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Democratic Process


A District Delegate is a District Member who is selected as a District Delegate for that District. Delegates must be Members at the time of selection and throughout the term of service.

Each Service Unit is entitled to select from among its members two Delegates, including one adult and one girl Delegate whenever possible, excluding the Directors of the Board. Council employees are ineligible to be District Delegates.

Each District may select no more than ten Delegates-at-large. Each District shall establish its own procedures for selecting Delegates-at-large and for filling vacant Delegate positions with alternates, when and if necessary.

The District Delegates attend the Council’s Annual Meeting and elect the Board and the Council’s National Delegates. Each District Delegate shall serve for a term of two years or until a successor is selected.

Each Delegate’s term of office shall begin on March 1. There are no limits to the number of terms that a District Delegate can serve.

Delegate Position Description [PDF]

Bylaws - Adopted April 8, 2021 [PDF]

If you have any questions, please contact the Democratic Process Task Group at

National Council Session

Virtual 55th National Council Session in the NCS Gallery

October 23, 24, and 25, 2020, Girl Scouts from across the United States and around the world will gather for our 55th National Council Session. For more than a century, delegates have come together to represent their collective voices and discuss and debate the future direction of Girl Scouts.

This year, due to COVID-19 and Girl Scouts’ emphasis on safety, we’re holding our first-ever virtual National Council Session October 23–25—and as a member of Girl Scouts, you’re invited to attend from the comfort of your home! We’d also love for you to join us for two unique events leading up to the session:

Keynote Presentations

Keynote Presentations
October 3 | 12:00 p.m. ET

Delivered by National President Kathy Hopinkah Hannan, Interim National CEO Judith Batty, and Founding Chair of the Juliette Gordon Low Society Dianne Belk. Following the event, members of the Juliette Gordon Low Society may attend a special reception, including anyone who was moved to join during the presentations.

Register Now

Exclusive Lifetime Member Event

Exclusive Lifetime Member Event
October 15 | 7:00 p.m. ET

Lifetime members will gather for a live virtual event inspiring Girl Scout nostalgia in the form of storytelling and songs. You’ll also get to take part in the very first nationwide lifetime member recognition ceremony.

Register Now

55th National Council Session

55th National Council Session
October 23-25, times vary

Join the National Council Session (NCS) as a gallery guest (a viewing-only option reserved for members who are not serving as delegates) to watch Girl Scouts’ democratic process in action. NCS only takes place every three years, so you will not want to miss this!

Sign Up Today

National Delegates

National Council Delegates serve as Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana’s  voting members at the National Council Session. They engage and gather feedback from Girl Scout members in our council, learn about proposals, and take action to be the voice of Girl Scouts GCNWI during the National Council Session. They then bring back information to share locally.

Current National Delegates (April 2020 - April 2023)

National Delegates

Christine Alfred
Levita Anderson
Alonda Bardney
Leah Breimon
Carlie Ceska
Erin Collins
Marty Devereux-Poch
Athena Gallian
Christine Graves
Dakota Huff-Brand
Maureen Jamrock
Caroline Kansa
Kathy Lakowski
Heather Larson
Patricia Lasley
Heather Linehan
Katherine Lowry
Beverly Macrito

Michelle Maracic
Katie McCoy
Dietra McKamey
Noreen Merchant
Amy Morin-Martin
Cathy Neely
Christine Potermin
Selena Randecker
Alany Reynoso
Sylvie Salazar
Kathy Scherer
Karen Schillings
Ariana Serlick
Denise Urban
Davia Wilkerson
Nancy Wright
Melissa Young-Bridgeforth

Alternate Delegates

Jody Collins
Sadie Nichols
Kelly Pavlik
Kelly Philbin
Tresa Radermacher
Emily Reynoso
Rachel Rodriguez
Laura Sanchez
Karla Weiss

GSGCNWI National Proposals

GSGCNWI has developed 2 National Proposals that will be voted on at the 2020 National Council Session

Click here to view the Gold Award Scholarship Feasibility Task Force Proposal

Click here to view the Membership Dues Restriction Proposal

The G.I.R.L. 2020 portion of the National Council Session has been canceled.