I would like to thank everyone for their kind words and help offered to the council as we move forward with our plan to remain a standalone council. This past week was again very positive related to revenue. Here is the breakdown:
We have received $163,930 of the budgeted revenue of $322,930
Additionally, we have received an additional $9,161 to cover the $59,351 revenue shortfall
For those, like me, who prefer to see the numbers, I have prepared a couple of graphs to help see the positive progress we are making. Each week we exceed revenue projections or are below budget in expense projections, we as a council move closer to achieving the year end goal. Thank you for your help and continued support of our local Scouts.
I have received a few questions this past week about popcorn sales and specifically the council’s net portion of the sale and how it may be affected. I would like to ensure all units selling popcorn, first and foremost, that the unit commission and Scout prize programs currently offered are in no way in jeopardy no matter what the outcome of the council is this year. Units will still receive the appropriate earned commission and Scouts will receive any prize incentive earned. The council’s portion of the sale will continue as always to support local Scouting. If the council remains Colonial Virginia Council, this will be much needed critical funding to carry us through the end of 2015 and kick off support in 2016. If the council territory is reassigned to nearby council(s), each council has committed to full support of local Scouting programs regardless of near term funding, programming to Scouts will not be negatively affected by this change. I hope this answers some of the uncertainty and wish you the best of luck with your popcorn sale as it provides much needed funding and program support at your unit level.
I do plan to give more updates on other council topics instead of just finances as I get information to share. I do want to be sure that our leaders are more aware of the council’s financial position. A sneak peek for this week: overall revenue is looking great this week and budgeted expenses are already down. Thank you for those that are coming in the scout shop and making purchases and for those that have been able to complete Friends of Scouting pledge payments; this is helping tremendously. Unit leadership Troop 84 in Hampton decided to do a second Family Friends of Scouting presentation and raised over $700 for local Scouting! These acts make such a difference and personally for me, are an indication that this council is worth the effort, work and fight to remain Colonial Virginia Council.
How can your unit help? Let’s make this popcorn sale the best ever; for the past few years the gross sale council wide has remained steady at about $500,000. Let’s make this the year that we grow the sale and provide more financial support to local Scouting. Thank you to all the units already selling, chocolate product orders are due by midnight this Friday, September 25. If your unit has not decided yet to sell popcorn this year, we need your help, and it’s not too late to jump on the train and sell, just call your District Executive and we’ll get your started. Second, Family Friends of Scouting is a great way to support local Scouting and I ask that consideration be given to conducting a presentation in your unit for this year. Again, please contact me directly or your District Executive to schedule a presentation.