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Our Future Is Bright!

July 3, 2013

By Lisa Jones, Chief Executive Officer

Wow…my first six months have been a blur, but tremendously fun and exhilarating!  In the last few weeks, we have seen some exciting changes around Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines.  Our Fayetteville Service Center has moved to a new location which will increase both our visibility and accessibility. Since our previous lease was ending, we were able to find a space within our budget that offered all that we had before plus a larger meeting space for girl and volunteer programs – hooray!

IMG_4093We also recently signed a contract to begin a water project at Camp Mary Atkinson that will connect us to the Johnston County public water system – which means we will have water at every corner of the camp!   Pieces from the N.C. Museum of History 100th Anniversary exhibit, At the Speed of a Girl, now decorate the halls of the Raleigh Service Center and Camp Mary Atkinson– please stop by and see it!

Recently, we assembled a task group that was focused on evaluating the programs opportunities we deliver in our southeastern counties.  They have been working diligently to compile feedback and presented a well-thought out recommendation to address issues raised earlier in the year.  In the recommendation, they have identified a number of options for camping and outdoor activities as well as program and training space for Girl Scouts in this area.  The leadership team and Board of Directors will be reviewing the recommendation and our goal is to be able to move forward with more definitive plan in the fall.

2013_it2_teamThis summer, I am joining with our Board of Directors, volunteers, parents and girls to dive further into who we are as an organization, uncover our challenges, identify our strengths, and increase opportunities for girls and volunteers across our 41-county region.  The outcome will be a plan for the next 3 years that will help us further our mission of building girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place!

With our mission front and center, we are committed to building a stronger Council – one that will continue to offer extraordinary, life-changing experiences for ALL girls.  As we embark on this strategic learning journey, I know we will build on the successes of the past to make our Council and Girl Scouting stronger across central and eastern North Carolina.

We are committed to providing the programming and support to best serve our girls and adults!  And we know our future is bright!

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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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