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Welcome Delegate Meetings Spring 2014. Board Chair Update, Ann Thornton Field. Communications Focus Group. Audit . National Council Session. National Council Session. Salt Lake City, Utah, October 16-18 Proposals: Flexibility of Due and Registration Practices

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welcome delegate meetings spring 2014

Delegate Meetings

Spring 2014

board chair update ann thornton field
Board Chair Update,

Ann Thornton Field


National Council Session

  • Salt Lake City, Utah, October 16-18
  • Proposals:
    • Flexibility of Due and Registration Practices
    • Reporting Relationship of the Chief Financial Officer
    • Role of Past Presidents
    • Discussion about the Importance of the Outdoors in the Girl Scout Leadership Experience
  • National Council Session website, www.girlscouts.org/convention
    • Questions about NCS, email nationalcouncilsession@gsep.org
property update marla conley property committee co chair
Property Update,

Marla Conley,

Property Committee Co-Chair


Construction Project

  • Increase Year-Round Opportunities and Programs at: Shelly Ridge, Laughing Waters, & Mosey Wood
  • Phase One in the design phase
  • Design Charettes at each camp – 100+ girls, parents, leaders
  • Break ground this fall and complete construction Spring 2015
  • Utilize annual capital budget to enhance other camps – Valley Forge, Mountain House, Wood Haven

Construction Project Themes

  • Laughing Waters Health & Wellness
  • Mosey Wood Adventure & Water
  • Shelly Ridge STEM & GSEP Intro

Construction Project Components


  • Year-round Activity Center
  • Renovate Swatara Cabin for year-round 24-bed (template)
  • Renovate universal courts and sports fields
  • Adventure Elements – low and possibly high ropes courses


  • 56-bed year-round Lodge
  • Renovate swimming dock and replace changing hut
  • Purchase/Install new waterfront equipment
  • Add adventure elements: zip lines, high ropes, tower


  • 56-bed year-round Lodge
  • Year-round Activity Center
  • Adventure elements including low ropes course


  • 2012 decision to divest, no later than September 2015.
  • Exploring conservation options with Natural Lands Trust. Promising possibility for Tweedale of conservation easement and purchase by Chester Water Authority
  • Hidden Falls and Tohikanee to be placed on the market in late spring

WOW Factors

  • Wood Haven-Critter Cabin, Gaga Pit
  • Valley Forge-Nature Shack, Gaga Pit
  • Mosey Wood- Stand Up Paddleboards
  • Mountain House- Outdoor Stage
  • Shelly Ridge- Archery, Pottery Kiln, Starter Garden, Explorers’ Outpost, Gaga Pit
  • Valley Forge- Star Lab
  • Laughing Waters- Canoeing at Green Lane Park, Gaga Pit
  • All Camps-Girl Scout Badges
board development committee update sue perrotty board development committee chair
Board Development Committee Update,

Sue Perrotty,

Board Development Committee Chair


Board Development Committee

  • Sue Perrotty, Chair and Board Member
  • Hugh Allen, non Board Committee Member
  • Anne Baum, Board Member
  • Michael Cox, non Board Committee Member
  • Rita Lee, non Board Committee Member
  • Susan Mucciarone, non Board Committee Member
  • MaryAnn Rodda, non Board Committee Member
  • Julia Rafferty, Board Member
  • Leslie Stiles, Board Member

Our Charge

The Board Development Committee has responsibility for developing a single slate of nominees for the Officers and Members-at-Large of the Board of Directors, Girl Advisors to the Board of Directors, Board Development Committee Chair and Board Development Committee Members-at Large, as well as National Delegates and Alternate Delegates. 


What We Do

The Board Development Committee works with the Council Board and Council CEO to identify the characteristics, skills, and experiences needed for open positions and to identify candidates who will be able to exercise the governance and leadership responsibilities of the board, including setting the strategic direction for the council, providing oversight of the financial health and well-being of the organization, and ensuring that the management of the organization is effective.


Board Development Committee Process

Board Development Priorities


Membership Growth – access to girls to sustain and grow membership

STEM - programmatic access, awareness, knowledge

Fund Raising - experience with large institutional capital planning, and campaigns, structures and processes

Property – focus on selling/repurposing, real estate, legal expertise, land development


Board Development Committee Process

Meeting #1: Introduction and Plan of Work

Meeting #2: Strategy & Board Evaluation

Meeting #3: Selection Process & Board Education

Meeting #4: Recruitment Plan

Meeting #5: Review of Candidates

Meeting #6: Slate Completion & Communication Plan

Meeting #7: Unfinished Business


Delegate Duties and Responsibilities

1. Elect Members of the Board of Directors, Officers of the Board of Directors, Board Development Committee Chair, Board Development Committee Members-at Large and the Delegates to the National Council of GSUSA.

2. Approve Amendments to the Bylaws and to the Articles of Incorporation.

3. Take all other actions requiring a vote of the Council and conduct other

business which may come before the Council.

4. Determine the general direction of Girl Scouting within the jurisdiction

of the Council by responding to reports and information from the Board

of Directors.


Board Duties & Responsibilities

The Board of Directors will:

Exercise responsibility and authority for planning, policy-making, and ensuring that the Council is achieving its goals and mission.

Oversee the affairs of the Council according to the general direction set by the Delegate Council.

Establish systems that support communications between Members and the Board of Directors.

Ensure compliance with all state, federal, and other laws and regulations applicable to non-profit organizations in Pennsylvania.

Establish such standing committees, special committees, or task force groups, as it deems necessary.

Ensure that the Council meets the Charter requirements of GSUSA.

Recommend amendments of these Bylaws and the Articles of Incorporation to the Delegate Council for its action.


Service Units


Service Unit Team Members

Troop leaders


Board of Directors


Leadership & Support

Executive Management

Develop and Deploy Strategies

Sustain and Continuously Improve

Operational Volunteers

Operational Volunteers

thank you annual meeting saturday may 3 rd 2014 penn view christian school
Thank you!

Annual Meeting

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014

Penn View Christian School