Re: Mergers and GSUSA
Lynn Whited (whited@ASTROSUN.TN.CORNELL.EDU)
Mon, 20 Jun 1994 13:53:46 EDT
As a point of interest, Seven Lakes Girl Scout Council (Central NY)
was formed in the 70's by a merger of several smaller councils. Seven
Lakes now covers a 9 (I think) county region from north of Seneca Lake
to the Northern counties in Pennsylvania including Towanda. East to west
covers the region between Moravia and Auburn on Owasco Lake to Bath NY (if
not a little farther west.) Anyway, my point being, even though I think
in general that the merger was good for the area, in that a much more diverse
program has been available to our girls, there has been a loss in other ways
because such diverse cultures need different services and different programs.
7 Lakes needs to meet the needs of urban Girl Scouts as well as rural,
and suburban Gril Scouts. To meet this need 7 Lakes is now subdividng the
council into 4 regions. Each region will have a planning team (members include
service unit mangers, 2 trainers, a communications specialist, a ranger, and
co-chaired by the field directors for the region) to help plan for the future.
The concept of the planning team is for the members to bring the ideas and
concerns of the scouts in their area, discuss them and hopefully send
suggestions on to the council exec team via the field directors to meet the
needs of their area. I know we are not the first council to do form the
planning teams, as ours are just forming, I would love to hear some input
from others on how their councils are handling them.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City