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2014 National Council Session 53rd Convention of Girl Scouts of the USA October 16-19, 2014 in Salt Lake City, Utah

Information Packet

Overview:

Girl Scouts is the world’s pre-eminent organization dedicated solely to girls. Girl Scouting offers girls an accepting and nurturing environment in which they develop strong values, leadership skills, social conscience and conviction about their own potential and self-worth. The Girl Scout program can change the way girls see the world and their place in it. Girls learn the importance of personal responsibility, the value of goal-setting, the spirit of teamwork, and the thrill of accomplishment. They participate in programs involving leadership and
self-esteem, community outreach and education, environmental awareness, financial literacy, health and wellness, arts, travel and science, technology, engineering and math. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and
character who make the world a better place. Girl Scouts are our future community leaders.

History of Girl Scouts:

Girl Scouts of the USA was founded by Juliette Gordon Low in 1912. Girls between the ages of 5 and 17 are invited to join one of nearly 240,000 local troops throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and more than 80 other countries. The nation’s First Lady customarily has adopted its honorary leadership.

The Council:

Girl Scouts of South Carolina – Mountains to Midlands, Inc. serves more than 12,300 girls and 5,100 adults who live in a 22-county region that stretches from the central Midlands throughout the western Upstate regions of South Carolina.

Service Centers: Columbia, Greenville, and Spartanburg, SC
Corporate Office: Greenville, SC
Total Delegates: 5
Total Alternates: 3
Web site: www.gssc-mm.org (separate delegate site after election)

Reference Material:

Fact Sheet – Girl Scouts of the United States of America (GSUSA)
Fact Sheet – Girl Scouts of South Carolina – Mountains to Midlands, Inc.
Jurisdictional Map

Membership:

Membership of the National Council is comprised of representatives from throughout the Girl Scout Movement. By corporate definition, a council nominee elected to represent the Girl Scouts of South Carolina – Mountains to
Midlands, Inc., shall be known as a Council Delegate member of the National Council. When all representatives assemble, that meeting shall be known as the National Council.

2014 National Council:

The National Council Session/53rd
Convention of Girl Scouts of the USA will be held October 16-19, 2014 in Salt Lake City, Utah. National Council Sessions (conventions) are held every three years for the purpose of determining the general lines of policy of the Girl Scout Movement and the Girl Scout Program.
The purpose of the meeting is to:
1. Hear the report of the National Board of Directors
2. Act on proposals and information presented to the delegation
3. Elect the Board of Directors and Board Development Committee for
the next three year term
4. Help establish direction for Girl Scouts of the USA on new strategies
for success, growth and expansion in the next century

Requirements:

The Movement’s governing standards, the Blue Book, denote how many council delegates each council may have as members of the National Council. Based on the most recent reversion, South Carolina – Mountains to Midlands anticipates electing and sending 5 delegates from our council. In addition, 3 alternates will be selected in addition to the council’s President & CEO. Should a delegate need to forfeit their position, the first alternate will be placed in the delegate opening.
Requirements for the National Council include:
- Be a citizen of the United States
- Be registered member of Girl Scouts of the USA
- Be 14 year of age or older
- Be available to attend the National Council Session (Oct. 16-19, 2014)
- Be able to travel to/from Salt Lake City on possibly October 14th or 15th and possibly returning on the 19th
or 20th (flight and schedule dependent)
- Be committed to participate in Delegate Training sessions offered by Girl Scouts of South Carolina – Mountains to Midlands.
- Be committed to a three-year tenure as a National Delegate (term effective from November, 2013 election date until new elections in November, 2016)
- Be committed to participate in National Council Session activities sponsored by Girl Scouts of South Carolina – Mountains to Midlands in advance and upon return of the National Convention.

Reference Material:

Guide to Blue Book of Basic Documents
Council Bylaws & Governance Structure

The Position:

In our council, the requirements to serve mirror the national requirements in addition to the following:
- By September 1, 2013 complete application and submit for review by the Board Nominating Committee – a subcommittee of the Board Development Committee. Details about the selection process will be forwarded individually upon receipt of all requested information.
- Elected to a three-year term by vote of the Council’s delegate body at the Annual Business Meeting
- Must be currently registered, and remain registered, within our council during the three year term
- Ability to represent the view and position of the council in all discussions and actions, regardless of personal beliefs that may differ
- Communication with the council delegation by sharing proposal positions, obtaining feedback, and provide a full report out to the council’s delegate body at the November 15, 2014 Council Annual Meeting
- Must attend training and interface with the council delegate body
- Need not be a current council delegate, but would serve as one if elected to this three-year term

Criterial for Selection:

Adaptability – demonstrates flexibility when new information is brought forward
Informed – perceived ability to come to the session informed, but not instructed
Team Player – promotes partnerships, has commitment to a team approach; will support decisions of the National Council once made
Decision-Making – has the ability to analyze issues from a council and national perspective; demonstrates ability to weigh options and consider ramifications
Communications – is able to express ideas and facts in a clear manner
Girl Scout Knowledge – an understanding of and experience with the council and the Girl Scout Movement
Strategic Thinking – ability to think in terms of long-term goals and objectives that advance our council’s strategy map as well as the movement as a whole;
must be future-focused

Application/Referral:

The slate for the 2014 National Council Delegates is developed by the Board Nominating Committee and presented for election to the Council Delegates at the November 16, 2013 Annual Meeting. If selected, attendance at the Annual Meeting is expected.

National Delegate training and role responsibilities begin in the spring of 2014.

The council covers all costs for National Delegates.

If you are interested in applying to be a National Council Delegate, please download and complete an application and return it by September 1, 2013.

Reference Material:

Application for National Council Delegate
Candidate Referral Form
Mission, Vision & Core Values

Orientation:

In conjunction with Girl Scouts of the USA, orientation is anticipated in the late spring of 2014. So that our group has the opportunity to meet one another, this orientation meeting will be in-person at a central location to the participants.

Meetings:

A majority of the meetings will be held electronically following the initial training and orientation session. As an elected delegate, you will need access to a phone for conference calls and preferably a laptop for web conferencing sessions that will be scheduled periodically from early summer through our fall departure.

The anticipated meeting schedule is as follows:

Annual Meeting & Election Saturday, November 16, 2013
Spring Delegate Mtg March, 2014
Delegate Orientation, Late spring/early summer 2014
National Conversations, Summer/Fall 2014
Registrations/Travel Confirmed July, 2014
Town Hall Meetings, September/October 2014
National Council Session/53rd Convention, October 16-19, 2014
Annual Recognitions & Business Meeting, Saturday, November 15, 2014
Three-year term completed December, 2016

Voluteer Chair:

Bett Williams
Chair, Board Governance Committee
Phone: 803-730-3277

Staff Contact:

Karon Pilgrim
Executive Assistant to the CEO & Board
Council Contact & Coordinator for the 2014 National Convention

Address: Five Independence Point Suite 120, Greenville, SC 29315
Phone: 800-849-GIRL (4475) extension 1407




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