Lawsuit over sale of Girl Scout properties starts Tuesday in Davenport

Plaintiffs say members should have the right to vote on any sale of properties

Trish Mehaffey
Published: January 20 2014 | 5:00 pm - Updated: 29 March 2014 | 2:25 am in

A trial is set to start Tuesday in Scott County District Court in a lawsuit filed last year against the Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois to prevent the sale of Iowa camps.

The five plaintiffs, Debra Stork, Sherry O'Keefe, Michelle Weber, Kelly Gilhooly and Lisa Tank, claim the members should have the right to vote on any sale of properties according to the councilís bylaws and Iowa law. They are seeking an order that would require a vote from the membership in any future sales.

The dispute started last year when the scout board considered selling Camp Conestoga near Davenport, Camp Little Cloud near Dubuque, Camp Tahigwa near Decorah, and Camp L-Kee-Ta near Burlington. The board dropped the plan to sell after receiving criticism. The lawsuit continued to go forward because the board then decided to redevelop Conestoga into a primary residential camp, operate outdoor activity centers at Little Cloud, L-Kee-Ta and Tahigwa and to sell any land on the four properties that wasnít being used, according to the lawsuit.

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