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2014 Orientation Video - Part 1

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Published on Mar 27, 2013

Part 1. Please complete both sections of the video for your full Volunteer Orientation.

Here is the link to download your copy of Volunteer Essentials: http://nmgirlscouts.org/Volunteer_Ess...

Hello, and welcome to the Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails' Orientation video. I'm Angela Sayler, Training & Recognition Manager for this council. I would like to start off by thanking you. You've agreed to make a huge difference in the lives of girls by supporting our mission, building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. This mission is not something we can accomplish alone, we are a volunteer driven organization. Without great volunteers like you, this mission would be impossible. YOU are making the world a better place tenfold by giving these girls opportunities they may not otherwise have had. Thanks for joining us today to get the specifics on our council and Welcome to the Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails team.

Throughout this training, you will hear me refer to Volunteer Essentials. This is our council handbook. If you've not already received a copy, this is a fantastic place to find information, resources, and policies we use as standards here at GSNMT. You can download Volunteer Essentials from our website, or request a copy from a Service Unit Team Member or myself at the email address on the screen. This orientation video has been designed so that you can go back, again and again, to refresh information for yourself. If you have any questions regarding any information you find in this video, you can contact myself or your Service Unit Team. I highly suggest that before watching this video, you have completed Girl Scouts of the USA's national video, Girl Scouting 101.

If you've already watched GSUSA's video, Girl Scouting 101, then you are ready for this orientation video! Let's get started.

Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails is a charter of the national organization, Girl Scouts of the USA. We cover the top two-thirds of New Mexico; Socorro to the Colorado border. We are headquartered in the heart of our council, Albuquerque New Mexico. We also have offices in Santa Fe, Farmington, and Clovis.

Because we cover such a large span of land, we have amazing local teams of volunteers who make sure that the girls are plugged into their local communities. We call these teams Service Unit Teams. We refer to different areas within our council that they cover, Service Units. When you complete your volunteer background check, you will receive an email with your assigned unit cc'd. This email is important. We will go into detail about the volunteer application in a minute, but the first thing you should notice is what Service Unit has been assigned to you. Your Service Unit team members will be an invaluable resource to you as you begin your Girl Scout journey. We encourage you to introduce yourself as soon as possible if you haven't already because your Service Unit team is your first point of contact.

Each Service Unit Team has lead volunteers that take on positions like "Manager", "Recruiter", and "Event Coordinator" as these roles reflect our staff back at headquarters, which means that each one of these lead volunteers has a staff member to ask for advice, supplies, and support.

This system of local teams of volunteers known as Service Units is why we refer to our council as a Service Unit-centric council. You can find a full list of our Service Units in your Volunteer Essentials guide. Each Service Unit has a name and a number. For example, the Service Unit that covers Santa Fe is SU10, the team covering the Bloomfield/Aztez area in the Four Corners is Dos Rios, SU186. Because of our layers of leadership, there are many ways to stay connected with Girl Scouts. The primary way is Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails weekly email, Traveling the Trails. This email should begin arriving in your inbox as soon as your email address is pulled off your registration form.

(Cont. Part II)

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