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Annual Meeting

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The Annual Meeting is an important opportunity for members to participate in the governance of our council. The purpose of the Annual Meeting is to conduct the business of the council, Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois.

For the first time, the Girl Scout Board of Directors approved the Annual Meeting to be conducted completely online. There will be no need for members to travel because participation in the meeting can be done from anywhere with an internet connection. Emailed invitations are being sent to all registered members 14 and older. A quorum of 50 members ages 14 and older is required to conduct a vote. Our governance operates by 'one member, one vote,' so your presence and vote is important.

It is important for you to request a ballot to vote. Each individual must have their own link to the ballot. A family sharing one email address can use that same address, but they will each need their own link to a ballot. Families can register as one group to attend the webinar, but ballots must be requested by each eligible voter individually. Ballots are unique to each person and can be used only one time.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Thursday, March 7
6:00-7:00 p.m.
Online via GoTo Webinar

Free to attend! Sign up for the webinar and Request a ballot by February 15, 2019. Contact for more information or for assistance requesting a ballot over the phone.


Meeting Agenda

Invitations are sent to all registered members 14 and older. A quorum of 50 members age 14 and older is required to conduct a vote. Our governance operates by ‘one member, one vote,’ so your presence and vote is important.

Board of Directors - Officer Positions

Sarah Beckman –  Treasurer

Sarah is a CPA and has years of valuable experience as an IRS registered tax preparer. She is a shareholder at CPA Associates PC located in Burlington, Iowa. Sarah is a troop volunteer for her daughter’s Girl Scout troop, and has been on the GSEIWI Board of Directors for 2 years.


Teresa Colgan – 1st Vice Chair

Teresa is the Chief Clinical Officer for Great River Medical Center in Burlington, IA and has been volunteering with Girl Scouts for 35 years, starting as camp nurse at Camp L-Kee-Ta. She did a wide range of volunteer roles and in 1999, began her tenure as a member of the Board of Directors for Shining Trail Council. She became Shining Trail Council President in 2003. Teresa co-chaired the Realignment Committee during our realignment and continued offering her leadership on a multitude of projects including strategic planning and performance excellence. GSEIWI has prospered under her creative, strong and steady leadership. Teresa is completing her role as Council Chair, but accepting the 1st Vice Chair role to ensure a smooth transition.


Jill Dashner – Chair

Jill lives in Cedar Falls, IA and is the Assistant County Attorney for Bremer County. In her free time Jill spends time fostering rescue dogs, she’s also active in her neighborhood, book club and St John Lutheran Church, Cedar Falls. When time allows she enjoys camping, hiking, travel, cooking, reading, and spending time with her family. Jill sees a number of young people follow the wrong path simply because it is the only path presented to them. She is proud to represent organizations like Girl Scouts, who have the ability to empower young women to envision a different direction.


Anne Ryerson – Secretary

Anne is a Product Engineer with John Deere and lives in Geneseo, Illinois. She is a mentor for the first Lego League team in the Geneseo schools. She serves on the LiveUncommon, JA, Human Society, and PTA Healthy-Initiatives Advisory Boards. She is a lifetime Girl Scout Member and a recipient of both the Silver and Gold Awards. Anne loves  assisting in the expansion of STEM activities for girls through Girl Scouts.

Board of Directors - Girl Members

Lily Mitchell
Lily Mitchell is a Junior at Pleasant Valley High School where she LOVES taking algebra and biology! Her future plans are to become a doctor.

Lily is involved in music on so many levels – piano, sax, marching band, church youth worship, and small group vocals. Of course Girl Scouts is high on her list of loves! She has earned her bronze and silver award and is working toward completing her Gold Award.

Lily wants to bring a fresh perspective to the board to help our council grow and create more opportunities for older girls to become leaders. Being from a large group of girls with varied backgrounds, she says that she can provide a unique way of thinking with the perspective of girls in low income situations as well as girls with disabilities.


Ella Rosenthal
Ella Rosenthal is a sophomore in Iowa City. Her loves include GS camp, selling cookies, badges and journeys, hanging with her troop and Girl Scout EVENTS! She also has been a part of several GS leadership teams including the Girl Advisory Board, Learn to Lead, Media Girls, Gold Award Mentoring Group, and a Senior Project Manager.

Ella plays soccer and is also involved in the Iowa Youth Writing Project and is a member of her school’s theater program building sets.

Ella’s vast experience in Girl Scout Leadership roles will help her contribute to the Board from an older girl perspective. Ella says her Girl Scout experiences have helped her become a confident leader with a voice. These experiences have helped her to understand Girl Scout programming from a council viewpoint which she believes with help her be a more enlightened and responsible board member.


Jessica Kendell
Jessica Kendell is a sophomore at Burlington High School. She keeps busy with choir, band, student council, Leo club, the Tennis team, a mentoring program and Silver Cord to name a few.

Jessica says she will bring her unique voice to our Board of Directors from her volunteer experiences with all ages and diverse members of the community. She is a good listener, a strong communicator and loves to tackle and solve complicated issues. Her life experiences have solidified the idea that “we accomplish more when we come together as a team rather than individuals.”