Three national proposals (located here), were brought to a vote at the 52nd National Convention held in Houston, TX in early November. Each proposal was discussed at length followed by a call for a vote. National council delegates representing every Girl Scout Council in the US were in attendance with a total of 1,296 voting delegates on Friday and 1,314 on Saturday. The results are as follows:
Proposal 1: Authorization for Annual Council Service Fee for Girl Members
Prior to the discussion and call for vote, an amendment was proposed to call it a service fee instead of general program fee. This verbiage amendment passed: 1041 in favor and 418 against. After much discussion the actual proposal passed: 837 in favor and 418 against.
The key discussion item for this proposal included each councils ability to set the fee according to their area needs and economic conditions. Councils do not have to include this fee. It is optional, but if a fee is considered, it cannot exceed the national dues amount.
Proposal 2: Constitutional Amendment: Timing for the Election of National Council Delegates in Councils
This proposal failed: 605 in favor and 656 against.
Proposal 3: Annual Membership
The actual proposal was not voted upon at this convention. After much discussion, the motion voted upon was to refer this proposal to a Girl Scouts of the USA appointed task group to study the dues structure and membership process. The motion to appoint a task group passed: 814 in favor and 428 against.
One highlight of the business meetings included listening to keynote speaker Frances R. Hesselbein, former National Executive Director for Girl Scouts of the USA. Mrs. Hesselbein was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States of America's highest civilian honor by President Clinton, in 1998. The award recognized her leadership as CEO of Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. from 1976-1990, her role as the Founding President of the Drucker Foundation, and her service as "a pioneer for women, volunteerism, diversity and opportunity." After business was conducted, GSMH national delegates took part in other convention activities such as participating in conversation pits, attending the National Young Women of Distinction Ceremony, Conversation of Consequence Panels, the 100th Anniversary Celebration, visiting Exhibit Hall Booths and conversing with GSUSA's new CEO, Anna Marie Chevez.