I recently was invited to attend a Bronze Award Ceremony. Always a welcome invitation in my world, as I enjoy having an opportunity to see what girls can do. It was a great evening. The girls had done three different projects, demonstrating their troop leader was clearly sensitive of affording girls the opportunity to chase their own passions. Each of the projects were about giving back to the community and being grateful for what they had. It was great to see the mayor and other dignitaries from their community were there. The most poignant part of the event, however, was not the slide show, not each one acknowledging their accolades, but each of the girls thanking their troop leader and giving her a gift. I'm sure she was surprised, but each thanked her for what she had given to them. This is the type of gift to these girls that is never forgotten. The gift cards are transitory, but giving your time and caring to others is permanent. Thank you to all our volunteers for sharing their wealth with the girls of this council.
CEO: August 2011 Archives
We have made some positive changes in our fall product sale. For starters, we've added a component for those who have new troops, so they can sell magazines after the sale to raise funds if they are formed after fall product is completed. We've also changed the vendor and added incentives for girls who are top sellers to that program.
The cookie program is moving to a direct sale, which we hope will be easier on our volunteers. We made this change to cut steps out of the sale process, and the majority of the feedback we've received on that discussion has been positive. We have worked to address the comments that shared concerns about that change. For that program, we've added incentives for adults who work with this, since many of you do a great deal of work to make that program a success.
We are fortunate to have both purchased and received lots of equipment this summer to enrich the girls' experience. We have a bass boat, sailboats, stand up paddle boards and GPS units. The next task on my list is to get that out, so the girls can use these items during the course of the year. All of this was used during the summer, and the girls gave all of it rave reviews. So those who didn't get a chance to attend summer camp should have an opportunity to test their skills, as well.
This is the year of the 100th anniversary. As usual, we have great programs planned for the year, but there are added programs because of the 100th anniversary celebrations, making it even more special. We hope you are as excited as we are for a fantastic year for the girls!
Check out our post from June 23, 2011 about the Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting for more info, and be sure to watch the video produced by Girl Scouts of the USA!