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  • Its seems 2012 is an anniversary year for Girl Scouting in Wayland.

    On this anniversary year, The Little House is getting reorganized.

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  • Its seems 2012 is an anniversary year for Girl Scouting in Wayland.
    It was 100 years ago that Girl Scouts of America was established, 85 years ago Girl Scouting began in Wayland, and 55 years ago that Wayland’s home for Girl Scouts, the Little House, opened.
    On this anniversary year, the Little House is getting reorganized.
    When its board could only pay half of a $2,000 sewer repair bill last summer, they realized a long-range financial plan needed to be developed.
    The sewer trouble prompted the board to meet for the first time in three years. Issues such as this didn’t plague the Little House as much in the past.
    “Some very community-minded people donated their services in building and maintaining it for a period of time,”board member Marian Crawford said. “But now, those people died, and we’ve got to do something.”
    Since November, the board has reorganized with Renee Fleishman, also the Wayland deputy mayor, as its new president. The board has been meeting every other month and has been looking at developing some long-rage goals.
    Those goals are to create an acceptable method for operation; expand the by-laws; increase its board membership to include representation from community organizations; develop an adequate plan for use and preservation; prepare a budget; and find alternate means of support.
    Other than sewer repairs, other maintenance issues such as a new handicap ramp, outdoor lighting and a drain spout, are pressing.
    The Little House is used twice a week as a senior nutrition center, as well as the meeting place for about 100 youth involved in Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.
    Donations from Wayland Community Chest, Wayland Lowell Club and private individuals last year totaled around $3,000 just enough to meet the house’s regular operating expenses.
    To expand its coffers to meet financial needs, and to seek volunteers and board members, Fleishman has gone to the Wayland Rotary and Wayland Lions clubs asking for support.
    Since the land was donated and the house built by volunteer labor, The Little House has no official owner, only a board of directors, also known as caretakers.

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