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Service Unit Delegates, Delegates-at-Large, and National Delegates

Member engagement is a key part of Girl Scouts of Northern California's strategy as we strive to honor the voice of our membership. Our governance system, with elected or appointed delegates serving as voting members of the council, is the main way for members to give input to our Board of Directors. All delegates should attend the virtual Annual Meeting on April 9, 2022 to cast their votes and make their voices heard. Learn more about these delegate positions and how you can get involved today!

National Delegates

A National Delegate is an elected representative of Girl Scouts of Northern California who attends the National Council Session of Girl Scouts of the USA. This position is responsible for determining the direction Girl Scouting will take throughout the country and is a three-year term. The current application period has passed. Adult and girl members ages 14+ sare eligible to apply for this position in fall 2024 to represent GSNorcal at the 2026 NCS. 

Every three years, Girl Scouts gather at the National Council Session to celebrate and reinvigorate our Girl Scout Movement and chart our future. The next NCS will occur in July 2023 in Orlando, Florida.

 

 

Service Unit Delegates

What is a Service Unit Delegate?

Service Unit Delegates serve a one-year term as the primary communication link between our girl and adult members and Northern California's Board of Directors, provide input to the Board on our Council's strategy, and elect the Council Board of Directors at the Annual Meeting on April 9, 2022.

How are Service Unit Delegates selected?

Each service unit is allotted a certain number of delegate positions based on the size of their membership. Adult and girl members age 14 and older can nominate themselves in November and elect delegates for their service unit during the election in January.

Congratulations to our 2022 Service Unit Delegates, and thank you to everyone who voted! 

Service Unit Delegate Resources

Delegates-at-Large

Delegates-at-Large serve as the primary communication link between our girl and adult members and Northern California's Board of Directors. Delegates-at-Large provide input to the Board on our Council's strategy and elect the Council Board of Directors at the Annual Meeting.

The Delegates-at-Large position was developed to provide opportunities for council level groups, other than Service Units, to be represented by voting members of the council. To learn more, check out the Delegate-at-Large nomination information.

Resources

Annual Meeting

Join us for the virtual Annual Meeting on Saturday, April 9 from 10am-12:30pm!

All Voting Members (delegates, Board, and BDC members) and Girl Scout members age 14 and older can register through April 1 to attend, with attendance capped at 200.  Review the Annual Meeting Workbook  for more information, including the agenda, slate boards, slate bios (plus view National Delegate and Alternate slate bios here) and terms.


The meeting will include an update on the state of the council, breakout discussions with the Board on allyship to nurture Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging, and elections for the Board slate and National Delegates.


Council updates. Members of our Executive Team will share updates and answer questions about the opportunities and challenges of the past year for the Girl Scout Movement and for GSNorCal and the progress we are making towards GSNorCal’s strategic priorities: 

·       Improve the Essential Girl Scout Experience in Troops and Camp

·       Nurture Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging

·       Build Understanding and Engagement

·       Strengthen Capacity for Effective Operations

Nurturing Belonging through Allyship; Learning and Discussion Topic.  We will focus on allyship, to “Nurture Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging” and build a future where more girls and families know Girl Scouts is for them. Our Chief Organization and People Officer, Herna Cruz-Louie, will share core concepts about allyship and bridging to nurture race equity, LGBTQIA+ and gender expansive inclusion, and belonging. During break-out sessions, board members will explore allyship with Annual Meeting participants through scenarios informed by experiences in our council.    

Elections. Voting Members will elect Board Officers, Directors-at-Large, Board Development Committee members, and National Council Delegates and alternates for the 2022-2024 term, which includes the July 2023 National Council Session in Orlando, Florida.



For questions about delegate governance, please contact Amy Burke, Governance and Member Engagement Manager, at aburke@gsnorcal.org.