Board Chair Corner - September 2011

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Welcome back! I hope you had a wonderful summer! How exciting to kick off our 100th Anniversary program year.  We have so much to celebrate!

The Board reconvened after a brief summer recess on September 12th. The focus of the meeting was to review and approve the 2011/12 budgets, which the Finance Committee developed during the summer, and to finalize CEO evaluation.  These items were completed with due diligence and good discussion.  GSSEM remains financially sound, and even with authorization to allocate an additional $100,000 to 100th anniversary celebration expenses, we continue to make progress in building reserves.  Likewise, we are fortunate to have a capable and experienced CEO in Denise to successfully lead the Council.

It was with sadness that the board passed a resolution of appreciation to departing board member Anne Regling.  Many of you know Anne from her ‘easy to understand’ financial presentations at past Annual Meetings. Anne has made significant contributions to GSSEM.  She was instrumental in developing financial reporting policies for the new council during realignment, and for the past several years, Anne served as both Finance Committee chair and Treasurer. Anne’s career commitments in Battle Creek have increased, which will preclude her from fulfilling her board duties to her standards. Anne’s resignation is effective as of September 30. She leaves a legacy of strong governance for the council.

I had the opportunity to kick off the Lead and Learn workshop on September 10th. Thanks to the more than 100 volunteers who attended to learn more about their roles in the new volunteer structure.

Finally, GSSEM delegates to GSUSA National Conference continue to prepare for the assembly meeting in Houston, Nov 9-11.  We held a well-attended delegate training session on July 16, and will be hosting another networking event on Saturday, October 8.  Delegates have also participated in monthly webinars hosted by GSUSA to ensure everyone understands the policies and issues to be voted on at the assembly. I appreciate how seriously our delegates have taken their roles and how well prepared they are.  Additionally, we are delighted that Kathy Worthen, an executive at General Motors, and Girl Scout volunteer from GSSEM, has been nominated for a position on the National Board.  Denise, Rhonda Orr and I had an opportunity to meet Kathy last week. She’s a great advocate for Girl Scouting, and will be a wonderful addition to the GSUSA Board.

Happy fall!  We are off to a great start.  I will be back in October with a brief report on the October 13th board meeting.

Yours in Scouting,

Nancy