Girl Scouts San Diego honors Rancho Santa Fe volunteers

During its recent annual Volunteer Celebration, Girl Scouts San Diego honored two Rancho Santa Fe residents for their outstanding contributions. Recipients were nominated by their peers and selected by a panel of Girl Scout volunteers. Held at the San Diego Convention Center, the awards ceremony followed a day-long conference for volunteers.

Rancho Santa Fe resident Sue Major received the Courage, Confidence and Character Award. The accolade recognizes adults who have made a significant contribution to Girl Scouts San Diego’s success through volunteer service and leadership.

A former Girl Scout, Major is the founder and CEO of Major Executive Search, a global firm that places top-level professionals in technology and science positions. An accomplished businesswoman who holds several patents, she says Girl Scouting was key to building the leadership skills that empowered her to succeed in life. Camp, earning badges, camaraderie and selling the most Girl Scout cookies in her troop are among her favorite memories.

Major’s passion is to encourage girls to use Girl Scouts’ STEAM programs to explore nontraditional careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering, the arts and math. A longtime supporter of Girl Scouts San Diego, Major serves on the organization’s board and fund development committee, and chairs the board development committee. She and her husband, John, played a key role in helping develop Girl Scouts’ recently constructed Balboa Lodge, underwriting the indoor/outdoor fireplace. The couple provides other generous contributions as well. Most recently, they co-chaired Girl Scouts’ “Urban Glampout” fundraiser. In addition, Major Executive Search was the event’s main sponsor.

Beth Nelson of Rancho Santa Fe received the SHARE Award, which pays tribute to individuals whose strong leadership builds support for Girl Scouts’ Share Her Annual Real Expense (SHARE) campaign. The SHARE initiative helps keep Girl Scouting available and affordable for all girls.

Nelson is the SHARE coordinator for Girl Scouts’ Solana Ranch Service Unit — a volunteer-led group supporting members in the communities of Solana Beach, Rancho Santa Fe and Del Mar. Nelson was honored for accomplishments relating to educating parents and leaders about the significance of SHARE and encouraging their participation.

For information about Girl Scout opportunities for girl members or adult volunteers in the Rancho Santa Fe, Solana Beach and Del Mar areas, contact Blanca Santos, at (619) 610-0757 or, or visit