Board Chair Corner - September 2013

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Board Chair Corner – Sept. 2013

Welcome to the start of a new program year.  Hope you all had a wonderful summer!

The board met on September 11th at the Detroit Service Center with a packed agenda.  With the exception of a strategic learning retreat in August, and a special virtual meeting in June to approve the sale of the Flint Service Center building, our last regular meeting was in May. So we had a great deal of business to conduct. 

The meeting started with a brief Mission Moment by Amy Kaherl who served as a panelist at Camp Moxie. Amy is a Girl Scout alumnus, and founder of Detroit SOUP, an organization that funds social entrepreneurs in Detroit.  She is committed to using her talents to build community in Detroit and was impressed by the girls she spoke with at Camp Moxie.  She is a wonderful role model for girls and demonstrates her commitment to leadership and ‘making the world a better place.’

The board reviewed financial statements for March through July and commended Denise Dalrymple, CEO, and her staff for closely managing costs given that cookie sale revenue was almost $1 million less than forecast.  Although our box per girl average continues to be strong, we had fewer girls selling cookies this year.  This is an important issue that will be addressed prior to next year’s sale.  Next, the board next reviewed and approved the 2013/14 budgets, which continue to invest in key strategic initiatives around diversity, membership growth, and volunteer support.

Former Board Secretary Equilla Wainwright resigned last spring upon her retirement and relocation to Atlanta.  The board approved the appointment of Rhonda Orr as the new Secretary of the Board.  Rhonda has been a trustee since 2010, chairs the Pension Administration Committee and was a recent recipient of the Thanks Badge.  She is an excellent addition to the executive team.  The Board Development Chair Pete Keating also reviewed the process for delegate selection for the 2014 GSUSA National Assembly. Nomination forms for those interested in being considered for delegates can be found on our new website and are due by November 1, 2013.  We expect given our membership size to have 14 to16 delegate positions.

Fund Development Committee Chair Kathy Ossian reported on the results of the successful August 19th golf outing and thanked chair Julianne Princinsky.  This event netted more than $31,000.00, had more golfers than last year, and exceeded the $25,000.00 fundraising goal.  The next fund development event is the October 5th Walk at the Detroit Zoo.  Walkers can set up their web pages to procure donations through  We hope to exceed last year’s participation so invite your family and friends to walk as a team.

The Property Committee, chaired by Rick Sundquist, had three important motions for board approval—ratification of an easement to Enbridge Energy for pipeline expansion at Camp Hawthorne Hollow, approval of a purchase agreement on the vacant Clinton Service Center building behind the current shop/service center, and approval of the contract for a short term lease of vacant property with Crown City Pictures.  Additionally, Rick reported on various properties investigated for relocation of the Flint Service Center and recommended an optimal location in downtown Flint.  The board thanked Rick for all the gratis legal expertise he has provided the council.  He was also presented with the Thanks II Badge, which he was unavailable to accept at the April Volunteer Recognition luncheon.

Finally, the board went into executive session for the fpurpose of discussing CEO evaluation and compensation.  Overall consensus of the board is that this council is fortunate to have an experienced and extremely capable CEO in Denise Dalrymple.

The board successfully completed all its business and will hold our next meeting on Tuesday, October 8th at the Clinton Service Center.  Till then, enjoy the fall and the start of this new Girl Scout program year.  There are many exciting Scouting opportunities ahead.

Yours in Scouting,