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Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline Council 
2019 Annual Meeting
Saturday, January 26
Blue Ridge Community College, Weyers Cave (near Harrisonburg)

The GSVSC Annual Meeting is a time to join members together to: do the business of the council; socialize and share our common goals and successes; and network by age-levels, geographical location and program interest. AND HAVE FUN! Girl Scouts work together and play together!

SEE BELOW FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE ANNUAL MEETING. 

Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline Council (GSVSC) bylaws provides for the election of operational unit (Girl Scout service unit) and at-large delegates. A huge "Thank You" goes out to all who take time to vote and to provide valuable input to our GSVSC Board of Directors. Delegates attend our council's annual meeting, vote on any amendments to our council bylaws and elect the board, the board development committee and, every three years, elect our national council delegates (application here) and alternate delegates to the Girl Scouts of the USA National Council Meeting. Click Here to view Delegate Position Description (#1608). GSVSC Delegate/Alternate Delegate training is done through the Delegate Manual (#1357) and Delegate Self Study (#1358).

Each operational unit is entitled to elect two delegates who are members 14 years of age or older. If the unit has girl membership in excess of 200 girls as of March 1, they may elect one additional delegate for each 100 girls over the initial 200 girls. Remaining nominees may be elected to serve as alternate delegates. The board of directors, through the GSVSC Membership Voice Committee, notifies operational units in March regarding election procedures and the number of delegates they can elect. View each operational unit's delegate count for the 2018-19 year.

The following board of directors approved at-large groups may elect two delegates from their group: Adventurers, Alumnae, Camp Administrators and Council Trainers. Get more information on at-large delegates here.

Open Council Dialogue Meetings

Each year, Girl Scouts of VA Skyline hosts Open Council Dialogue meetings in the fall to garner feedback from the membership on governance issues. All members 14 years of age and older are welcome to attend these meetings, however if you want to serve as a delegate or alternate delegate you must attend one of these meetings. Elections can take place beginning in the spring and must be completed and reported to the GSVSC office no later than November 27, 2018. 

The GSVSC Membership Voice Committee in conjunction with the GSVSC Board of Directors facilitates these meetings. All meetings will start at 9:45 AM and conclude by 12:00 PM. There are four meetings scheduled throughout the council. In addition, a conference call is scheduled if you cannot make one of the in-person meetings. Each meeting has the same agenda for discussion.

Fall 2018 Open Council Dialogue Meeting Dates & Places

Saturday, Oct. 20: northeast council region
9:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Orange Presbyterian Church
162 W Main St., Orange
REGISTER HERE

Saturday, Oct. 27: southwest council region
9:45 AM - 12:00 PM
First United Methodist Church
Reception Room
306 W Center St., Galax
REGISTER HERE

Saturday, Nov. 10: northwest council region
9:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Bridgewater Baptist Church
5568 John Wayland Highway, Bridgewater
NOTE: lunch at $10 per person to help fund a troop’s trip to Costa Rica. Menu is soup and sandwiches. 
REGISTER HERE

Tuesday, Nov. 27: Conference Call/GoToMeeting
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
REGISTER HERE

Saturday, Dec. 1: southeast council region
9:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Forest Presbyterian Church
1226 Two Church Lane, Forest
REGISTER HERE

Annual Meeting

Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline Council 
2019 Annual Meeting

The GSVSC Annual Meeting is a time to join members together to: do the business of the council; socialize and share our common goals and successes; and network by grade-levels, geographical location and program interest. AND HAVE FUN! Girl Scouts work together and play together!

WHEN
Friday, January 25, and Saturday, January 26, 2019
(Alternate Date: Friday, February 1, and Saturday, February 2)

WHERE
Blue Ridge Community College
One College Lane
Weyers Cave, VA

WHO
Members 14 years of age and older

WHAT
Friday, Jan. 25: The College Search Process
This workshop will inspire and prepare middle school and high school Girl Scouts for the college search process. 

Saturday, Jan. 26: Annual Meeting
Council business meeting, lunch, recognitions and silent auction and fundraiser for scholarships. 

DEADLINE
Information is coming soon. 

DETAILS
Friday, January 25, 7-8:30 PM 
Blue Ridge Community College
(Open to girls and adults)

This workshop will inspire and prepare middle school and high school Girl Scouts for the college search process. Explore how you fit into the college admissions journey. Experts will prepare you for the college search and application process. In addition the Ambassador's College Knowledge badge will be partially achieved. 

Saturday, January 26, 8:45 AM - 2:30 PM 
Blue Ridge Community College

8:45-9:30 AM

  • Registration
  • Special Exhibits (display space is limited; please contact us at info@gsvsc.org or 540-777-5110)
  • Girl Scout Skyline Shop open for business
  • Gift Basket Extravaganza Silent Auction and Fundraiser: to raise money for the council’s scholarship fund.

9:45 AM - 12:30 PM: Council Business Meeting

  • Opening Flag Ceremony
  • Stewardship Report – a summary of FY 2018 finances, fund development, membership, program and accomplishments.
  • Election and installation of new officers and directors and recognition of retiring officers and directors.

12:30 to 1:30 PM: Luncheon

1:30-2:30 PM: Council Recognitions

Years of Adult Service Pins and Adult Membership Numeral Guards are provided by Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline Council in 5-year increments. Pins may be requested at any time by completing applications #4050 and/or #4051. Your pin will be mailed to you or if requested pins for 20 years or more will be presented at the annual meeting.

Pin requests must be received by January 7, 2019, for presentation of the 20+ year’s pins at the 2019 Annual Meeting. Tip: service units or at-large groups could present pins under 20 years at one of their meetings or special gatherings. When counting years please remember the Girl Scout membership year is October 1-September 30.

ALTERNATE DATE
February 1 and February 2, 2019
To find out if the alternate date will be used, call the council office in Roanoke (540-777-5100 or 1-800-542-5905) after 12 PM on Friday, January 25, and listen to the message. Announcements will also be made on GSVSC social media pages and the website. If in doubt about the weather, call before you leave home!

Governance Materials
Council Budget

Here is this year's council budget for F19 (October 1, 2018-September 30, 2019). If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us at info@gsvsc.org or 540-777-5100. 

Questions

The Membership Voice Committee Chair Holli Drewry can be emailed at mvc@gsvsc.org with any concerns or questions related to the governance of the organization. In addition, council members may share feedback to the committee by completing either the Membership Voice Communication Form (#1160) or the Proposals for the Board of Directors Form (#1260).