Learn about each of the 2020 National Council Session Proposals below!
- PROPOSAL 1: Establishment of a Task Force to Examine the
Feasibility of a National Gold Award Scholarship Foundation
Originated by Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago & Northwest Indiana
Proposal that the National Council establish a task group, overseen by GSUSA and 2 council representatives, that includes volunteers, council staff, GSUSA Board members, and GSUSA representatives, charged with examining the feasibility of developing a college scholarship foundation to benefit Gold Award Girl Scouts. The task group will report back on the feasibility, recommendation, and timeline for potential establishment of the foundation by the 2023 National Council Session. All members of this task force shall be appointed by the GSUSA Board of Directors.
- PROPOSAL 2: Constitutional Amendment on Membership
Originated by National Board
Adjusts the current wording to say: "Every person accepting the principles of the Girl Scout Movement and desiring to be a member of the Girl Scout Movement in the United States of America shall pay annual, lifetime, or other applicable membership dues to Girl Scouts of the United States of America. Dues are set by the National Council or the National Board. The National Board shall implement procedures for communicating with and seeking input from Girl Scout councils and National Council delegates prior to any membership dues change by the National Board.
- PROPOSAL 3: Adoption of a Procedure for Communication on Dues
Actions by the National Board
Originated by National Board, on recommendation of the National Board Session Advisory Team and Dues Subgroup
Proposal to amend the Credentials portion of the Blue Book of Basic Documents on page 25 following the Membership Dues and Procedures for Registration Section to create the following new procedure: “Communications Procedures for National Board Dues Changes Prior to any vote by the National Board to change membership dues structure or amount, Girl Scouts of the USA shall communicate with and seek input from local Girl Scout councils and National Council delegates on the proposed changes, intended use of the funds, and potential impact on the Girl Scout Movement. After action is taken by the National Board, there shall be a report to Girl Scout councils and National Council delegates of the decision taken and the impact of the dues change.”
4: Membership Dues Increase Restriction
Originated by Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana
Proposal to amend provisions in the Membership Dues and Procedures for Registration section of the Blue Book of Basic Documents p. 24, by inserting after "affiliation" and before "Girl Scout" the wording, as follows: "The National Board of Directors must seek approval from the National Council whenever a planned dues increase will result in dues increasing more than a total of 25% in any one triennium."
- PROPOSAL 5: Constitutional
Amendment on Consistency in Delegate Terms
Originated by Girl Scouts of Central and Southern New Jersey and Girl Scouts of Southeastern New England
Proposal that Article IV (The National Council), Section 7 (Term of Delegates) of the Constitution of Girl Scouts of the USA be amended by inserting the words, “shall be elected in the calendar year preceding the National Council Session and” after the word “councils” and before the word “shall”.
- PROPOSAL 6: Lifetime Membership Discount
Originated by Girl Scouts of Connecticut
Proposal to amend provisions in the Credentials/Certificate of Membership/Membership Requirements/Lifetime Membership section of the Blue Book of Documents (p. 25) by adding as follows: "discounted lifetime membership dues of $200 shall be offered to anyone who is a registered member and has served as a volunteer for a period of 10 or more years at the time of becoming a lifetime member."
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