We have very much to be proud of from our efforts in 2017. I would like to take a few minutes to highlight our accomplishments and to look to the future.

2017 was an exciting year for the Five Rivers Council and we took many proactive steps forward. The highlights include:

We served more than 2,500 Scouts and 1,100 adult volunteers in more than 140 Units throughout the Twin Tiers.

Our Scouts provided more than 15,000 service hours to the community.

38 young men earned the rank of Eagle Scout.

We balanced our operating budget.

The addition of more than $65,000 to the Council Endowment Fund 

Significant investment in Improvements to our Camp facilities. I would also like to take moment to recognize the Friends of Camp Gorton and especially Larry Coon for their efforts to raise funds and to get work donated to improve Camp Gorton this past year. The partnership between the Council and the Friends of Camp Gorton resulted in more than $60,000 worth of investment in our camp infrastructure.

In 2017 the Council earned the Silver level in Journey to Excellence

Development of a new Council Strategic Plan and the reorganization of our Executive Committee to be more in line with our priorities.

Diversification of the Council Executive Board with 7 new members in 2017, 4 new tonight, and an additional 5-6 in the works.

I am also pleased to announce that the Council is also launching a brand-new fundraising event – “Winter Meltdown” on Saturday, April 7th at the Elmira Country Club. I invite you all to come join us for a fun-filled evening.

I am very excited about the future of the Five Rivers Council and the opportunities that exist for our local Scouting program.

The Council has worked very hard over the past couple of years to establish a solid foundation and while there is still much work to be done, our future is bright and we control our own destiny.

As we look to the future our areas of focus for 2018 will be:

To ensure our financial gains continue and we generate additional revenue to invest back into our program and camps.

Membership growth across all levels and programs.

Welcoming young ladies and their families into our Cub Scout programs and looking forward to them joining older Scouts program in 2019.

Positive promotion of the Scouting program in our communities.

As we work to grow the Scouting program I ask each of you to share the message far and wide that Scouting is the greatest youth development program and all children and families need to be a part of it. Together we can and will expand our programs and resources.

Thank you very much to our dedicated Staff, amazing Executive Board, and to each and every one of our incredible volunteers – you truly make a difference!!

Here is to a wonderful and successful 2018 in the Five Rivers Council.

-- Council President, Don Quick

 


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