As usual it is comes from me (Rock, Group Leader) and Tracey Kew (President).
Wrap up from our 2010 AGM
Firstly I would like to thank everyone who attended our Annual General Meeting on 29 May. It is great to see and catch up with the many parents who support their Scout Group. I would also like to welcome those who were either elected or re-elected to take on roles around the Group. Thank you. Sowhat did you think of our AGM? Some have already given me some constructive feedback. Thanks. Please drop me an email if there was something you particularly liked or something you think we could improve on next year or do differently.
If you weren’t one of the lucky ones to walk away with a copy of our annual report fear not, we have uploaded it to our website. As Ian Bower (District Commissioner, Northern Beaches) said, it is the BEST annual report he has ever seen! Share it with your friends and be proud of your group.
We are continuing to invest new youth members into our sections, this is a testament to the leadership of group. On behalf of the Group I would like towelcome the following new members to the Group: Jordan and Stirling to Joey Scouts and Alicia, Robert, Harrison and Teaghan to Venturer Scouts.
A number of youth (sorry too many for me to know without forgetting someone) have linked recently and appear to be enjoying themselves in their new section.
We have two whole of group activities coming up over the next few month. They include our annual trolley push which is part of Scout Job Week, an activity notification form has already been sent for this.
The second activity or event (if last year is anything to go by) is our trivia night on Saturday, 30 July. Last year we had 90 people for about 10 teams in a battle of wits. Flyers will soon be put up around the hall for this. It costs $15 per scouting family. There are two lucky door prizes, one youth and one adult, as well as prizes for the winningest team. Please make sure you RSVP when the times comes as we may I would hate for you to miss out as we may exceed capacity this year.
I attended the Sydney North Region AGM on Saturday and would like to recognise Sebastian Gordon and Shannon Higgins who both received special mentions in the SNR annual report. Sebastian as a recipient of the Grey Wolf Award (Cub Scouts) and Shannon for assisting with the Australian Contingent at the NZ Jamboree in January 2011 and taking on the role of Mindari Leader. B.R.A.V.O.O.O to both of you.
Philip Ruddock (Federal Member for Berowra) was one of the special guests and he spoke of the import roles Scouting plays in developing today’s youth. During his speech, he reminded me what Scouting is all about – teaching today’s youth the values we as a society hold so dear (and expect them to live by). It is these values such as helping other people, doing their duty to Australia and their God, doing their best, that youth learn at Scouts to encourage the social, emotional, intelligent, physical and spiritual development of youth. Everything we do at Scouts has this end in mind.
From the Committee
Thanks to all those who attended the AGM and voted the committee in. We appreciate your support. We still need to fill the following positions:
- Fundraising Coordinator
- Hall Cleaner
- Lawn Mowing
- Jamboree Committee.
- For those that where unable to attend and those that attended but didn't get a chance to see the Annual Report. It is now available on the website. Special thanks go to Maria Romeo for formatting and producing the report.
- The main item raised by the committee at the AGM was the group’s financial position moving forward. Due to wet weather and other unforeseen expenses we didn’t meet our goal of breaking even at the end of the financial year. Approx $7000 of the group’s expenditure came from our own cash reserves. This doesn’t mean that we are by any means in financial trouble, having ended the year with a cash balance of $23,596.06 (which includes payments in family special activity’s funds, section funds and committee funds). It does however mean we need to plan and manage our funds more prudently.
- In the eternal pursuit for funding, it is tempting for us to fall back on tried and true methods, relying on our existing fundraising ideas to bring in all or most of our funds. In doing so, however, we are ignoring one of the most important keys to sustainability - the need to diversify our funding base. Ensuring that we obtain funds from several sources means that we will reduce the impact done if one of these sources falls though or dries up. Likewise, continuing to source new ways to fundraise means that we can keep our fees low and provide funding for scout related activities such as Jamboree.
- I would also like to thank all those that have responded to the call for help at the Netball BBQ's and remind all families that they are required to contribute a minimum of 25 hours per year to fund raising activities. With now only 6 months to go some families may like to rethink their preferences. If this is the case please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org and I can let you know what events are still available or discuss a donation in lieu of fund raising.
- Fundraising and financial planning for 2012 has commenced and we would appreciate your feedback and ideas. In line with this we are having 2 guest speakers at our next parent meeting on 21 June at 7.30pm and hope that many of you will join us to find out what they have to share with us regarding raising funds.
Stephan (Group Leader) and Tracey (Group President)