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Governance

Governance structures are part of every Girl Scout Council and are defined in the Council bylaws. 

The Council's governing body is its board of directors.  Under the leadership of the Chair, the board maintains the integrity and the purpose of Girl Scouting within our council’s jurisdiction. 

The board's responsibilities include: influence policy regarding the council goals, issues affecting girls, and issues affecting the business of the organization, as well as, strategic planning, financial oversight, and fund development.

GSMW Annual Business Meeting
This is a notice that the annual business meeting of the board will be held on May 25, 2021 at 6:00 PM. To register, please email governance@gsmw.org. Registration is required by May 14th.

Annual Business Meeting Agenda

Board of Directors

The Girl Scouts of Montana and Wyoming Board of Directors is an impressive group of individuals that bring a wealth of Girl Scout knowledge, as well as, expertise in strategic thinking, governance, financial acumen, decision-making, and connections to resources.  This diverse group of volunteers are community leaders and professionals. 

The role of the board of directors is one of governance.  They ensure the Girl Scout mission and strategic priorities are carried out across our 79 counties and two states.  Their responsibilities include strategic planning, fund development, and financial oversight.

Board members are selected for their commitment to improving the lives of girls as well as, their leadership, volunteer and nonprofit experience, ability to secure financial contributions to Girl Scouts, professional and educational background, and their willingness to serve. 

Potential board candidates are identified and vetted through the board development committee.  The board development committee assesses what special skills, knowledge, strengths, and key competencies the board will need over the next few years.

If you would like to self-refer for a position on the Board of Directors*, please submit your resume and letter of interest to GSMW’s Board Development Committee at Governance@gsmw.org

*Please note that currently all GSMW Board of Directors positions are filled

Officers
  • Al Parisian, Chair
  • Wendy J. Keating, Vice Chair
  • Diane Ruff, Secretary
  • Shelly Olson, Treasurer
Directors at Large
  • Marilee Duncan
  • Rilla Hardgrove
  • Beth Hill
  • Julie Jenkinson
  • Jeana Lam-Pickett
  • Monica Parker
  • Meg Sommers
Bylaws

The GSMW Bylaws – September 2018 are the rules and regulations enacted by our organization that provide a framework for its operation and management.

GSMW Bylaws - September 2018

Strategic Priorities

Our board approved strategic priorities provide a roadmap for our operations.  GSMW’s priorities are aligned with GSUSA’s Movement wide strategic priorities as well as, the needs of our council.  

GSMW Strategic Priorities - FY 2020

Annual Report

Girl Scouts, 14 years of age or older, who are currently registered Girl Scout members, and are in good financial standing with GSMW, are eligible to serve as a national council delegate.   

The 55th National Convention will take place virtually October 23rd – 25th, 2020.  GSMW National Council Delegates are elected for the 2020 - 2023 triennium.  National delegates attend the council sessions, elect the national board of directors and board development committee, approve changes to the Constitution or Bylaws of GSUSA, and vote on various proposals as representatives of Girl Scouting. They are required to participate in the discussions prior to the National Council Session in order to better represent the Girl Scouts of Montana and Wyoming.

Those interested in becoming a national delegate must be registered members of GSUSA and 14 years old or older.  In addition, applicants must be in good financial standing with council in order to be considered.   

If you are up to this exciting and important work, please read the position description and apply before January 21, 2020.  The GSMW Board Development Committee will be conducting interviews through March 20th with Delegate/Alternate selections announced on or before April 8th.

If you would like more information about the G.I.R.L. event, please visit Girl Scouts of the USA’s website here.

GSMW National Council Delegate Position Description

 

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