Attendance: Dan Snow, Committee Chair, Tom Rolfes, Scoutmaster; Sue Graff, Committee Member; Don Hinds, Advancement Chair; Susan Smith, Committee Member; Doug Barry Assistant Scoutmaster; Doug Gilg, Assistant Scoutmaster; Dan Shattil, Treasurer; Deb Carney, Secretary.
Minutes: Minutes from the November meeting were presented. Don made a motion to accept the minutes; Sue seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously. There are no minutes available for the December Meeting.
Treasurer's Report: 4 letters have been mailed dealing with negative balances. All Scouts' accounts should balance or be positive prior to Court of Honor. Sue made the motion to accept the Treasurer's report. Don Seconded. The motion passed unanimously.
Revised Proposal for Troop Fee and Refund Policy: An e-mail will be sent to Committee Members for approval. Main points included: Dues split between Fall ($64) and Spring ($30). Scout Accounts stay with the Troop. Funds can be transfered between family members. A Scout leaving the Troop can request that their account balance be transferred to a new Scout Troop. A copy of this policy will be shared with the Church finance committee after the Troop Committee approval. Much discussion was held on Friends of Scouting. To earn Gold Star status with the Council, the Troop needs to donate $45 per Scout. Gold Star benefits include Free Rank Advancement, discounts on Council Activities, and a 10% discount off any purchase made in the Trading Post in June. The goal of $45 per Scout needs to be reached by March 30. A follow-up letter and pledge card will be sent to every T25 Family not in attendance at the Court of Honor.
Advancement Report: Don presented the report. 26 merit badges have been earned. 10 rank advancements. More were turned in tonight.
Eagle Update: Tony Smith and Logan Suhr are planning their ceremonies. Eric Shellpepper is waiting for response back from the National office. Nathan Glass is submitting paperwork. Logan Hinds will have his Scoutmaster conference, then he's on to submit his paperwork.
New Advancement Chair needed. Don Hinds will approach the WebelosII Den to see if any parent is interested in assuming the Advancement Chair position. Those Scouts and parents attending Philmont need to turn in the next payment, $300 ASAP.
Court of Honor:
Kids against Hunger - Sign up once a month, volunteers needed for February 8.
Met with Pastor Aloway - 40 minute meeting included discussion on transportation. There will be a web site to assist with all scheduling. Discussed space, the need for us to grow as a youth program, the possibility of having a room to make our own, hang Scouting items on the walls. More visibility of the Troop, positive feed back will help with our quest to get a new space in the church.
97th Scout Sunday: February 4, Scouts can wear uniform to home denomination.
Youth Sunday: February 11, Scout participation may be needed at St. Mark's; further discussion needed.
Minutes taken by Deb Carney