Monday, August 31, 2015

Message from our CEO - August Town Hall Recap


It warms my heart to think about how many of you attended the August 2015 Town Hall meetings throughout our area - a testament to the extraordinary work you have already done for our girls, and of your dedication to be ready to do what it takes to move our organization forward together.

Since the spring Town Hall  meetings, we have been working very hard to develop solutions designed to address the challenges that you expressed you are having – challenges that keep you from doing what you signed up to do: serve girls.

I want to thank you for your enthusiasm and flexibility as we work through these challenges together. As we continue our efforts toward greater support to volunteers and a toward a more welcoming organization, it is necessary to evaluate our practices to help streamline and improve services. In doing so, we have examined our membership services needs around the entire Council jurisdiction. Effective now, we are transitioning from 49 to 23 service units.  In addition, we are streamlining volunteer support team positions. This will flatten some of the workloads on our volunteer and staff team members, while allowing our staff team members to begin aligning to provide better support.

This change means that you may have a different contact person at one of the Council service centers or offices. A list of the newly assigned service units can be found here.

Another change for this year is the increase in the price of cookies per box from $3.50 to $4.00. The Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast has not raised the price of a box of cookies in 11 years, and the reality of our budget makes it clear that this is the right time for this decision.

To view the Town Hall webinar recording in its entirety, and to learn more about the additional changes that we discussed at the meetings, go here.  You may also download the presentation in pdf format here.

As a Movement, we are all committed to making sure that Girl Scouting is around for another 100 years and beyond. You have shown immense commitment through your willingness to help provide the best leadership experience for Girl Scouts today and for the Girl Scouts of tomorrow. I truly appreciate your support, patience and hard work as we work together to make our Movement strong for the future.

Yours in Scouting,
Tracy Keller
Chief Executive Officer
Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast