Our National Day of Service (first service project) will be this Saturday, Sept. 21! We will be helping with the Women’s Resource Center’s Walk for Life. Please meet us at the Pavilion at Langan Park (Municipal Park on Zeigler Blvd.) at 7:30 AM. We should be done by 11:00 at the latest. Parents, please stay with your daughter for this service project, as we will not have enough leaders to monitor all girls in a crowded area. Girls need to use the restroom before coming…to my knowledge the nearest bathroom is quite a walk away. Girls need to wear their uniform bottoms with a white shirt (polo preferable.) Our uniforms will probably not be in on time. Please remember…in order to get her HUGS patch at the end of the year, each girl will need to participate in at least 2 service projects during the year. See you Thursday night at 6:00 for our regular meeting!
Registration Day is this Thursday, Sept. 5 at 6:00 at Family Fellowship Baptist Church! There will be a mandatory parent meeting, lasting until about 7:30 or 8:00. We will go over various Troop policies and procedures. Bring a pen and be ready to fill out a bunch of forms! All money will be due at this time as well. Girls are welcome to attend but for this meeting it is not necessary. Regular meetings will be every Thursday at 6:00 beginning Sept. 12. I’m looking forward to meeting everyone!
Here are some more dates for you!
Aug. 28 – Fundraiser due
Aug. 31 – Leader & Assistant Leader Training, exact time TBA
Sept. 5 – Registration Day & Parent Meeting at 6:00
Sept. 12 – First meeting at 6:00
Sept. 21 – National Day of Service
Sept. 28 – Field trip to the Battleship? We’re trying to find out if this is Free Day…always a good thing!
Oct. 18 – Movie Night
Nov. 9 – Field trip to Five Rivers Delta
Nov. 21 – Award Ceremony & Thanksgiving Party
Dec. 19 – Christmas Party
There will probably be a community service project in late Nov./early Dec. (Salvation Army Angel Tree) but we probably will not know more details about that till this fall. There are usually 2 options: working at the Angel Tree in the mall, and at the Distribution Site. The option of working at the mall gives more flexibility with individuals’ scheduling, while the Distribution Site is more of an entire-troop project (and also much more fun, in my opinion!)
We’ve sent in our paperwork and in about 3 weeks we should have our charter approved! Here are some dates to note:
Aug. 8 – Fundraiser kick-off meeting at 7:00. We will hand out the sample coupon books and go over fundraising guidelines. We also need all volunteers and leaders to please return their applications to get background checks started. No money will be due at this time for either fundraising or applications.
Aug. 31 – Leader and Assistant Leader Training. Exact time TBA, but it will be in the morning. CPR/First aid certifications will need to be done on your own time before the first meeting (9/12) unless there is enough interest in a group class. Newman’s Ambulance does CPR classes for $25, but I don’t know their schedule.
Sept. 5 – REGISTRATION DAY!!! (and Parent Meeting) at 6:00 – We will begin registering girls on this date. At least one parent must be at this meeting, as we will go over some of the troop policies and guidelines. Girls are welcome to attend, but it’s not necessary. All monies will be due at this time.
Sept. 12 – First meeting at 6:00. Meetings will be every Thursday at 6:00.
Sept. 21 – National Day of Service – This will be our first community service project. We are still working out the details, but it will probably take place in the morning.
We’re sending in our paperwork tomorrow to get our charter approved! Once it is approved (tentatively mid-August) we can begin training leaders and we expect to be ready to register girls in the first half of September! The goal is to have a Registration Day & Parents Meeting on either Sept. 5 or 12, and the first meeting will be the following Thursday.
We will be having a fundraiser to help raise the initial funds for registration fees, troop dues and uniform costs. We will be selling coupon books from Enjoy the City for $20 with a $10 profit. Adults wishing to be volunteers or leaders may also participate in the fundraiser to help raise their registration fee, uniform costs, and CPR/First Aid training (if applicable,) We will have a Fundraiser Kick-off Meeting on August 8 at 7:00 at Family Fellowship Baptist Church to distribute the sample books for pre-sale and go over fundraiser guidelines. If you are interested in participating in this fundraiser, please let me know by Tuesday, July 30 so I can get enough sample books ordered!
One last thing… If you wish to be a volunteer or leader within our troop, please be sure to come to this meeting and have your Adult Registration Form filled out (available at the meeting if you don’t already have one.) No money will be due at this time, but we do need to have these forms sent in as soon as our charter is approved so we can begin background checks and the process for getting leaders trained before we can register the girls.
If you know you cannot attend the August 8 meeting, please let me know (“Contact Us” button) to make other arrangements!
Yay! Our board met today and did a lot of planning! We also scheduled some meetings that will be both for anyone interested in AHG, and more specifically, for anyone even thinking about volunteering for a leadership position. If you are even thinking about volunteering, you will need to attend one of these meetings to be considered for a leadership position. These meetings will focus primarily on what is involved in being a volunteer and what the qualifications are for those leaders. Those meetings will be Thursday, July 11 at 7:00, Saturday, July 20 at 10:00, and Monday, July 22 at 7:00, all at Family Fellowship Baptist Church, 1057 Middle Ring Rd., Mobile, AL 36608. We hope to have a troop ready to sign up girls and begin operating by early to mid-September. Our troop meetings will be every Thursday at 6:00 during the school year, and intermittently during the summer. Please contact me if you have any questions!
We are finally ready to begin the process of starting up the first AHG troop in Mobile! I am hoping that we will be ready to roll by early September. If you are interested in AHG, or if you are interested in a leadership position, please let me know! Next week we will be scheduling informational meetings for the coming weeks, so I will post those dates when I know them.