Janice Childs Bridges, 1960-2014
As you all know at this point, we lost our longtime Accounting Specialist and friend, Janice Childs Bridges, this past weekend. Janice passed away early Saturday morning after being hospitalized in May and again in June with complications related to her illness. Her funeral service was Sunday afternoon, June 22. The service happened quickly, per the family's wishes. It was a brief graveside service officiated by Rev. Steven Driggers, one of our own, with a large group of family, friends and Scouting friends in attendance. It was very moving, and we think Janice would have liked it. Our apologies to those who did not find out arrangements in time to attend. We did our best to get the word out, but unfortunately it was not received by some. Janice is buried in Oak Knoll cemetery in Rome. We already miss her terribly, but will do our best to live up to her 17 year example of service and dedication to the Northwest Georgia Council Scouting family. Rest in peace, dear friend. You've earned it.
2014-15 NWGA Calendar now available as a downloadable .pdf
The 2014-15 NWGA Calendar is now available as a downloadable .pdf. The print version is at the printer's now and will be available in limited quantities in a couple of weeks. To download your copy, go to "Resources", then "Council Documents and Forms", or click here .
UNIT RE-CHARTER/REGISTRATION RULES CHANGING ON JAN. 1, 2015!!!
It seems early to be talking about Re-chartering, but we wanted to make you aware of a new national policy about to go into effect. Any NWGA units that have not completed and submitted their re-charter paperwork and fees by Dec. 31, 2014 will no longer have a "grace" period during which they are considered "lapsed". They will be considered "dropped" units on Jan. 1, 2015. These units will not be allowed to purchase advancement or file advancement reports, get tour permits approved, do fundraisers, or meet as BSA units until the paperwork has been submitted and processed. All Scouts and leaders in those units will no longer be considered as BSA members until the recharter paperwork is submitted. Also, unit-level leaders who have not completed Youth Protection Training and Basic Leader Training for their position will NOT be eligible to re-charter for 2015, which may also affect a unit's ability to re-charter on time.
How can your unit, leaders and Scouts avoid being affected by this policy change? Simple! Recharter paperwork and Internet Rechartering will be available beginning in early October, 2014. There are also many, many training opportunities for adult leaders as well as online trainings available. All you have to do to ensure that your tenure, privileges, insurance, etc. is NOT interrupted is to complete and submit your re-charter paperwork BEFORE Dec. 31! You don't have to wait, you can complete the process as soon as you want! If you need assistance, our office staff, Commissioners and Scouting professionals will be glad to help you!
2014 BSA Membership Fee Increased to $24
At the recent Top Hands meeting, it was announced that the 2014 BSA Membership Fee would increase from $15 to $24 annually. The Northwest Georgia Council does not receive any of this fee directly. Rather, it is the national membership registration fee. What do you as a Scout family get for $24 a year? Click the link below. It might surprise you!