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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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Partnering With Our Families

January 28, 2013

By: Laurel DeLuca, Fund Development/Family Partnership Specialist

Family Partnership is the way our Council raises critical funds to provide the Girl Scout Experience to all girls throughout our 41 counties.  Just a gift of $100 provides Girl Scout memberships to eight girls in our Girl Scout Community Outreach Program.  We need your help in giving all girls the opportunity to enjoy the wonderful world of Girl Scouting.  Each gift, no matter the size, will directly help our girl members and other girls who might otherwise not be able to participate.

FP PatchLast year, donors had the opportunity to win an iPad3 for the 2012-2013 Family Partnership Campaign.  We held a three month long contest where donors had to give $35 or more to be eligible to win the iPad.  The drawing took place January 7, 2013, and we announced Shannon Gamber as our winner!  Thank you to all who participated.

Good news- there are still some great incentives going on throughout the rest of the year for those of you who did not get the chance to participate in the iPad drawing.  Currently, we have reached 42% of this year’s Family Partnership Goal.  Give a gift of $35 or more you and will receive a Family Partnership Car Magnet showing your support of Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines.  In addition, if a troop donates $200 or more, each girl in the troop will receive a new Family Partnership Patch.

What can you do to help girls in our communities?  Please consider making your Family Partnership gift today and help make a lasting impact on a girl’s life.  DONATE TODAY

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