SCOUTS SA ANNUAL REPORT 2016 CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER’S Those that think well of the Branch, its Board and its efforts to cope and thrive in this environment, are rightly, delighted that they DON’T have to worry about these pressures because that allows them to get on with Scouting and performing at their best to deliver exciting life-skill programs to our Youth Members. The vast majority of our members are thankful that that is the case. There is a very negative element of our Branch that thinks otherwise. But in truth, this quite small group is not driven by the interests of the Association. We accept that these people exist, as they do in all organisations. Unfortunately, this year (similar to last year) we must reflect a negative financial growth 7 (against the trend for the previous 15 years) and this is due to the continuing falling iron ore and other metal commodity prices (two years ago, we were receiving $285 per tonne for scrap metal, and this has dropped to $52 per tonne over the last two years). Notwithstanding that free fall in our main income lines, the Scout Recycling Centre still returned $1.4m to Scouting in South Australia this year. The value of our main share portfolio also took a negative turn of approximately $1.6m. Yes, this is an example of the pressures I mentioned above, and ‘stuff’ that makes for many sleepless nights. After saying that, ‘Scouting’ has hardly missed a beat. That is, Scouting in South Australia has been very well funded and administratively supported in our State. Additionally, our strong volunteer and staff teams have led at the National level of Scouting in South Australia. Here is a very short list of examples which demonstrate that strong performance this year: Notwithstanding the continued downturn in our expected income, Scouting has been strongly supported ($1.2m in total), membership fees are still the cheapest in Australia (by hundreds of dollars per person) we continue to subsidise our insurance premiums ($300,000) by 50% before billing Scout Groups and Leader training is still free. • Our membership growth is still very incremental, however it is growth, and this is against the unfortunate negative National trend for many years. • The Titanium Security Arena has proven to be an excellent investment with strong capital growth and increasing profit returns. • South Australia Branch is taking a leading National role in the areas of child protection, victim engagement and zero tolerance. • South Australia Branch is leading the Scouting Nation in risk management, WHS and information sharing. Many members of our own Association do not understand the complexity and the challenge that all Not-For-Profits face today in their legal, financial, reporting, HR, Child Protection, WHS and other governance responsibilities. And that’s a very, very, great thing! Report • We have commenced work to support NSW and QLD Branches to establish their own Scout Recycling operations in their States, winning a small return for that work to SA Scouting. Our technology partner “Envirobank” will help us in this significant undertaking. • We are working to bring the Recycling Businesses to even higher levels of profitability and this structural work, and a slight increase to the price of metal, is succeeding as we move into the new financial year. • The Ken Maguire Fund continues to return excellent dividends, and these are fully directed to Leader development, the Scout program and activities (around $300,000 per annum). • We have launched a new Branch branding and marketing strategy which will be further rolled-out this year (#FRIENDS4LIFE). • We are working closely with Safework SA and the Office of Consumer and Business Services (after a complaint from some of our own members) very positively and effectively. After nine months of ‘examination’ that Office has now responded with only three relatively minor requirements of us and it has expressed its overall satisfaction with our governance practices. • The Branch has established the ‘Woodhouse 2020’ Team and the work of this team led by our Vice President Paul Dickson APM will ensure that our major Camping and Accommodation Centre (Woodhouse) develops into a world-class youth activity centre. The GM Woodhouse (Mark Percy) and I are working closely in support. • Our Scout Outdoor Centre is performing strongly and is the best in Australia thanks to its Retail General Manager, James McLaren and his terrific team in both stores.
Scouts SA Annual Report 2016
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