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Girl Scouts to Gather in Wilmington for 2015 Annual Meeting

The 2015 Girl Scouts ­– North Carolina Coastal Pines Annual Meeting will be held March 14 at the Wilmington Convention Center. Sharon Matthews, Senior Vice President and Manager of Human Resources Policy and Corporate Employee Relations at Wells Fargo, will deliver the keynote address.

“We are excited to gather in the wonderful city of Wilmington as we set the direction for our council and our plans to further our mission to build girls of courage, confidence and character,” said Lisa Jones, chief executive officer at Girl Scouts ­– North Carolina Coastal Pines. “We have an exciting day planned and are honored to have a member of the National Board of Directors at Girl Scouts of the USA kick share her experience with and commitment to girls leadership development.”

Sharon Matthews, the meeting’s keynote speaker, has been a member of the National Board of Directors, Girl Scouts of the USA since 2002 and most recently served as an International Commissioner and Delegate to the 2014 World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts World Conference in Hong Kong.  Matthews’ commitment to Girl Scouts began as a young girl when her mother had the foresight to bring Girl Scouting to her small Mississippi community. She credits her Girl Scout experience with enhancing her confidence, self-sufficiency and leadership skills and broadening her view of the world around her. 

The annual meeting is an opportunity for Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines’ Board of Directors, volunteers, and staff to review the successes of the 2013-2014 program year.  Lisa Jones, CEO at the Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines council, will present the results of the organization’s Strategic Learning process completed in December 2013. The business portion of the meeting will follow Sharon’s address and will include the election of our Officers, Directors and Board Development Committee members as well as an update on the Council’s financial position and a report on mission delivery and operational achievements. 

At the conclusion of the business meeting attendees may choose to participate in one of three Strategy Cafés:  Alumnae Initiatives, Camp Program and Outdoor Education and Pulling Together, Sharing Knowledge, Becoming Stronger.  An Annual Recognition Luncheon will follow the business portion of the meeting.  The Girl Scouts Council will honor and pay tribute to its adult volunteers and present national and local volunteer awards.