Girl Scout Council Realignment News
It's official! We are now Girl Scouts Louisiana East!
Effective April 1, the Girl Scout Council of Southeast LA, united with Girl Scouts - Audubon Council, is now Girl Scouts Louisiana East, serving the parishes of Ascension, Assumption, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Jefferson, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, Pointe Coupee, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. John, St. Mary, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne, Washington, West Baton Rouge, and West Feliciana.
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Jackie Alexander named CEO of Girl Scouts Louisiana East
Chief Executive Officer Jackie Alexander of the Girl Scout Council of Southeast Louisiana has been selected as the CEO for the soon-to-be realigned council, Girl Scouts Louisiana East. The realignment process of the Girl Scout Council of Southeast Louisiana and Girl Scouts –Audubon Council, headquartered in Baton Rouge, which began in May 2007, is nearing completion with the newly combined council to serve Girl Scouts in 23 parishes throughout southeast Louisiana beginning April 1, 2008. Click here for more.
Council delegates vote affirmatively on CRC realignment recommendations, new board slate
During the Council's Annual Meeting held March 15, southeast Louisiana Council delegates voted affirmatively on the Council Realignment Committees' report and recommendations which included articles of incorporation for the new realigned council, by-laws, as well as the new combined board of directors. Girl Scouts - Audubon Council holds its annual meeting, March 17. The start date for the new Council - Girl Scouts Louisiana East - is April 1, 2008.
Southeast Louisiana, Audubon councils nearing end of realignment process
Council Realignment Committee 2/27 Meeting notes
- Staffing of the new council will be determined after the new CEO is in place.
- The merger agreement was reviewed by the CRC (Council Realignment Committee) and recommended for subsequent approval by both boards and both councils' membership.
- All subcommittees are continuing to work and will submit final recommendations at the next CRC meeting on March 18, 2008.
Council Realignment Committee 2/7 Meeting notes
- The temporary corporate office for Girl Scouts Louisiana East is 841 S. Clearview Parkway, New Orleans, LA 70121. The temporary satellite office is 545 Colonial Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70806.
- All existing council services will continue without interruption.
- Interested volunteers who would like to be a part of the Planning Committee for the joint celebration are asked to contact the Committee co-chairs, Jackie Daniels at JacSDan@aol.com and Perry Sholes at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also contact Anne Trappey at email@example.com
Council Realignment Committee 1/10 Meeting notes
- The CRC is proud to announce the selection of the new Council name: Girl Scouts Louisiana East.
- The new Council's by-laws and articles of incorporation have been approved.
- No existing council services will be interrupted during and after the realignment of the two Councils.
Council Realignment Committee 10/29 and 11/26 Meeting notes
- GSUSA has approved a name for the new council. The Communications Subcommittee for the CRC is drafting an announcement to be distributed to all constituencies shortly.
- The CEO Search Subcommittee has signed a contract with Evergreen, GSUSA’s preferred executive search firm, to conduct a national search for the new council’s chief executive officer. The CRC hopes to have the CEO in place by mid-February.
- The Transition Nominating Subcommittee has developed a board member profile and is accepting nominations for positions on the new board. Complete the board referral form and mail it to: Girl Scouts, Attn: Transition Nominating Subcommittee Chair, P.O. Box 10800, New Orleans, LA 70181-0800.
Councils aim for new Council start date of April 1, 2008
October, 2007 - The realignment process of the Girl Scout Council of Southeast Louisiana and Girl Scouts –Audubon Council (headquartered in Baton Rouge) which began last May, continued through the summer with the formation of the Council Realignment Committee (CRC) and its sub-committees, sub-committee chair training, and development of a vision statement.
Council Realignment Committee formed
June, 2007 - The realignment of the Girl Scout Council of Southeast Louisiana and Girl Scouts –Audubon Council announced last September, has officially begun. The Council Realignment Committee (CRC), held its first meeting on May 17 in Gramercy. The CRC is the leadership body for all realignment functions. The primary charge of this committee is to oversee the sub-committees' plan of work and to produce the proposed New Council infrastructure and the transition and integration plan for realigning councils.
Until a name is selected for the new council, the CRC has adopted GSUSA’s temporary name for the realigning councils – “Louisiana East.”
The Council Realignment Committee (CRC), made up of the two Council’s CEOs, board chairs, and several additional board and community members, held its first meeting on May 17 and will meet again June 6. The CRC is the leadership body for all realignment functions. The primary charge of this committee is to oversee the sub-committees' plan of work and to produce the proposed New Council infrastructure and the transition and integration plan for realigning councils.
The top three items determined during the May 17 meeting were:
- The work of the CRC and its subcommittees will be completed by March 31, 2008. The first day of the new council will be April 1, 2008. Transition and integration of the councils will continue under the leadership of the new council’s CEO after that.
- A national search will be conducted for a Chief Executive Officer for the new council. The CEO Search Subcommittee will engage J.W. Thompson, an executive search firm recommended by GSUSA. The fees for the search firm are paid by GSUSA, not the councils.
- Each council will hold its own Cookie Sale in 2008. Plans to consolidate sales will be completed by the new council for the 2009 sale.
Girl Scout Council of Southeast LA to merge with the Girl Scouts - Audubon Council beginning April 2007
New Orleans (September 18, 2006) -As the 95th anniversary of Girl Scouting approaches in 2007, the Girl Scout Council of Southeast Louisiana joins Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) in a historic transformation to modernize the iconic organization and focus on leadership development for girls in the 21st century.
Girl Scout Realignment Frequently Asked Questions
1. Why is the Girl Scouts realigning councils?
We are reorganizing councils to create the infrastructure necessary to prepare for the future of the Movement. This realignment will result in the optimal impact on leadership development for the largest number of girls and significantly increase the number of volunteers participating in Girl Scouting.
GSUSA's Leadership Development Program 25 Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is the Girl Scout Leadership Development Program?
The leadership model is the new design for what girls do in Girl Scouting and how adult support can strengthen their experience. It is the road map for determining what a girl will learn and how she will be impacted. The model defines and displays all the elements that must be in place to positively impact girls' lives. The Girl Scout Leadership Development Program, then, is the model in action.
GSUSA's Core Business Strategy
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