is always good to be grateful for those who support you, especially in these
tight economic times. We appreciate all
the hard work, hours of effort, and patience each of you has to make Girl
Scouts possible. Without the millions
of hours you provide, this endeavor would not be possible. Thank you for all you do.
have been fortunate during the past year to have a number of companies and
organizations assist us by providing some great resources and programming for
the girls. I thought it was important
that you know so you have an opportunity to thank them or patronize their
Motor Manufacturing Alabama has supported our STEM initiatives through a
generous grant they have provided annually.
The grant funds paid for the Hyundai Fun Day at Auburn University last
spring. They also supplemented a number
of other STEM programs throughout the year, including the Robotics Team.
you walk into the Montgomery Service Center, you will be stunned by its new
look. It includes removal of some
disgusting carpet, replaced with laminate floors in the heavy use areas and
carpet in the lighter use areas. The
common areas received a fresh coat of paint, and there are new blinds. This was all done through the generosity of
the Montgomery Kiwanis Club and the Kiwanis Foundation. We also are grateful to volunteers from
Sherwin Williams, who donated their time to paint. Redoing our offices is low on our list of
priorities, since our goal is always to focus on projects that so we
are appreciative of their generous gift.
year, Alabama Power Company supports us in a wide variety of ways. This year, they provided some needed funds
for operations, a donation rarely made.
We also appreciate the Alabama Service Organization, which provides
staff for the Autumn Adventures program at Lake Martin. This is a great partnership between their
staff and the children of the community near Lake Martin.
have partnered with the Virginia Colleges in both Mobile and Montgomery. We have an adult fundraiser that we started this
year called Martinis and Manicures in Mobile, and in Montgomery it is M3, which
stands for Martinis, Manicures, and Massages.
Many in the community do not realize that Virginia College has programs
in cosmetology, manicures, and massages (in Montgomery only), so this was great
advertising for their services and a good opportunity for their students. We are planning similar events at both locations
in 2015. Let us know if you would like to be on the planning committee.
had a new fundraiser last spring in conjunction with Cinco de Mayo in Mobile
called the Salsa Challenge. Since the
Mobile area thrives on food competitions, such as the chili cook-off, we
thought we would give it a try. Golden
Flake provided all the chips for the event.
Iberia Bank was one of the sponsors that provided a salsa team.
Catastrophe Insurance was generous to provide many pieces of commercial kitchen
equipment for our camp properties. We
are grateful for those because they are very expensive when purchased new and
many of our pieces of equipment had aged enough to become unreliable.
you are at Kamp Kiwanis and see a lagoon filled with sailboats, as well as the
slope toward the boat dock, you might ask where they came from. We have had a number of generous benefactors
give them to us one at a time. This
summer we had a volunteer who knew someone that had a pontoon boat to donate. We appreciate the generosity of others to
build the mariner sailing program with those assets.
Mobile Junior League is underwriting a program with girls in the Mobile area this
year. They will develop healthy living
materials that can be used by troops and for council programming.
you to all our generous corporate benefactors who support making the world a
better place through girls.