“The ultimate responsibility for the Girl Scout Movement rests with its members. We govern by an efficient and effective democratic process that demonstrates our leadership in a fast-changing world."
-Preamble to the Constitution of Girl Scouts of the United States of America
GSGCNWI Council Delegates are an important part of our council's Democratic Process as defined in our council bylaws. GSGCNWI Voting Members are made up of our Board of Directors, District Delegates, Delegates-at-large, and National Delegates. Council Delegates serve as the primary communication link between our council’s members, communities, and Board of Directors.
Everything in life needs to move forward, looking for ways to improve upon whatever we currently have. This is also true in Girl Scouts. Juliette and those early volunteers created the framework for our movement, but we must continually examine what we are doing and try to make it better.
-Karen, Volunteer and National Delegate
The democratic process is important because it gives people a voice in decisions which impact them. It allows everyone involved to begin to see the world from someone else’s shoes. Being a National Delegate has made me realize just how great an impact one voice can have.
-Kate, Ambassador and National Delegate
I love being a girl delegate for my district! It is amazing to be able to make a difference in the Girl Scout Program and have more perspective on how Girl Scouting runs from working in the Delegate position. Being a girl delegate has helped me to find my voice and be able to speak out for what I believe in.
-Julia, Ambassador and District Delegate
I decided to be a District Delegate to be more connected to Girl Scouts and the Girl Scout community. It is also important to me to have my ideas and voice heard and being a District Delegate is a great way to do that. I would tell another person considering this role to go for it, and to not be afraid to speak up with your ideas!
-Emily, Senior and District Delegate
Delegates together approve the Board of Directors who in turn select our CEO, who in turn, hires the staff. (And our current CEO is awesome!) The Board is all volunteer, as we are, but they have not all had experience at the troop level or service unit level. Our guidance, our input assists the Board members in the major decisions they must make. We have a voice.
-Carol, Volunteer and District Delegate
It is important the Leaders and girls have a voice in decisions that are made in their name.
-Christine, Volunteer and District Delegate
It may seem simple on the surface, but it is of the utmost importance to the girls’ futures.
-Sandy, Volunteer and District Delegate
District Delegates and Delegates-at-large serve as voting members of GSGCNWI and participate locally in our council’s Democratic Process. Delegates They serve as a link between District Members and the Board of Directors. They gather opinions on governance matters, elect our Board of Directors and National Delegates, and approve changes to our council Bylaws.
Each Service Unit is entitled to select from among its members two District Delegates, including one Adult Member and Girl Scout (14 years of age or older), whenever possible.
In addition, each District Chair may select no more than ten Delegates-at-large.
Delegates must be registered members with GSGCNWI at the time of selection and throughout the 2-year term of service.
Delegate Position Description [PDF]
Interested in being a District Delegate?
Connect with your Service Unit and share your interest. They may have a Delegate position to fill! Learn more in the FAQ below about District Delegate selection.
FAQ - District Delegates [PDF]
Interested in being a Delegate-at-large?
Please connect with your District Chair to state interest. Unsure who your District Chair is? Please contact us at email@example.com
Please note: Delegates-at-large typically are not associated with a Service Unit and instead represents the District.
Questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Delegates represent GSGCNWI as voting members at the National Council Session. They gather input, debate and vote on proposals that impact the future of the Girl Scout Movement, including changes to the Blue Book of Basic Documents. National Delegates also elect the National Board of Director and the Board Development Committee.
National Delegates are also voting members of GSGCNWI and participate locally in our council’s Democratic Process. National Delegates serve as a link between our members and the Board of Directors. They gather opinions on governance matters, elect our Board of Directors and approve changes to our council Bylaws.
Applications are closed for the next class of National Delegates who will serve from April 2022-April 2025 and attend the National Council Session in 2023.
National Delegate selection for the National Council Session in 2026 will start in Fall of 2024. Please check back here for more information.
Questions about National Delegates? Please email email@example.com
Denise M Urban
Hazel G.N. Harkin
Karen M Schillings
Naiya J Stewart-Baskin
Tina M Melendez
What is the National Council Session?
The National Council Session happens every three years as part of the Girl Scout Convention and brings together Girl Scouts from around the world. Not only do National Delegates attend, but so do other members of our movement, including Troops, Juliettes, Volunteers, Girl Scout families and supporters.
From October 23- 25, 2020, Girl Scouts from across the United States and around the world gathered virtually for the 55th National Council Session.
GSGCNWI National Proposals
GSGCNWI developed two National Proposals that were 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.
Both of these proposals passed.
Learn more about the work of our GSGCNWI National Delegates on our blog here and here.
Visit GSUSA National Council Session to learn more about the 55th NCS.
The 56th National Council Session will take took place July 18-20, 2023, followed immediately by Phenom by Girl Scouts from July 20-22, 2023 in Orlando, Florida.
Learn more about the GCNWI Delegation’s experience on our blog!