Leader Tips: October 2008 Archives

Leader Magazine is a great resource for Girl Scout Volunteers!  You can read the current issue (and back issues) online.  Read about
  • Adrienne Bailon of The Cheetah Girls: Disney star and Girl Scout alum
  • Anti-bullying programs and strategies
  • Pulling off the perfect 4-hour event
  • Family stories about "My Aunt Daisy"
  • R2-D2 rules! How Star Wars sparked iRobot founder Helen Greiner

Visit http://www.girlscouts.org/for_adults/leader_magazine/ for videos and articles.  Adrienne gives a big THANK YOU to leaders in a short video -- how nice is that?

If you know a Girl Scout who has graduated from high school in 2008: please remind her that the deadline for the lifetime membership discount is extended until November 15.


As this election season gains momentum, we need to be reminded of the policy on political activity and endorsements. This policy is designed to protect our non-profit and tax-exempt status.  The Girl Scout role in any election is to provide an accurate, age appropriate, non-partisan interpretation of the election process and to instill a commitment to participatory citizenship.
The laws governing non-profit organizations draw a distinction between lobbying activities and electioneering activities. Electioneering is defined as participating in the electoral process by promoting particular candidates for office. Such activity is a direct violation of the tax law that governs non-profit organizations. You may, however, campaign on behalf of a political candidate as an individual without reference to your role as a Girl Scout leader.


Read more at http://www.girlscoutssa.org/forms/Miscellaneous/electioneering_08.pdf.

Q.  I am the Service Area Manager and I can't get any of the other leaders to help!


A.   To keep from burning out, a Service Area Manager needs to build a good Service Team.  Here are a few tips that come from some of our most successful Service Teams:


·         Be willing to delegate.  When someone offers to do a job, explain what you want them to do, give them a little guidance, and then step back and let that person do the job the way they want to do it. 


·         Don't ask for help, offer opportunities! Look beyond the Troop Leaders: talk to assistant leaders, parent volunteers, former troop leaders, new teachers, and people you meet other places every day (bank tellers, librarians, nurses, etc.)  Many people, who don't even have children, love the opportunity to get involved in small ways.


·         Be specific about what you want someone to do, and, if possible, indicate the time commitment.  Break big jobs into several smaller jobs.  We have five people who work together to handle the cookie sale.  One coordinates the team and handles paperwork that troops turn in, one does cookie training for the Troop Cookie Chairs, one schedules booth sales, one is in charge of the cookie drop, one handles all requests for additional cookies.  


·         Be willing to let certain things go undone if no one volunteers to do them.  A year without a fall camporee or a day camp will help people realize that without their involvement, things may not happen.


-- Cheryl Miller, Learning & Volunteer Services Manager 



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