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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 accommodates our staff size and provides 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 my 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 Anne Soots at 877-312-4764, ext. 1103.
Volunteer Feedback Session Information – July 9, 2012
Below are PDF versions of the information that will be shared at the property feedback sessions being held in July:
Suspension of activities-Greenberry Acres Program Center – August 29, 2012
In the interest of safety for our girls and volunteers, GSMH has suspended all activities at Greenberry Acres Program Center due to structural problems with the picnic shelter. Click here http://www.girlscoutsmoheartland.org/pages/properties.php for information on other Program Centers available for troop and Service Unit use. If you have any questions please contact Anne Soots at 877-312-4764 x1103 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteer Feedback Sessions Regarding the Property Plan – April 24, 2012
The council Property Committee has been working very hard for several months to develop a long-range property plan for Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland. The recommendations from that plan will be shared with the Board of Directors at their June meeting. In July, we will hold 11 volunteer feedback sessions across the council to give our membership the opportunity to provide feedback on the recommendations. The final recommendations will go to the Board of Directors for approval at their September meeting.
Dates and locations of the feedback sessions are listed below. Council Property Committee members, Board members and staff members will be at the sessions to listen to comments and answer questions. All sessions are from 6:30 - 8:30pm. Exact locations will be shared as soon as they are confirmed. We will post those locations in May. We want to share the dates and towns now so that people can put them on their calendars.
- Monday, July 9 -- Joplin
- Tuesday, July 10 -- Springfield
- Thursday, July 12 -- Columbus, KS
- Monday, July 16 -- Sedalia
- Tuesday, July 17 -- Jefferson City
- Wednesday, July 18 -- Columbia
- Thursday, July 19 -- Rolla
- Monday, July 23 - Mountain View
- Tuesday, July 24 -- Dexter
- Wednesday, July 25 -- Cape Girardeau
- Thursday, July 26 -- Poplar Bluff
A Long Range Property Plan – October 27, 2011
The GSMH Property Committee met on October 15 to continue their work of developing a long range property plan for the council. This plan will include recommendations for both the council service centers and program properties. They approved a project plan and timeline for their work (see timeline below). The plan will result in a property recommendation being submitted to the council Board of Directors in September 2012. The Property Committee will be using three sub-groups to conduct research and make recommendations to the committee for the overall long range property plan. The three sub-groups are made up of volunteers and staff members and are: program, marketing and property. The sub-group chairs are recruiting a limited number of volunteers for their groups.
Click here for the “Long Range Property Planning Project” plan.
Property Committee Update – April 13 Meeting
The council Property Committee met on April 13. Agenda items included the introduction of new member Wende Pruden (Sikeston), ADA compliance at all council properties, results of the annual challenge course inspection at Latonka Program Center and discussion of the plan for council service centers. The property decision communication plan was reviewed and approved by the committee.
General Update – April, 2011
The council Property Committee met via conference call on February 23. Agenda items included the final wrap-up of the termination of the lease of Bachimtal Program Center, weather damage to a tree house at Mintahama Program Center, the timber sale at Finbrooke Program Center and a request from the Division of State Park regarding Camp Pin Oak. Based on a recommendation from the realtor, the committee voted to reduce the asking price for the Joplin service center. The committee continued to discuss the decision regarding the disposition of the Dexter and Cape Girardeau service centers. The council is working with the Stoddard County Commissioner to locate additional documents regarding the Community Development Block Grant funding used in the construction of the Dexter service center. Plans are for the committee to make a recommendation to the council board of directors regarding the Dexter and Cape Girardeau service centers by the end of the summer.
The committee is continuing to gather information needed to develop a property plan for GSMH. The committee scheduled meetings on the second Wednesday of each month to continue its work.
Bachimtal Program Center Update – November 30, 2010
The board of directors passed the resolution referred to below at the November 19 board meeting.
Bachimtal Program Center Update – November 9, 2010
Bachimtal Program Center has been restricted from use due to safety concerns with the access bridge and the facilities.
Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland currently leases this property from a local family in the area. That family has offered our council an opportunity to opt out of the lease agreement. The council Property Committee has approved a resolution to accept the family’s offer to terminate the lease and that resolution will go to the council Board of Directors for approval at their November 19 meeting. If approved by the board, the lease will terminate on December 31, 2010.
The Property Committee approved this resolution after careful consideration based on these factors:
- the extreme cost of bringing the access bridge and facilities up to a safe and functional standard
- reluctance to spend very limited resources on facilities the council does not own
- lack of usage by Girl Scouts and reluctance to support a facility that is not used by our members.
