The democratic process and the democratic way of life have been part of the basic beliefs characterizing the Girl Scout movement since its inception. Using the democratic process means that members of the organization have both the right and the responsibility to influence major decisions affecting the organization before those decisions are made. While this does not mean that every member of the Council can vote on everything or make final decisions about policy, it does mean that each member will be:
- Well informed about issues or needs that exist in the Council
- Available to discuss issues, and give input to the Council's board of directors, which does make the final decision for the organization
There are many great people across our Council who have excellent qualifications to become a member of our board, board development committee, or one of the many other committees that provide leadership for our Council. Throughout the year, we are looking for new names to add to our list of potential candidates; people with strong leadership skills, community connections, and a desire to serve the girls of GSNWGL. You may know the perfect person to step up and provide a skill set that would make the difference in some area of our governance. Adult names and information can be submitted on the Candidate Recommendation Form.
Board of Directors Girl Member
Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors are also eligible to serve on our board of directors. The perspective of a girl member on either the board or a board committee is crucial to GSNWGL to help keep our focus on our mission for girls today and in the future. The possibility of representing girls on the GSNWGL Board of Directors is a tremendous leadership opportunity. Board meetings will be held during the school day, and board members must commit to attend approximately four meetings per year in person, by phone, or teleconferencing, as meetings are held around the Council area. Girls serving on the board must be 16-18 years of age for the 2013-2014 school year, and 14-18 for a board committee. Girl names and information can be submitted on the Girl Recommendation Form. Girls may apply directly with the Girl Application Form, including references.
Complete the writable form and save it to your computer. Create a new email, attach the newly saved document and send it to Theresa Brady, Assistant to the CEO at firstname.lastname@example.org or print and mail to:
Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes
ATTN: Assistant to the CEO
4693 N Lynndale Dr
Appleton, WI 54913
Policy Influencing Regional Meetings with Delegate Elections
Plan now to attend your Regional Meeting on Tuesday, April 9, 2013, 6-7:30 p.m. CT. Meetings will be held at all Service Centers/Business Offices via video-conference and will be conducted by our Council Board chair and our Council CEO. All members 16 years and above are invited to participate. We invite you to attend at the location closest to you. RSVP for the meeting online beginning March 12. (You may also participate from your home computer via Lync or by phone. Info will be sent later.)
Regional Meeting — Tuesday, April 9 — 6:00-7: 30 p.m. CST
Appleton Service Center
4693 N. Lynndale Drive
Appleton, WI 54913
Eau Claire Service Center
4222 Oakwood Hills Parkway
Eau Claire, WI 54701
Green Bay Service Center
2430 Finger Road
Green Bay, WI 54302
Marquette Business Office
3020 U.S. 41 West, Suite 321
Marquette, MI 49855
Schofield Service Center
3511 Camp Phillips Road
Schofield, WI 54476
Delegates are elected through the Service Areas to become voting members of the Council. Their primary responsibility is to attend and participate in the board/delegate meetings in the fall and spring, the Annual Meeting in May and any scheduled delegate meetings. Delegates influence policy by:
- Electing the Council board of directors and Governance and Leadership Committee, as well as, National Council Delegates, prior to the triennium training.
- Discussing, reacting and giving guidance to the board of directors on proposed new policies and other major decisions.
- Establishing basic structural policies through the corporation's power to amend the bylaws.
Delegates receive specific information about Delegate meetings via email or mail. Further information about the policy influencing the system can be found in the Council bylaws.
To Be Elected
Council Delegates need to be able and willing to:
- Attend the GSNWGL Annual Meeting
- Receive periodic communication from the GSNWGL board of directors and then share the information at local Service Area Meetings
- Attend and participate in the board/delegate meetings in the fall and spring, the Annual Meeting in May and any scheduled delegate meetings. Delegates are elected for a one year term and may serve consecutive terms.
Delegates are critical to our Council operation and we hope that you will consider serving in this role.
