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Melanie F. Wilson"Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing." - Helen Keller

La Leche League Leader

Start Date  January 1, 2000
End Date  May 1, 2013

In 2000, after a year and a half of study and training, I was accredited as a La Leche League Leader. Our mission is to " help mothers worldwide to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother."

My volunteer activities over the years have included work on both the local and regional levels.  In 2001, I founded the first-ever LLL Group in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, which holds monthly meetings. Additional Leader duties include identifying and training Leader Applicants, speaking on breastfeeding for local organizations, writing articles for publication, and answering help calls and emails from mothers.

LLL Area Leaders' Letter Editor

Start Date  9/1/2001
End Date  August 11, 2009

As the editor of the "ALL Around Asia" newsletter, I was responsible for collecting articles and tidbits for publication one-three times per year from the La Leche League Leaders in Asia and the Middle East. The majority of the job was editing, writing, and laying out of the newsletter, which ranged from 18-30 pages.

Over the years, I wrote a number of articles for this publication including some of the following:

  • Open Space Technology at the International Conference (2005)
  • E-Mailing the Conference Home (2005)
  • My Experience with Breast Milk Donation in Mongolia (2003)
  • Starting a Group as a Lone Leader (2002)

LLL Area Publications Administrator

Start Date  9/1/2002
End Date  December 17, 2009

I edited the Leader newsletter, "ALL Around Asia," for our region (Future Areas in Asia - FAiA) for one year before taking on the additional role of Area Publications Administrator (APA) position. As APA I was responsible for overseeing the editing and publication of "ALL Around Asia" and "Close to the Heart," the Asia breastfeeding mothers' newsletter.  I was also responsible for overseeing translations of La Leche League materials in all the countries of our region, which included the Middle East. FAiA currently has publications being translated from English to Arabic, Chinese, and Mongolian.

Girl Scout Leader

Start Date  12/1/2006
End Date  April 5, 2009

Since the old Girl Scout troop disbanded in Ulaanbaatar in 2002, starting a new committee required finding interested girls to join and parents to volunteer their time. It took a year and half of campaigning and advertising to get the group together, and we finally registered officially with USA Girl Scouts Overseas (USAGSO). I acted as the Troop Leader and an Overseas Committee Member. The troop had 20+ girls ranging in age from 5-17 at its most active.

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