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Sunday, April 20, 2014

NMHC approves housing unit for Girl Scouts of NMI

The Northern Marianas Housing Corp. board unanimously approved Thursday a request by the Girl Scouts of the Northern Mariana Islands for a housing unit it could use as headquarters.

The board made its decision following the report of corporate director Jesse Palacios informing them about the group’s request to use the Garapan Annex Unit A13.

“The Girl Scouts of the Northern Mariana Islands is requesting to use the same unit that they’ve been using before,” Palacios addressed the board.

He said the board’s approval was needed to allow NMHC to enter in a memorandum of agreement with the Girl Scouts of the NMI to revive the group and utilize the housing unit as their office.

After years of inactivity, efforts are now underway to reactivate the non-profit volunteer group, which promotes scouting as a means to provide girls with opportunities for fun and friendship while fostering the development of leadership skills and self-esteem through activities in science and technology, business and economic literacy, and outdoor and environmental awareness.

Led by president Tania P. David, the Girl Scouts of the NMI held an open house registration last Sept. 27 at the American Memorial Park Amphitheater as part of its efforts to revive the local chapter of the Girl Scouts of the USA, the largest organization for girls in the world.

Palacios noted that the Girl Scouts of the NMI would be required to buy general liability insurance and other coverage, as well as pay for the cost of repairing the unit to convert it into an office space.

NMHC board chair Marcie M. Tomokane said it would be better to let the Girl Scouts of the NMI use the housing unit than to leave it vacant and dilapidated and vulnerable to copper wire thieves.

“They used to occupy it but they’ve been inactive for years,” said Tomokane, who also praised the team behind the revival efforts for the Girl Scouts of the NMI.

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