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Girl Scouts Soar as Leaders

June 4, 2013

By Lisa Jones, Chief Executive Officer

Supporting girls’ health, wellness and leadership development is not only important to us at Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines; it is an essential part of our mission to build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place.

Over the last few weeks, I have had several opportunities to witness girls’ developing into our leaders of tomorrow.  I recently met with our IT2 Girl Advisory team ­­who shared with me their impressions about our Council’s strengths and opportunities from an older girl perspective.  Girls’ voices are important part of our mission.  The advisory team also provided feedback about creating an online forum where all girls and volunteers could share suggestions for consideration during our strategic planning process.

IMG_3286A very visible way to see our mission in action is through our Girl Scout Cookie Sale. Everyone knows about Girl Scout Cookies, but do they know what girls are really learning through the program? Not only are our Girl Scouts having fun selling cookies, they are learning how to set and achieve goals, manage money, work as a team, make sound decisions and provide great customer service.

Girl Scout Troops experienced of the rewards of philanthropy and community service, as they helped to deliver this year’s donation of 95,952 boxes to our Operation Cookie Drop sites. Those who attended the Seymour Johnson Air Force Base drop not only met female pilots, but also experienced the pilot’s seat first hand.

Three Girl Scouts in particular soared to new heights during the 2013 Cookie Sale.  Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines is pleased to announce Hailey of Albertson as the Overall Top Seller, with 3,100 boxes of Girl Scout cookies sold. Xena of Cary placed second with 3,041 boxes sold, and Taylor of Knightdale placed third with 2,800 boxes sold.

OverallTopSellers_Taylor_Hailey_XenaThis past Saturday, I had the pleasure of joining these top sellers and their families for a celebratory luncheon on the Bicentennial Terrace of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh.  I enjoyed the conversations I had with these growing leaders, and was impressed to hear what each girl valued most about the experience and how their accomplishments made them most proud.  I can easily envision each one with a future in sales, business management, or even CEO of Girl Scouts!

I am proud of all the Girl Scouts who helped make this year’s Cookie sale such a success.  It is truly an honor to witness girls developing the courage, confidence, and character to be both leaders today and in the future.

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April Travels brings May Flowers – and More!

April 18, 2013

By Lisa Jones, Chief Executive Officer

FoxTentIt’s beginning to look and feel like Spring around our Council.  That yellow pine pollen, which we never have a shortage of, is covering everything in our eastern counties.  Azaleas are displaying brilliant colors around our three service centers.  The colorful cabins of Camp Hardee and platform tents at Camp Mu-Sha-Ni have are free of their winter cobwebs ready for Troop camping and area camporees.

Deliveries for the 95,952 boxes donated during the 2013 Operation Cookie Drop are scheduled.  Adult volunteers have gathered for Spring Leaderee at Camp Mary Atkinson.  Registrations are filling for the GEMS events at UNC Wilmington and Methodist University.  And many service units are busy planning their end of the year bridging ceremonies and recognition events.

While the traditional Girl Scout year winds down, our chief staff and executive teams are gearing up to steer our Council into the new century of Girl Scouting.  I recently attended two national conferences where our leader, Anna Maria Chavéz, spoke about how we must build a better, more innovative Movement for the benefit of girls throughout our country and around the globe.  She is a true source of inspiration and her story proves Girl Scouting’s leadership program works.

In one keynote, Anna addressed the importance of strengthening partnerships between the national organization and councils like Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines at Girl Scouts of the USA’s Working Together conference. This work session held in late March, brought together chief executive and finance officers to explore ways for increasing volunteerism, financial stability, and leadership excellence.

At Girl Scouts of the USA’s Fund Development Conference in early April, Anna spoke about how Girl Scouts is one of the most recognized leadership programs, while emphasizing that we must work more diligently to market our program in order to retain and engage more girls in our movement.  Many tools, ideas and inspiration to drive the growth in our Movement were gained.

I traveled back home both times with increased excitement for the Girl Scout Movement and confident in our ability to lead.  As the Board of Directors prepares to embark in strategic learning for our Council, I will echo her messages loudly in that we must listen to our girls and young women; we must sharpen our focus on the Girl Scout Leadership Experience; and we must work together to succeed.

So in the words of Anna Maria Chavez, the leader of our movement, “Let’s get ready to roll up our sleeves to do what’s necessary to position us for even greater success in our next 100 years.”  It’s time to dig in.

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