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Governance

Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey is a member-driven organization with girls, parents, and volunteers actively engaged in creating strategic direction influencing governance and operations. 

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Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors elected by delegates representing our membership. The Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey Board reflects our strong commitment to diversity and inclusion, and includes some of the most talented and influential members of the Heart of New Jersey region. They provide insight on financial and policy-related issues, and help make our mission come to life every day.

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Meet Our Board of Directors

Officers

Dianna Beck-Clemens, Board Chair

Laureen Delance, First Vice Chair

Wendy Deer, Second Vice Chair

Patricia Steingall, Secretary

Lori Grier, Treasurer

Members-at-Large

Leslie Anderson

Mary Beth Dunn

Diane M. Genco

Serena Lee

Mindy Lissner

Maureen McNamara

Emil Menzies

Charles Mierswa

Asia J. Norton

Naima Ricks

Jessica Viotto

Estelle Vaughns Williams

Mahlet Woldemariam

Members Ex-Officio

Natasha Hemmings, Chief Executive Officer

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Service Unit Delegations


GSHNJ Service Unit Delegates are the conduit between the members of our service units and our Board of Directors. Delegates have a responsibility to be knowledgeable about the community they represent, actively engage with their constituents, and liaise with GSHNJ staff and Board of Directors to influence the strategic direction of our council.

Service Unit Delegates report to Service Unit Managers, and are voting members of the council. They serve a term of two years, and may serve for no more than three consecutive terms. Service units hold elections or select their Delegates in the fall, so they may begin their terms in January. Each service unit is entitled to two Delegates, at least one of whom must be 18 years or older.

Elected/selected Delegates must meet basic eligibility requirements and submit a 2021 Service Unit Delegate Agreement to lpendergast@gshnj.org no later than January 29, 2021.

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Leadership Forums


Leadership Forums are hosted prior to Annual Meeting to facilitate an open dialogue with council leadership and service unit volunteers. They are the membership’s opportunity to talk with council leadership to share concerns from their community, understand council-wide strategic decisions, engage with other service units, and simply get to know the members of our Board of Directors and council executives. See below for these virtual event dates and links to register.

Service Unit Delegates are expected to attend at least one Forum per year, but may attend as many as they like. Advance registration of attendance at a Leadership Forum is required so delegates have adequate time to review the agenda and prepare for discussions by reflecting with their communities. See below for registration deadlines.

Communities that would like to raise a point of discussion at a Leadership Forum should submit a Discussion Topic Proposal by the deadlines below. 

Discussion Topic Proposal
Submission Deadline
Leadership Forum
Attendance
Registration Deadline
Leadership Forum  
Sunday, February 7, 2021 Sunday, February 7, 2021 Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Sunday, February 21, 2021 Sunday, February 21, 2021 Tuesday, March 9, 2021
Sunday, March 7, 2021 Sunday, March 7, 2021 Thursday, March 25, 2021
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Annual Meeting


GSHNJ’s Bylaws require an annual meeting of the Corporation Membership, which is comprised of our Board of Directors, Board Development Committee, Service Unit Delegates, and National Council Delegates. Any member of Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey who is 14 years or older may attend as guests.

At the Annual Meeting we elect new members to the Board of Directors and Board Development Committee, elect Council Delegates to represent our council at the GSUSA National Convention, consider and vote upon any proposed amendments to GSHNJ's Bylaws, and consider any other business appropriate to come before the Corporation including input and key issues affecting GSHNJ and our membership. 

As voting members of the Corporation, the current Board of Directors, Board Development Committee, Service Unit Delegates and National Council Delegates are expected to attend and actively participate in Annual Meeting as representatives of the interests of their communities.