Girl Scouts of Eastern South Carolina holds annual meeting

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Girl Scouts of Eastern South Carolina held its annual meeting April 19 at Blackbaud on Daniel Island in Charleston.

The meeting opened with the flag ceremony led by the Charleston Detention Center Honor Guard. The National Anthem was sung by Loretta Graham, CEO.

FINANCIAL REPORT

Loretta Graham introduced Sheryl McAlister as our new Finance Director. Cliff McBride, Treasurer, presented the annual financial report of the council as of September 30, 2011. According to the report, the biggest financial hurdle GSESC is facing is revenue issues.

JOINT STATE OF THE COUNCIL VISIONING REPORT

Accomplishments of the council were shared, and visions for our future were presented by Ruth Metzger and Loretta Graham. Metzger stated that the council is successfully moving in a positive direction.

  • Council has 15,000 square miles with 21 counties—142,000 girls are available in grades K5-12—our goal is 14,000 girls to meet the 10% market share. We will increase our membership with the membership extension programs. The membership extension has served 3,958 girls through collaborations with our schools and organizations. We are committed to increase our membership and reach 14,000 girls by 2015.
  • An alumnae search is being made to get alumnae involved and participating.
  • Over 1,300 girls have participated at council events. There were 154 girls who have earned the Bronze Award, 39 girls earned the Silver Award and 10 girls earned the Gold Award.
  • Resident camp will be held this year at Sandy Ridge and the campers will enjoy air conditioning in the cabins.
  • 14 girls traveled to Europe with the Globetrotters group.
  • 5 Senior Ambassador Girl Scouts participated in the South Carolina Legislative Program learning about SC government.
  • Over 1500 girls participated in the Fall Sale.
  • The on-line Shop is up and running and shop sales have increased. A new shop opening in January in Myrtle Beach.
  • The special events held were Death by Chocolate in Hilton Head, the Orangeburg Fundraising event hosted by Margaret Wilson and Mary Jeffries, Women of Distinction in Darlington and Charleston, the Pitchfork Fondue held in Charleston, and the Cookie Cup held at Sandy Ridge.
  • The 100th Anniversary is an opportunity to ensure the youth of tomorrow to participate for the next century. We will unite together in a statewide campout. Over 1,500 participated in the Bridge Walk on March 10. A wonderful Centennial Celebration Extraordinaire Gala was held April 19. A slide show was presented of the 100th Anniversary Bridge Walk.
  • The National Convention was held last November in Houston. GSESC sent 4 delegates, 2 alternates and 5 girls. A proposal was passed to allow local councils to charge a service fee on the membership dues. GSUSA will increase membership dues to $15 in 2014-2015 membership year.

RECOGNITION OF RETIRING MEMBERS OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Pam Floyd was presented with a Thanks Badge and an appreciation plaque. Mary Mack was unable to attend the meeting but also received these awards.

INSTALLATION CEREMONY

Scarlett Hosenfeld administered the oath of office to newly elected members of the Board of Directors and Board Development Committee.

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