CEO: November 2010 Archives

liz_brent.jpgOccasionally, I meet a volunteer, and I'm left with the impression that it is all about the leader.   Twice in the past 3 days I have had an encounter with an adult who was a Girl Scout during her entire school career.   In both instances, these individuals said they would not have stayed involved, had it not been for that special adult who served as their leader.   They had a relationship with the adult, who was a role model for them.   And, in some instances, they pursued their career because of the influence of this adult role model. 

It is important to remember, children imitate what we do.   Having worked with college students for 30 years, I sometimes don't realize my vocabulary might not be what some of the girls can relate to and understand.   Or worse, sometimes they understand more of what is going on around them than we realize.   I heard of an incident last week where the adult volunteers had some differences of opinions.   This happens with all of us, but it isn't something we need to involve the girls in.   I do this job because I believe I am laying a foundation for the future. I believe we are building future responsible citizens who will give back and be contributing members of society.   I do this because I believe what I do is, in a small way, an investment in the health and happiness of others.  

Why do you do it?

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Do you ever wonder what we do all day?   I was asked to share some of what goes on in a typical day at the council office.   And the answer is that there isn't a "typical week," but here's a sample of how varied any week can be.

On Monday, I was in the office working on board materials, which were late.   I had arrived early, and a few minutes before 9 a.m. I heard a great deal of commotion upstairs.   The next thing I knew I had folks in my office; they had turned on the heating unit and smoke started billowing out from everyone air duct.   We called 911, I returned upstairs with a fire extinguisher, in case we needed to put a fire out.   I sent most everyone outside to their cars with their laptops, since we don't want to be losing equipment.   The fire department arrived, and found nothing on fire, but it was clear something was smoking, so they told us to call our HVAC people.   While outside with the fire chief, I found some of the staff posing on the fire truck, so I joined in.   No need to miss a good opportunity, when presented. 


In the middle of the smoke episode, someone called to see if we were interested in the donation of a 1979 Volkswagen Superbeetle convertible.  

A bit later a volunteer came in and wanted to discuss leaving a geocache at the office.

I had to discuss some employment issues with a staff person.

I returned to my paperwork, trying to get minutes, reports, financials and agendas out to the board.   I was only in the office during the morning because I had to drive to Camp Humming Hills on Monday afternoon.   I looked over the camp, which we recently had drum chopped so we can replant there.   I spent the night at the ranger's cabin at Humming Hills because I needed to be in Pinckard on Tuesday morning at 9am.


Tuesday morning, two of us interviewed two potential board members.   At lunch we met the Boy Scout executive for lunch, discussing possible Eagle projects for Humming Hills.   It is a 3.5-hour return drive from Dothan to Mobile, so most of the afternoon was spent in the car.


Wednesday I picked up a staff member at the office at 7:30 a.m. so I could meet heavy equipment guys at Camp Scoutshire Woods.   We arrived early, so the ranger and I went over other projects he is working on and equipment he needs.   We spent time with the bulldozer operator on how he is going to work on the roads, so we can manage the erosion problems there.   They had some good advice on who to contact to give us some expert advice on the lake.   We also need to cut down a few dead trees there.

We return from Scoutshire to do some work.   At this point I am returning e mails from Monday afternoon, Tuesday (because I was out of the office all day) and Wednesday morning.   I usually read the e-mails on my smart phone, but many responses are too long for the phone.


Thursday will be a "normal" day in the office.   Friday morning we will get all the materials gathered up for the board meeting, drive to where we are holding it.   The board meeting will start at lunch on Friday and extend through dinner Friday evening.   Then it will resume Saturday morning at breakfast, ending Saturday at noon.   I will stop by the camporee at Camp  Scoutshire Saturday afternoon.   Sunday I will probably check on a Boy Scout working on a boathouse at Camp Sid.

 

Through all of this, I missed our cookie trainings. I also missed a meeting in Montgomery that was scheduled after my calendar was set to meet folks in the Wiregrass, so I sent a substitute to that one.


This is a typical week: more meetings and events than hours in the day.   This week I will log about 20 hours in the car, 1 breakfast, 2 lunches and 2 dinners on business. It's all worth it, though, if it enables girls to participate in Girl Scouting and benefit from our programming.


Liz Brent, Ph.D.

CEO


liz_brent.jpgI attended an event a few weeks ago and spent some time walking along with some girls.   One girl was saying to another that her mother was gone, so she and her siblings were going back into foster care.   It was a matter of fact type of conversation, and clearly, this had happened before.   She wasn't very old, and as I walked along, I was grateful for the stability of my own family.   Some of these things we just take for granted.   I have to believe that Girl Scouts is an important and stabilizing part of her life.   Never under estimate the extent to which you influence the lives of the girls you touch.

 

Liz Brent, Ph.D.

CEO

Field Executives' areas change.   With some staffing changes in the membership area, there have been modifications to the field executives' territories.    Cheryl Pierce Ankrom will assume the territory Marcia Willhite previously held, with a few changes.    In addition, we made a couple of shifts to better reflect travel patterns.  Those counties with a *star reflect a staff change.   Please see the list by county.

Just a reminder, the field executives' primary role in the council is to recruit new adult volunteers and girl members.   They are supposed to be out of the office in their territory.   If you have questions or concerns, Cheryl Miller serves as the council-wide volunteer services liaison and can answer all questions regarding policies, program registrations, fall product orders, cookie program and safety activity checkpoints.   She can be reached in the office at extension 2302 or on her cell at 334-312-0433.   You can call either council service center office, put in the extension, and the phone system will connect you to the appropriate office.   The council service center office numbers are 334-272-9164 and 251-344-3330. 

County

Primary Field Executive

Office Extension/Phone Number

Autauga

Jennifer Sakey

2104

Baldwin*

Cheryl Pierce Ankrom

1103

Barbour    

Becci Benson

334-494-0616           

Bullock       

Rhonda Fields

334-332-2411

Butler*

Cheryl Pierce Ankrom

1103

Choctaw  

Cheryl Pierce Ankrom

1103

Chambers

Rhonda Fields

334-332-2411

Clark

Cheryl Pierce Ankrom

1103

Coffee

Becci Benson

334-494-0616

Conecuh

Cheryl Pierce Ankrom

1103

Coosa

Rhonda Fields

334-332-2411

Covington*

Becci Benson

334-494-0616

Crenshaw*

Jennifer Sakey

2104

Dale

Becci Benson

334-494-0616

Dallas*

Cheryl Pierce Ankrom

1103                                           

Elmore

Rhonda Fields

334-332-2411

Escambia*

Cheryl Pierce Ankrom

1103

Geneva

Becci Benson

334-494-0616

Henry

Becci Benson

334-494-0616

Houston

Becci Benson

334-494-0616

Lee

Rhonda Fields

334-332-2411

Lowndes

Jennifer Sakey

2104

Mobile

Kalishia May/Cheryl Pierce Ankrom

1104/1103

Macon

Rhonda Fields

334-332-2411

Monroe

Cheryl Pierce Ankrom

1103

Montgomery

Jennifer Sakey

2104

Pike*

Jennifer Sakey

2104

Tallapoosa

Rhonda Fields

334-332-2411

Washington

Kalishia May

1104

Wilcox

Cheryl Pierce Ankrom

1103

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