December 2010 Archives

liz_brent.jpgWe always try to estimate our finances from one year to the next, which is not an easy thing to do when about 75% of our budget is predicated on the cookie sale.   Last year the cookie sale was OUTSTANDING!   We were able to pay the bills, fix some of the things that were broken and buy some new equipment for the girls to use.   

We are always hopeful that we will do as well this year as we did last year.   We changed cookie bakers, and have more confidence in this baker than our previous one.   The attention they have paid to us has been excellent.   They are responsive and eager to build our sale, since our success is their success.   We did three times more cookie training sessions all around the council, so if you are not computer literate, we can make you feel comfortable working with the SNAP cookie software.   

With tough economic times, the Gulf oil spill and other challenges, selling cookies might not be as easy for many, but we want your girls to have every opportunity to maximize their time with this entrepreneurial program.    Hopefully, we can continue to build on the success of last year.

Serve your community and have fun learning about visual art! The Mobile Museum of Art has some great volunteer opportunities for Girl Scouts, ages 14 and up.

The museum welcomes courteous and enthusiastic youth to assist with museum and community events. Check out these upcoming opportunities and sign up today!

·       Birthday Buddies: one volunteer per party to help children with an art activity during the Masterpiece Birthday Party (held on Saturdays and Sundays); parties last for 1.5 hours, total volunteer time averages 2.5 hours.

·       Art Club Assistants: once-a-month activities sponsored by the Mobile Public Library, from 4-5 p.m.; Toulminville Branch activities are on Wednesday afternoons and the Ben May Branch activities are on Thursday afternoons.

·       Mardi Gras Festival: Saturday, February 26, 2011, at the Mobile Museum of Art.

·       Festival of Flowers: Saturday, March 26 and Sunday, March 27, 2011, at Providence Hospital.

·       Arts Alive: Saturday, April 9, 2011, at the Mobile Museum of Art.

·       Earth Day Celebration: Saturday, April 23, 2011.

·       Summer Art Blast Camp: Summer, 2011.

For more information on these exciting volunteer opportunities, contact Gail McCain, Volunteer Coordinator for the Mobile Museum of Art, at (251) 208-5211 or gail.mccain@mobilemuseumofart.com.

liz_brent.jpgI worked in higher education for 30 years.   During that time, we moved from doing room assignments on a plastic-coated board, to roommate matching software.    We went from a telephone on the hall for 42 residents, to one in every room.   For 30 years, I learned from college students on a daily basis.   As the CEO of this council, I learn things from our girls all the time.   I had a volunteer talking about how she was with a group of girls who suggested a better idea on how to do something that was always done one way.   Guess what, it worked much better.   We can always learn, especially from those we hope we are teaching.

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