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Girl Scout Volunteer Awarded Delaware’s Highest Honor


In November 2016, Governor Jack Markell bestowed the highest honor a governor can award, the Order of the First State, to Lifetime Girl Scout Joan Przywara for dedicating decades of her life to inspiring generations of girls. After working for Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay, Joan began a career as a professional Girl Scout volunteer.

Not only has Joan served more than five decades as a Girl Scout volunteer, but she has also given more than 10 years to the Alzheimer’s Association and AARP Delaware. Joan has touched countless lives and has given thousands of hours throughout her lifetime in service. Girl Scouts builds girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place, and no one exemplifies that mission more than Joan.

Through her 53+ years as a Girl Scout volunteer, Joan has served and continues to serve on numerous committees, including Archives, Women of Distinction, Fund Development Advancement and Annual Meeting committees. Joan has also serviced on the GSCB Board of Directors and is the liaison between GSCB and the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington. She ensures that any girl wishing to earn her religious award has an advocate.

Joan consistently goes out of her way to best serve Girl Scouts and volunteers. She is the first person to show up and the last person to leave. She is not only a role model for Girl Scouts, but for all Delawareans. Rarely do you find someone who is so willing to give of herself to help others in any way that she can.