January 25, 2012
Steve Brogden here, president of FAR-West. It is time once again to elect members to the FAR-West board of directors. Nominations for board positions are now open.
Steve Dulson, Cindy Bottomley and Marni Rachmiel are standing for re-election and we have three other positions to fill. Those vacant positions are Seats 2, 4, and 6. Seat 2 will be for a two year term, expiring in 2014. Seat 4 is for a three year term, expiring in 2015. Seat 6 is for a one year term, expiring in 2013. Nominations need not be seat-specific.
Here is a summary of the current board terms with the vacant seats included:
Seat 1 Steve Brogden - President (CA) email@example.com
Seat 2 Vacant: (elect in 2012 for a two year term, expiring in 2014)
Seat 3 Julie Paris - Treasurer (CA) firstname.lastname@example.org
Seat 5 Bruce Hayden (CA) email@example.com
Seat 4 Vacant: (elect in 2012 for a three year term, expiring in 2015)
Seat 7 Steve Dulson – Vice President (CA) firstname.lastname@example.org
Seat 9 Cindy Bottomley - Secretary (NV) email@example.com
Seat 10 Marni Rachmiel (WA) firstname.lastname@example.org
Seat 6 Vacant: (elect in 2012 for a one year term, expiring in 2013)
Seat 8 Jeanette Lundgren (CA) email@example.com
Seat 11 Susie Glaze (CA) firstname.lastname@example.org
Seat 12 Ronnda Cadle (WA) email@example.com
As you know, we are a working board, and in order to strengthen our organization, we have adopted the following guidelines for board elections.
Candidates for the FAR-West board must submit a statement by Feb 13, 2012 expressing their willingness and ability to contribute at least an average of ten hours per month to the organization over the course of a year. This includes attendance at board teleconferences in the evenings of the first Thursdays of January, April, July and October.
In their statement, which is due February 12, candidates should state areas of expertise (eg. fundraising, legal, accounting, etc.) and/or the willingness to take on a significant area of responsibility (e.g. panels/workshops, showcases, etc.) for upcoming conferences.
Declining to submit this statement will cause the board to not recommend this candidate for election. Statements are due by midnight February 12, four days after nominations close.
ALL NOMINATIONS AND STATEMENTS SHOULD BE SUBMITTED TO ME AT firstname.lastname@example.org. NOMINATIONS ARE DUE BY MIDNIGHT FEBRUARY 8 AND STATEMENTS ARE DUE BY MIDNIGHT FEB 12.
Candidates must be members of FAR-West. Members are defined as Folk Alliance International Members in good standing who live in or have officially affiliated themselves within the FAR-West Region. It should be noted, too, that ONLY PEOPLE WHO ARE PAID MEMBERS OF FOLK ALLIANCE AS OF FEBRUARY 15, 2012 WILL RECEIVE BALLOTS.
Members may nominate themselves or others who are willing to serve.
Here is the timeline for the elections:
Jan 25 2012 - nominations open
Feb 8 2012 - nominations close
Feb 12, 2012: candidates statements due
Feb 15 2012 - voting opens
March 1 2012 - voting closes
March 15 2012 (or sooner) - results announced
April 5 2012 - first teleconference for new board and election of officers (President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer)
Board members are the people who will decide on and be responsible for the ongoing success and development of the organization.
A final thought: If you believe in the goals of FAR-West and don’t feel like you can take the responsibiity of being a board member, please volunteer to help us run it. We are a volunteer organization and need everyone’s help to put on a successful annual conference. Plus, we would like to see FAR-West develop to the point where we focus on much more than the annual conference. If you go the following link, you will see many of the volunteer opportunities available to you: http://www.far-west.org/volunteering2012.html
Please contact me at email@example.com if you have any questions. Thank you for your support of FAR-West and I hope to see each of you during this upcoming year.
Yours in support of live music,