Individuals 16 years of age and over who are members of the Girl Scout Movement and who are currently registered through the council are eligible for election or appointment as voting members of the corporation. The one year term begins at the conclusion of the May 4, 2013 Annual Meeting and will end at the conclusion of the Annual Meeting in 2014. The number of delegates in a region is determined by the number of girls served in a region.
If you would like to be a delegate, complete the online form at http://s.zoomerang.com/s/GSNWGL_Delegate_Nomination by midnight Sunday, March 31. You do not need to be present at the April 9 regional meeting to be elected.
Board of Directors 2012-13
The board of directors is elected to ensure that the Council continues to operate effectively over the long term. Specific responsibilities include communicating with the membership, assuring effective performance by the CEO, giving leadership to the Council's fund development efforts and conveying positive messages about the Council to the community. The board must ensure that the Council is operated in compliance with GSUSA Charter requirements and state and federal laws.
Chair: Karen Kollmann
Location: De Pere, WI
Karen is the director of fuels management for Wisconsin Public Service Corporation. She earned her bachelor’s degree in business and her master’s in business administration at Lakeland College in Sheboygan. Karen was a Girl Scout through high school as a part of Ship 99, was a national delegate in 2008, and attended the National Council Session in 2011. She has served on the board of directors since 2008, holding positions as secretary and first vice chair prior to her position as board chair. She has been a member of the finance committee and chaired the long range property planning committee. In her free time, Karen enjoys reading, downhill skiing, gardening, and spending time up north at her cottage.
First Vice Chair: Susan Miller
Location: Stevens Point, WI
Susan is a retired vice president of sales for Kaiser Permanente, a nonprofit health maintenance organization (HMO). Her prior work experience includes vice president positions with Prudential and Cigna insurance companies. Susan earned her bachelor’s degree in French at the University of Illinois and her master’s degree in education at UW-Milwaukee. Susan volunteers for the National Girl Scout Council Retirement Plan (NGSCRP) committee and as a cabinet member of Portage County United Way. Susan’s interests include reading, staying current on business issues and trends, golf, gardening, bridge, and wellness activities.
Second Vice Chair: Patrick Puyleart
Location: Wausau, WI
Patrick is a retired branch manager for CDW Berbee and previously worked for IBM Corporation. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from UW-Green Bay. He has been a Girl Scout board member for many years. His other volunteer activities include Wausau Chamber of Commerce, UW-Stevens Point Chancellor’s Advisory Council, Never Forgotten Honor Flight, and Rotary. Patrick’s interests include hunting, fishing, golfing, politics, woodworking, motorcycling, and forestry.
Treasurer: Diane Roundy
Location: Greenleaf, WI
Diane is director of business development with Schenck Business Solutions and has extensive experience providing marketing direction to a variety of businesses. She earned her master’s degree in business administration from UW-Oshkosh and her bachelor’s degree in marketing and communication from UW-Stevens Point. Diane serves on the board of directors for the Green Bay Packers and Denmark State Bank, and is a past president of the Women’s Fund of Greater Green Bay. Diane is a recipient of the Green Bay Chamber of Commerce Athena Award, Management Women’s Professional Achievement Award, and De Pere Business Association’s Volunteer of the Year Award. Diane herself was a Girl Scout and a troop leader.
Secretary: Carol Romback
Location: Negaunee, MI
Carol is an immunization field representative for the Michigan Department of Community Health. She earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Michigan and earned additional master’s-level credits at Wayne State University. Prior to her current position, Carol was a school nurse in Negaunee for many years. Carol has been involved in Girl Scouts much of her life, first as a girl member, then as camp staff, a troop leader, and a national delegate. She is a Bethel Guardian of Job’s Daughters, a Sunday school teacher, and serves on the board of directors for Marquette County Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, and Camp New Day. Carol also enjoys gardening, reading, crafts, home improvement/decorating, and camping.
Board Development Committee