Prof. Kathleen Fitzsimmons has been named by the National Board of Directors of Girl Scouts of the United States, to the National Council. She was nominated earlier this spring by the Vice President of Global Girl Scouting. Prof. Fitzsimmons is one of only seven delegates from outside the United States to be named to serve on the National Council. She will represent the more than 15,000 Girl Scouts and adult volunteers in more than 90 countries around the world. The National Council is composed of delegates from Councils in the US, the seven delegates named by the Board from the Overseas organization, Members of the National Board of Directors and National Nominating Committee; and Past Chairs of GSUSA. The Council will meet in Houston at a Conference in November 2011, that will also mark the kick-off of the 100th Anniversary celebrations. The Girl Scouting movement was founded in 1912 by Juliette Gordon Low.
The National Council determines the general lines of policy of the Girl Scout Movement and program by 1) considering and acting on proposals aimed at fostering and continuous improvement of Girl Scouting, 2) by receiving and acting upon reports of its National Board of Directors, and 3) by giving guidance to the National Board upon general lines of direction of the Movement and program. The Council also elects the officers and members of the National Board of Directors, and members of the National Nominating Committee.
Prof. Fitzsimmons is Chair of USA Girl Scouts in Rome, heading up the organization that ensures that American girls and girls at international schools have access to the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. She manages the Overseas Management Team responsible for recruiting, training and supporting GS volunteers and building relationships with the international schools and English-speaking community. She is a long time volunteer, and was a recent participant at conferences at the GSUSA Edith Macy Center for Learning and Organizational Excellence in New York, and at the European regional training conference held in Sonthofen Germany. AUR supports the valuable community service efforts of Prof. Fitzsimmons, and has become the home of Girl Scouting in Rome, hosting various training conferences including the annual Girl Scout University every October.