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Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama elects new board members

By Gary Lloyd

BIRMINGHAM — The Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama held its annual meeting on April 26 at the Metropolitan Church of God in Birmingham, where new officers were elected.

Marlene Brown of Shelby County was elected treasurer, Kathryn Cook of Madison County was elected second vice president and Paige Mize of Tuscaloosa County was elected second vice president.

Directors elected to the board include Linda Albritton of Tuscaloosa County, Jessica Bero-Hess of Morgan County, Susan Carswell of Jefferson County, Pamela Lynn Cook of Jefferson County, Pam Copeland of Shelby County, Damita Dunn-Pitts of Jefferson County, Jacqui Hart of Jefferson County, Katie Jones-Powell of Sumter County, Cathie Mayne of Madison County, Melanie McNary of Jefferson County, Paige Phillips Parnell of St. Clair County, Cynthia Smothers of Shelby County and Lissa Tyson of Jefferson County.

Sarah Edwards
photo courtesy of Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama

Current board members remaining on the board include president Sarah Edwards of St. Clair County, first vice president Ruth Ellen Yeager of Jefferson County, secretary Tina Waggoner of Shelby County, Peter Bosworth of Shelby County, Pam Callaway of North Carolina, Diane Dunning of St. Clair County, Barbara Johnson of Shelby County, board development committee chair Kathleen Rose-Byington of Jefferson County, Sally Smith of Talladega County and Aaron Tews of Shelby County.

Non-voting operational volunteers elected to the board include Karen Cooper Carroll of St. Clair County and Suzi Henley of Madison County. Valerie Jones of Calhoun County was also elected to the board in a non-voting advisory role.

Older girl non-voting members elected include Perry Dowell of Jefferson County, Katie Shields of Marshall County, Katie Stahlhut of Jefferson County and Becka Youngblood of Tuscaloosa County.

An awards brunch was held before the business meeting, where 119 awards were given to outstanding volunteers and community partners as thanks for their service.

Camp Gertrude Coleman in Trussville is the longest continuously operating Girl Scouts camp in Alabama. Camp Coleman re-opened Jan. 15 on a “limited use” basis. The Board of Directors on Nov. 20 unanimously approved a resolution to allow the closed and rested camps to be re-opened on a limited use basis. “Limited use” means that no staff, instructors or services will be provided and that troops will be responsible for bringing their own equipment and supplies.

Camp Coleman consists of 34 wooden structures and outbuildings constructed between 1925 and 1994.

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