Be a Delegate at the Annual Meeting or National Council Meeting
Not many nonprofit organizations have delegates as part of the governance process. So we’re extremely proud of our Council Delegates and the essential function they serve.
What does this mean for you?
In Girl Scouts our Board of Directors is responsible to our members. They even have to be voted into their positions by our members. Who does this voting? Representatives of our entire membership, called Council Delegates.
What does a Delegate do?
The job of a Council Delegate is vital to the Council, but it is not a difficult position. A Council Delegate:
- attends the Annual Council Meeting on January 25, 2014
- elects new GS-TOP Board members and Board Development Committee
- elects the delegates for the National Convention
- carries out any other business that needs to come before the council members
- and communicates council news and policies back to the Service Unit (the CEO sends a quarterly email with updates).
For more informaiton, download the full Delegate/Alternate Position Description.
Information for Service Units
Each Service Unit with at least 50 girls will be sent a single slate of nominees for Delegates and Alternates for election at Service Unit meetings in November. Delegates will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis as referral forms are received. Referrals received after enough delegates have been received will be selected as Alternates.
Next Step: Council Delegate Elections at November SU Meetings
Thank you for your help in recruiting council delegates and alternates. A Delegate Authorization Form for each Service Unit is being delivered via your Community Development Specialist. The names on the form are the individuals in your Service Unit for whom we have received Delegate Referral Forms.
Please elect these individuals to be Delegates and Alternates at your November Service Unit meeting. All you need to do is to read the names and ask for a voice vote or a show of hands (Girl Scout bylaws call for a single slate of delegates and alternates to be elected). Sign the bottom of the form and return to your MVP staff members who will deliver it to Becky Burton, CEO. Or, you may scan the form and email it directly to Becky at email@example.com.
We look forward to seeing you at the Annual Meeting on January 25th either as a delegate, an alternate, or a visitor. The Annual Meeting Registration form will be posted on the Council website in mid- November and the official mailing to Delegates and Alternates containing information about their duties at the Annual Meeting (Board of Directors slate, etc.) will be mailed the first week of January. Thanks for your help!
What does a National Delegate do?
- Attend the National Council Meeting to represent Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains.
- Educate self on the proposals that will be voted on.
- Attend in person or via teleconference any local pre-meetings prior to attending National Council Meeting.
- Share information with local areas upon return from the meeting.