I sat in my outdoor office today, listening to the sights and sounds of summer -- sounds I have come to enjoy each day. It has been wonderful hearing the girls sing, learning complex songs with hand gestures, listening to the squealing of the girls riding the banana boat on Lake Martin, while still others hone their canoe skills. But summer is now at the half waypoint, with school looming in the not too distant future.
As we work to edit the fall product guide and meet with our representative from the cookie baker, it is time to turn our attention to the coming school year. We will have some challenges and changes with our fall recruitment, with staff out on maternity leave and others new to their positions. If you hear or see opportunities where we can find adult leadership for new troops, please let us know. You can contact the membership department at firstname.lastname@example.org. We work to hit the largest schools first and systematically work our way through the different areas, mostly by size and presence of troops in the past.
The best recruiters for members are the girls themselves. We learned this at the university where I worked previously; our best recruiters were our own students. Our best recruiters of other adults are current happy volunteers, who know from their experience they educate leaders and that passion and enthusiasm can be contagious. If you know of someone that has an interest in Girl Scouts, please encourage him or her to contact us. We always have girls who desire placement in troops, but we never have enough adults willing to take on the challenge of leading one. It is heartbreaking to look at the number of girls who cannot be placed in troops each year.
We have great programs, activities and opportunities in progress for the fall. If you have not already sent in your membership registration, get a jump start on the school year; visit our Renew Your Membership page on our website for electronic forms.
As summer starts to heat up and move toward fall, we look forward to another fun year to come.