Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois At 2014 National Convention

On Oct. 16-19, Girl Scouts will host its 53rd national convention in beautiful Salt Lake City, Utah! This exciting event will reunite alumnae and invigorate a global movement of girls, women, and men around the theme, “Discover, Connect, Take Action: Girls Change the World.”
A cadre of speakers and entertainers—news makers, leaders, policy makers, and celebrities from across the country and around the world—will converge on Salt Lake City this October to celebrate and advocate on behalf of girls.

Watch for photos and stories coming soon!   Learn more about Girl Scouts National Convention:

About Girl Scouts National Delegates:
The National Council is charged with giving broad direction to the future of the Girl Scout Movement. As required by the Girl Scouts of the USA Constitution in the Blue Book of Basic Documents, the National Council convenes every three years and is the major link between Girl Scout councils and the national organization.
Each council’s board development committee (BDC) is responsible for selecting candidates and preparing and presenting a slate of qualified nominees for National Council delegates and alternates, to be elected according to the council’s bylaws.
Individuals are elected as National Council Delegates for a term of three years.  Accepting nomination and election from councils for these positions is one of the major rights and one of the most serious responsibilities in Girl Scouting.  While at the National Council Session, delegates will:
  • Elect the National Board and National Board Development Committee
  • Act on proposals submitted by the National Board and Girl Scout councils, as well as any amendments to the Constitution of GSUSA
  • Hear the National Board of Directors report on its stewardship of Girl Scouting during the past triennium, including sources of revenue and expenses, the stats of GSUSA's financial position and updates on innovation and progress in major areas of work.

GSSI National Delegates 
Ruthie Alexander from Mt. Vernon
Deena Ballard from Effingham
Christine Stewart from Belleville
Dixie Travelstead from DuQuoin
David Waun from Jonesboro.
Girl Member National Delegates
Many councils, including GSSI, have girls among their elected delegates.  Girl delegates will attend Girl Scout Leadership Institute (GSLI) general sessions along with being on the delegate floor during all business meetings.
GSSI Girl Member National Delegates:
Sophia Ballard from Effingham,
Caroline Stewart from Belleville
Jessica Quicksall from Effingham

What is the Girl Scout Leadership Institute?

The Girl Scout Leadership Institute (GSLI) is where a lot of the magic of the national convention happens!  Through the GSLI, girls aged 14 and older from across the globe are engaged in leadership skill-building that will help them return home ready to make an impact in their communities and councils.  Girls are able to choose issues that are important to them and then get the latest information from experts, learn techniques for innovation, advocacy and planning and work together to develop solutions.

Along with its Girl Delegates, GSSI has seven girls attending GSLI: Lauren Carter from Collinsville, Madison Blacker, Mackenzie Chasteen, Tristen Jones, Sarah Lemar and Maggie Seiler from Effingham and Kayli Worthey from Neoga.  Chaperoning girls attending GSLI are volunteers Dawn Quicksall and Vicki Blacker.

GSSI Staff at 2014 National Convention

Also representing GSSI are CEO Villie M. Appoo, Chief Communications Officer Jay Strobel and Director of Mission Delivery Micah Bolandis.