Did this happen in your council?

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-19-2009
Did this happen in your council?
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Mon, 12-14-2009 - 4:07pm

When your council went through the merger, did all or most of the council employees get fired? I am in Alaska, so we were the last to go through this, just happened in October. They have a new CEO and board members etc. But what has really distressed me is the change in employees at the council. They fired several in October and rehired new people to do their jobs. Then they are firing 2 more this month. One is the product sales person--how stupid is it to fire her now when QSP really hasn't ended (we haven't received the checks and incentives yet--but more importantly cookies start in January!

The people they have replaced had many years of experience and dedication to GS & it really annoys me. Our council wasn't one that was bad or bankrupt or anything. I wrote an email in protest to the new CEO when she fired the person who helps all the troops recruit leaders, boost gs girl memberships (called a member services specialist here). I knew her for several years, she's been there more than the 8 years I've been involved w/GS and was very dedicated & worked many many nights going to parent meetings with school coordinators trying to set things up.

I'm just really frustrated & disheartened at this point. My 7th grade Cadettes were program aides with the day camp & know & bonded with the camp director there. They are looking forward to that again this summer. What are they going to do fire her in May just before camp starts? I figure that will be the plan & the camp director for overnight camp will also be fired about then. That seems par for the course so far.

In the ever timely words of Inigio Montoya from The Princess Bride "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."

In the frequently relevant (to so many debates on Ivillage) words of Inigio Montoya from The Princess Bride "You keep using that

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-06-2000
Tue, 12-15-2009 - 7:10am

Yes, we had a lot of shake up in staff.


Everyone had to reapply for the positions.

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-26-2002
Tue, 12-15-2009 - 8:11am

Much the same here. Everyone had to reapply for their positions. Many chose to leave, but many didn't get rehired. Some of the ones that stayed had stuff added to their workload... for example, the woman who worked locally with leaders and troops now works locally with leaders and troops, but the definition of local is huge and she can't keep up with the e-mail, phone calls, places she needs to be, dealing with incompetent leaders and getting new ones going in other areas. I also went to a meeting at our local camps to discuss how they were utilized and what programming we would like...all that stuff. It was supposed to be how paid staff can help us volunteers and the woman in charge of programming and activities ended up asking me to do some programs for her... I told her "no" because that wasn't the point of that meeting. Wrong place, wrong time. Kinda like... do your own job, lady. I probably would have said yes in any other situation. And now that our property study is done, they are looking at closing 7 of 15 camps in our area... and according to their own statistics and the surveys they've collected, the plan of action they have chosen is doomed... they say it's what the girls want, but it's plain "according to their own statistics" that it's not what they want. It's all very frustrating.

I do think that part of the reason of replacing so many people who have been around for years is that it's hard to change a person's mindset when something has been working well... so get new people in and they won't know what they old ways were so they won't have a problem with the new ways. It will be easier for them to work within the new guidelines and support the new council than it would be for someone who is bitter about the changes, no matter how good they do their job.

PS... I just found out... and this has been for years... that if you are a paid employee of GS, then you cannot be a troop leader. It is a "conflict of interest" according to the powers that be. I find that insane! We have 2 girls locally who's moms accepted jobs and then their troops dissolved when either nobody took over or the new leader couldn't take them over at an advanced level... and these are the kind of kids that really want to be in troops. So, so sad.

-Jen

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-02-2003
Mon, 01-11-2010 - 9:49am

We don't seem to have suffered much turnover in staff.

sooooobig
iVillage Member
Registered: 03-29-1999
Sat, 01-16-2010 - 10:43pm

Everyone keeps talking about the merger and I don't know what you're talking about.

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-19-2009
Thu, 01-21-2010 - 2:09pm
They reorganized all the councils and consolidated them so there were less councils. I don't know what the numbers are. Your council must have already done it because we are in Alaska and we were the last ones to be doing it--they started 2-3 years ago. If other counties were consolidated into yours, it probably just wasn't noticeable to you. It may have affected them more--their council probably closed and gets services from yours now.

In the frequently relevant (to so many debates on Ivillage) words of Inigio Montoya from The Princess Bride "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."

In the frequently relevant (to so many debates on Ivillage) words of Inigio Montoya from The Princess Bride "You keep using that