Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas is a chartered council of Girl Scouts of the USA to provide program in 21 counties throughout the region. The council's governing body is divided into five regions and delegates to the council are elected by each service unit.
The purpose of the Council is to carry out the purposes of the GSUSA, which are:
to promote the qualities of truth, loyalty, helpfulness, friendliness, courtesy, purity, kindness, obedience, cheerfulness, thriftiness, and kindred virtues among girls, as a preparation for their responsibilities in home and for service to the community;
to direct and coordinate the Girl Scout movement in the United States and territories and possessions of the United States; and
to fix and maintain standards for the movement that will inspire the rising generation with the highest ideals of character, patriotism, conduct and attainment.
Elected Members of the Council
The Elected Members of the Council shall be members of the Girl Scout movement, fourteen years of age and older, registered through the Council, and shall be:
Regional Delegates elected by the Regional Areas as defined in Article III of the bylaws;
- The members of the Board of Directors as defined in Section 4.2 of the bylaws; or
- Members of the Board Development Committee who are not otherwise Elected Members of the Council.
All Elected Members of the Council shall hold membership only for the term to which they have been elected and only for as long as they are registered through the Council.
The Board of Directors shall establish geographic subdivisions within the Council jurisdiction. Each geographic subdivision will be called a Regional Area.
Responsibilities of members in each Regional Area
It shall be the responsibility of members in each Regional Area to:
- Nominate Regional Delegates and Regional Alternates, present the views of members of the Regional Area to such Regional Delegates, and receive Regional Delegates' reports;
- Consider proposed plans, policies and other matters referred to the Regional Areas by the Board of Directors;
- Participate in strategic planning processes as delegated by the Board of Directors;
- Submit proposals to the Board of Directors for improving the quality of Girl Scouting;
- Perform such other duties as may be delegated by the Board of Directors.
Regional Delegates & Regional Alternates
The members of each Regional Area shall elect Regional Delegates to the Council. Each Regional Area may elect twenty Regional Delegates. The Board of Directors may increase this number by resolution. The membership of each Regional Area may elect Regional Alternates to become Regional Delegates for the unexpired term should vacancies occur.
There shall be a Coordinator for each Regional Area who shall be appointed by the Chair of the Council on the recommendation of the respective Regional Area, subject to the approval of the Board of Directors. Vacancies shall be filled by the Board. The Regional Area Coordinator shall be appointed for a term of two (2) years or until a successor is appointed, and shall serve for no more than three (3) consecutive terms.
Duties of Regional Coordinator
The Regional Coordinator shall be responsible for the following:
- Guiding the members of the Regional Area in their responsibilities as set forth in Section 3.3 of the bylaws;
- Assisting in planning the agenda and presiding at Regional Area meetings; Participating in meetings of the Regional Area Coordinators, delegate briefing meetings and Council meetings;
- Convening, if necessary, the delegates elected by the Regional Areas to inform them about the issues to be considered; and Carrying out such other duties as may be delegated by the Board of Directors.
Board of Directors Powers, Responsibilities and Accountabilities
The corporate and business affairs of the Council shall be managed under the direction of the Board of Directors, except as may be otherwise provided in these Bylaws or the Certificate of Formation. The Board of Directors is accountable: to the Elected Members for managing the affairs of the Council; to the Board of Directors of GSUSA for compliance with the charter requirements; to the State of Texas for adhering to Texas corporate law; and to the federal government in matters relating to legislation affecting non-profit and non-stock organizations.
Composition of Board of Directors
The Board of Directors shall consist of the Elected Officers of the Council and at least fifteen but not more than twenty-five members-at-large. In addition, there may be two registered girl members (age fourteen or older), ex officio (without vote), of the Board of Directors selected by each Regional Area who shall serve a term of one year each.
For more detailed information, read GSSWT's Bylaws.