I had a long visit with a good service unit manager last week that said it is sometimes confusing who is doing what around the service centers because it seems to change. She is accurate; we have experienced a lot of change recently, so I thought I would introduce some of the new council staff and outline some contacts that have changed, hopefully this will serve as a good resource for you.
This is the year of the early arrivals, Jen Thrash's baby showed up about a month early recently, so we are scrambling to get some work done in relation to the membership plans in each area. With that said we are welcoming some new staff in Membership.
Field Executive - Gulf Region
Allison Marlow, mother of five children (ages 2 to 11), has just relocated from South Carolina. As a long-time Girl Scout mom and service unit leader, her service unit in Hawaii increased their membership from 125 girls to 425 girls during her time there. She resides in Fairhope and is eager to meet and get to know you. She can be reached at email@example.com or 800/239-6636, ext 1402.
Field Executive - Wiregrass Region
Brandy Lydick joins our staff as field executive in the Wiregrass. Brandy and her family live in Chancellor, and she has a daughter who is a Girl Scout in Geneva. Brandy is working on completing her Bachelor's degree in business and has considerable experience in office management and customer service. Brandy looks forward to growing Girl Scouts in the Wiregrass. She may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800/239-6636, ext 2103.
Associate Field Executive - Wiregrass Region
Launa Boynton will be working with Brandy in the Wiregrass. Launa was a Girl Scout as a child, and has held many volunteer positions with Girl Scouts since then (beginning as an assistant leader in her 20s.) She has lived all over the United States, and has resided with her husband and twin girls (rising 7th graders) for in Enterprise for seven years.
Money Raising Projects - questions and requests for those requests need to be sent to Melinda Stallworth. She can be reached at extension 2802 or email@example.com.
Programming - Mary Anne Brutkiewicz will be retiring at the end of July, and her programming assignments will be taken up by Christina Smotherman and other staff members. She will be returning to teaching Spanish at USA, and we wish her the best.
Camps and Property
Joe Turner has been hired as the new Ranger at Camp Scoutshire Woods. Joe has his own carpentry business and has been working as a contractor for 42 years. He and his wife, Cindy, have two adult children and two grandchildren. He has taught Sunday School class for 40 years at the First Baptist Church of Citronelle. He love fishing and participates in tournaments. He is excited about improving Camp Scoutshire Woods for our girls.
Just as a reminder, we did clear cut 69 acres at Camp Sid Edmonds and thinned some of the inner portion of the camp. It looks dramatically different. Each time I'm up there I'm surprised at how it changes from one week to the next. I was pleased to see some quail while I was up there and the work was going on. We have not noticed any significant changes in the wildlife.
The camp calendars have been opened up for camporees. We have been discussing a couple of council wide camporees opened to anyone wanting to attend. This worked very well the last time we tried it, in fact we had a waiting list. Hopefully that will be put on the calendar shortly. As a reminder, camp reservations are made at either service center but it is easier to make the Scoutshire and Sid reservations at the Mobile Service Center and the Kamp Kiwanis and Humming Hills reservations at the Montgomery Service Center.
We will continue to work to keep you abreast of changes as they occur.