It is always good to be grateful for those who support you, especially in these tight economic times. We appreciate all the hard work, hours of effort, and patience each of you has to make Girl Scouts possible. Without the millions of hours you provide, this endeavor would not be possible. Thank you for all you do.
We have been fortunate during the past year to have a number of companies and organizations assist us by providing some great resources and programming for the girls. I thought it was important that you know so you have an opportunity to thank them or patronize their business.
Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama has supported our STEM initiatives through a generous grant they have provided annually. The grant funds paid for the Hyundai Fun Day at Auburn University last spring. They also supplemented a number of other STEM programs throughout the year, including the Robotics Team.
If you walk into the Montgomery Service Center, you will be stunned by its new look. It includes removal of some disgusting carpet, replaced with laminate floors in the heavy use areas and carpet in the lighter use areas. The common areas received a fresh coat of paint, and there are new blinds. This was all done through the generosity of the Montgomery Kiwanis Club and the Kiwanis Foundation. We also are grateful to volunteers from Sherwin Williams, who donated their time to paint. Redoing our offices is low on our list of priorities, since our goal is always to focus on projects that so we are appreciative of their generous gift.
Each year, Alabama Power Company supports us in a wide variety of ways. This year, they provided some needed funds for operations, a donation rarely made. We also appreciate the Alabama Service Organization, which provides staff for the Autumn Adventures program at Lake Martin. This is a great partnership between their staff and the children of the community near Lake Martin.
We have partnered with the Virginia Colleges in both Mobile and Montgomery. We have an adult fundraiser that we started this year called Martinis and Manicures in Mobile, and in Montgomery it is M3, which stands for Martinis, Manicures, and Massages. Many in the community do not realize that Virginia College has programs in cosmetology, manicures, and massages (in Montgomery only), so this was great advertising for their services and a good opportunity for their students. We are planning similar events at both locations in 2015. Let us know if you would like to be on the planning committee.
We had a new fundraiser last spring in conjunction with Cinco de Mayo in Mobile called the Salsa Challenge. Since the Mobile area thrives on food competitions, such as the chili cook-off, we thought we would give it a try. Golden Flake provided all the chips for the event. Iberia Bank was one of the sponsors that provided a salsa team.
Pilot Catastrophe Insurance was generous to provide many pieces of commercial kitchen equipment for our camp properties. We are grateful for those because they are very expensive when purchased new and many of our pieces of equipment had aged enough to become unreliable.
When you are at Kamp Kiwanis and see a lagoon filled with sailboats, as well as the slope toward the boat dock, you might ask where they came from. We have had a number of generous benefactors give them to us one at a time. This summer we had a volunteer who knew someone that had a pontoon boat to donate. We appreciate the generosity of others to build the mariner sailing program with those assets.
The Mobile Junior League is underwriting a program with girls in the Mobile area this year. They will develop healthy living materials that can be used by troops and for council programming.
Thank you to all our generous corporate benefactors who support making the world a better place through girls.