That would be a very favorable development. Good for you!
Is it not better to install a stooge who will support your endeavours? I know you have oodles of free time and all...
Neil!! You'd be such a good candidate! We're going to nominate you.
Would I get ED-style perks and privileges?
Ed's food and ED's expenses...
At some point, we need to quit telling people they shouldn't run because it might take up some of their time and no good will come of it anyway. If we want an organization to take on new goals, we need to be willing to step up and make it happen.
Naysayers back off.
Constructive ideas are welcome, but I'm a little tired of hearing how this or that just won't work. I'm much more interested in joining forces with a team of people who are ready to get some work done and have fun doing it.
I would not consider running for the board unless I felt that there was a likelihood of getting some movement, and support for new ideas. It's a group of people, and a single person can't make changes without help from others. I do think we are in a unique position this year, with as many as 6 positions open out of 12 (1-2 resignations, I believe), and several people seeing that opportunity and stepping up. I want to build on what Erin has been doing. I see a chance to do it. I think both those who are remaining on the board, and the candidates I know of, are people that I could work well with to grow orienteering.
I think you can be very effective, particularly if you can get some like-minded people to fill the other positions.
I can attest to Barb's effectiveness...
Make room in your inboxes! ;-)
I've only heard of one expected resignation in addition to the four board members with terms expiring in 2016 but I haven't had my ear especially close to the ground. So, since 5 or maybe 6 new board members are needed, is anyone besides the apparent Barb/Ian/Alex/Boris slate known to be running?
And you have found stooges! A fine group of knowledgeable, committed and experienced hands.
jtorranc>>At least Clare Durand, Gavin Wyatt-Mair, and Brian Coleman. Also, Donna Fluegel and Pat Meehan are running for reelection to their current seats.
Thanks for the support, y'all, it makes a difference.
BorisGr >> so, to be clear, that means we expect these to be contested elections, right? How long has it been since OUSA had one of those?
Also, the electorate is OUSA members, but the proxies of those who aren't physically present at the AGM are voted by whoever is representing their club at the AGM? Or do the rules provide for some form of voting by mail by those who may not agree with their club leadership but can't be present themselves?
With a slate like that, I'm sure you could convince Eddie to step up.
There is no method for an individual to vote their own vote without attending the meeting.
Some clubs solicit input from their membership prior to the AGM. I vaguely remember endorsing the candidates for election as feedback to club leadership attending the AGM, maybe while in COC?
The club is allowed to split the votes they have. So if you trust your delegates to follow your wishes, you can let them know how to vote for you.
9 candidates are running for 5 positions. Watch your inboxes -- if you're "active" (meaning paid-up) OUSA members -- for a special edition enewsletter with candidate statements, then tell your club reps who to vote for. Club reps will receive a ballot with the 9 names. If your club doesn't have a rep at the AGM they will designate another club (proxy) to vote for them.
Top 4 vote getters are in for three years; fifth gets the two-year open (vacant) seat. I haven't heard of a second resignation.
@Janet: Which current Board members, whose terms are up this year, will not be running for reelection?
Current board and terms are listed here
Dady and Pataki are not running again, Fluegel and Meehan are.
So ballots presumably have the 9 candidates names and you can mark up to 5, with no preference indicated between them? Or can you split your 5 votes among fewer than 5 of the candidates - e.g. 3 votes for candidate X and 2 for candidate Y? If you're a club with say 100 OUSA members who won't be present to vote themselves, you put positive integer numbers opposite each name on the club ballot that add up to 500 or less? All this assuming paper ballots are used.
It could be a headache, supposing the meeting will be unusually well-attended (here's hoping they have a large room lined up) for club delegates and the ultimate vote counters to keep track of how many members of each club are present to vote for themselves and therefore how many votes each club has to cast.
The way it's been done in the past at least, is that there aren't ballots, there are cards issued to each club with numbers on them corresponding to the number of votes that the club gets, divided by the number of credentialed delegates. So (IIRC), let's say your club has 100 members, and 10 of them show up, and you can vote for five vacant seats. Each club member gets five cards that say "10" on them and have the club name. Typically the club will caucus and decide on the five candidates that they want to vote for, and each member will write one of those names on each of his five cards, and hand them in. The vote counters retire to a quiet room while other business takes place, and count the cards in several different ways, making sure that the tallies match, and return with the results before the end of the meeting. At least, that's how it was done the tmes I was a counter, though it has been a while.
Some clubs will not send any delegates, and instead can hand over their votes to a proxy. For example, at this year's annual meeting of LROC, the club BoD voted to give its proxy to a member of another club, who will arrive with a proxy form and instructions on how to cast those votes. (Intriguingly, the LROC BoD is twice as large as the number of votes that the club gets to cast.)
Club reps will receive a ballot with the 9 names.
I suspect each ballot will have the number of votes that each rep may allocate among the candidates (probably with some restrictions to prevent "stuffing the ballot box" for any one candidate)
Example: A club delegate has 10 votes; she/he will be able to distribute 50 votes among the 9 candidates, but no individual candidate could be given more than 10 votes.
The ballot usually has a spot on the top where the credentials committee writes in how many votes the delegate has. Then a list of the names of the candidates with a box after each to write in how many votes you are giving each one. I don't think you can distribute your votes in a manner that would equal more than one vote per candidate per member. So if I am a delegate with 20 votes, the vote total on my ballot can add up to 100, but no more than 20 for any single candidate.
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