Long Range Property Plan FAQs

 

1. How does the Long Range Property Plan (LRPP) affect Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas?

2. How does the Long Range Property Plan affect me if I reside in an area where a property is being relinquished?

3. How does the council have the right to close down property when it doesn’t own it?

4. How will this impact the delivery of program to girls?

5. Can we raise funds to keep the property open or to repair it?

6. What was the decision to end these agreements based on?

7. When will these changes happen?

8. What plans are in place for a new property in the future?

9. What do we need to do to continue to use the property?

10. Can we still have meetings at these properties after they are relinquished?

11. If the property is closed, where will meetings be held?

12. Where will service units and troops store their belongings?

13. Is the council going to pay for storage or moving for those service units and troops affected by the relinquished properties?

 

 1. How does the Long Range Property Plan (LRPP) affect Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas?

The purpose of the Long Range Property Plan is to create a contemporary experience that all girls want and to sustain a sound financial structure that supports membership growth throughout the council’s 21-county jurisdiction. This plan will provide the optimal Girl Scout Leadership Experience equally to all counties.

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 2. How does the Long Range Property Plan affect me if I reside in an area where a property is being relinquished?

A transition plan has been created to help members in the affected areas. GSSWT will no longer financially support properties in Del Rio, Seguin and New Braunfels after December 31, 2013.

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 3. How does the council have the right to close down property when it doesn’t own it?

GSSWT is not "closing" the property; it is ending the agreement between the council and the owners of the property. GSSWT is responsible for the safety of its girl and adult members, as well as the quality of program in its assigned jurisdiction; therefore, it is within the council’s scope of responsibility to discontinue program at any site it operates.

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 4. How will this impact the delivery of program to girls?

Program to girls will not be negatively impacted. The Long Range Property Plan is made to enhance the Girl Scout Leadership Experience by providing properties that meet the needs and interests of today’s girls, and their demand for innovative program.

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 5. Can we raise funds to keep the property open or to repair it?

No. Only council representatives may raise funds under the GSSWT name or tax ID. Doing so would compromise the tax exemption status for the entire council. However, owners of the property are free to do what they would like, as long as the property operates under its own name and tax ID number and fundraising efforts are not affiliated with GSSWT.

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 6. What was the decision to end these agreements based on?

These decisions were made by the volunteer-led Long Range Property Plan Committee and were based on user criteria identified from the needs assessments that the Long Range Property Plan Committee collected.

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 7. When will these changes happen?

A transition plan with an accompanied timeline has been created for each affected property to streamline the changes. All relinquishments will occur by December 31, 2013.

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 8. What plans are in place for a new property in the future?

Phase II of the Long Range Property Plan identifies six focus areas throughout the 21-county jurisdiction, and volunteer-led focus groups are being established to help determine locations for new facilities.

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 9. What do we need to do to continue to use the property?

If volunteers want to continue to utilize the relinquished property, they must consult and plan activities with the owner. These activities cannot be council-led.

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 10. Can we still have meetings at these properties after they are relinquished?

Yes, as long as the owners of the property have provided proof of insurance to GSSWT. This is a requirement for all meeting spaces that host Girl Scout activities.

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 11. If the property is closed, where will meetings be held?

Council staff has worked to secure meeting locations in areas that have been affected by a relinquished property. Each GO Team will have a list of meeting sites where girls and volunteers in affected areas can meet. Please contact your GO Team manager for further details.

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 12. Where will service units and troops store their belongings?

Through the transition plan that has been developed, storage of belongings will be provided by GSSWT for three months ending on March 31, 2014. Those groups not directly affected by the relinquished properties do not currently or have ever had storage space provided by the council.

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 13. Is the council going to pay for storage or moving for those service units and troops affected by the relinquished properties?

The council has a transition plan to help those affected. Council will pay for up to three consecutive months of storage following relinquishment of the property, if needed.

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