It is with much gratitude that the Fire Company Finance Committee reports that 2012 was a strong financial year. The Bird-in-Hand community has contributed in many ways to this strength. With a truly impressive show of support, 44% of the residents and businesses responded with donations as a result of the appeal letters. This percentage is growing and is making a wonderful impact on our ability to sustain high quality fire protection.
Three very successful fundraisers in 2012 were the annual dinners, Carriage Auction, and Half Marathon events. The Fire Company provided the structure and organization and community members generously gave their skills, talents, and time when we asked you to volunteer at these events. By working together on the fundraisers, community members made sure that the events functioned well. Your help released firefighters to concentrate on training and responding to calls.
A trademark of our Fire Company is the careful way we make decisions, especially financial ones. We are committed to being good stewards of the funds we have today so that we have resources to maintain excellent service in future years. Thank you for working with us toward this goal.