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Volunteer Celebration and Annual Meeting

Saturday, April 27
9:30-11 a.m.: Annual Meeting
11 a.m.-noon: Refreshments, games, and networking
Noon-2 p.m.: Volunteer Celebration and Luncheon
Hilton Mission Bay

Use the button to register for the Annual Meeting, Volunteer Celebration, or both. For help registering, contact or 619-610-0821.


Girl Scouts San Diego invites you to honor our standout volunteers and celebrate 2018’s accomplishments! Set on the water, the Hilton Mission Bay will provide a beautiful backdrop for our day of recognition and celebration.

Guests are welcome at the Annual Meeting, when Girl Scouts San Diego staff and volunteers will reflect on our council’s achievements. In accordance with our organization’s bylaws, voting members will participate in the annual election.

Letter from the Board Development Committee

February 22, 2019

Dear Council Voting Member,

Girl Scouts San Diego is committed to building young women of courage, confidence and character, who will be leaders for our next generation.

The Board Development Committee is entrusted with the responsibility of identifying volunteer leaders who will help our council complete its mission and carry our values and traditions into the future.

The committee is elected by the membership to identify community members who will serve as officers and members-at-large of the board, and on the Board Development Committee. These governance volunteers help our council maintain focus on the Girl Scout Mission and provide the oversight that a healthy, resilient organization requires.

The committee is proud to propose this slate of nominees who were carefully selected to meet our council’s needs and goals. The candidates share your commitment to girls and possess an impressive range of expertise. We thank the committee for devoting many hours to the important work of building a strong board.

Board Chair Regina Buckley and the Board of Directors have proposed changes to the bylaws (last revised in April 2014). Please review the Amended and Restated Bylaws and be prepared to vote on them at the Annual Meeting at

10 a.m. on Saturday, April 27,
at the 
Mission Bay Hilton Hotel and Resort’s Pavilion
(1775 E. Mission Bay Drive, San Diego 92109).
RSVP here

Voting for these positions and bylaw changes is one of your most important responsibilities, and we look forward to seeing you on April 27. Thank you for your service!

Monica Piepenkotter
Chair, Board Development Committee

2019 Slate

Click on names to read bios.

Board Officers (2-year term: 2019-2021)
  • crisafi

    Liza Crisafi

  • allen

    Machel Allen
    Vice Chair

  • datko

    Rita Datko

  • silva

    Claudia Silva

Board of Directors Member-at-Large (3-year term: 2019-2022)
  • chandler

    Marsha Chandler
    1st term

  • frontz

    Suzanne Frontz
    1st term

  • kurth

    Janice Kurth
    1st term

  • lasagna

    Angie Lasagna
    1st term

  • ledford

    Woody Ledford
    1st term

  • speirs

    Katie Speirs
    1st term

  • vann

    Carmen Vann
    2nd term

Board Development Committee (3-year term: 2019-2022)
  • brown

    Julia Brown
    2nd term

  • buckley_square

    Regina Buckley 
    1st term

  • day

    Jeanette Day
    1st term

  • gavin

    Tange Gavin
    1st term

  • mcquater
  • Print

    Kevin Munkholm
    1st term

Additional nominations: Members may petition for the nomination of one or more additional persons to the positions listed above. To qualify for nomination by petition, nominee must be named in a petition nominee must be named in a petition signed by 15 or more voting members and received no later than Thursday, March 7, 2019. The nominee must provide Girl Scouts San Diego with a written statement that she/he meets the membership requirements set forth in the bylaws and description of her/his background and qualifications.


Date: February 22, 2019
To: GSSD Local Delegates, GSSD National Delegates, Board Development Committee members
From: Regina Buckley, Chair, Girl Scouts San Diego Board of Directors; Members of the Girl Scouts San Diego Board of Directors
RE: Amended and Restated Bylaws

At this year’s Annual Meeting on April 27, 2019 the Girl Scouts San Diego Board of Directors, National Delegates, Local Delegates and members of the Board Development Committee will be voting on the adoption of the Amended and Restated Bylaws for Girl Scouts San Diego (GSSD or “the Council”).

Upon examining the current GSSD bylaws and after extensive discussions at the October 24, 2018 and December 5, 2018 Board meetings, the Board believes that the current bylaws should be updated to better conform to California laws and best practices of not-for-profit public benefit organizations, and to better reflect the way in which GSSD currently operates. We appreciate the time spent with delegates at the December 5, 2018 Delegate Education Session and at the January 24, 2019 Assembly meeting to discuss these updates.

The significant changes include the following:

  • Self-perpetuating Board. California Corporations Code Section 5210 states that a “board may delegate the management of the activities of the corporation to any person or persons, management company, or committee however composed, provided that the activities and affairs of the corporation shall be managed and all corporate powers shall be exercised under the ultimate direction of the board”. Under the proposed Amended and Restated Bylaws, GSSD would adopt a self-perpetuating board. While this proposed change will not affect the mission of GSSD, it is important to bring our governing documents up-to-date to California law, to reflect the current operation and practices of the Council, to provide more flexibility to better implement our mission, and to bring our organization’s governance into alignment with local non-profit organizations.
  • Board Committees. In accordance with Code Section 5210 stated above, all Council committees are committees of the Board. The Amended and Restated Bylaws will reflect this. Of note, the Board Development Committee will become a committee of the Board and not a committee of the Council. The Audit, Compensation, Executive and “Other Committees” will continue to be designated as such in the Amended and Restated Bylaws.
  • Delegates. Keeping in mind that GSSD members are members of Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) and affiliated with GSSD, the Board will continue to vote on National Delegates every three years. National Delegates attend the National Convention and are voting members of GSUSA. The Amended and Restated Bylaws does not include Local Delegates. Replacing Local Delegates, the Council has implemented Go Teams, a best practice, to ensure that GSSD members have a voice and an active role to support and strengthen the organization.
  • Fiscal Year. The Amended and Restated Bylaws reflect our new fiscal year which is October 1 to September 30, and was adopted by the Board of Directors effective 2018. This is in alignment with other GSUSA Councils across the country.
  • Annual Meeting. In order to have more flexibility in scheduling GSSD’s Annual Meeting, the Amended and Restated Bylaws have excluded the requirement to hold the Annual Meeting during any particular month. All current GSUSA members affiliated with GSSD age 14 and above are explicitly invited to attend.
  • Number of Directors: The minimum number of Board of Director members was reduced from 22 to not less than fifteen (15). The maximum number of 30 did not change. This will allow the Board much more flexibility in years when a smaller or larger Board is more effective or efficient.

A copy of the Amended and Restated Bylaws is attached and has been reviewed by the Executive Committee of the GSSD Board of Directors, members of the GSSD Board of Directors and hired legal counsel.


All guests will then move to the bayside lawn for refreshments, games, and networking.

The Volunteer Celebration luncheon will begin at noon where volunteers, nominated by their peers, will be honored for their service above and beyond.


Register to attend the Volunteer Celebration and Annual Meeting today and also preorder this beautiful event tee at 15% off! This new, slightly-fitted “Make a Wish, Set a Goal, Make Your Dreams Happen” GSSD tee comes in sizes small-3X and a deep royal color. Preorder price $16.11 + $1.25 tax (regularly $18.95 + tax). 

Join us for a fun-filled day, filled with inspiration, camaraderie, achievements, and prizes. Separate registrations are required for these two events. Registration open Monday, Dec. 17.

2018 Awardees