Annual Meeting Sets Attendance Record

The Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys January 29 Annual Meeting attracted record attendance with more than 340 adult and girl delegates, who, together with guests, enjoyed a full day of activities and business.

The highlight of the high-energy day was an appearance by Girl Scouts Founder Juliette Gordon Low (played by Norah Long), who created the organization nearly a century ago. Low and River Valleys CEO Linda Keene spoke about the changes the past century has brought and featured upcoming activities River Valleys has planned to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouting, which is being championed by local Girl Scout alumna, Marilyn Carlson Nelson, chairman of Carlson Companies, a global group of integrated companies providing travel, hotel, and restaurant services. Activities include a gala honoring 100 outstanding Girl Scout alumnae, a weekend-long birthday celebration at the Mall of America and a council-wide same-day environmental community service project.

Morning summit events allowed girls and adults to bring forth new ideas, discuss member engagement, and think about the best way Girl Scouts can reach its members. The summits proved to be engaging and enriching for attendees.

The business meeting featured reports on key accomplishments, financial stewardship, and River Valleys’ Plan of Action. Results are also featured in the new 2010 Facts and Accomplishments.

Two member-generated agenda items were brought for consideration. One sought to change council governance structure regarding bylaws, and the other sought to change board decisions regarding the sale of camp properties; both agenda items failed.

Elections and installations were held for board officer, director-at-large, and Board Development Committee members. Results for the directors-at-large election included candidates from both the Board Development Committee nominated slate and candidates nominated from the floor.

Election results:

  • Second Vice Chair – Amy Kroll
  • Directors-At-Large – Jerome Crest, Melisa López Franzen, Sharon Hollatz, Wendy Klager, Eric Lucas, Kathleen Meyerle, Judith Ramaley, Christine Sand, Andrea Specht, Ka Vang, Rev. Kevin McDonough, Erika Borgstrom, and Cindy Sanders.
  • Board Development Committee – Timothy Penny, Josie Fritsch, Marlys Knuth, Kathleen Meyerle, Karen Snedeker, and Beth Voermans.

Thirteen national delegates were elected, and it was announced that due to a change in the delegate assignment formula at Girl Scouts of the USA, River Valleys will be able to elect an additional 13 national delegates.

Four service units that met all of the requirements for the delegate election process were selected in the incentive drawing. Each will each be able to send one adult and one girl member to the national convention in Houston this November courtesy of River Valleys. Winning service units are: Oak Shore Hills, Rivers Bend, Waterville/Elysian/Morristown, and Stewart/Brownton.

Watch for more information coming soon regarding centennial celebration plans, re-opening of the national delegate election process, and launching of the Plan of Action task groups and committees.