Thirty Years Ago at National Center West!

Well, if there’s anything that’ll make you feel old, it’s realizing how long ago something happened when it feels like just yesterday.  Later this summer, Jenny and I are planning on getting together to go through all of her Troop 20 pictures and scrapbooks and reminisce!  I gotta figure out how to bring along a scanner!

Lately, the National Center West Facebook group has been very active with the planning of an archive.  Some of the 1987 staff members are in the group too!  And just by coincidence, this is the 30th anniversary of Troop 20 taking our Trip Out West!  We arrived at NCW on Sunday, June 28th and left on Tuesday, July 7th of 1987.  You could create your own schedule by choosing from a variety of sessions.  Here was mine!  Read more »

Back to the Future: About 2008 and Membership Dues

I’m not really sure if there’s an analogy to the movie BTTF here, but it’s my favorite movie and I just wanted to add a picture of it here.

In April’s post titled Surveys, Rogues, and Signs, I mentioned the Farthest North Council’s lawsuit vs. GSUSA over the 2017-2018 membership increase from $15 to $25.  At that time, I was under the impression that the National Council (delegates) had turned over authority to raise membership dues to the National Board during the 2008 National Convention.  I made a sarcastic comment as well.  I’d like to apologize for that comment, because after reviewing the 2008 proposal (#4 to be exact) and what is stated in the Blue Book, the National Council did in fact NOT give that power away.  In fact, it is my opinion that the National Board overstepped its bounds in 2016 and was not and still is not authorized to increase dues.  Read more »

October to May 2017 Hours Tally

For the 2015-2016 year, I decided to tally up my hours to see if I was close on my estimation of 300 hours volunteered for Girl Scouts.  So I continued to track my hours for this past year – why not at this point and just compare and contrast them from year to year?  So here’s the tally for Oct 1st, 2016 to May 31st, 2017!  I’ll continue tracking them through Sept 30th to add them up for the full fiscal year.  Read more »

I’m Sorry We Leaders “Failed” Your Daughter

Strongly worded letter time!

This post pairs up with the last one (Camping, the Outdoors, and Defending Leaders Again), so if you have time, read it first.

I’m not a big fan of “open letters” because I think they are passive aggressive.  I’ve always said I hope the authors of these open letters at some point confront whoever it is they are taking to task.  So based on that criteria, the following is not an open letter but a strongly worded one.  Before writing this blog post, I’ve had discussions on Facebook at various times with multiple people who have made the following statement including an admin who shared the same attitude.  And I will continue to press when I see it on display again.  If someone says it to me in person, thar she blows! Read more »