The twenty-third Annual General Meeting of the National Scout Assembly of The Scout Association of Belize was held on Saturday June 26, 2010 at the conference room of the Association at the City Center in Belize City.
President Duran, Patron - Sir Colville and Chief Scout - Dr. Franklin
At 10:00 am sharp, Sir Colville N. Young, Governor-General of Belize and Patron of Scouts, arrived. He was greeted by Chief Scout of Belize Dr. Erasmo Franklin. Once inside the meeting room everyone stood at attention and immediately the National Anthem was song.
National Venture Scout Commissioner Jose Riverol - Opening Prayer
National Venture Scout Commissioner Jose Riverol said the opening prayer and the welcome address was delivered by National Scout Commissioner, Patrick Thompson.
National Scout Commissioner Patrick Thompson welcoming everyone
In his opening message to the Assembly, the President of the Association Ramiro Duran welcomed everyone once again and in particular Sir Colville Young. He cited that Sir Colville is a true Scout and that he was extremely happy that he could make it to this important meeting.
The minutes of the last meeting of the Assembly were read and moved for adoption followed by matters arising from the minutes. Messages from the Chief Scout and President were read, followed by the program and training reports and the audited financial statements. Once the reports were presented a motion to accept them was unanimously passed.
Assembly members busy reading reports
The highlights of the year in review was presented by National Scout Executive Hilberto Riverol who reported that the year 2009 was a very important year for Scouting in Belize as we hosted our first international event for Cub Scouts. He also noted the slight increase of membership and emphasized that much more could be achieved if a more concentrated effort is made by each volunteer. He also made reference to the financial report and noted that there was a decrease in donations, particularly in the Sustaining Membership Program. This was, he said, because there was no Director of Support Services for the year in review. Despite this, the Association managed to successfully conduct all its programs as scheduled.
Once the business side was completed, President Ramiro Duran announced that it was indeed a privilege and honor for him to present the President’s Award for Service to Sir Colville Young. Sir Colville was presented with a medal and plaque in recognition of his unselfish and invaluable service to the Scout Movement in Belize.
President Duran presenting Service Award to Sir Colville
Elections of six members to serve on the National Scout Committee then followed. Those elected to serve a one year term are as follows:
- Ms. Jersha Lennan
- Mr. Patrick Thompson
- Mrs. Imogene Williams
- Mr. John Carrillo
- Mr. Martin Palma
- Mr. Daniel Palma
National Cubs Commissioner Jersha Lennan delivering the vote of thanks
The vote of thanks was delivered by National Cub Scout Commissioner, Jersha Lennan who thanked everyone for coming to the meeting. She congratulated Sir Colville Young for receiving such a deserving award and for always being there for the Scouts.