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Call for Girl Board Members

Call for Girl Members of the Board

Do you want to be part of making decisions for our council? Do you want to let someone know that you have an opinion on issues too? Do you want to be an advocate for all Girl Scouts?

If your answers were “YES!” then here’s a great opportunity.

Our current bylaws allow two older Girl Scout representatives to be nominated and serve on the board of directors. Those girls elected will participate with equal voice in the discussion and debate during board of director’s meetings. 

Girls must be 15 years of age or older for this position. Girl Members of the Board of Directors are usually elected at the November board meeting and serve for a term of two years. Attendance at board meetings is expected. The meetings are held quarterly and take place from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on a Saturday. Teleconferencing is available. Attendance at the annual meeting in November is also required. 

Act now!

Fill out this application.

Have the letter of reference (included in the application packet) filled out by your Troop Leader, Assistant Troop Leader, or Service Unit Manager.

Application and reference form must be received in the Albuquerque Council Office no later than June 24, 2016.

Council Service Fee (CSF) -- Keeping it local, supporting the girls in New Mexico

Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails is introducing a Council Service Fee (CSF), effective with the 2016-2017 membership year. This $15 fee will help generate funds dedicated to providing the Girl Scout Leadership Experience to GSNMT Girl Scouts.

The purpose of the CSF is to provide our council with a sustainable renewal source of income that supports its operation, including general operating expenses, supporting technology initiatives, providing quality customer care and services to members, initiating background checks of volunteers and staff, providing liability insurance, providing outdoor experiences for girls and processing of girl memberships. These funds will ensure that the Girl Scout program remains strong and viable in our local community.

How the Fee will Work
Girl membership dues will be $30 effective with the 2016-2017 (October 1, 2016-September 30, 2017) membership year. Parents will continue to make a convenient single payment for girl membership dues.

$15         Girl Scouts USA Membership Fee (supports nationwide program                initiatives, goes directly to our national office, GSUSA)

+ $15     GSNMT Council Service Fee (Supports local Girl Scouts, here in               our council! Supports programs and services to GSNMT girls)

$30        Total GSNMT Council Girl Scout Membership

Background Information
Members currently pay annual membership dues ($15) which go directly to the national Girl Scouts of the USA. None of those annual membership dues stays locally.  Each year, the cost to provide the Girl Scout experience is $340.72 per girl.

The $15 CSF supports the operation of our local Girl Scout Council the same way the $15 national membership dues support the operation of GSUSA. Girl Scout volunteer delegates from across the country overwhelmingly approved the use of a Council Service Fee at the 52nd GSUSA National Council Session in November 2011. The delegates recognized the financial realities of operating a Girl Scout Council in today’s economy and felt strongly that adding the CSF was necessary given the substantial value of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.

After careful consideration (Board of Directors, CSF Task Group Committee comprised of GSNMT volunteers, and through a survey to the membership), the decision was made to implement the CSF in our council and provide an additional resource to help meet programming needs and offset the increasing cost of providing wide-ranging opportunities in our communities.

Our Council heavily subsidizes the cost of girl activities, events, adult leadership development, and Council-sponsored programs. Here are some of the ways the CSF will support the operation of New Mexico Trails:

  • Provide programs and leadership experiences for our Girl Scouts
  • Create GSNMT programs and opportunities such as Camp CEO
  • Ensure the safety of girls by subsidizing annual background checks of volunteers and staff 
  • Provide outstanding customer care and service to manage and support our growing membership of 3,300+ girls and 1,900+ adult volunteers
  • Fund general operating expenses for service centers and camps including utilities, insurance, maintenance, and capital expenses
  • Support technology initiatives including online registration, e-newsletters, websites, event calendars, social media and support development of emerging technological opportunities
  • Protect girls and adults by providing liability insurance coverage for all council-approved events, activities, and non-Girl Scout facility use for council events, troop meetings, and approved events.  
  • Subsidize travel experiences for girls including destinations

GSNMT receives funding from a variety of sources including product sales, grants, and donations. However, today’s economy underscores the critical need for sustainable income. The CSF will help provide the additional resources required to deliver the premier leadership program for girls. While we are reluctant to raise fees, we are confident this new fee structure will have an immediate positive impact on Girl Scouting in GSNMT. We are sensitive to the needs of all families and no girl will be turned away due to the inability to pay.

Girl Scouts delivers the programs that girls and their parents are asking for—and it’s delivered at a price still much more affordable than most youth activities. We owe it to our girls to give them the opportunity to be the leaders they want to be; to be the leaders the world needs them to be!

  • Badge of Leadership: Today's Girl Scouts are taking action to better themselves, their communities

    By Elaine D. Briseño, Albuquerque Journal
    Updated 10:35 PM MT, Friday September 23, 2016
    (Albuquerque Journal)

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Gone are the days when being a Girl Scout meant mastering a needle or learning how to cook.

    Girl Scouts today aims to transform its members into leaders.

    Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails CEO Peggy Sanchez Mills said the focus has shifted from more traditional things like learning how to sew or cook, to teaching girls how to step up and take on roles and projects the put them in a position to solve problems and make decisions.

    So now something like cooking would be learned in the context of having a career in that field or owning a catering business. While the legacy badges representing the more traditional skill are still available, there’s now a whole line of financial literacy badges, including business owner, philanthropy, good credit and budgeting.

    Girl Scouts of New Mexico has 4,000 girls and 1,800 volunteers, she said.

    “We are trying to build courage,” Sanchez Mills said. “At about 12 or 13, girls start deferring to the guys. We are teaching them to be leaders whether in a job, an advocacy role or in their own family.”

    She said the tradition of selling cookies is still a major activity and fundraiser for the Girl Scouts, but even that has evolved. The program helps develop leadership skills by teaching the Scout how to set goals, make decisions, talk to people, develop business ethi...

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  • Girl Scouts are Learning to Lead

    By Katia Hetter, CNN
    Updated 10:51 AM ET, Thu January 7, 2016

    I got so excited when my daughter touched a Madagascar hissing roach.

    I wouldn't be so proud except she had been insisting for weeks that she wouldn't, couldn't, shouldn't have to earn the bug badge on her Girl Scout Brownie troop's agenda this year. Insects are gross. Yes, of course, bees are good for flowers, but no thanks on the badge she'd get for learning about bugs and other insects, said the 7-year-old, over and over. My daughter is learning finance and business principles as she takes on more tasks for the annual cookie sales that fund her troop's activities, and now she's learning them in a 21st century way with mobile app capacity. Along with Girl Scout troops around the country, hers is preparing to launch 2016 cookie sales this month. But here I was watching my daughter insist there's something she couldn't do: touch any insects on an upcoming troop trip.

    That's why I had guessed she would sit out the presentation by a Fern bank Museum insect expert, who had booked a private room on a recent Sunday to show us three female roaches and answer all our 12-member troop's questions.

    Except my child surprised me, getting in line to touch the roach, asking questions about what insects eat and how they communicate --and seeing that women can be insect experts (entomologists). Already she's stepping out of her comfort zone, because that's what the parent volunteers and...

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