2012 OA Elections Open Tonight!

Starting tonight at 8:00 PM EST, all current Out Astoria Sponsor Members will be able to vote in the second annual Steering Committee Election!

We have seven seats open and twelve candidates.  It’s always a thrill to see so many talented people who wanted to get involved with our organization!

The election opens at 8:00 PM EST this evening and will close on Thursday, January 12 at 8:00 PM EST.

Make sure you take the opportunity to help shape the Out Astoria Steering Committee for the rest of 2012!

2012 Out Astoria Elections

Out Astoria Sponsor Members:As a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, Out Astoria has a 13-person steering committee that oversees its operations and events. Members of this committee are composed of, and elected by, the sponsor members of Out Astoria. Steering committee members serve for three-year terms that are staggered so that, in a typical year, roughly one third of the steering committee is up for election.

As of November 28, 2011, we are opening up nominations for those who wish to be candidates for the steering committee in our January 2012 election. Sponsor members can either nominate themselves or another sponsor member by sending an email to elections@outastoria.com. Before being listed on the ballot, nominee’s names will be checked against the active sponsor membership list and, unless currently serving on the steering committee, will get a phone call from a member of our elections committee to review steering committee responsibilities and election rules.

The election will be held electronically January 10–12 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 a candidate’s page on Out Astoria’s Web site and on the electronic ballot. The ballot is final and closed to new candidacies on January 4.

In this election cycle, there are seven open seats on the board. Four of these are the three-year terms, expiring in 2014, that would normally have been open. Because a few members of the current steering committee are moving out of Astoria, we also have open a seat that expires in 2013 and two seats that expire in 2012. The number of votes winners receive will determine which seats they fill, with those receiving the highest votes getting the longest terms.

If your annual sponsor membership is about to expire, you can renew your membership by Web at http://outastoria.com/membership/membership-form/ or by email to membership@outastoria.com.

Again, only active sponsor members can vote or run in the election, or serve on the steering committee. For any sponsor members who have moved out of Astoria but wish to continue attending events at a member discount, check out our new affiliate membership option here:  http://outastoria.com/membership/.

Once the new steering committee has been elected and announced on January 13, it will meet the following week to select Out Astoria’s new officers for 2012 from within the committee.

This year Out Astoria’s steering committee benefited greatly from the fresh energy and ideas brought by the committee’s newest members. I hope that many of you will choose to participate, either as candidates or as sponsor members who vote, so that Out Astoria can profit from your efforts and continue to thrive and grow.


Brent Gallenberger
Co-founder and President, Out Astoria