Board Chair Corner – Oct. 2013
The new program year is off to a great start. I hope the availability of the new starter kits has proven to be helpful. The board has also returned to its monthly meeting schedule.
Our October meeting was held at the Clinton Service Center. The meeting started with Ambassador Girl Scout Jacquelyn Eubanks, who described the Scouting experiences that have contributed to her current success as a leader, student, and published author. She has a second book set to publish next month. Jackie shared her experiences at Camp Moxie last summer, and her love of the outdoors. What an amazing and accomplished young woman who attributes her courage, confidence, and character to being a Girl Scout!
The board’s next item of business was to approve a motion from the Board Development Committee to elect Denise Calisi, senior vice president of Comerica Bank, as a member of the Finance Committee and Girl Scout alumnus to fill a vacant board of directors’ position, through 2015. We are delighted to have Denise join the board and welcome her engagement going forward. Pete Keating, board development committee chair, indicated that his team has begun the process of assessing directors eligible for nomination to a second term next March. The committee will also begin reviewing applications of those interested in being elected as delegates to the National Council meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah in October 2014. Anyone interested in applying for a delegate position should submit an application to council by November 1, 2013.
In finance and property news, the board reviewed financial statements for August and approved several financial policy updates recommended by the Finance Committee. Fund Development Committee Chair Kathy Ossian provided a preliminary report on the 5K Walk. Participation was down by 50% from last year. The committee needs to assess whether this was due to time of year, and/or weather and will make a recommendation on whether to continue this event next year. The Giving Cup was awarded to board member Maria Zardis for her fundraising and advocacy efforts in the prior month. Pledge forms for all board members to make commitments on fundraising and advocacy support were also distributed.
The Property Committee, chaired by Rick Sundquist, presented a motion authorizing council leadership to negotiate a real estate lease for a new location for our Flint Service Center. This property, located on Saginaw Street in downtown Flint, will provide us with attractive space, free parking, and signage in a desirable location at a competitive price. We will keep everyone posted on logistics as they develop.
Finally, the board supported three proposals submitted by other councils to be added to the National Council agenda for next October. The National Council agenda will be finalized within the next month. Once delegates are selected, we will hold delegate training to review and discuss all proposals on the agenda. Several of the proposals submitted address ways to provide additional opportunities for older girls to engage in governance. The board meeting concluded with a discussion of emergency succession planning, an important topic for risk management mitigation.
Our next board meeting will take place on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at the Detroit Service Center. Until then, enjoy the beauty of the autumn season and all the great Girl Scout happenings.
Yours in Scouting,