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Girl Advisor and Girl Delegate Application

Are you a girl, age 14 years or older? If so, consider applying to be a Girl Advisor to the Board of Directors or Girl Delegate. As a Girl Advisor or Girl Delegate, you get the chance to have your voice heard within the council! GSEP needs your help crafting the policy decisions of today that will impact girls tomorrow.

  • Girl Advisors – Three girls are selected to attend Board of Director’s Meetings and provide opinions on current issues facing GSEP’s Board. This position requires two letters of recommendation.
  • Girl Delegates – Thirty girls are selected to represent all girls in GSEP’s nine-county footprint to vote on issues at the Annual Meeting. Girl Delegates also attend two Delegate Meetings per year! This position requires one letter of recommendation.

To apply for either Girl Governance position, please follow these steps:

  1. Fill out the application  
  2. Download and send a copy of the Girl Reference Form to your reference(s). The Girl Scout must fill out page one of the reference, and the person making the reference will fill out page two.
    1. The position of Girl Advisor needs two different references
    2. The position of Girl Delegate needs one reference
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Board of Directors and Board Development Committee Nomination Form

Board of Directors and Board Development Committee 

Are you passionate about Girl Scouts and want to be an integral part in sustaining Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania today and into the future? Apply to join the GSEP Board of Directors or Board Development Committee!

The Board of Directors exercise responsibility and authority for planning, policy-making, and ensuring the council is achieving its goals and mission. Board members are volunteers with a wealth of Girl Scout knowledge and expertise in areas such as business development, communications, education, governance, STEM, and more.

The Board Development Committee (BDC) recruits new members to join the Board of Directors. BDC members are expected to leverage their spheres of influence and networks to ensure a mission-driven, high functioning Board.

If you think you'd be a fit for either the Board or BDC, submit a nomination form. Or, if you know someone who would make an excellent addition to either of these groups, share the form with him or her or submit a nomination on their behalf.

The deadline to submit a nomination is Tuesday, January 16, 2018. We hope that you will consider joining us in this important work!

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2017-2018 Governance Calendar

Spring Delegate Meeting
Monday, March 26, 2018, 7-9 p.m.
Shelly Ridge Service Center
Registration will open in 2018

2018 Annual Meeting
Saturday, May 5, 2018, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Camp Laughing Waters
Registration will open in 2018

2017 Annual Meeting Recap

In case you missed it, here are the minutes and presentation from the 2017 Annual Meeting. If you have any questions, please contact governance@gsep.org.     

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National Council Session (NCS)

GSEP had so much fun in Columbus, Ohio for the 54th National Council Session and 2017 G.I.R.L. Convention! The Girl Scout National Council Session is held triennially for the National Delegation to vote on proposals, the slate of the National Board, and the National Board Development Committee members. The results of the National Council Session are as follows: 

Proposal 1: Reduce the size of the National Board of Directors (NDOB) from 25 members to 15 members.

This proposal failed.   Implications: The NBOD remains at 25 members.

Proposal 2: Make the National Board Development Committee (NBDC) a committee of the Board without any non-board committee members.

This proposal failed.    Implications: The NBDC remains a separate committee from the Board and retained its non-board committee members.

Proposal 3: Decrease the price of a Lifetime membership and revise the discount to include all professionals under 30 years old who were Girl Scouts before the age of 18, instead of the graduating senior discount. 

This proposal passed.   Implications: Lifetime memberships are now a flat rate of $400. There is a new discount for anyone under 30 years of age, who was once a girl member before age 18. She will get a discounted membership at a flat rate of $200.

The National Council Session was followed by the 2017 G.I.R.L. Convention, attended by thousands of women and girls, which included a mix of fun and girl-centered learning for all participants. There were motivational speakers, including Mae Carol Jemison, Chelsea Clinton, Barbara Pierce Bush, and Gabby Douglas. The next convention will be in Orlando, FL in 2020!

G.I.R.L. Agenda and the Juliette Gordon Low Bridge Petition

The G.I.R.L. Agenda is a nonpartisan initiative to inspire, prepare, and mobilize girls and those who care about them to lead positive change through civic action. The G.I.R.L. Agenda is both a policy and educational outlet for younger girls, older girls, and adults. To sign up for the G.I.R.L. Agenda, please click here.

One National Project under the G.I.R.L. Agenda is the Petition to name a bridge in Savannah after Juliette Gordon Low. For more information and to sign the petition, click here

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Governance Documents

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Communications From Your Board Chair

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Service Unit Delegates

According to GSEP’s Bylaws – Article II, Membership and Delegate Council:

1. Membership. The Members of the Council will be members of Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. (GSUSA), age 14 or older, and currently registered through the Council.

2. Delegate Council. The Council will have a Delegate Council which will consist of the following:

a. Service Units Delegates. Delegates elected by Service Units to represent the entire Council.

b. Additional Delegates. Additional elected Delegates, if any, as determined by the Board of Directors.

c. Board and Board Development Committee. Members of the Board of Directors and those members of the Board Development Committee who are not otherwise members of the Delegate Council.

d. Girl Advisors. Girl Advisors to the Board of Directors. e. Girl Delegates. Girl Delegates elected as determined annually by the board.

For more specific information, please refer to the GSEP Bylaws.

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Governance Questions

Please contact Kate Allebach at kallebach@gsep.org with questions.