By Joseph Pratt
Karen Davis recently stepped down as the community development manager for the Portsmouth location of the Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland. Her position has since been eliminated, with the duties merged into a new position, in which Sarah Lowe is filling, as the community services manager.
Lowe was already an employee with the local branch of the Girl Scouts, but had a different set of responsibilities as the volunteer services manager. Some of her previous duties have since been broken down and given to other officials, in order to make the workload a little lighter.
Her previous position also had her stuck behind a desk for the most part. With the desk work relieved from her duties, it has provided her with more time to be out in the community and working more with the scouts.
“This is kind of a new position,” Lowe explained. “There is only me and one other girl in Ohio who have this title. Everybody else is sticking with the two people. In the past, we’ve only had one person in the local office. It was only last year that we had me and Karen both. I’m unsure of what the position was called before.”
Lowe said that the new position isn’t going to change anything for the local troops, or community, but will be more about her making adjustments in the office.
“It’s not all that scary, but I will miss Karen Davis a lot. She was very good; she has so many connections and always knew what was going on. It is hard to learn everyone in a four county span. I’m excited about it though and I’ve been getting out and meeting people and creating a face for myself in the school community, which I haven’t done before and it is interesting.”
Lowe said that she is responsible for the troops in Scioto County, Jackson County, Adams County and Gallia County.
“They took away some of my more desk job responsibilities and have given me the responsibility of recruiting girls and getting new troops started. I’m excited to get started and getting things going,” Lowe said.
Lowe said she is focusing heavily on growing the Daisy category of Scouts, which is for kindergarten and first grade students.
She is also focusing on expanding her list of volunteers, explaining that it is instrumental that she gets more people to assist in leading troops.
“I’d love to have more volunteers. You don’t need to have kids and you don’t need to even have Girl Scouts experience,” Lowe said. “We just need people who care and want to lead these young Scouts. We have tons of girls who want to be Scouts, but we just don’t have the leadership to make that possible.”
Lowe said that the next community recruitment and information night will be held Sept. 11 in Tracy Park of Portsmouth, Ohio from 5 to 6 p.m. The following recruitment date will be September 18 in the Glendale Community Center of Clarktown, Ohio from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
The Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland Portsmouth Service Center is at 2734 Scioto Trail. They are open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, and from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday. More information on Girl Scouts can be obtained by calling Sarah Lowe at 740-353-2579, EXT 8730. Lowe can also be contacted by Facebook through her official page Sarah Lowe GSOH.
Joseph Pratt can be reached at 740-353-3101, EXT 1932, or @JosephPratt03.