Thanks to the staff at Wehle Land Conservation Center for hosting us. Many attendees remarked to me about how beautiful the property was, even though they had done some burning recently. The birds were abundant, and the girls seemed to have a good time, which is what it is all about.
We welcome a number of new members to Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama's board of directors. They are Holly Adcock from Prattville, Christie Crow from Union Springs, Carrie Gray from Montgomery, Garrad Green from Mobile, Ramona Hill from Spanish Fort, and Bill Lancaster from Mobile. We also welcome a new board chair, Janie Corlee, from Auburn.
I would like to thank the following long-time board members for their many years of service. They include Helen Alford, who served as the board chair for two years. Marian Loftin of Dothan was on the board from the council's inception. Alonzetta Landrum-Sims, from Montgomery, was part of Girl Scouts of South Central Alabama's board of directors, so she has served many years. Dr. Larry Turner, from Chatom, joined the board not long after GSSA was born. Finally, Alisa Summerville has been involved for two board terms. All have spent hours working in the best interest of the girls on topics most troop leaders aren't interested in, including budgets, financial statements, audits, contracts, insurance, and other facets of doing business as a not-for-profit. In addition to these wonderful folks, I would like to thank Nancy Greenwood, who has served as the board chair for the past two years. Nancy has provided consistent, reliable and supportive leadership during her tenure.
The other business of the meeting included electing the delegates and alternates to the 2014 GSUSA National Convention in Salt Lake City. In the near future, we will begin to share the business before that convention for member input and comments. We distribute that input and comments to the board delegation, so they can effectively represent you.
The report passed out at the annual meeting, which is retrospective to the 2012-2013 year, is now on the website. The reason this goes back that far is because our annual audit for that year is not complete until February, so all the information on that report is for the 2012-2013 fiscal year.
Each year, we also like to report to troops what their troop proceeds are for the cookie program. We are still cleaning up some of the details, but we believe parents should be informed of how much the troop made in proceeds. Each year, I'm asked whether troops make only 10 cents per box sold. That is not accurate! The amount varies because of troop bonus and service unit bonuses, but it is much more than 10 cents per box. If you click here, you can search for your troop and the minimum your troop should have from the 2014 cookie program.
We are always happy to take questions about the annual report, financials or any other questions. Please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The very best part of the 2014 annual meeting was awarding three Girl Scouts who earned their Gold Awards. They are highlighted in this annual report. We would like to congratulate them and all the girls who earned Bronze, Silver, or Gold Awards this year. These girls rock!