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Girl Scout camp staff members, volunteers seek to halt sale
EARLIER STORY: Five area women who have worked or volunteered at local Girl Scout camps are seeking an injunction to stop the local council board from selling the council’s camp properties.
In court documents filed Friday in Scott County District Court, former camp staff members Debra Stork and Michelle Weber, both of Dubuque County, Sherry O’Keefe of Muscatine County and former camp volunteers Lisa Tank of Clinton County and Kelly Gilhooly of Scott County asked the court to issue an injunction to stop the board of directors of the Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois from voting on a proposal to sell Camp Conestoga in Scott County, Camp Little Cloud in Dubuque County, Camp L-Kee-Ta in Des Moines County and Camp Tahigwa in Allamakee County.
A hearing has been scheduled for 9 a.m. Wednesday, a day before the board of directors is expected to vote on the proposed sale.
The group also is asking the court to find that state law requires the council to allow the “eligible voting members” of the council to vote on the sale.
In their filing, the group asserts that as a nonprofit corporation, the Girl Scout council must get the approval of its voting membership to vote on any sale of “all, or substantially all” of the council’s property, according to state law. Voting membership is defined in the council’s bylaws as any member registered through the district who is 14 or older and not a paid employee.
Council spokeswoman Shelly Wells Cain said council officials don’t think the proposed sale meets that criteria because the camp properties are about 29 percent of the council’s assets.
“I don’t really think there’s much of a case, honestly,” she said.