Posts Tagged ‘Volunteer Appreciation’


“From Your Green Sister”- Stories from Lofi

April 18, 2016

Girl Scout Story - Lofi

By Meridith Orr, Program Executive

In Girl Scouts, we speak frequently about telling our stories. We share our individual experiences to connect with others, to make our voices heard, possibly even to leave a little something of ourselves behind. Whatever the reason our stories, especially our Girl Scout stories, do much to forge a bond of sisterhood that will endure for many years to come.

One day recently an envelope landed on my desk brimming with such stories. With a cover letter addressed to me, it was signed, “Your Green Sister, Lofi.” For those who have not yet met her, Lois “Lofi” Hirschman, walked up to the stage at our 2012 Annual Meeting to receive her 75-year numeral guard. She is a long time member of Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines and her story was recently featured in our council’s 100th Anniversary History exhibit.

In this packet she had included a number of her favorite Girl Scout tales, a personal history of one volunteer’s dedication to the ideals of our founder Juliette Gordon Low. She hoped by telling her stories that she might pass along to others the benefit of her experience: the good, the silly – all the ups and downs of exploring the world as a Girl Scout.  This packet contained some real gems.  I couldn’t help but laugh as I could almost hear her in my head telling these great tales!

The first story in the packet was one of the good and silly. When our legacy council celebrated the 80th anniversary of Girl Scouting, there was a huge birthday party held at the fairgrounds in Raleigh, with Kay Yow, the late and reknown NCSU Women’s Basketball coach and breast cancer advocate, as the main speaker. Each troop was required to bake a plain square cake that would be combined to form one huge, towering white cake to serve about a thousand people.  Winn-Dixie donated enough white frosting to cover the huge cake, only the massive confection refused to hold together despite the valiant efforts of the two patrols assembling it.

“Icing was flying everywhere,” Lofi wrote.  “Soon the leaders resembled a bunch of icing-covered hamsters scurrying round and round the cake as fast and with as little direction as a hamster in an exercise wheel.” Lofi went on to describe how it became a race between Kay Yow and the guardians of the birthday cake, who fought to keep it from toppling before the end of her speech.  “The battle raged.  Kay talked, the guests were entranced and the cake swayed.”

Detailing the importance of thorough preparation and reading instructions, her second story shared her attempt to introduce some world culture to day camp by cooking fried rice for sixty people. To which Lofi added the following advice:  “PLAN B, if anyone asks why we were using Minute Rice instead of long grained rice, I’d answer, ‘This is GIRL SCOUT Fried Rice!’ But how could I cook all that rice with just a small Dutch oven and a 4-quart saucepan?  My PLAN B needed a PLAN B!”

Her ”How I Earned the Fly By the Seat of Your Pants Badge” story related the adventures of a troop trip to New York City.  Lofi outlined the badge requirements as she told a vivid tale of what we in Girl Scout land like to call “Making It Work.” Using all her available resources, she navigated 32 girls around the city in a rainstorm.  As she settled into her seat on the bus at the end of the fateful journey, “I silently presented myself with my badge, closed my eyes and listened to the girls reviewing the ‘fun’ they had that day and talking about the needlecraft badge they were going to do this spring.”

As we celebrate Volunteer Appreciation Week, there’s no better time to gather these important slices of Girl Scout life.  Have a story of your own to share?  Share it with us via our Story Submissions form.


Gifts of Gratitude: Girl Scout Volunteer Appreciation Gift Guide

April 10, 2016

By Devan Feeney, Graphic Design Intern

Every day, Girl Scout volunteers help create experiences full of fun, friendship, and discovery for our girls. They create a safe environment for girls to be themselves, provide opportunities for girls to learn new skills, and cheer girls on as they become the leaders they are meant to be.

It’s pretty incredible, which is why we are thrilled to recognize and celebrate our Girl Scout volunteers as part of National Volunteer Appreciation Month this April.

It’s addition to all the cool and fun ways you can celebrate our volunteers this month, we’ve also compiled a fun gift guide to help you find the perfect gratitude gift or token to show your thanks!

Girl Scout Volunteer Pin - Girl Scouts - NC Coastal PinesOfficial Volunteer Pin

Every Girl Scout volunteer deserves to be recognized for her or his dedicated service. Help your favorite volunteer show off their Girl Scout spirit with this pin specially designed just for them! Price: $4.50


Girl Scouts Trefoil Scarf - Girl Scouts - North Carolina Coastal PinesOfficial Polka Dot Trefoil Scarf  

Girl Scouting never goes out of style, and neither will this scarf! Featuring the cutest polka dot and trefoil pattern, it is the perfect way to add a bit of Girl Scout style to any outfit. Price: $35


Girl Scout Trefoil Tote Bag - Girl Scouts - North Carolina Coastal PinesTraditional Logo Tote Bag

From troop trips to crafting sessions to service unit meetings, it’s no secret our volunteers and co-leaders have their hands full. Show them thanks with this canvas tote that is sturdy enough for any Girl Scout adventure! Price: $17


Girl Scouts Trefoil Journal - Girl Scouts - North Carolina Coastal PinesTraditional Trefoil Journal

 Keep your favorite volunteer or leader organized with this trefoil-embossed Girl Scout Journal, featuring 100 pages to plan troop events and write down cherished Girl Scout Memories. Show your appreciation by writing a thank you letter on the first page! Price: $20

Girl Scouts Volunteer Appreciation Patch - Girl Scouts - North Carolina Coastal PinesVolunteer Appreciation Week Patch

Designed specially for Volunteer Appreciation Week, this patch is a great way to show your gratitude for all our volunteers do! Price: $2.50

Girl Scout Every Girl Has A Story Tumbler - Girl Scouts - North Carolina Coastal PinesEvery Girl Has A Story Tumbler

 Our volunteers and leaders celebrate the story of every girl by passionately supporting them in all that they dream and do. Give thanks to those who support you and your troop with an Every Girl Has A Story tumbler. Made especially for our council, this acrylic tumbler allows volunteers and leaders to show off their Girls Scouts North Carolina Coastal Pines pride wherever they go! Price: $8.50

Girl Scouts My Mom Fav Tee - Girl Scouts - North Carolina Coastal PinesNCCP My Mom Fav Tee 

If your favorite Girl Scout volunteer also happens to be your mom, surprise her by wearing this comfy Girl Scout t-shirt. It’s the perfect way to let the world know how meaningful this Girl Scout volunteer is to you! Price: $13.50


Looking for more gift ideas? Then shop our retail sale! Be sure to take advantage of our Volunteer Appreciation Week Sale, running April 10-16, 2016. Each day features a special sale on great gifts for Girl Scout volunteers and leaders!

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