The 2012 Board of Directors
Elections: The End of a Beginning
By George Anderson, Elections Chairman and Past President
The 2012 election process is almost complete with the announcement in this issue of the winners of the Chesapeake Chapter’s membership vote for the 2012 Board of Directors. Two more events remain before the new Board takes office. The first event occurs at the November 16, 2011, membership meeting when all new officers are formally introduced to the membership and asked to affirm that they will faithfully perform their duties as defined in the Bylaws. In addition to duties assigned, the Board Members, acting in accordance with Roberts Rules of Order, execute decision authority delegated to them by the membership.
The second and final event of the elections cycle is the seating of the new Board. The incoming members’ authority vests on January 1, 2012 when the 2011 Board dissolves. Realistically, the Board members first meet in formal session on the second week of January. Members are scheduled to meet 11 times during the year and are individually engaged at membership meetings, special events, joint meetings with other chapters, outreach activities, INTERNATIONAL INCOSE events, Student Chapter mentoring, tutorials, and other events including invitational or social.
The intense schedule of performance entrusted to a Board member as well as unanticipated changes in personal obligations frequently results in resignations that must be promptly filled to insure the Board’s functions are not impaired. Our election this year with its multiple candidates, high membership participation and increased awareness, creates a backlog of qualified and motivated candidates to fill vacancies as they occur in 2012.
While the bylaws permit the President with the approval of the Board to appoint any member to fill a vacancy occurring between membership elections, the members who have stood for election are the primary candidates as they have already been presented to the chapter and shown an interest in serving.
For those of you who ran and were not selected, I want to extend a special invitation to join the board in an understudy or associate capacity. We have been successful in encouraging members to participate in these board activities, without voting authority, in order to learn the Chapter’s business rhythms. This program began with three candidates in 2010. Today, I am proud to say all three have been elected to Board positions. David Alldredge, Mark Kaczmarek, and Erik Devito have dedicated two years of professional and untiring service to the Board and the membership. They have already been an integral and necessary element of our past success and you should be fully confident in their abilities to serve next year.
For those of you who were candidates and others who want to distinguish yourselves, please consider taking Dave, Mark or Erik’s place as an Associate Board member.
For the membership at large, please help us maintain our leadership superiority by recommending and encouraging worthy candidates for both associate and committee service. Your new board always needs this support.
Finally, thanks to all who supported our first on-line ballot and please attend and participate in our Board investiture on Wednesday, November 16, 2011