meeting places and answers from service centers
(no name) ((no email))
Fri, 10 May 1991 18:32:00 EDT
Congrats n getting accepted into grad school...I am one quarter from finishing
one of these days.....
Service Ctr problems.. first of all find out who YOUR unit's executive is. You
can do this by stopping by and asking. Introduce yourself to her and let her
know that you are after the same things she is..to keep girls in Scouting!
Ask her four leading questions and then rememeber the responses (guys, this
works equally as well with the District Executives!)
1) can I have a way to reach you after the council center closes??(If she gives
you a card or just says "well, I stay pretty busy..." say "okay" and realize
that she is either on her way out or up in the organization. The busiest DE
or Field Representative (GS slang for DE, guys) will give you a office or home
or both numbers.
2) ask if it would be possible for he to come out to your unit sometime (the
best thing is to have a date in mind but leave it out if you don't really have
one) just to visit. (Watch the "well...." it could mena that she is not interest
ed in your unit or don't want to make time for the unit and would rather go
to places where Scouting is hard to organize) again, the busiest FR will find
sometime and come out if only for a brief five minute rest stop.
3) Find out when her staff meetings are and DO NOT BOTHER HER ON THOSE DAYS!
If she does not tell you what day they are on (and ALL Councils have a staff
inservice day where the entire professional staff meets), then take this as
a further sign that she is not interested in your unit. professionals really
appreciate being asked "when is a good day NOT to bother you??" becuase it
showes that the volunteer realizes that the professional has some days where if
she sees a volunteer or is reminded of her shortcomings, problem areas, etc,
shoe would explode!
4) Ask her where the next nearest Service Center is and where the Council
executive director is. (Be ready for "well, this is YOUR center....we really
cannot be telling e
cannot be telling where everyone else is...) or something like that garbage.
That, Pam, is "CYA" (for those that don't know the phrase, maybe "cover your
rear" would help) on the professional's part. Most good professionals will not
just share where the other service centers are in case badges are out, books
are not available, etc, but simply out of a desire to train and coach a future
District leader, show you on a map the outlay of the Council and District.
As a Girl Scouting leader, you can use ANY service center for your unit. You
cannot turn in advancements and other Council business however at anyplace other
than your own.
5) Ask the FR if she was involved in Girl Scouting and whether or not she
plans on being there for "a while". Most professionals stay in one location
for about 18-36 months to gain experinece and training. Then they move on.
Don't feel bad if your FR "failed this test". You now know his motivation for
service (her motivation for service).
Don't give up...your executive was hired to respond to your questions and
to get information from. If she is not answering your questions, there are other
profesionals to get it from.....
SO demand it!
Now about mmeting place (I forgot your question for a brief momment!)
In a rural area, please try these places:
the City Hall or County Building (most places like that have at least one
office or area that cam be used as meeting place...remember that there should
be some sort of arrangement for the cleanup.....)
a large church (try a church that has a community building and not for a
a charge..or if there is a charge, try hammering out a deal where the Brownies
would do chores like empty the tranh bins or straiighten the books out on the
pews or help with the child care...its exposure for you and your Troop)
the Cooperative extensive Service (ran by the state's biggest university.
You can find it in your phone book under things like the "county agent"
or "cooperative extension". (NOTE: most also try to run a 4H group too...be
sensitive to those needs too and maybe have a joint activity!)
the car dealers (particular large ones with large staffs. they have a
conference room that is used for "rah rah meetings" once a month or so. Even
small ones have a room or two for their interviews/ try holding the meetings
during times that they have few or no customers (4-6pm).
reserve/guard armories. Some will not right now with Desert Storm still
going on, (yep folks, we are still there!), but hafter the hoopla you might
want to approach thme
the key is Pam, to esthablish a place and unless you absolutely positively
have to, never leave from that place for a regular meeting. The girls gets
confortable with it, the parents know where it is "this week" and it serves
as a "jumping off point" for all of the wonderful things little girls are
learning in girl Scouting!
Mike Walton (yes, I was a Girl Scouting volunteer too!)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City