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Governance & Finance

2019 Annual Meeting Information

Annual Meeting Registration
2019 Member Notice of Annual Meeting of Gateway Council
2019 Annual Meeting Agenda
Resolutions of Members
Legal Plan of Merger

If you cannot attend the Annual Meeting and are a voting member of the council, you may vote by proxy for consideration:
Additional Voting Information

If you would like to reference any of these documents at the Annual Meeting, please print them and bring them with you. 


Virtual Town Halls

On April 4, we hosted a Virtual Town Hall to discuss the potential Gateway/Panhandle merger. If you were unable to join us, we will be replaying this Town Hall for any current GSGC member who wants to learn more about the merger before casting his/her vote at the Annual Meeting.

April 13, 2 p.m. Register »
April 17, 7 p.m. Register »


Merger Update from Mary Anne Jacobs, CEO

March 22, 2019

On Thursday, March 14, the Board of Directors of the Girl Scout Council of the Florida Panhandle, Inc. voted in favor of recommending the vote to merge. On Thursday, March 21, the Board of Directors of the Girl Scouts of the Gateway Council held a regular meeting. The Gateway board considered the report given by members of the Joint Task Force (as a reminder, this group consists of board, volunteers and staff from both councils and was formed to conduct due diligence on a possible merger) and also voted to recommend the merger between the Girl Scout Council of the Florida Panhandle, Inc. and the Girl Scouts of Gateway Council.

The next step is for both boards’ to present their recommendations to their respective members regarding a vote to merge, which will take place at each council’s annual meeting: Panhandle—Saturday, April 13; and Gateway—Saturday, April 27*.

*As a reminder, please join us for the Annual Meeting of the Girl Scouts of the Gateway Council to cast your vote and let your voice be heard Please review the event listing for meeting logistics and to register to attend.
 
We look forward to our meeting next month.

Previous updates
Feb. 11 Update

Dear Girl Scout volunteers,

As you may have heard, GSGC is just starting to explore whether uniting our strengths with our sister council, Girl Scouts of the Florida Panhandle, would help us amplify Girl Scouts' reach and impact across northern Florida.

On Saturday, Feb. 2, and Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, Girl Scouts of the Florida Panhandle held three Town Hall Meetings with its members—one each in the Pensacola, Panama City, and Tallahassee areas. They invited me to attend with them, which I gladly did, along with approximately 185 volunteers, girls, parents, and other members of that council.

During each meeting, Florida Panhandle’s leadership—both staff and board members—presented on a few key topics, including what led them to consider uniting with a sister council and what the next steps would look like. They then opened the meeting for any questions and feedback on what had been presented. At each meeting, the feedback made it clear—no matter the council or community—members across our Movement are united by our shared love for and belief in Girl Scouting and the positive effects it creates in girls’ lives and our communities.

As far as next steps, the first full meeting of the Joint Task Force was held Friday, Feb. 8. The task force is just beginning the due diligence process, which includes gathering legal and operational documents to identify our similarities, differences, and strengths. Also, there will be several sub-groups working within the task force, focused on governance, finance, property, and program and membership.

I will continue to share updates every few weeks, as we reach key milestones in this process.

If you have questions about this, please email us at info@girlscouts-gateway.org. Thank you for your continuing support of the Girl Scout mission.

Jan. 22 Update

As you know, one of our sister councils here in Florida, Girl Scouts of the Florida Panhandle, was significantly impacted by Hurricane Michael last year. The storm impacted both the council’s day to day operational capacities, and their financial bottom line. At Girl Scouts, our promise and law calls on girls to be a sister to every Girl Scout, and as leaders in this Movement, we seek to model the behaviors we want to see in our girls.
 
So to that end, Girl Scouts of Gateway is going to look for ways to step in to help our colleagues from Florida Panhandle. Last week, our board of directors voted to form a joint task force to conduct due diligence on how we might bring our two jurisdictions together as one for the sake of the girls and other members who can benefit from the efficiencies of a larger council.
 
Together over the next several weeks and months, we will explore all options to ensure that the girls we serve continue to benefit from the one-of-a-kind Girl Scout experience we offer them, and go on to make our world a better place.
 
We will keep you apprised of our work as we move forward in this process; and we thank you as always for your commitment to Girl Scouts, and your dedication to the ideals we uphold.
 
If you have questions about this, please email info@girlscouts-gateway.org.