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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. 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. Adult and girl members ages 14+ are eligible to apply for this position. 

Represent GSNorCal at the National Council Session

Every three years, Girl Scouts gather at the National Council Session to celebrate and reinvigorate our Girl Scout Movement and chart our future. Girl Scouts of Northern California is looking for girl and adult volunteers to represent our council at the event occurring in Orlando, Florida, October 21-25, 2020.

The volunteer position is a three-year commitment which requires a Girl Scout membership for the duration. Girl Scout of Northern California will cover trip expenses for all National Delegates. In addition to conducting the business of the Movement, delegates will engage in conversations about the future and how to provide exciting educational opportunities for adults and girls.

Update regarding G.I.R.L. 2020 and the 55th National Council Session

For 108 years, Girl Scouts of the USA has provided a framework from which girls have realized their biggest dreams—aligning their innovation, collaboration, and service can align for the betterment of our communities and the world.  During this time, girls, adults, volunteers and families have mobilized to make great things happen always keeping safety and care as top of mind. 

Given all of this, the National Board held a special meeting on Tuesday, April 21, and voted to hold a one-time virtual session for our 55th National Council Session in October 2020. The board also voted to cancel G.I.R.L. 2020, including the Global Roundtable.

This decision was made with the health and safety of all members of the Girl Scout Movement at the forefront.  As we’ve continued to monitor public health experts’ recommendations and forecasts, it became clear that Girl Scouts could not hold convention in person in October 2020 because we can’t host a large scale, in-person event and guarantee the health and safety of participants.

By making the decision now, we can maximize planning time to deliver an engaging virtual version of our 55th NCS. We understand that our councils, delegates, and those planning to attend NCS and G.I.R.L. 2020 also need time to work through these changes.

If you have questions or concerns, please refer to the FAQ or reach out to the GSUSA Customer Care team via email.

Service Unit Delegates

What is a Service Unit Delegate?

Service Unit Delegates serve 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.

Adult and girl members age 14 and older are eligible to nominate themselves for Service Unit Delegate positions.

How are Service Unit Delegates selected?

Adult and Girl members age 14 and older are eligible to elect Service Unit Delegates.  The online electronic ballot will include a voting agreement and zip code entry requirement.  Brief profiles of each candidate in your service unit will be listed.  Please read these profiles before voting.  Your vote will be kept confidential, and your personal information will not be used for any other purpose than to validate your vote.

The online electronic ballot will include a voting agreement and zip code entry requirement.  Brief profiles of each candidate in your Service Unit will be listed.  Please read these profiles before voting.  Your vote will be kept confidential, and your personal information will not be used for any other purpose than to validate your vote.

Thank you to everyone who voted, and congratulations to our 2020 Service Unit Delegates!

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.

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


For questions about delegate governance, please contact Olivia Kerkula, Member Engagement Manager, at okerkula@gsnorcal.org.