By Marketing Specialist – Asia Hebert
Staff, volunteers & girls enjoy a photo opportunity
We are so thankful to all of the volunteers, girls, board members and staff that were able to attend our Annual Meeting this year! It was so exciting to finally get to share G.I.R.L. with you and we hope that you take away as much inspiration as we did. To those of you who were unable to attend, we hope this recap blog will give you a taste of the event and entice you to attend next year!
Girls from Troop 184 from Pineville got our annual meeting started off with our traditional flag ceremony. The girls were poised and respectful during this Girl Scout tradition… but we also caught them having some fun hanging out before!
Next up on the agenda was the business of the credentials report, report of the board, financials, operations and board development committee. These reports are serious business but our staff and board members made sure to lighten the mood while still talking business.
Before lunch we had one last Girl Scout tradition, the Investiture and Rededication Ceremony! This ceremony allowed new Girl Scout members, staff and board to come up and receive their Girl Scout pin. With the staff reorganization of CEI, we had many new staff members to officially initiate into the Girl Scout family.
After lunch, we officially kicked off G.I.R.L. with our girl led presentation. We had four girls from various troops and regions of the council represent what it means to be a go-getter, innovator, risk-taker and leader. Beaux Fisher (IRM) was our go-getter, Lilly Yarbrough of Troop 225 was our innovator, Danika Kleven of Troop 85 was our risk-taker and Cynthia Romero of Troop 398 was our leader. Each of these girls created a speech and a corresponding video or PowerPoint to explain what it means to be a G.I.R.L. champion.
Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-Taker, Leader!
Next, on our inspirational journey were our Gold Award recipients. These dedicated girls each had a chance to speak about their Gold Award projects. This year three of the four award recipients were able to attend, Destiny Kennerson, Brandy Solice, and Rebekah Gauthier. Destiny assisted with the elderly in her community, Brandy helped underprivileged children celebrate their birthday, and Rebekah saved a historic landmark in her town.
The final section of our annual meeting was all about honoring our volunteers! Our COO, Keesha Buteau, honored out Volunteer Partners for their participation and dedication for the 2016-2017 year. Manager of Adult Development, Megan Ponder, presented our council level recognitions. Lastly our council’s Savannah 2017 Quest Fest Team talked about their upcoming adventure!
We hope all who attended had as much fun as we did! For those that were unable to attend, we hope to see you next year. As always, we thank our volunteers and girls for the dedication they give to Girl Scouts. We hope to make this next year even better!
Wanna see all the photos from the Annual Meeting? Check out our Flickr album!