Electing Service Unit Delegates and Delegate Alternates
Electing delegates and alternates for your Service Unit ensures that the voice of your Service Unit gets heard at the Annual Meeting. This article for service unit managers, and other involved volunteers, outlines tips for electing the right representative for your Service Unit.
All delegates must be:
At least 14 years of age by the date the delegate term begins on October 1
A current, registered Girl Scout River Valleys member
Qualities of a Good Candidate
Delegates have a big job—representing the entire service unit!
Choosing candidates that will be successful in this role is easy if
you look for the following qualities:
Have a passion to make the world a better place for
Have ideas to share on how Girl Scouts River Valleys
would be more effective in serving girls and volunteers
Want to ensure Girl Scouts River Valleys is serving and being
a voice for all the girls and volunteers in our communities
Facilitate the constructive exchange of ideas and
Have an interest in engaging in the strategic,
long-term goals of Girl Scouts River Valleys on a governance
Support decisions made at member meetings and report
information back to the delegate region constructively and
Possess mature judgment, flexibility, and
Practice welcoming and inclusive behavior toward
people of all ages, races, religions, cultures, abilities, sexual
orientation, gender, educational, and economic backgrounds
Follow all Girl Scouts of the USA and Girl ScoutsRiver Valleys
policies, standards, and procedures
Speak and act in a
manner consistent with the Girl Scout mission, Promise, and
Demonstrate effective communication skills
Respect the democratic process
Find Your Number of Allowed Delegates
Check with your Service Unit manager for your allowed number of delegates/alternates. Delegates are based on a Service Units' membership numbers from the previous year. Each Service Units is allowed one delegate and one alternate per 100 girls.
How your election takes place is up to your Service Unit, but you'll want to elect someone from your area who has the qualities of a good candidate.
Complete the Delegate Submission Form
To make the election process official, the elected delegate and alternate must complete the Delegate Submission Form. It's important to complete this form so that our council can maintain an accurate delegate count.
Summary of Resources
Delegate Submission Form - Use this form to let council staff know that your Service Unit has elected your delegate and delegate alternate.