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What A Girl Can Do!

June 13, 2013

By Nephitearya Bailey, Program Director

 “The work of today is the history of tomorrow, and we are its makers.”- Juliette Gordon Low

UnknownIn late January, the it2– Inspire Today, Inspire Tomorrow- Girl Advisory Team was revitalized bringing together twenty girls from across our 41-counties to help represent the voice of girls at Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines. This advisory team provides girls, in all areas of our Council, an opportunity to share their experiences and opinions on our current Girl Scout program and options available to teens in Girl Scouting.

Members of the advisory team give input on Girl Scouting and girl issues at large, Council programming and publications, and represent girl membership the Council at meetings and conferences. The current advisory team members range in grade levels from 8 – 12 and represent Durham, Chatham, Columbus, Johnston, Wake and Wilson counties.

Over the past few months, the girls have provided feedback on our annual Lead On and Go! publications sharing their likes, suggestions for improvement, and what they would like to see included in future issues. The girl-led team is also working to plan a Council-sponsored event designed especially for and by teen Girl Scouts.

The team’s goal is two-fold: to keep older girls engaged in Girl Scouts by providing them with fun opportunities, and to also use the group as a support system for keeping themselves involved with the organization and its leadership development program. In June, the team will meet with CEO Lisa Jones to share both their experiences in Girl Scouting and offer their views for strategies to keep girls involved in the Girl Scout movement.

Lead by volunteer advisors Rebecca Daniels, Sarah Hodges and Cynthia McNeil, the following girls are serving on the 2013 team:

Audrey B., Troop 243

Cheri C., Troop 300

Samantha C., Troop 1860

Jordan C., Troop 1349

Victoria D., Troop 154

Troi D., Troop 1842

Rebecca D., Troop 1761

Kathryn H., Troop 1002

Kathryn H., Troop 1860

Morgan H., Troop 1725

Rachel J., Troop 1069

Lillie M., Troop 231

Anne M., Troop 12

Jennie M., Troop 1349

Catherine P., Troop 1349

Sybil R., Troop 517

Diana R., Troop 1182

Patrice S., Troop 3563

Tiffany S., Troop 394

Maggie S., Troop 295

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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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