Serve as a Council Delegate or Alternate
Council delegates are the primary communication link between local Girl Scout members and GSSEM's Board of Directors.
We currently have 45 service units, and each service unit is authorized to have two (2) council delegates and two (2) alternates.
Council delegates are elected by their service unit and have a vote on local issues at the Annual Meeting. Delegates have an important role in the Girl Scout democratic process; they represent their service unit and vote on decisions that influence the Council.
Delegate terms (per bylaws):
- Adult delegates serve for two years.
- Girl delegates serve for one year.
In order to serve as a Council delegate or alternate, you must:
- Be at least 14 years old.
- Be currently registered Girl Scouts who are in good standing (with no outstanding debt).
- Attend the Annual Meeting, training/input meeting, and any other special meetings called that require a membership vote.
- Report meeting results to their respective service units.
Per GSSEM bylaws, the Annual Meeting of the corporate membership (comprised of board members, board development committee members, and council delegates elected by service units) is conducted by March 31 every year.
At the Annual Meeting, members:
- Elect officers, directors at large, members of the Board Development Committee, and—every three years—the delegates and alternates to attend the national convention.
- Consider any proposed amendments to the bylaws.
- Provide input on key issues affecting the council and the Movement.
- Consider any other business appropriate to come before the corporation in accordance with the process established by the board of directors.