The council’s governing body provides strategic direction, fiduciary oversight, and leadership for the council. The governing body is made up of the council’s voting members and includes the Board of Directors, Board Development Committee, National Delegates, and Service Unit Delegates.
The governance process provides a structure for communication between the membership and the Board of Directors to influence policy regarding the council goals, matters affecting girls, and matters affecting the business of the organization.
The Board of Directors is the primary governing body for Girl Scouts of Utah. The Board is responsible for setting the council’s strategic direction, ensuring necessary resources, providing oversight, monitoring performance, and influencing decisions made on behalf of the council.
The Board Development Committee (BDC) is a committee of GSU, not a committee of the Board. Its purpose is to ensure that the Board of Directors has personnel, training, and support to fulfill its governance responsibilities.
The BDC has several primary responsibilities:
The BDC is organized into subcommittees:
July 18-20, 2023
56th National Council Session (NCS) is the national business meeting where Delegates from every council across the nation and USA Girl Scouts Overseas meet to discuss, debate, and vote on issues important to the Girl Scout Movement, and elect national leaders for the next triennium.
National Delegates and Alternates are elected by GSU's voting membership on a triennial (3-year) basis and represent our council at the National Council Session.
Meet our National Delegates currently serving the 2022-25 term.
Janae is a co-leader of Trailblazer Troop 241 with 17 years of Girl Scout volunteer experience.
Isabella has been a Girl Scout for seven years. She is currently working on her Gold Award.
Afton joined Girl Scouts in kindergarten. She recently made a digital STEM Fair 10-step course.
Sydnee started as a Brownie and is now a Senior on the Girl Advisory Board planning activities.
Brooklyn has been a Girl Scout for 12 years and previously served as Youth Rep to the GSU Board.
Tanya recently earned her Gold Award. She is highly involved in her school and community.
Emma has been a Girl Scout for 10 years and now has an internship with the STEM Action Center.
Service Unit Delegates are the voice of the members, bringing the concerns of the membership to the attention of the GSU Board of Directors and leadership staff.
Members 14 years of age and older may serve as Service Unit Delegates and participate in the democratic process. Delegates provide guidance and input for the Board of Directors on governance matters and policies affecting the future of the council, and communicate this information to service unit members.
Experience our council's governance processes firsthand. As a Youth Representative, you'll participate in all Board functions as a non-voting member, provide perspective on various issues presented by the Board, and present on different Girl Scouting topics and how each impacts you as a Girl Scout. Review the full position description (PDF).
Girl Scouts ages 16 and older are eligible to apply. Youth Representatives serve a one-year term beginning on April 29, 2023. Complete your application by March 17.
Per Girl Scouts of Utah, the Annual Meeting of the corporate membership (comprised of Board members), Board Development Committee members, and Council Delegates (elected by service units) is conducted each April.
2024 Annual Meeting
Thursday, April 25, 2024
Council Resource Center JGL Room
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At the Annual Meeting, members shall:
The purpose of the GSU Town Hall Meeting is to provide members (adults and girls 14 years and older) with the opportunity to:
Service Unit Delegates have an opportunity to provide valuable feedback from service units during Town Hall Meetings. Representation by members in every service unit encourages informed decision-making and improves two-way communication.
Upcoming Town Hall Meetings
February 15, 2024
6:00-7:30 p.m. | Council Resource Center & Online
No registration required.
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