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Volunteer Spotlight: Christine Calvin

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Congratulations to our January Volunteer of the Month, Christine Calvin of Loudon County! Learn more about Christine, her Girl Scout journey, and the difference she has seen Girl Scouting make.

What is your occupation? I am a transport coordinator for AMR ambulance service.

What are your hobbies outside of Girl Scouts? My hobbies are reading (a lot!), writing, and various arty things. The exact outlet varies but I have a need to be creative.

How long have you been a Girl Scout volunteer? Four years and counting currently, and three years when my now 20-year-old was a Girl Scout Brownie and Junior. Seven years altogether.

Why did you get started as a Girl Scout volunteer? I started 12 years ago because my oldest was bridging from Brownies to Juniors and there wasn't a Junior troop for her, so we started our own! And then when my younger daughter was in kindergarten she was SO excited to be in Girl Scouts. She'd been playing dress up with her sister's old uniforms since she was a toddler and had been waiting, not so patiently, to be old enough. So, I signed up as the program mentor for her Daisy troop, and then our third year I became the main leader.

What are your goals for volunteering with Girl Scouts? To help the girls find their strengths and have new experiences. I want all of my girls to realize that they can make a difference in the world.

Favorite memory associated with being a volunteer? Every time I see a girl find her inner leader. I've seen girls go from so shy they won't talk to the others to teaching a group of girls how to do something, or a girl who never speaks up in the group volunteer to lead the Girl Scout Promise. And the hugs from the girls are priceless.

Volunteer Pro Tip(s)? Technology is your friend! Not only resources like Volunteer Toolkit, but things like Google Drive are invaluable, especially during product sales. I can access information I need quickly and easily wherever we are. Support of the parents in your troop is key. We have amazing parents in our troop. And have fun with Girl Scouting! We as adults can try new things and learn from them also. Also, be involved with your service unit. I can't imagine how hard this would be without the support and connection with ours.

Favorite Girl Scout cookie? That's such a hard question! Tagalongs followed closely by Thin Mints and Samoas.

What you think is the most important/valuable thing about Girl Scouts? How have you seen girls benefit from Girl Scouts? The most valuable thing about Girl Scouts is that there are so many opportunities for all girls, no matter their age, interests, or backgrounds. I have seen girls benefit in so many ways! Developing close friendships (we have girls from 7 different schools, but you'd never know that when you see them together), learning about other cultures and realizing that different doesn't mean "bad," and trying and enjoying things they had never experienced before, or thought they wouldn't like.

Girl Scouts unleashes the G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ in every girl, preparing her for a lifetime of leadership. The inclusive, all-female environment of a Girl Scout troop creates a safe space where girls can try new things, develop a range of skills, take on leadership roles, and just be themselves. Christine embodies the G.I.R.L. spirit and helps to instill it in others. Girl Scouts of the Southern Appalachians is proud to name her as Volunteer of the Month for January!