer is Mary Fanslow from Holston River Service Unit in Kingsport.

Mary is a longtime Girl Scout volunteer and the current troop administrator of Troop 263. She also serves as the adult recognitions coordinator and co-service unit manager for Holston River. She has been with Troop 263 since 1994!

Her heart is with the Girl Scout Leadership Program and her troop accepts any girl whose desire is to be a Girl Scout, no matter what grade she is in. In years past, Mary has had girls of all grade levels, and has not been sure of how to get enough volunteers for the girls’ needs. She asked lots of questions, and, through some trial and error, was able to recruit enough volunteers! She is rewarded by the smiles of the girls who reach their goals.

Mary is passionate about volunteers being recognized for their contributions to Girl Scouts. She has served for 12 years as the service unit’s recognitions coordinator, keeping a spreadsheet of the nominations and the recipients in her area.  She not only focuses on her area, but she has also been a member of the council’s volunteer appreciation task force for 12 years, which reviews all award nominations in the council area.

She has also recently stepped into the role of co-managing Holston River Service Unit. She has been asked to fill this role before, but she now feels comfortable taking on a new role and broadening her volunteer experience. She has lots of resourceful energy to share with new volunteers in the service unit!

She rarely steps into the limelight for an award or recognition herself. Ever so humble, she should be recognized for her work in our council as our Green Spot volunteer for March.

Mary has a green spot in her heart for both the girl and the adult in Girl Scouts!