Eastern President Núñez was the recipient of this year's Girl Scouts of Connecticut's 2011 Breakfast Badge at a special breakfast event on Dec. 10 at the Hartford Club. Núñez was honored for her courage, commitment and dedication to education. More than 200 friends and supporters were on hand to acknowledge Nunez's uncommon leadership for the common good, while supporting Girl Scouting's programs for young women.
"We honor a pioneer in education," said Girl Scouts of Connecticut President Teresa Younger, who congratulated President Núñez for her leadership at Eastern, for her work in the community, and for her support of Girl Scouts of Connecticut as a member of the board of directors.
As the 2011 Breakfast Badge honoree, Núñez received a personalized Girl Scout badge depicting strength, character and education. The unique badge was specially designed to reflect her tireless efforts to increase Eastern's visibility - both regionally and nationally. This is the 15th year of the badge program.
"I want to thank Girl Scouts of Connecticut CEO Jennifer Smith Turner, Board President Teresa Younger, and my colleagues on the Board of Directors for honoring me today with this special Girl Scout Badge," Núñez said in accepting her award. "It is an honor and a privilege to receive this recognition."
Núñez lauded the 47,000 Girl Scouts in Connecticut and the 19,000 Girl Scout volunteers across the state for their work to build girl's "courage, confidence and character."
"These words are powerful," she remarked, reflecting on recent events at Penn State University and wondering if she would have had the courage, confidence and character to prevent the abuses that allegedly occurred there over the past 15 years. "I think a lot of the Girl Scouts in this room would have stood tall and straight if they had had those same decisions to make."
President Núñez ended her remarks by commenting on the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts: "Girl Scouting is not out of date. It has never been more relevant. The core values that the Girl Scouts share is a great gift to this country."