Arkansas Girls State Staff
Charlotte Ann Wilson
The Director is appointed by the Department (State) President and serves one year. She oversees all of the preparation associated with Arkansas Girls State (AGS) and is assisted by a committee comprised of members who also are appointed by the Department President.
The Assistant Director is appointed by the Director and serves with the Arkansas Girls State Director during one year. She is the assistant to the Director with all preparation and Session Administration.
Director of Admissions
Jean Leek, Department Secretary
The Director of Admissions oversees all delegate and alternate registrations and acceptances. She is the contact person for units and schools with questions regarding attending AGS in addition to procedures and policies.
Claudean Bethel, Chairman
Cindi White, Vice Chairman
Sharon Fikes, Committee Member
Carol Westergren, Department President, 2015-2016, Ex-Officio Member
Charley McAfee, Department Treasurer, Ex-Officio Member
Jean Leek, Department Secretary, Ex-Officio Member
During ALA Arkansas Girls State, these volunteers along with approximately 75 additional men and women serve to provide the best experience for all citizens. Below are some of the positions and their responsibilities.
There are thirty (30) cities, divided among fourteen (14) counties. The county counselor advises all county activities and government structure. The county counselors also provide information and can be an advisor to the city counselors assigned to her county.
There are thirty (30) cities at ALA Arkansas Girls State, and each citizen is assigned to a city. Each city is assigned a specific number of dorm rooms, and the citizens become very close in friendship, spirit and activities. Each city attends the assemblies and forms the city government and structure in order to function at ALA Arkansas Girls State. The city counselor advises and supervises these activities. At night, she takes “bed check” and is the closest staff member to her citizens.
Assistant City Counselors
These young women attended a recent ALA Arkansas Girls State session, and applied to return and join the staff. They serve a variety of roles and duties, all of which are invaluable to the busy weekly schedule.
Each citizen is assigned a political party upon arrival – the Nationalist (Blue) or the Federalists (Red). These political parties serve as the basis and structure of bipartisan politics including campaigning, elections and appointments at city, county and state levels. The parties provide a spirited opportunity to cheer and motivate fellow citizens as “they throw their hats into the political ring.”
Schools of Instruction
Each citizen selects one (1) class that meets daily beginning on Monday and concludes with an exam on Friday morning. Each citizen selects the class of most interest to her. Classes include Law, Law Enforcement, Legislative Procedures, Executive School and Communications/Media.
Other Support Staff Members
There is a Nurse assigned to serve on staff throughout the entire week. Girls can seek medical attention at any time. Over-the-counter medications can be administered if the citizen’s physician signed the health form as indicated. If warranted the nurses will arrange a citizen to be seen by a doctor. Parents are called immediately if this occurs.
AGS Shop and Canteen
The AGS Shop and canteen is conveniently located on the campus of Harding University, and is staffed by a great group of ladies and volunteers. We’re open as long as the girls are out and about, sometimes until their lights out at 11:00 and open at 6 a.m, everyday. The store will have AGS souvenirs including the snacks, drinks, and convenience items that, over the years, have been frequently requested. The 2015 Souvenir Picture CD will also be sold at the store; however, since the CD will contain pictures from the entire week, the actual CD will be professionally copied immediately after Arkansas Girls State and mailed to your home.
Citizens bring money to spend on souvenirs, snacks, drinks and other necessities as needed. It is never safe to leave a large amount of money in dorm rooms. The banker holds reserve money that any citizen “deposits” for safe keeping in her personal account and is available during all free time hours for a “withdrawal.”
Citizens who love to sing or play a musical instrument can join the Arkansas Girls State chorus or band and practice on free time. The band plays at most assemblies, providing a peppy atmosphere that gets the spirit going. The chorus performs before the Inauguration Ceremony.
Opportunities abound throughout the week within the city, county and state levels and also on the individual level with contests and projects. Guidelines and rules governing each opportunity will be provided by the Activities Director and her staff.
Each ALA Arkansas Girls State session elects state-wide officials. The 2014 elected governor returns for the 2015 session to be the “official head of state,” serves as chair of all assemblies and fulfills any other responsibilities as directed.