What is Governance – The process by which the Board of Directors, led by its Chair, uses its authority to ensure organizational stability and fulfillment of the Girl Scout mission by providing leadership, strategic direction, policy making and fiduciary oversight for the council.

Council Structure
Girl Scouts Heart of Central California is incorporated under California state law.  It is administered by an elected, volunteer, Board of Directors charged with policy making, strategic planning, goal setting, fund development and financial management.  The Chair of the Board oversees the activities of the Board and the governance side of the Council.

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is hired by the Board of Directors to oversee operations of the Council.  Volunteers and employed staff members, under the direction of the CEO, are responsible for working in partnership to deliver the Girl Scout program to girls and support services to adults.

As a Representative, you are the communication link bringing policy ideas and information from the membership to the Board of Directors on the governance side of the Council.  You also elect members and officers of the Board, and delegates to the National Council.  The elections take place at the Council’s annual business meeting in February.

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Two Way Communication
Representatives are information-gatherers; you are a link to the members of the Council.  Two way communication between the Council leadership and Council membership is established through Representatives as described below. Read more about two-way communication.  



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