This information was sent to the service unit manager and all troop leaders in the Gasconade County during the first week of November.
If you have any questions, please contact Anne Soots at email@example.com or 877-312-4764 ext. 1103.
Property Update – September 17, 2010
At the Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland board meeting held on Friday, September 17, the board of directors voted to send the recent decision to sell the Dexter and Cape Girardeau service centers back to the property committee for further discussion. After the decision to combine operations was made by the board in June, additional information surfaced regarding the potential payback of a grant and deed restrictions. This information will be looked at by the volunteer property committee, which includes representatives from all regions of the council. The discussion will take place simultaneously with the upcoming comprehensive review of all program center properties. This process is designed to generate a plan that ensures all program properties provide safe and well-maintained facilities that meet current and future girl needs.
The Joplin service center is on the market and research has begun for locating a storefront in this area.
If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Property Update – August 13, 2010
Notice of a Special Meeting of the Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland
Date: August 30, 2010
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: *Bess Student Center Auditorium, Three Rivers Community College,
2080 Three Rivers Blvd., Poplar Bluff, MO
(for a detailed campus map, visit: http://trcc.cc.mo.us/about/facilities.php),
or *Jefferson City Service Center, 230 Metro Drive, Jefferson City, MO (teleconference),
or *Springfield Service Center, 210 S. Ingram Mill Road, Springfield, MO (teleconference)
The Purpose of this Meeting is to:
Consider the Board of Director’s decision to sell the Dexter Service Center and relocate the service center and staff to Cape Girardeau.
This is a meeting of members of the Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland, Inc. Others may participate only with permission of the assembly and may be excluded from the meeting by the assembly.
*You may fully participate in the meeting from any of the meeting locations. The physical location of the
meeting is in Poplar Bluff. The other locations will be electronically connected so you can hear and be
Property Update – July 30, 2010
Per the approved motion by the Board at the June 19th meeting, the Joplin Service Center was listed with a real estate agent on July 21st.
At a July 29th meeting, the board of directors passed a motion to request the postponement of the sale or listing of the Cape Girardeau and Dexter Service Centers.
As we continue the process of consolidating and restructuring our operations, we all remain focused on meeting the needs of girls today while ensuring a stable financial future of Girl Scouting for tomorrow.
Updates will continue to be provided in the Volunteer Connections newsletter and on this Web page as they become available. If you have questions or concerns in the meantime, please email email@example.com.
Property Update – June 21, 2010
One of the Board of Directors' responsibilities is to monitor our council resources and make decisions on how we can best use those resources to support the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, yet remain within the council's ability to fund and maintain our resources. To help achieve this objective, a council property committee was established in April 2009 and charged with developing a recommendation to the board regarding the administrative properties of the council (Phase I) and a long-range plan for our program center properties (Phase II).
For Phase I, the property committee began carefully examining the cost of running each of the five service centers with respect to staffing needs and safety, girl potential in all areas and resources available to the council. At the last property committee meeting, an official proposal for Phase I was voted on, and approved, by the committee. This proposal was then presented to the Board of Directors on Saturday, June 19, and the Board approved the plan.
The board-approved property committee proposal includes selling the Joplin Service Center and leasing a satellite office building in Joplin that will house staff, a retail shop and allow members to drop off paperwork. Additionally, operations for the Cape Girardeau and Dexter services will be consolidated. Both the Cape Girardeau and Dexter service centers will be sold and an office building in the Cape vicinity will be leased or purchased. It will house staff, a retail shop and also allow members to drop off paperwork. The Springfield and Jefferson City service centers will not be changing at this time.
Unfortunately, the exact timeline for the change is not known. There are many factors to be considered including length of time the properties are on the market and locating purchase or lease sights that are visible, adequately sized and provides a safe location. The properties will be listed within the next month, and this summer/fall a plan will be developed indicating where staff positions will be located in order to best serve our membership.
These decisions were not made lightly. The committee worked on this for 14 months, and both the property committee members and the members of the board of directors understand the emotional aspects of these decisions. Volunteers, parents and girls will continue to have the full support of council services with programs, trainings, assigned membership staff, and council-sponsored programs in these areas. Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland also has a Web site at girlscoutsmoheartland.org with all of the forms, applications, and shop items that volunteers, girls and parents may need.
If you have any questions or concerns, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
More updates will be posted as information is obtained.