GIVE Center director receives national Girl Scouts award
Georgia College GIVE Center director Kendall Stiles has received the 2012 Women of Distinction Award by Girl Scouts of
Historic Georgia for setting an example of excellence in her community.
Stiles became one of five honorees to receive this year’s award in Middle Georgia. The annual award is part of the organization’s 100th anniversary, celebrating founder Juliette Gordon Low’s legacy to develop youth into community leaders.
“Receiving this type of recognition is exciting and a nice surprise,” said Stiles. “I was a Girl Scouts trooper for nearly 10 years. I always admired Juliette Gordon Low and still follow her message through the GIVE Center.”
The award celebrates the accomplishments of outstanding women who show character, patriotism, conduct and service. Past recipients have been honored in areas including education, business, government, communications, health care and volunteer services.
Terry Kennedy, Milledgeville Chamber of Commerce board chair and Exchange Bank vice president of business development, nominated Stiles. Kennedy has worked alongside Stiles on community projects since 1998.
“Kendall is an exceptional individual who gives so much to make Milledgeville a better place,” said Kennedy, a 2010 Women of Distinction honoree. “Her dedication to our community makes you understand the value of giving back.”
As founder and director of the GIVE Center and Hands On Milledgeville, Stiles spent the past 18 years working in volunteerism and student development efforts.
Stiles earned both a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and master’s degree in leadership in higher education from Appalachian State University in North Carolina.
Currently, Stiles serves as vice president of training and development for the Georgia Association of Volunteer Administrators. She has served as president of the Georgia Campus Community Service Association and on the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oconee, The American Cancer Society, Oconee Prevention Resource Council and Life Enrichment Center.
During 2010, she earned Georgia’s highest honor in Student Affairs, the Theodore K. Miller Outstanding Student Affairs Professional Service Award.
“Girl Scouts empowers and builds character, which is what the GIVE Center affords our dedicated students,” Stiles said. “With this recognition, I received the opportunity to share the GIVE Center story and how are students are making an impact in the community. I hope to nominate a worthy person for next year’s award. The award is truly an honor.”