The fifth GSSEM Annual Meeting was held on Saturday, March 22, at the San Marino Club in Troy. There was a total of 106 attendees signed in. Quorum was reached with 53 council delegates in attendance representing 38 districts. Presentations were made by the Board Chair, CEO, Finance Committee Chair, Property Committee Chair, Board Development Committee Chair and members of the Girl Advisory Board Committee (video presentation available here). We were also fortunate to have the 2013 Young Women of Distinction, Blair, talk about her Girl Scouting journey.
One new board member was elected – Dana Harvey and one new board development committee member was elected – Jocelyn Giangrande. Rhonda Orr was elected to Board Secretary. Five returning board members were also elected. The triennial national convention will be held in Salt Lake City Utah in October and there were 14 national delegates elected to represent our council at convention, along with 5 national alternates.
About the Annual Meeting
Per GSSEM bylaws, the Annual Meeting of the corporate membership (comprised of board members, board development committee members, and council delegates elected by districts) is conducted by March 31st of each year. At the Annual meeting, the members shall :
- Elect officers, directors at large, members of the Board Development Committee and, every three years. the delegates and alternates to the National convention;
- Consider any proposed amendments to the bylaws;
- Provide input on key issues affecting the council and the Movement and
- Consider any other business appropriate to come before the corporation in accordance with the process established by the board of directors.
We currently have 46 districts and each district is authorized to have two (2) council delegates and two (2) alternates. Adult delegates serve two-year terms and girl delegates serve a one-year term (per bylaws). Council delegates have an important role in the Girl Scout democratic process – they represent their district by voting on decisions that influence the Council. Council delegates and alternates are elected by their district and names and contact information are supplied to Council.
Requirements for being a delegate/alternate: 14 years of age and older, currently registered member, and be a member in good standing with no outstanding debt. Also required to attend Annual Meeting in March, Training/Input Meeting in January, and any other special meetings called that require a membership vote. All delegates are required to report meeting results to their respective districts.
** PLEASE NOTE ** - Differences between council delegates and national delegates:
Council delegates are elected by their district and have a vote at the Annual Meeting on local issues. Terms are two years for adults and one year for girls.
National delegates are selected by the board development committee to represent the council at the national convention and vote on national issues. They are elected at the Annual Meeting and serve a three-year term.