Archive from August, 2016

Governance vs. Operations vs. Kittens

Welcome back to the second installment of Delegate Duties, the most exciting thing to hit the blogosphere since the launch of WordPress.com!  If you missed the first go-around, start there.  It’s not necessary to read them in order, but if you’re new to the delegate scene, it’s probably a good idea.

If there is one topic that I think trips up delegates the most and causes everyone the most frustration, it’s the Governance vs. Operations issue.  It’s something that’s usually covered in most delegate trainings, but I think it tends to go over delegates’ heads for a couple of reasons.  I’ll go into that later after defining the difference.  Read more »

Cadette Handbooks

cadettesHave you woken up yet from the boring first edition of Delegate Duties?  I’m sure you are on the edge of your seat waiting for the next installment!  Just wait until I write about such exciting topics as Governance vs. Operations!

[Reverting back to normal leader mode.]

There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to Girl Scout Leaders.  It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity.  It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of Leaders’ fears and the summit of their knowledge.  This is the dimension of imagination.  It is an area which we call…

THE CADETTE ZONE
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Delegate Duties or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Board

DrStrangelove

No Doomsday Machines here.

Congratulations!  You’re a council delegate.  So now what?

I hear and read from delegates and volunteers who want to have some kind of voice in their council, but they are unsure how to go about this.  The process can be very intimidating and overwhelming.  Many delegates and volunteers become frustrated and discouraged when they attend meetings with board and staff members, but in many cases, it’s because they are not familiar with the way these business meetings work or understand the relationships within a non-profit.   Or they are facing difficult people and politics are being played.  Regardless, you have to know the system in order to work within it.  With this new category called Delegate Duties, I would like to share what I have learned as someone who had no prior experience with non-profits and no real knowledge about governance.  I’m sure the fact that I’m still nowhere close to being an authority on these matters inspires confidence.  Yes, I’m being sarcastic.  But after hours and hours of poring through extremely boring jargon, procedures, and organizational charts, you too can be a non-authority, just like me!  Read more »

Camp Mary Elizabeth’s Cabin

CME Cabin Outside

Did you know there’s a historical cabin located at Camp Mary Elizabeth?  Not many people do!

Little is known about it since it was first discovered back in 1992.  According to articles from the Spartanburg Herald Journal, it was uncovered when the building that housed it was condemned.  Thankfully, the owners of the property contacted the Spartanburg County Historical Society who then got in touch with what was known as the Piedmont Area Council at the time to see if they would be interested in hosting the cabin.  Read more »

City Slickers 2016

Our Feelin' Good patch from this year

Our Feelin’ Good patch from this year

City Slickers 2016 is in the books as of a few weeks ago!  If you don’t know what City Slickers is, it’s an almost week long summer camp that our service unit puts on.  It’s hosted by our local United Methodist Church of which I also attend.  This year was the 10th anniversary of the camp and my second as one of the Junior leaders. Our theme this year was “Feelin’ Good” which centered around Healthy Living so that girls could use Cookie Dough toward payment for the camp.  There are three areas that service units can center programming around in order to be reimbursed by our council for the use of Cookie Dough – a cookie rally, STEM, and Healthy Living.  Read more »