Results tagged “GSSA Weekly” from GSSA Leader Blog: The Virtual Volunteer


Summer must be drawing to a close.  Labor Day is now in the past and we are in the midst of recruitment.   We always look forward to a set of fresh new faces to change the world through Girl Scouts.

Social Media
I thought I would run through a few reminders on issues around publicity.   We love to see photos of girls doing things around the council footprint.   Our PR staff use them as best they can through our website, GSSA Weekly E-newsletter, Facebook page, Twitter feed, Flickr photos, and Instagram media outlets.   If it seems like you see some of the same girls, it is because they are the ones who send us photos.   We would like to see photos of EVERYONE!   Please send your troop and activity photos to   Label it with the troop number and what the girls were doing to have fun, and we will share with everyone!

GSSA Weekly E-newsletter 
It's a good idea to have all the parents in your troop subscribe to the GSSA Weekly E-newsletter.  It comes out every Thursday.   It is full of great ideas, new program listings, trainings, announcements and reminders.   This is the most widely-used resource across the entire council.  We feel it is so important that it is automatically delivered to the email box of every adult member!  Nonmembers can sign up on our website at

On our website, we offer our Event Calendar, where council-presented programs are listed as soon as they are finalized.  We also keep an Other Opportunities Calendar for noncouncil events that may be of interest.  Many community events, volunteer opportunities, and Service Unit/Troop based events are listed here.  A Volunteer Training calendar is featured on the Volunteer Resources page of our website - it's an easy way to see what upcoming certification opportunities are available to volunteers. 

The Virtual Volunteer blog keeps you informed of larger issues - like new faces on our staff, upgrades at council properties, plans for camp programs, etc.  We also sometimes feature leader tips, so you are welcome to submit a blog post to share with your peers!  Our Girl Blog is where Girl Scouts are welcome to express themselves.  Our Press Reps write entries here, and this is also where we interview Gold and Silver Awardees, so that other girls can benefit from their experiences.  All Girl Scouts in the council are invited to submit blog entries that are related to their Girl Scouting experiences.  For either blog, please submit to

We work hard to keep our website and social media up to date, and the most timely resources are our Facebook page and our Twitter feed; please like us and follow us.  But if you have concerns, questions, issues or hear things that don't make sense, let us know at



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,, 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. 

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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,   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.

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