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"The ultimate responsibility for the
Girl Scout Movement rests with its members."

- Preamble to the Constitution of
Girl Scouts of the United States of America

The Democratic Process is a central tenet of Girl Scouting. We achieve it for girls by making our activities girl-planned and girl-led to the fullest extent possible. For older girls and adults we currently have a Delegate Assembly of elected representatives who meet annually to elect board members and officers and approve bylaws changes. We also hold Fall Forums and meet in Area Associations twice a year to elect area leaders and delegates, conduct area-related business, and hear reports from and send comments to our board.

Board of Directors

Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana is governed by a Board of Directors, which provides strategic leadership, advocacy, decision-making, policy development and oversight. Board members are elected by the council’s corporate membership. Although board members are elected as individuals, the Board of Directors functions as one body in deliberating and make policy level decision. 


Board Meeting are held at the Louisville PLC at 5:00 p.m. EST.

Strategic Direction: Five Focus Areas

Reach More GIrls
  • GSK girl membership will reflect our community's population for market share, including location, race and ethnicity.
  • GSK will maintain or increase market share across all program levels, with specific emphasis on the recruitment and retention of Daisies, Brownies and Juniors.
  • GSK will explore a full-service membership option for individually registered girls, which is fully supported and marketed to families.
  • GSK engages families in important new ways that address the needs of today's girls and families.
Higher Impact
  • All GSK programming and facilities will be tied directly to the wants and needs of today's girls and to the GSLE Program Pillars: STEM, Outdoors, Entrepreneurship amd Life Skills.
  • Volunteers with GSK are developed, supported and engaged in their crucial role supporting girls in the movement.
Increased Investments
  • Have diversified operating income adequate to meet the financial needs of a growing Council by increasing funding from donors and investors to 40% of total budget.
  • Develop and maintain cash reserve of 6 months operations.
  • Develop and implement a fund development cultivation and community relationship plan with annual goals that focuses on increased donations, financial support, etc., and aligns with a strategic partnership business process.
Effective Operations
  • GSK is implementaing a forward-focused vision and program for personnel (paid and volunteer) that will meet the needs of a growing Council and today's girls.
  • GSK will uphold a constructive, collaborative culture that is aligned with GSUSA and encourages learning, self-actualization and positive leadership.
  • GSK will engage with strategic partners through a clear and simple business process that ensures that partnerships are aligned with GSK priorities.
  • GSK will reach more girls via innovative technology that meets the needs of girls, families, volunteers and staff. Our technology will keep pace with buysiness advancements while also addressing the current conditions for girls and the health of the council.
Stronger Brand
  • GSK's G.I.R.L. brand platform is understood and sought out by girls and girl-serving organizations across the council. The connection between G.I.R.L. and the evergreen Girl Scout brand promoting a lifetime of leadership is clear.
  • GSK's G.I.R.L. brand platform is fully embraced and embodied by girls, families, volunteers, staff, Board, and other stakeholders. Each person involved in the movement can see themselves in the G.I.R.L. brand and enroll others in the G.I.R.L. vision. G.I.R.L. is interwoven with the evergreen Girl Scout brand.

Council Delegates

Adults and girls 14 years old and older may serve as council delegates and participate in the council democratic process. Delegates are elected at Area Association Meetings following the Annual Council Meeting in the spring.

Delegates’ responsibilities are as follows:

  • Represent membership views in local meetings and the Council Annual Meeting
  • Encourage attendance of membership at local Area Meetings
  • Ensure operational issues are directed to council staff and policy issues are directed to the Board of Directors
  • Participate in any requests for information/opinions from board of directors to delegates, e.g. surveys, questionnaires, etc.
  • Support the Girl Scout Movement in local communities

For more information see the Delegate Booklet.