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Long Range Property Plan

 

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Updates

 

GSMH Property Update-November 15, 2013

 

Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland’s Board of Directors unanimously voted on Friday, November 15 to approve the implementation of the volunteer/community plans developed to retain Green Berry Acres Program Center (Cole County), Latonka Program Center (Wayne County), Mintahama Program Center (Newton County), and Sacajawea West Program Center (Pettis County) for an initial three-year term. The plans are subject to review/revision on an on-going basis. Each group was tasked with developing a proposal outlining plans to tackle deferred maintenance, operational costs, and declining usage for the Girl Scout properties located in their area. Additionally, the Board voted to move forward with the property committee recommendation for divestment of Sacajawea East Program Center (Cape Girardeau County) as no volunteer proposal was submitted. 

 

We are pleased with the commitment and dedication our volunteers have to Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland and the properties in their communities. The volunteer groups exhibited a tremendous amount of commitment to implementing their long-term, sustainable plans designed to support Girl Scouting and the properties in their communities. We are excited to move forward with this process and meet with the volunteer groups to provide guidance for fund raising, property maintenance and increasing property usage.

 

 

We look forward to continuing the partnership with our volunteers and community members as they begin the process of implementing their plans. 

 

GSMH Property Update-July 25, 2013

 

How to best handle the situation with council program properties has been an important question in Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland for three years. While the property situation affects every area of Girl Scout council operations, it is only one facet of the Girl Scout program. It is the council's responsibility to offer all facets of the Girl Scout program to all girls across our sixty-eight county area.

 

The council property committee was charged with reviewing council properties and bringing a recommendation to the board of directors. The committee completed that part of its work and recommended that the council divest of Greenberry Acres, Latonka, Mintahama, Sacajawea East and Sacajawea West program centers. The recommendation was published to allow feedback prior to the June 14, 2013 board meeting.

 

The council received emails from many people expressing their support for these properties and asking for an opportunity to retain these properties. At the June 14 meeting, the board unanimously voted to allow local communities additional time to work with the council to develop sustainable, long-term, and viable plans for supporting Girl Scouting including retaining and maintaining all of Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland program properties that were recommended for divestment.

 

As part of its responsibility in this process, the board developed criteria for these sustainable, long-term plans found in this document:  Criteria for Volunteer/Community Plans to Retain Girl Scout Program Properties.

 

Volunteer/community groups wishing to submit a plan to retain a specific property must submit a detailed plan in writing to CEO Anne Soots, by Friday October 18, 2013. The plans can be emailed to Anne Soots or mailed to Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland, 210 S. Ingram Mill Road, Springfield, MO 65802. The council property committee will review these plans for viability and may go back to the group for more information. The plans will then be given to the board for discussion and vote at the November 15, 2013 board meeting. 

 

 

GSMH Property Update-July 18, 2013

 

We asked for your feedback on the recommendation for GSMH program properties and we definitely received it. Many people expressed their love for the properties and asked for an opportunity to be able to retain them. As announced after the June 14 Board of Directors meeting, the Board voted to allow volunteer/community groups the opportunity to develop and submit sustainable, viable long-term plans for supporting Girl Scouting including retaining and maintaining all of the GSMH program properties that were recommended for divestment.  

 

We know that many people are anxious to begin work on their plans. We will announce the criteria/expectations for those plans very soon. Therefore, we want to share some dates with you now.  We will hold meetings in August to meet with volunteers/community members that will be involved in developing sustainable plans to retain properties to submit to the Board. We will provide information and answer questions about plan development. Each of these meetings will be from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. and there is no registration required.  The meetings will be held at the respective program properties, except the Sacajawea East meeting will be held at the Cape Girardeau Girl Scout service center. The schedule is:

 

Monday, August 5 – Latonka Program Center

Tuesday, August 6 – Sacajawea East at Cape Girardeau service center

Thursday, August 8 – Mintahama Program Center

Tuesday, August 13 – Sacajawea West Program Center

Wednesday, August 14 – Greenberry Acres Program Center     

 

Anne Soots, GSMH CEO, and council Board member representatives will attend all of the meetings to give input into the discussion.  We are looking forward to thoughtful, constructive dialogue about the future of Girl Scouting and program properties in GSMH.    

 

 

GSMH Property Update-June 15, 2013

 

As part of the long range property planning process, the council volunteer property committee submitted a program property recommendation to Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland’s Board of Directors. This recommendation was shared with our membership prior to the Board of Directors meeting to allow the opportunity to provide feedback.

 

The Board voted on Friday, June 14 to move forward with the property committee’s recommendation regarding the council’s interests in Suzanne Program Center (SW region). The Board also unanimously voted to allow local communities additional time to work with the council to develop sustainable long-term viable plans for supporting Girl Scouting including retaining and maintaining all other Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland program properties that were recommended for divestment. They will further evaluate this issue in November 2013. If no viable options for long-term sustainability are presented, the Board will proceed with the property committee recommendations.

 

We appreciate the respectful manner in which additional input was provided regarding the property recommendation. We look forward to working with our volunteers and community members to explore viable options for sustaining and maintaining these program properties. 

 

 

Property Committee Recommendation-June 4, 2013

 

Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland has been conducting a review of the council's program properties. The process leading up to the recommendation below included polling girls and volunteers, holding volunteer input sessions in eleven communities across the council, analyzing property expenses and usage, and reviewing current and deferred maintenance needs.
 
