Alana Dixon is the Virginia Lake Service Unit Manager and gives us insight on what her service unit does and how service unit involvement and activities are so vital to the Girl Scout experience. She is a Senior Designer at NV Energy and also owns her own business in Reno.
What are some things your service unit has done this year?
Ice skating, he & me bowling, the Girl Scout Aces game, she & me painting at Pino’s Palate, World Thinking Day, and the leader appreciation dinner.
How long have you been the Virginia Lake Service Unit Manager?
I’ve been the Service Unit Manager for two years and I have a multilevel troop with Daisies through Cadettes.
Why did you decide to take the position?
I did it because the former Service Unit Manager was moving. The service unit needed someone to help out before she left and I had some free time. I just jumped in blindfolded but the service unit leaders made it easy to manage. Everything was already set up when I started, and when I had a question, I just asked them.
In your own words, what does your service unit do?
We provide support to everyone I try to make sure all girls are included regardless if they are able to attend [events] or not.
What’s the best things about being a Service Unit manager?
Seeing how happy girls are at the events. Seeing how everyone has progressed during their time with Girl Scouts from Daisies all the way to Ambassadors. It’s almost like watching your own kids grow up.
What’s the hardest things about being a Service Unit Manager?
Feeling like you’re not heard when you’re sending messages to people and trying to get people to respond or help out. I try to get people engaged in the service unit and try to make them understand what we’re doing. It’s hard to get people to respond.
How does your service unit celebrate its leaders?
We give out recognitions to leaders at meetings if they’ve been nominated. We have a leader appreciation dinner or leader event like dinner and painting at Picasso and Wine. We also have little treats like chocolates at our regular meetings.
What do you get out of your service unit participation?
I love seeing members come back because they love the activities the service unit does! They remember things like the camporee and have that memory with their families for years to come.
What are you looking forward to in your service unit?
Our upcoming camporee at the end of September at the 4-H camp in South Tahoe.
What is your advice to Service Unit Managers or volunteers?
Don’t get discouraged and know there are always people out there willing to help.