Dear Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines Family:
During the past five years, I have been able to fulfill one of my dreams and lead an organization about which I am truly passionate. It has been a labor of love and one I have absolutely enjoyed. While I am looking forward to my retirement, I can look back at this last five years and know that I have left my mark on Girl Scouting and Girl Scouting has made me a better person.
My first priority has always been the girls. My goal was to build an organization that allowed our Girl Scouts to explore opportunities that they might not otherwise have the chance to experience and provide those opportunities in a safe, yet encouraging and fun environment. I have had many a sleepless night worrying about the health and safety of our girls, but thankfully, our policies and procedures, training and amazing staff and volunteers got us through many summer residential and day camps as well as countless council events and activities. But again, the girls are why we are here and why we all do what we do.
My second priority has always been our volunteers because, without them, the execution of our Girl Scout Leadership Experience would not be possible. Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines has the most passionate volunteers who care immensely about our girls and the quality of the programming being delivered. I sincerely thank all of you who have given your time, talents and treasures to help Girl Scouts be the pre-eminent leadership organization dedicated solely to girls.
Lastly, but no less important has been the council staff. I feel as though we have assembled a team that has led us to be one of the strongest councils in the US and Puerto Rico. Through the hard work and vision of our leadership team and their departments, we continue to grow membership and retention, improve member and volunteer satisfaction, and increase revenue. I know the council will be in good hands as it moves into the future.
Over the course of my tenure, many new and exciting things have occurred, such as the introduction of the Leadership Journeys and our 100th Anniversary. We also have experienced some growing pains as we completed the successful merger of two legacy councils into Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines. I am especially proud of the expansion of our STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programming for our Girl Scouts because these are the fields of the future and our girls need to be able to compete in these areas. I am pleased to announce the first all-girl team in the North Carolina FIRST Robotics competition comes from our council! I am also extremely proud of the financial stability of Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines. Our council is as strongly positioned for the future as it has ever been and I feel great knowing that the organization is stable and sustainable for years to come.
As I begin the next chapter of my life, I thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for all that you have given to Girl Scouting and wish you the best as you move forward. While I may not be there in person, I will always be…
Yours In Girl Scouting,
Rusine Mitchell Sinclair