The council property committee is committed to providing program properties that are relevant to the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, support quality outdoor experiences for girls, and are fiscally sustainable through the best use of council resources to provide value for our girls.
 
The committee understands that the matter of property in a Girl Scout council is very complex and stirs many emotions, but also realizes that the only reason a council should have property is to support the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. The committee has worked to provide a recommendation that aligns the needs of current and future girls with the leadership development mission of Girl Scouting.
 
The Property Committee recommends the following actions regarding council program properties:
 
Cherokee Ridge Program Center (SE Region)--Retain and develop into a quality resident camp facility, with an emphasis on equestrian programs. Develop a master plan for the program center. Land which is not needed to support camp operations will be divested and proceeds used to support future capital improvements.
 
Finbrooke Program Center (SW Region)--Retain and develop into a high quality resident camp facility that also appeals to outside groups. Review and update master plan for the program center.
 
Friendship Fields Program Center (SW Region)--Retain, based on deed restriction. Review again in 2017.
 
Greenberry Acres (Central Region)--Divest and designate proceeds to be used for future capital improvements.
 
Latonka Program Center (SE Region)--Work to end lease with US Army Corps of Engineers by September 30, 2016. Explore options to find another organization to assume lease. Develop timeline to sell acreage owned by council adjacent to leased property.
 
Mintahama Program Center (SW Region)--Retain until September 2015 and then begin divestment process. Future proceeds to be used for future capital improvements.
 
Sacajawea East Program Center (SE Region)--Concentrate the council-owned horseback riding program at Cherokee Ridge Program Center and divest Sacajawea East Program Center. Proceeds from the sale of the property will be used to support future capital improvements.
 
Sacajawea West Program Center (Central Region)--Divest and designate proceeds to be used for future capital improvements. Help service unit explore alternative sites for meeting place and storage.
 
Silver Meadows Program Center (Central Region)--Retain and develop master plan for the program center.
 
Suzanne Program Center (SW Region)--Work with the local Boy Scout council to deed our interest in the property to them with an end goal of their organization assuming the responsibility for maintaining the property and allowing GSMH to use it when requested.   
 
This recommendation is the result of vast input and countless hours of discussion. It will go before the council Board of Directors for discussion and vote at its June 14 meeting. We understand that, if approved by the Board of Directors, this recommendation will create heartache for some of our members. However, we want to stress that Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland is committed to ensuring that as many girls as possible have access and opportunity to build friendships and learn leadership skills in the great outdoors. Resident camp for 2013 will operate as scheduled at Cherokee Ridge, Finbrooke, Latonka, and Mintahama Program Centers.
 
This recommendation from the property committee was released prior to the Board meeting to provide time for additional feedback you may have regarding this plan. Anyone who would like to provide feedback to the Board prior to its June 14 meeting may do so by putting the feedback in writing and submitting it by email or postal mail to CEO, Anne Soots at asoots@girlscoutsmoheartland.org or Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland, Attn: Anne Soots, CEO, 210 S. Ingram Mill Rd., Springfield, MO 65802. All written feedback received by 9:00 a.m. on June 14 will be submitted to the Board before it meets that day.
 
We know that Girl Scout property is important to many people. We understand the complexity and difficulty of this decision. We understand the good memories and emotional ties many people have to Girl Scout properties. However, most of all, we know that we must use the council's resources to provide the Girl Scout Leadership Experience to all girls across our council-to both the girls we serve today and to the girls we will serve in the future.

 

Cape Girardeau Service Center Being Relocated-April 15, 2013
GSMH is in the process of selling its current service center located in Cape Girardeau.  A new location is being sought that better accommodates staff size and provides more visibility within the Cape Girardeau area. The new location will still provide the ability to meet with staff, drop off paperwork and shop for Girl Scout program materials and merchandise. As soon as we know the new location we will update this page with that information.

 

 

GSMH Property Update – November 19, 2012
Beginning the spring of 2011, GSMH assigned a committee to further examine the property needs of our membership, the community, and the council. Currently, GSMH has five operational service centers and eleven program properties. After much research, countless random surveys and volunteer feedback sessions, the committee sent a property proposal to the board of directors for further discussion and a final vote. The proposal voted upon at this meeting included the service centers and one of the program properties. The board voted to keep the current locations in Joplin, Springfield and Dexter. The Cape Girardeau and Jefferson City Service Centers will be sold and relocated to storefront/business operation sites that better accommodate our staff size and provide more visibility within the Cape Girardeau and Jefferson City areas. As with all current service centers, volunteers will continue to have the ability to meet with staff, drop off paperwork and shop. The timing and manner of placing the properties on the market is at CEO Anne Soots’ discretion.

 

In addition to the service center decision, the board voted to terminate the current lease for the Cow Creek property located on Table Rock Lake in the Branson, MO area. This land will revert back to the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers. Committee members determined that they needed additional time to finalize the rest of the proposal to include a more complete plan for alternative sites/programs in any areas where current properties may be eliminated. Therefore, the remaining ten program properties will continue to be a part of the property committee discussion with a proposal slated to go to the board of directors in June of 2013.

 

If you have any questions, please contact Chief Executive Officer Anne Soots or  877-312-4764 x 1103.