We Have Taken Responsibility

Sondra Burnett
As Retiring President of the Northwest Georgia Girl Scout Council

Brought to you via Neil Savage's "Appreciating Girl Scout/Guide Volunteers" Compilation


From the closing remarks by Sondra Burnett, retiring President of the Northwest Georgia Girl Scout Council:

"I am so proud to be a part of this organization. Because we walk our talk. We are action-oriented. We are value-based. And we are committed to our mission. We have made a commitment ... that Girl Scouts is and should be available to all girls. This organization and this Council in particular has taken responsibility. I am reminded of a poem for which I have taken a few liberties. Paraphrased, it goes like this:

We have taken responsibility for girls . . .

who sneak popsicles before supper
who erase holes in math notebooks
who can never find their shoes

And we have taken responsibility for those

who can't bound down the street in a new pair of sneakers
who never "counted potatoes"
who were born in places we wouldn't be caught dead
who never go to the circus
who live in an x-rated world

We have taken responsibility for girls

who bring us sticky kisses and fistfuls of dandelions
who hug us in a hurry and forget their lunch money
who hug us and have no lunch money
who wear our values as naturally as breathing
and who learn and embrace our values as a way of becoming and being

We have taken responsibility for those

who never get dessert
who have no safety blanket to drag behind them
who don't have any rooms to clean up
whose pictures aren't on anybody's dresser
whose monsters are real

We have taken responsibility for girls

who spend their allowance before Thursday
who like ghost stories
who shove dirty clothes (and everything else) under the bed
who get visits from the tooth fairy
who don't like to be kissed in front of the car pool
who squirm in church or temple and scream on the phone
whose tears we sometimes laugh at . . . and whose smiles can make us cry

And we have taken responsibility for those

whose nightmares come in the daytime
who will eat anything and those who will eat everything (!)
who have never seen a dentist
who are spoiled by everyone
who aren't spoiled by anyone
who go to bed hungry and cry themselves to sleep
who live and move, but have no being

 

We have taken responsibility for those who want to be carried and for those who must, for those we never give up on and for those who don't get a second chance For those we smother . . . and for those who will grab the hand of anybody kind enough to offer it

I'm so proud because I know we have, and we will continue, to offer our hand to them so that no girl is left behind because we did not act. Because we have taken responsibility, our girls too, will one day be responsible, caring, self-confident citzens . . . not only able to survive but thrive.

Thank you for making this the experience of a lifetime. My life has been inextricably altered because of you. Thank you staff, volunteers, supporters, and donors, Board and Committee members and most importantly, thank you girls! While I'll no longer wield your gavel, I hope to forever remain in service to you and this stellar organization. Love . . . Peace . . . and May God Bless!"