Suffolk women recognized by Girl Scouts

Published 10:07 pm Thursday, February 21, 2019

Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast recognized Suffolk resident Carolene Goodwyn-Harris with a Thanks Badge on Feb. 2 for her exemplary service in support of delivering the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.

Goodwyn-Harris, who just completed a two-year term as the chair of the board of directors for Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast, earned this nationally recognized award for the impact her service has had on the Girl Scout movement.

Her dream to become a Girl Scout was met when she served on the Council Philanthropy and Board Development committees and later assumed the role of board chair. During her tenure, she led the council through a successful transition to Customer Engagement Initiative as well as numerous upgrades to the council’s camp properties. The development of the Property Committee was initiated by her, as she knew the Council’s outdoor properties were where the girls would try new things in the outdoors. Her efforts led to a new ranger house at Camp Darden in Courtland, a climbing wall at Camp Skimino in Williamsburg, new hammock sites at Camps Skimino and Darden, and Girl Scout Daisy and Brownie low-ropes courses at Camps Skimino and Darden.

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Goodwyn-Harris attended almost every meeting, ceremony and event that she was invited to attend. She loves being around the girls and seeing them have a sense of pride when they do something for the first time. Every time she met a volunteer, she always made sure that she thanked them for giving the girls the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.

In addition to Goodwyn-Harris, Girl Scout volunteer Lisa McIvor received the Appreciation Pin for her work with Girl Scouts in her community. Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast relies on adult volunteers who give their time and talents to make a difference in the lives of more than 11,000 girls in southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina.

Girl Scout Deborah Amatulli was also honored for 60 years of service to the organization.

To volunteer, reconnect, donate or join, visit or call 1-800-77SCOUT.