Need a leader to help out with planning a service event? Nope, they are too busy, get someone else to do it. Need a person to be the Fall Product Chair? Nope, can't do it; ask someone else to do it. Recruitment time coming up, and you need help? Sorry, get someone else to do it. Well guess who is 'someone else?' That is me.
I have 30 freaking troops, which means 30 leaders, 30 co-leaders, and about 350 families in my service unit and hardly a damn one who is willing to help.
Not only am I the SUM which means I act as an adviser for new troops, keep all the troops in the loop with events, Coordinate up coming events, collect and organize the massive amount of paperwork for all the troops, plan out the monthly SUM meetings, and team meetings and train new leaders. But since everyone in my Service Unit is so freaking busy I also have to act as the recruitment and girl placement chair, the Fall Product chair, the cookie booth coordinator, and the recognition chair. I also plan several events for the service unit like bridging and community service day because NO ONE ELSE WILL.
I do have a small team, I have one wonderful woman who helps will the registration paperwork. And another who does our camporees. And a third who is our treasurer. I HAD a cookie chair who did all the paperwork for cookie sales--but this year was her last year. Her daughter is going away for college and is no longer a girl scout, and the woman did the cookies chair for 10 years.
So I am desperately looking for a new cookie chair. I have asked several ladies if they would mind stepping up and lending a hand, only to be told "Oh I'm sorry I'm too busy with work and running my troop...." Well what the ever living fuck? I work full time, have a troop of my own plus DO EVERY OTHER FUCKING THING FOR THE SERVICE UNIT! And manage a disabled child too boot. I have e-mailed out to all my leaders that we need a cookie chair, if they can not do it, see if one of their parents would be willing to train to do it. I have put this in the monthly news letter, I have asked at all the meetings, and no one has come through.
Well my council is asking me who is my cookie chair, and I replied well I guess it is going to be me since no one else will do it. Well council has told me "No." They said I have done too much, and they will refuse to let me do the cookies.
In a week I have gotten tons of responses. Most of them along the lines of "How can council do this to us?" or "I'm too busy, and all my parents are too busy--why don't you ask so and so to do it?" Because I have asked so and so and she said "NO" Only 2 people have responded that they will help.
One of them is a woman who is bat shit crazy leader and I hate dealing with because she NEVER EVER turns in her paper work, always calls me with some petty problem and then complains about council's policies. The other is a husband of one of the leaders. Out of 350 families that is all the help I get.
Council wants me to go with the crazy leader over the husband--but I am favoring the husband. I'm am just so disappointed. Part of me is about ready to say, "Oh well. No one really wanted to help so none of you gets to sell cookies this year." I'm to the point where I am just ready to walk away from it all.
Sorry this turned out longer than I thought it was, I guess I needed to get all of that off my chest.
--Perky (a.k.a.) Someone Else