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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Label it with the troop number and what the girls were doing to have fun, and we will share with everyone!
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 www.girlscoutssa.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.