The Moore American

January 1, 2014

Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma satellite office open

By Shana Adkisson
The Moore American

MOORE — Although the preferred colors of most in the community are crimson and cream, there is a large population of girls in the county that are happy to officially see green.

One of the most recognizable colors is that of the Girl Scouts; in November, when Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma opened an office in Norman, the green invasion began.

Misti Pryor serves as the community development executive at the Norman site, located in the Community Service Building at 1183 E. Main St.

“It has been a long time coming. Girl Scouts has been in Norman for many years but this is the first for us in branching out and putting in a satellite office in the district,” Pryor said.

Pryor will oversee District 4 of GSWESTOK, which covers Pottawatomie, McClain, Cleveland and Grady counties.

Since the opening of the Norman site, Pryor has seen a lot of traffic at her office. Before the Norman office opened, volunteers and Girl Scouts had to go to Oklahoma City to pick up supplies.

“Volunteers love that we have a local office to pick up and drop off forms, product, anything that needs to travel to (the) council. I tell all of my volunteers that if they need anything from or to (the) council to let me know and I can provide that support for them,” Pryor said. “For the volunteers and our girls, this is an opportunity for them to get materials, to get training to utilize this space for any kind of meeting or any arrangements that they might need that I can help them with.

“It’s much easier for a volunteer from Ninnekah to get to my office than to Oklahoma City to pick up badges and such. I love the office here, and the other agencies at Community Service Building Inc. are just amazing. I sit on their board starting January 2014 as a representing agency.”

Pryor tries to keep regular office hours but suggests that volunteers call before stopping by because she is out in the field the majority of the week.

Brenda Wheelock, leader of Troop 241, is thrilled that Norman finally has a Girl Scout office, adding that it’s much easier for Norman-area Girl Scout families.

“Now we can register girls, turn in paperwork and meet with our council rep without having to travel to north Oklahoma City. I’m really grateful to (the) council for making this service available here in Norman,” Wheelock said.

The Girl Scout population in Norman is so large, Pryor said, it is divided into two service teams.

Pryor also hopes that opening a Girl Scout satellite office in Norman will help assist girls who are still in need following the May tornadoes.

“We put together a tornado task force sending out letters to assist the girls in crisis. Our goal is that no girl goes without Girl Scouts because they are trying to get the lights turned back on or replace the car,” Pryor said. “Our goal is to serve these girls and be able to give them this experience and be able to give them some normalcy, rather that’s replacing lost books, uniforms or badges or sending them to camp.”

April Doshier, mother of a Girl Scout, also is pleased with the opening of the GSWESTOK Norman office.

“Since our family is new to Girl Scouts, we are relieved and excited to have the ability to work directly with Misti here in Norman,” Doshier said. “With cookie sales coming and many other cool events ahead of us, it will be a great advantage to have them here in our community. Norman is really blessed to have a Girl Scout presence here.”

And for all those cookie lovers, Pryor said cookie sales start in February.

“All volunteers have either been trained or are in the process, and I’m working on securing a local cookie cupboard here at my building for our Norman troops. This is where they can come restock on product once they’ve sold their initial order,” Pryor said.

For more information on the GSWESTOK Norman office, call Pryor at 528-GIRL (4475), ext. 7979 or email mpryor @gswestok.org.

For more information, visit gswestok.org.

“We’re building strong girls, and that’s what the world needs,” Pryor said.