Notes from a CEO

November 8, 2019

Crisp cold weather has set in. The fall colors are absolutely breathtaking, yet no one wants to give up that lazy summer vibe. You can relive some of your fun summer memories, or memories from summers long ago, by celebrating International Summer Camp T-Shirt Day on November 12. How can you show ...

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Harassment. Intimidation. Bullying. These are words bandied about at most PTA meetings and school functions. Many districts are attempting to get a handle on the growing problem of bullying and its devastating effects. News stories pops up every week about kids as young as 10 attempting suicide to ...

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All around the world, International Day of the Girl was celebrated on Oct. 11.  This day is observed for the purpose of educating the public about issues that girls face globally, while promoting girl empowerment. This year’s theme was “GirlForce: Unscripted and Unstoppable” and celebrated the ...

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It’s often hard to be kind with people who disagree with us. That’s why I am so inspired by comedian and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres and her efforts to “be kind.” Some people were not so kind to Ellen when videos and pictures cropped up on social media that showed her enjoying the Dallas ...

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I was walking around a local fall festival and noticed two teens carrying boxes of chocolates they were selling. Within 15 minutes, they were sold out. I smiled to myself thinking how these teens learned to capitalize on the large crowd of people in a small area.   Many parents and even children ...

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Work, family responsibilities and social obligations take up a ton of time. Yet, somehow, many people find time to volunteer. What motivates people to volunteer? Why should they offer their time and talent to others for free? Volunteering provides many benefits to volunteers that most people ...

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Some people like to sit with a good book. Others like to take a nap. Regardless of what you like to do, you should always take time for self-care. As a working woman, wife and mother, I seldom have free time. I must force myself to schedule some “me” time. Why? Self-care boosts a person’s ...

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I was dismayed by a recent article on another news site comparing Girl Scouts to another scouting organization. Beyond the oversimplification of both programs, the article also failed to capture the benefits of the Girl Scout organization. Girl Scouting is much more than earning badges.    No ...

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Back to school time is always busy. Forms and papers need to be signed. Families are setting new schedules and, of course, parents are flooded with flyers advertising sports team sign-up, and clubs and activities. Many parents grimace when they see flyers and eager children asking about ...

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Labor Day is synonymous with barbecues, parties, and marking the unofficial end of summer. While everyone enjoys the long weekend that comes with the holiday, few Americans know its history. Labor Day 2019 on September 2 marks the 125th anniversary of this national holiday. Celebrated the first ...

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Shopping circulars and television ads are already signaling the end of summer and start of school. For some families and children, a new school year causes more anxiety than excitement.  Ward off those worries by preparing ahead of time. Set a bedtime and wake up time for your child. During ...

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As our children head back to school. We know that homework, family obligations, social activities, and peer pressure can add to the pile of stressful things in a child’s life. While everyone deals with a certain amount of stress in their lives, children need help to recognize and cope with ...

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One of the hardest things to overcome is the fear of failure. Let’s be honest.  Many people play it safe, never moving forward in their personal and professional lives. As the CEO of a youth-serving organization, one of my goals and the goals of our organization is to give youth the confidence ...

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The lazy days of summer are here, but that doesn’t mean children should get too lazy with their academic skills. The “summer slide” is one of the main concerns parents and educators have about the long break from school. Students tend to forget the things they learned during the year and ditch the ...

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Non-profit organizations serve an important role in society, providing essential services in the community. The volunteers who serve on the Boards of Directors for non-profit agencies are critical to the work and health of the organizations they serve. Board members, who often work for local ...

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You don’t have to be a soccer fan to appreciate the magnitude of the win of the United States Women’s National Soccer Team against the Netherlands. The women won the World Cup for the second consecutive time and their fourth World Cup overall. As the CEO of a youth organization that serves girls ...

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Now that summer is in full swing, many children are heading off to summer camp.  Summer camp has become a necessary option for many parents who need to find an activity for their children when school is out. Whether your child is going to an overnight camp or a day program, summer camp provides ...

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Fireworks, parades, barbecues, and spending time at the beach or the lake. The Fourth of July has come to signify that to Americans across the nation. The Fourth of July, also known as Independence Day, means so much more.  During the American Revolution, thirteen colonies decided to separate from ...

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Some of my fondest memories with my family were during the summer months when everyone took a break and enjoyed life’s small wonders. This summer, I challenge everyone to take a break and take Girl Scouts’ “Summer Bucket List Challenge.”  Whether you are a kid or simply a kid at heart, here are a ...

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