When we did realignment between the councils in 2007, we found that our volunteers, parents, and constituents wanted quick access to information. That information ranged from how to do things (which is why we created this Virtual Volunteer blog), to timelines, deadlines, and programs available.
Our program opportunities and Other Opportunities change daily, so moving all this information to the internet made sense. Our website, www.girlscoutssa.org, is not just for the troop leader and service unit managers, it is for you, too. It allows you to know what is going on, understand how the program builds girls of courage, character and confidence, and for us to test ideas and program suggestions.
Our GSSA Weekly e-newsletter contains the latest information about new programs, events, upcoming deadlines, and other information to make your Girl Scout's experience a success.
You are also welcome to follow us on Facebook, where we post last-minute opportunities that we hear about, run the occasional contest, and receive opportunities for participation from other troops across the country!
In addition to our weekly e-newsletter, we have a full-time staff person who is available to you to respond to your questions, concerns, and other issues. She works across the council and is the expert on Safety Activity checkpoints, how to deal with difficult parents, and how to effectively run a Girl Scout troop. If you have questions or concerns that need answers, please call Cheryl Miller, our volunteer training and communications manager. Her phone number is 334-312-0433. She is a great resource for you and works with volunteers -- all day, every day.
We are in transition as we get our new software, E-Council, up and running. If you are a returning volunteer with a troop, give E-Council a try. I had someone say last week that this is the best thing she has seen in years. We are still working on the program module, so stay tuned for that segment to be live. We will continue to ask for the Hold Harmless forms to be done on paper, so we can track them. As we work our way into the software, we expect this to be online also, but not this year.
We want you to have access to the best resources available to make your troop and girl experience excellent. You will find all types of resources on our website, www.girlscoutssa.org. It does change on a daily basis with new program listings, so this is the real-time way to stay tuned to what all is going on.
We believe we have a great program year ahead. Please let us know if there are things we can do to assist you.