You thought election season was over? Guess again! Earlier this month we announced the new sponsor membership in Out Astoria (OA). For $10 a year, sponsor members get discounts to OA events and are entitled to vote (and run!) in January’s OA elections. Today I’m writing to tell you more about those elections and how you can get involved.
For the past 4 years, OA has been governed by a steering committee whose members were invited by its cofounders to run the organization. But starting in 2011, OA will have a steering committee composed of 13 sponsor members elected by their peers. OA’s bylaws call for 3-year terms that are staggered so that only one-third of the committee is up for election each year. For the first election, however, all 13 positions are open; those who are elected this year will get 3-, 2- or 1-year terms depending on how they place in the voting.
As of today, we are opening up nominations for those who wish to be candidates for the steering committee. Sponsor members can either nominate themselves or another sponsor member by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Before being listed on the ballot, nominees will be checked against the sponsor membership list and, unless currently on the steering committee, get a phone call from me to review steering committee responsibilities and election rules.
If you are not yet a sponsor member but wish to run in the election, you can sign up today through our Web site at http://outastoria.com/membership/membership-form/ and pick up your membership card at the next OA mixer this Friday, November 19.
The election will be held online January 11–13 via a secure Internet voting process. Sponsor members will receive e-mail invitations with a link to the electronic ballot when the election opens. Candidates will have the ability to post a candidate’s statement and photo on OA’s Web site and the electronic ballot. The ballot is final and closed to new candidacies on January 5.
Once the new steering committee has been elected and announced on January 14, it will meet the following week to select OA’s new president and other officers for 2011 from within the committee.
I’m very excited that Out Astoria has reached the stage where it can have elections, and I hope that many of you will choose to participate, either as candidates or as sponsor members who vote.
Acting President, Out Astoria