Friday, September 11, 2009

Annual Meeting- Open Space Explained

Going From Good to Great…Conversations That Matter
On behalf of the National Delegates of Girl Scouts of Central and Southern New Jersey, I invite you on a journey of Open Space Technology, Saturday October 24, 2009, “Going from Good to Great…Conversations That Matter.” Open Space Technology is a tool used for effective communication. Its purpose is to get people talking about, listening and sharing issues that those individuals are passionate about. It is technology that is being used effectively across four continents in industry, conferences, non-profits, etc.  Most of us were introduced to this at the National Convention held last October in Indianapolis, as a way for Girl Scouts to connect with each other about issues that were important. We were able to see what other Girl Scouts were passionate about and what concerns other councils shared.   Many councils had completed the Realignment process at that time.  It was interesting to hear what others had to say.

I was a National Delegate at the time of Realignment and became a member of the Council Realignment Committee who had the task and responsibility to merge the former councils of South Jersey Pines, Camden, and Delaware-Raritan.  We completed that task, and I am currently on the Board of Directors and I am also one of the National Delegates that represent the Girl Scouts of Central and Southern New Jersey. Our council is the largest, geographically, in the state of New Jersey.  We need to assure everyone is heard.  We are truly a glass half full.  We have the capacity to be the best Girl Scout Council in the universe.  The bar continues to be set higher.  I know that the passion and the talents that our membership possesses will continually fill the glass that is in front of us.

Harrison Owen states that,” Without passion, nobody is interested.  Without responsibility, nothing will get done.”  Our hope is that on Saturday, October 24, 2009, voices will share, ears will listen, and stronger relationships be forged. Please join us on this journey.  Bring your passion; bring your voices; bring your talents.  Voices can’t be heard if they are not shared. Passion can’t be experienced if not shared.  Talents are worth little if not shared.  See you at “Going from Good to Great…Conversations That Matter!” Together we can truly go “From Good to Great”!

Yours in Girl Scouting,
Gail Pfister

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