Two simple words that aren’t simple at all in their meaning and importance. As we once again celebrate the annual National Volunteer Appreciation Month, on behalf of our entire staff team and the Board of Directors, I want to express our gratitude to our volunteers – all of you - who bring Girl Scouting to life in our communities and for our girls.
You know, I have to admit that it is sometimes daunting for me to think about the fact that our Council is powered by thousands of adult volunteers. Each one who generously gives her or his time and talents to girls. And while we’ve got volunteers who might be in similar roles, no two are alike in their passions, strengths and skills. That diversity makes Girl Scouting strong, and weaves a foundation upon which we can bring so much richness to the Girl Scout leadership experience.
Beyond the “doing”, volunteers are also role models for our girls, something that many of us might not often think about. When I’ve met Girl Scout alumnae and we talk about their experiences “back in the day”, inevitably they speak affectionately about a troop leader. That woman who encouraged them to try something new, to make new friends and to challenge themselves in directions they might never have imagined. That’s the magic of a Girl Scout volunteer – and on behalf of the girls whose lives you touch each and every day, thank you. Girls may not always recognize what you are doing for them today; at some point in the future, they will look back, make the connection and see the difference you made in their lives. We see it every day. Thank You!
P.S. This month has brought several pieces of extra great news! Congratulations to our WAGS Robotics Team from West Windsor Plainsboro for qualifying (AGAIN!) for the World Championship Level Competition! These girls are rocking robotics and we are super proud of their achievement! We also give a shout out to GSUSA for the creation of a beautiful themed garden at the 43rd annual Macy’s Flower Show in New York. Our own GSCSNJ Media Girls were there when the garden was unveiled. Being part of this show was a great opportunity for us to show how great Girl Scouts are!