February 22nd is World Thinking Day. Celebrating this day reminds us that as Girl Scouts, we are part of a global community. This year’s theme for Thinking Day is “Empowering girls will change our world.” As a Board, we take this mission of girl empowerment very seriously.
The February 9 board meeting focused on preparations for the March 26 Annual Meeting. The Board accepted the slate of candidates proposed by the Board Development Committee for National Delegates, and both the Board Development Committee and Board of Directors to be voted on by council delegates at the Annual Meeting. We also approved protocol for the Annual Meeting, which will be sent to delegates with the agenda and annual report. Much has been accomplished this past year and we look forward to continued dialog on the transformation of GSSEM as the premier organization for girl leadership development in Southeastern Michigan. Delegates will be receiving their Annual Meeting workbooks later this month to assist in preparation for the meeting.
Volunteers are the lifeblood of our movement and we are fortunate to have many dedicated volunteers. The Board approved the National Girl Scout Awards Nominations recommended by the Adult Volunteer Recognition Committee. These volunteers will be honored at a luncheon on April 30 at the First United Methodist Church in Troy. Tickets are available on the website and all are welcome and encouraged to join this appreciation event.
The Fund Development Committee has continued work on the formation of an advisory group to help the Board garner support beyond traditional Girl Scout connections. A final proposal, the official name GSSEM Advisory Council, and next steps were approved by the Board. Stay tuned as we will be announcing shortly these influential people who have graciously agreed to serve on our Advisory Council.
The final piece of Board business focused on property. We are very close to finalizing an agreement with the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy and expect to conclude an option to purchase contract on the Timbers camp by the end of the month. We are optimistic that the conservancy working with local Traverse City non-profits and land owners will be able to exercise the purchase option within the next year. Consistent with recommendations from the Long Range Property Planning Task Force, the Board also passed resolutions to formally list both Camp Metamora and south acreage of the Camp Innisfree property with a realtor. We plan to provide an update on property at the Annual Meeting.
I hope to see you at the Annual Meeting on March 26 at the Troy Community Center. Our next Board meeting is April 12 at the Port Huron Service Center. I will be back then with an update.
Yours in Scouting,