The 2014 National Council Session/53rd Convention was held in Salt Lake City, Utah, from October 16-19. In addition to conducting the business of the Movement, delegates and visitors engaged in important strategic conversations about the future and provided enoyed exciting educational opportunities about Girl Scouting. GSNNJ sent 17 voting delegates to the National Council Session.
National Council Session
The National Council Session is the Girl Scouts’ major governance meeting. Hosted every three years, this session brings together the leaders of our movement and the members who help shape the future for 2.3 million girls. Girl Scouts gather together to reinvigorate our Movement, celebrate our accomplishments, and chart our future.
Delegates are elected by each council and have voting privileges at all business meetings. Delegates must be Girl Scout members over 14 years old. Delegates also include representatives from USA Girl Scouts Overseas, National Board Members, the National Development Committee, and past presidents.
In 2014, the delegates, including 17 from GSNNJ, voted in the new national board of directors and approved three national proposals:
Proposal 1: Flexibility of Dues and Registration Practices
To amend the Constitution of the Girl Scouts of the USA to change, "Every person accepting the principles of the GIrl Scout Movement and desiring to be a member of the GIrl Scout Movement in the United States of America shall pay annual or lifetime membership dues to Girl Scouts of the United States of America." to read, "...pay applicable membership dues..."
Proposal 2: Reporting Relationship of the Chief Financial Officer
To amend the Constitution of the Girl Scouts of the USA so that the national CFO reports to the national CEO, rather than the national board of directors.
Proposal 3: Role of the Past Presidents
To amend the Constitution of the Girl Scouts of the USA so that Past Presidents of the national Board of Directors no longer hold ex officio member status to the board of directors.
All three proposals were approved by the national delegates.