Annual Meeting &
Updated April 6
In light of the current public health guidance on COVID-19, we have
shifted the format of the 2020 annual meeting on April 18 from in
person to virtual, as permitted by Article I, Section 10 of our Bylaws.
We have a limit of 250 participants, and first priority will be for
our voting members and nominees. If you would like to attend as a
guest, to receive a link to the annual meeting webinar, please send an
email to Michelle McCormick, Chief Mission Delivery Officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Michelle is counting participants and will provide meeting webinar
links on a first-come first-served basis.
Town Halls: Before COVID-19 changed so many plans, I (Marina)
had announced town halls this spring in eight locations around our
council. We will now re-schedule these town halls as virtual meetings.
Stay tuned! Our topics will be similar to the topics we plan to
discuss with members at the annual meeting: state of the council, our
COVID-19 response and recovery, strategic priorities for our next
three-year plan (2021–2023), and proposals to be discussed at the next
National Council Session (currently planned for October 2020).
Golden Gate Bridging
Per the San
Francisco public health mandate issued Friday, March 13,
2020, which calls for all large events to be cancelled through
April 30, we’re regretful to announce that we have cancelled Golden
Gate Bridging (GGB).
We understand this is a disappointment for all of our sisters who
planned, saved, and worked hard to be able to participate in this
event. We are disappointed as well, but know that this is the right
thing to do in the time of a national health crisis.
We have heard from many of you, asking to postpone GGB until fall.
Unfortunately, permitting of this level is issued almost a full year
in advance from multiple local, state, and
federal government agencies. During these uncertain times, we don't
believe postponement will be possible. We will, however, let you know
by September 2020 what our plans are for GGB in 2021.
Currently, we are focused on making sure everyone who registered
for GGB receives a 100% refund of all registration and lunch
fees. The following FAQ has answers to the most pressing questions
you may have today:
How and when will we get a 100% refund for our registration
fees and lunches? Our Member Services team will issue an
automatic refund for registration and lunches. If you already
received a 50% refund, we will refund the balance. Please do NOT
request a refund for registration fees and lunches, as it will be
automatic. Please also be patient, as we estimate it may take up
to 4 weeks to issue all refunds. This is a big event, and we are
working through challenging times with cancellations of all events
and property reservations, in addition to GGB.
What about our reservations to stay at GSNorCal properties and
camps during GGB? We will cancel and refund 100%
of ALL GSNorCal owned property reservations for GGB weekend.
How do we get refunds of our airfare, hotel deposits,
etc. Unfortunately, we cannot help you with
non GSNorCal out-of-pocket costs. We understand the hardship. It
is impacting all of us. Please reach out to your carrier to
discuss your options.
I purchased some GGB registrations from another troop or
individual, not directly from GSNorCal. How do I get my
refund? To expedite refunds, we are issuing all refunds to
the original purchaser. We hope everyone will operate from a place
of honesty and kindness. We will issue the refund to the
individual who purchased the original event registration. You
should reach out to your seller to arrange to receive the refund.
If the seller refuses to issue the refund to you, please send an
email to email@example.com letting us know your
name, the seller's name (and Girl Scout council, if you know it),
and the number of registrations. We will try to the best of our
ability to work with the seller and their council to ensure that
we all live by the Girl Scout Promise and Law.
What about 2021—will you extend GGB to this years'
participants? At this time, we don't know, and it will be
some time before we can answer that question. Every year, the GGB
event dates and number of participants are subject to the permits
that government agencies issue. We will let you know when we have
time and more information from the government agencies we work
with. This will likely be some time from now.
What about the GGB t-shirts and sweatshirts we purchased
from GSNorCal? We will honor our 60-day refund policy.
Please note: our offices are closed to the public and all staff
are working from home, including our retail shop staff, which may
delay your refund. Your patience is requested. Consider
checking with your girls, as they might want to keep their
If you have any additional questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and
our Member Services team will get back to you as soon as possible with answers.
As Girl Scouts, we strive to do the right thing, even when it can be
hard. We admire the effort and hard work our girls, parents, and
volunteers have invested in GGB—our hope is that, by cancelling this
event, we can all do our part to prevent the spread of a devastating
disease and protect our families and communities to the best of our ability.
In Girl Scouting,
Marina H. Park, CEO
Mary-Jane Strom, Senior Director, Program
and Outdoor Program