Annual Council Meeting

Girl Scout Troops 531 and 759 from Chesapeake opened the 35th Annual Council Meeting held on February 6 at the Chesapeake Conference Center. Chesapeake Mayor Alan Krasnoff was on hand to officially welcome guests to the city. GSCCC Board Chair Cheryle Mack followed the opening with a report from the Board of Directors. Among her remarks, she spoke on the importance of the outdoor experience for girls—an opportunity for them to unplug and get to know themselves and new friends. She gave examples of how we continually seek ways to increase girls’ access to the outdoors through the addition of outdoor badges and improvements made to our camp properties that are program driven.

CEO Tracy Keller presented a state of the Council report that described how we currently meet the unique needs of girls—mentorships, financial literacy and STEM ( science, technology, engineering, and math), yet we continue to experience a membership decline. She outlined how this issue is being addressed nationally with CEI—a national customer improvement initiative that provides better technology and service structure for councils. GSCCC plans to onboard with CEI soon.

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Annual Report 2014–2015

Guest speaker Lauren Prox, a college freshman and Girl Scout alumna, spoke of her experiences in Girl Scouts and said they prepared her for college and her future. Lauren earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting. Her STEM Gold Award project led her to be invited to the White House Science Fair. At the end of the meeting, three high school Girl Scouts, Alexa Goldblatt, Isabella Gonzalez and Ashleigh Stukes, participated in a girl panel, led by GSCCC board member Marisa Porto. They, too, shared their unique Girl Scout stories and ended by suggesting ways Girl Scouts could remain relevant to girls.

The Annual Adult Awards Luncheon followed the meeting where 35 volunteers were honored, including Anne Dinterman, a Girl Scout volunteer from Williamsburg, who was recognized with the Council’s Dorothy Barber Lifetime Achievement Award. GSCCC members of the Juliette Gordon Low Legacy Society, those who have invested in Girl Scouts through their estate plans, were recognized with the Society pin. Those members were: Deb Amatulli; Lila Davis; Helen Kattwinkel; Tracy Keller; Dan Keller; Elizabeth Kessler; Eileen Livick; Dale McClure; Cheryl McGrenra; Tesi Strickland, and Beth Yates.

What is the Annual Council Meeting?

The Girl Scouts of Colonial Coast is governed, according to its Bylaws, by the Board of Directors composed of volunteer women and men who believe in the value of Girl Scouting and who are elected by the Delegate Body of the Council. The Delegates vote at the Annual Council Meeting to elect the Board of Directors, as well as the Council Nominating Committee, and every three years National Council Delegates and Alternates. Their approval is also needed on any revisions to the Council By-Laws and Articles of Incorporation.

Delegate Information

As part of our policy-influencing process, members 14 years and older may serve as Council Delegates and participate in the Council democratic process. Delegates are the communication link between Girl Scout Council of Colonial Coast girls, volunteers, community networks and Board of Directors. As a delegate, you are entitled to elect representatives on the Council's Board of Directors and National Council Delegates.

Service Unit Delegates are members of the Girl Scout Movement that reside in a service unit within the Council's jurisdiction who are voted by their service unit to be the conduit through which matters of governance are understood and communicated and to represent the service unit with one voice. Delegates shall serve a term of one (1) year or until their successors are elected. Delegates may serve no more than three consecutive terms. Terms of office shall begin at the time delegates are elected.
Service Unit Alternate Delegates are members of the Girl Scout Movement also residing within a service unit in the Council's jurisdiction who are voted by their service unit to stand in place of the delegate and assume their responsibilities (including voting rights) should the service unit delegate not be able to carry out their role during a specified period.
National Delegates represent Colonial Coast and cast votes at the Girl Scouts of the USA National Convention, held every three years. Nominations are made prior to the Council's Annual Meeting. National Delegates are elected at Annual Meeting and participate in training and preparations prior to attending the National Convention.

What takes place at the Annual Council Recognition Luncheon?

Girl Scout volunteers are awesome! Whether in the form of a simple thank you for a small job well done or a formal commendation for years of faithful service, we use the Annual Council Awards Luncheon to put the spotlight on those adults who are making a difference. In Girl Scouts, there are several Girl Scout national awards as well as Council awards that are presented to volunteers.

Learn about the awards and details on how to nominate someone.

In addition to the adult awards, one girl award is presented at the luncheon, the Buck Harris Award. This award was established upon the retirement of Buck Harris, a former executive director of the Virginia Tidewater Girl Scout Council. Buck dedicated her life to providing the finest in camping and outdoor education programs. The recipient receives a framed certificate and a gift certificate towards attending a GSCCC sponsored summer camp. To qualify for the Buck Harris award, a girl must be nominated by the girls in her troop, group or service unit or by an adult who is aware of her qualifications.

Questions?

For questions about the Annual Council Meeting and Awards Luncheon, email sunnys@gsccc.org.