Girl Scouts of Washington Rock Council



RAHWAY --  Delegations from three New Jersey Girl Scout councils convened on September 6 at the Union County Performing Arts Center, approving a merger to form Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey.  The new council, which will enthusiastically deliver the optimal Girl Scout experience to over 28,000 girls and 11,000 adults in a jurisdiction covering seven New Jersey counties, will commence operations on October 1, 2008.  The meeting concluded an 14-month process which saw staff, operational volunteers, governance volunteers and others work together to carefully construct an effective and efficient high-capacity council as part of Girl Scouts of the USA’s national realignment movement.

With nearly 300 supporters and friends of the movement in attendance to witness the convergence of the three councils, the meeting featured addresses by newly-named CEO Susan Brooks and Board President Tiffany N. Wilson as well as a visit from state assemblywoman Linda Stender.  Maria Vizcarrondo, currently the Director of Newark’s Department of Child and Family Well-Being guided the assembled group through the program in her role as mistress of ceremonies.  Kim St. Bernard, GSUSA's Realignment Consultant was also in attendance to witness the final steps of the process.    

The focus of the meeting centered on the process necessary for all three councils to formally dissolve and join as one.  Attorney Al Zager along with leadership from all three existing councils gained the consent of their voting delegates to make the merger official.  Following the merger proceedings, Honorable Sherry A. Hutchins-Henderson was on hand to swear in individuals who will comprise GSHNJ’s first Board of Directors as well as Board Development Committee.

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