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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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15 Days and counting: A New CEO’s First Reflections

February 1, 2013

By: Lisa M. K. Jones, Chief Executive Officer

My years as a Brownie and Girl Guide allowed me to experience firsthand some of the many benefits of Girl Scouting.  Before my first day as the new Chief Executive Officer with Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines, I knew Girl Scouts was making a meaningful impact on the lives of girls and young women.  I did not know, however, that in only a matter of days – 15 to be exact – that impact would be so visible across our council.  It has clearly showed itself amongst the staff, countless volunteers, girls, members, and community partners who are all working together to build a brighter future for every girl.

It has truly been an amazing three weeks on board.  I have had the pleasure of meeting council staff, numerous board members and even lead my first board of directors’ meeting. What a great team we have helping guide the work of our mission!  Not only are we helping build the leaders of tomorrow, we have them amongst us today.  I attended an Enterprising Women event where our Board of Directors Member, Darleen Johns, was honored with the N.C. Governor’s The Order of the Long Leaf Pine award.  Several of our local Girl Scouts also attended the event and were presented with leadership mentor certificates.

Additionally, I have met with a number of our corporate partners and signed contracts for two important capital projects that will be completed this fiscal year.  What exciting opportunities lie ahead for growth and development as a leading organization for girls!  I also secured Janet Cowell, the Treasurer for the State of North Carolina, as our keynote speaker for this year’s annual meeting on March 2nd. Ms. Cowell was also as a Brownie during her childhood – Yes, Girl Scouts are leaders in our state!

As I toured the impressive 262 wooded acres of Camp Mary Atkinson in Johnston County which includes hiking trails, a challenge-by-choice Alpine Tower and the Leadership Center, I could practically hear girls’ laughter and excitement.  It is easy to envision the camp full of girls developing a strong sense of self and creating lifelong summer memories. I also participated in a meeting which unveiled the preliminary designs for our new tree house project at Camp Graham in Vance County. Next on the agenda – touring our other camps and visiting the Goldsboro and Fayetteville Service Centers. And of course, there is also the kickoff of the Cookie Program sale! J

I am honored to be leading such a strong organization committed to building girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.

What a way to start off, I’ll say.  Just amazing!

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