February 2014 Board Chair Corner

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Board Chair Corner – February, 2014

Happy February!  The longer, lighter days are a sign that spring will eventually come!

Emma Chandonais, a Senior Girl Scout and Girl Advisory Board member, was the February 12 Mission Moment speaker.  She shared a beautifully developed PowerPoint presentation using a tree analogy to describe how the Girl Scout program and caring adult leaders were the roots that allowed her to grow and branch out to experience new opportunities.  Of particular note, was her description of her experiences on a GSUSA Destinations trip to Panama and Costa Rica working with local village children and releasing loggerhead baby turtles into the wild.  Emma has begun work on her Gold Award.  She truly is a young woman “of courage, confidence and character who is making the world a better place!”

The board next turned its attention to financial matters.  Our auditors from Baker Tilly reviewed GSSEM’s Form 990 federal tax return and passed a resolution to approve and submit.  We reviewed November and December financial statements to place on file and approved a motion to extend our current contract with Little Brownie Baker for an additional year.  This extension will allow us to avoid any increases in commodity (ingredient) prices.  The Pension Committee brought forth a motion, which the board approved, to begin process of rolling over one of our legacy Council retirement plans into an annuity.

The Annual Meeting is approaching quickly.  The board approved the recommendation of a single slate of candidates for board officers, trustees, board development committee members, delegates and alternates to the National Conference session to be included in the Annual Meeting workbook and voted on by council delegates.  Denise reported that despite the snowy, arctic weather, participation at the delegate training meeting on Saturday, January 25 was excellent! What a committed group we have to brave the particularly nasty weather that day to come to training!  We look forward to a productive and informative Annual Meeting on March 22.

The Fund Development Committee acknowledged Kathy Ossian, committee chair, as recipient of the January Giving Cup award for her work in soliciting donations to Cookie Gala.  The board passed a resolution to apply for a temporary liquor license for the cookie gala, which will take place again at the beautiful DTE Headquarters on Wednesday, March 26.


The board heard a brief property committee update from Rick Sundquist who reported that the  sale of the building behind the Clinton Township Service Center has been completed.  Additionally, the new Flint Service Center is opening this week with plans for a formal ribbon cutting with the Flint Chamber of Commerce and other local dignitaries early next month.

Finally, the board passed a resolution with thanks and appreciation to approve the nominees for the National Volunteer Recognition Awards.  We look forward to honoring and thanking these distinguished volunteers at the awards luncheon on April 6.


The next board meeting is April 8, 2014 at the new Flint Service Center.  I look forward to seeing you at our Annual Meeting on Saturday, March 22 at the San Marino Club in Troy.  Registration starts at 9am and the meeting begins at 9:30am.  Till then, think spring!

Yours in Scouting,