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Board of Directors

Girl Scouts is a lot of fun, but it’s also a business with a corporate structure. We have a volunteer board of directors comprised of girls and adults. The combined expertise of these community members provides the leadership to set the direction of the council and establish the policies and bylaws (amended April 26, 2014) that guide us. The Stewardship Report shared at our 2015 Annual Meeting is available here. The annual 990 form for our council is available upon request from our Finance Department.

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APPLY TO BE A GIRL BOARD MEMBER
Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois is looking for girl board members for 2016-2017. As a voting board member, you will represent all the girl members of the council as you address the important issues and challenges facing the council. Our past girl board members have shared that they were able to:

  • Grow their leadership skills
  • See women in powerful leadership roles and be inspired by their work
  • Make lasting connections with other board members
  • Get a behind the scenes look at topics they had never before researched
  • Share ideas about property and finances
  • Represent girls in our council in setting directions and programs for the council

Our board meets six times a year and for our annual meeting which is held in April. We invite any active Girl Scout member who is a sophomore, junior, or senior in high school this year to complete the online application by February 5, 2016. Interviews will be conducted February 11 and 12. This is a wonderful opportunity to grow your leadership skills and learn about the governance system. Please consider submitting your application. If you need additional information our Member Care team is happy to help at info@girlscoutstoday.org.

Board Responsibilities

The board of directors is responsible for the corporate business and affairs of the council and the governance issues of the council (i.e.  strategic planning, fund development, financial oversight, interaction with the community and ensuring a system for policy influencing between the membership and the board.)  Questions, ideas and input on making our council the best it can be can should be directed to: GSBoard@GirlScoutsToday.org. If you want to hear from a specific member, please note that in your email. Thank you. Questions and/or comments related to the board of directors can be directed to: GSBoard@GirlScoutsToday.org. Questions, ideas and input on ensuring our board development program is the best it can be should be directed to: BdDevelopmentGroup@GirlScoutsToday.org.

Board Requirements

  1. Be a registered member of Girl Scouts of the USA
  2. Financially support Girl Scouting at the leadership level
  3. Make a concerted effort to attend five board meeting, the annual council meeting and board training
  4. Be a positive role model and advocate for Girl Scouting
  5. Be willing to be a part of at least one council committee
  6. Have a clear understanding of the council’s long-range strategic plan

Board of Directors- Officers

  • Teresa Colgan, Chair Burlington, IA 
  • Jill Dashner, First Vice-Chair Cedar Falls, IA 
  • Lee Mowers, Treasurer Silvis, IL 
  • Theresa Dunkin, Secretary North Liberty, IA

Board of Directors- Members at Large

Andrew Abbott, Cedar Falls IA— Nancy Bether, Elma, IA— Kay Sackville Breuer, Burlington, IA— John Cummings, Cedar Rapids, IA— Nancy Dunkel, Dyersville, IA— Cheryl Foster, LeClaire, IA— Laurie Hamen, Cedar Rapids, IA— Laura Hubbard, Burlington, IA— Scott Illingsworth, Rock Island, IL— Marika Jones, Bettendorf, IA— Kasia Luebbe, Taylor Ridge, IL— Sierra Pope, Williamsburg, IA— Carolyn Rankin, Waterloo, IA— Mallory Roudabush, Mt. Vernon, IA— Anne Ryerson, Geneseo, IL— Tracy Schwind, Davenport, IA— Katie Wiedemenn, Dubuque, IA

Board Development Committee

Aaron Baltisberger, Burlington, IA— Nancy Bether, Elma, IA— Mary Ann Brown, Burlington, IA— Marika Jones, Bettendorf, IA—Tracy Schwind, Quad Cities— Michel Stone, Cedar Rapids, IA— Katie Wiedemann, Dubuque, IA

Board Meeting Dates

We hold five board meetings a year, in addition to the annual meeting in April. Meetings are held in person or via videoconferencing from 4:30-6:30 p.m. The purpose of the meetings is to discuss and transact council business according to the Bylaws of the council.

Fiscal Year 2015

October 9, 2014 || January 15, 2015 || March 12, 2015 || April (Annual Meeting) 2015 || May 21, 2015 || July 16, 2015 || October 22, 2015

Fiscal Year 2016

January 21, 2016 || March 17, 2016 || April (Annual meeting) 2016 || May 19, 2016 || August 11, 2016 || October 20, 2016

Board Meeting Minutes

Fiscal Year 2014-15 minutes

Bylaw Task Force Formed

A newly formed Bylaw Task Force is ready to begin reviewing the bylaws of our council.  Their task is to review the existing bylaws with an eye toward amending or revising the bylaws as needed.  The task group will discuss the proposed changes; make sure those proposed changes do not conflict with the provisions of the bylaws and policies of Girl Scouts of the USA or laws of the state of Iowa. The bylaws will then be incorporated either into the existing bylaw framework or into a generally-accepted bylaw format matching that of Girl Scouts of the USA. These bylaws are the basis for operation and governance of the organization.  Once the bylaw amendments or revisions have been finalized, the bylaw task group will present them to the membership for approval at the 2014 annual meeting. The task group has broad geographic representation and is made up of board members and volunteers.   Michel Stone (Cedar Rapids, IA) is the Task Force chair. Other members are: Andrew Abbott (Waterloo/Cedar Falls, IA), Carolyn Haupert (Dubuque, IA), Donna Logan (Burlington, IA), Mindy Stark (Muscatine, IA), Tracy Schwind (Davenport, IA), Judy Johnson (Rock Island, IL), and Theresa Dunkin (Iowa City, IA).  Board President Teresa Colgan (Burlington, IA) is an Ad Hoc member. If you have any questions, please send an email to  BylawTaskGroup@GirlScoutsToday.org .