National publication: What would like me to say?

Posted on: Sun, 01/19/2003 - 1:50pm
LisaMcDowell's picture
Joined: 12/06/2002 - 09:00

I have been asked by GSUSA to write an article on PA/FA for their paper "The Listening Post". They have mentioned that there is no guarantee that it will be run, however, I must give it my best shot. What I need is an angle so I will need suggestions from everyone on what you think are the most important issues of PA/FA that need to be addressed. Give it some thought, I will be checking back in a few days. Thanks!

This will be a very slow process, so don't lose faith if it doesn't show up in the next few months. Okay!

Posted on: Sun, 01/19/2003 - 3:15pm
LilMansMom's picture
Joined: 03/14/2002 - 09:00

It is entirely possible that no one else here will agree with me, but I sincerely hope you say NOTHING!!! The mess you have made here doesn't need to be continued into another forum, i.e. a Girl Scout publication. You may think you are this eloquent, well-spoken (well-typed) orator, but allow me to clear up this misconception...your words do not come across well in print. I do not personally think that the cause of informing others on the dangers of PA is one best left to you.
As a Girl Scout mom and an active participant in my daughter's troop, I will be approaching the council with copies of your previous posts and requesting that they not allow you to speak for us in this way. As angry as I have become with some of the other fires you have fanned, this absolutely infuriates me. As much as I agree that any topics you start are best avoided, I felt it only appropriate that I let you know that I will be taking this course of action.
Little Man's Momma
a*k*a Kendra
It has occurred to me that it may not actually be the case that this request has been made of LisaMcDowell, but I feel the council should be made aware of the situation, nonetheless.
[This message has been edited by LilMansMom (edited January 20, 2003).]

Posted on: Sun, 01/19/2003 - 8:43pm
LaurensMom's picture
Joined: 05/23/2001 - 09:00

I am sorry to say, Lisa, that I have to second LilMansMom.

Posted on: Sun, 01/19/2003 - 9:53pm
California Mom's picture
Joined: 07/14/2000 - 09:00

Yes, as a girl scout mom and active participant here, I too must agree with LilMansMom. Give it up Lisa.
LilMansMom, the second part of your post may be right on target. Just another way to try to infuriate the rest of us, maybe? Miriam

Posted on: Mon, 01/20/2003 - 12:35am
Peg541's picture
Joined: 12/29/2002 - 09:00

Quote:Originally posted by LisaMcDowell:
What I need is an angle so I will need suggestions from everyone on what you think are the most important issues of PA/FA that need to be addressed. Give it some thought, I will be checking back in a few days. Thanks!
You want an angle? Here's an angle.
The Girl Scout Law
I will do my best to be
honest and fair,
friendly and helpful,
considerate and caring,
courageous and strong, and
responsible for what I say and do,
and to
respect myself and others,
respect authority,
use resources wisely,
make the world a better place, and
be a sister to every Girl Scout.
I have been a Girl Scout since I was seven. I am still a Girl Scout.
[This message has been edited by Peg541 (edited January 20, 2003).]

Posted on: Mon, 01/20/2003 - 1:24am
LisaMcDowell's picture
Joined: 12/06/2002 - 09:00

Yes Peg,
Honest and fair which you were not!
The point is that it is going to be written whether you like it or not.

Posted on: Mon, 01/20/2003 - 1:29am
joeybeth's picture
Joined: 09/01/2006 - 09:00

out of curiosity, can someone fill me in on all this? i haven't been on the site until recently for well over a year and i guess i've missed a lot. thanks. joey

Posted on: Mon, 01/20/2003 - 1:46am
Peg541's picture
Joined: 12/29/2002 - 09:00

Hi Joey,
This situation defies description.
One thing, be careful what you write because it could be used against you. The internet is not the friendly place it often seems to be. When you push the submit button and send your words out into the ether, anyone can and will interpret your words in ways you would have never imagined.
99% of the members of this board are lovely
people, there are some however who are not.

Posted on: Mon, 01/20/2003 - 2:12am
LisaMcDowell's picture
Joined: 12/06/2002 - 09:00

For only those interested in supporting this effort please use my personal e-mail to make your suggestions. Thanks!
We need to leave this thread clear for those who need to run their course, and to pledge their non-support.

Posted on: Mon, 01/20/2003 - 3:31am
Gail W's picture
Joined: 12/06/2001 - 09:00

Hi Lisa,
I don't want to e-mail you because I currently have a virus that I haven't been able to get rid of... I will take you up on your offer to contact you off the boards, tho, once I get de-bugged.
First, I'm glad to understand where you're coming from re the "PA awareness" information/presentations that you've made reference to in other threads. There's definitely a lot of work that needs to be done, and your idea of writing an article for the Girl Scout publication from a mother's perspective is an outstanding one.
The main idea that I hope you will incorporate in your article is that parents have different approaches based on their daughter's allergy, daughter's personality and personal experiences. I agree that there isn't a "one size fits all" approach and many factors that determine our individual comfort level. Perhaps you could talk about some of those factors and how these factors make it so vital to include parental involvement when leaders begin planning troop activities. I think this is a message that has been consistently communicated by many members here. I hope you've heard it, and use it constructively in your article.
Another idea I have is very obvious, and that's to include some specific examples showing how activities have be successfully modified. I think it would be more powerful for those examples to be shared by several mothers and troop leaders from differnt age levels and geographic areas. (I have several examples from my 8 year olds troop, and I'm sure the leaders would gladly participate if you'd wish.)
I give you credit for taking on this project and for posting the contact person at the Girl Scouts. If any of our members don't feel comfortable working with you, they can consider writing ~colaborating~ their own article to submit to the GSs for consideration. [img][/img]

Posted on: Mon, 01/20/2003 - 4:42am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous (not verified)

Lisa, I think you entitled your thread incorrectly. It says "National Publication, What Would You Like Me to Say?" I really think that what it should read is "National Publication, What Would I Like Me to Say?" especially since you seem to have little or no respect for a soul member of this board.
Why even bother asking us after the turmoil you have put the board through these last few weeks. I am sure that any opinions offered would be shot down as quickly as they were placed.
You know what YOU want to say. You know that you don't care for what WE have to say.
I have to say that my biggest regret in all of this is that I pulled a fellow member from a wonderful walk on the beach in sunny California, off-the-board yet, to contact you re your Girl Guides thread. I even made the mistake, knowing she wasn't using her computer much of calling from Canada to California on your behalf.
Will that stop me from trying to help other members or seeking help myself? No.
I just wish you'd leave us alone and quit so openly taunting us and adding stress to what can already be considered more than the average stressful lives. [img][/img]
Best wishes! [img][/img]


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