2010 Board Elections for PSIA-E Regions 3, 4 and 7 Overview for Members and Candidates
t is time for interested members in Region 3 (CT, MA, RI), Region 4 (NJ, PA) and Region 7 (all states south of NJ and PA) to declare their candidacy for the Board of Directors for the next term of office. Per the Bylaws and our staggered regional election process, Regions 3, 4 and 7 are up for election in 2010. Following is an overview of this process. We encourage you to review this and get involved! 1. Members interested in running for a Board seat must fill out and submit the candidacy form on the next page. It must be postmarked and sent via U.S. Mail to the Albany office no later than December 15, 2009. No one is permitted to run for more than one position; to do so will invalidate the form. Late candidacy forms will not be accepted. 2. Candidates are not allowed to send mailings (via post or e-mail) to voters in their Region. To do so will disqualify the candidate(s) involved. The winter issue of the SnowPro (out mid-January) will include comprehensive candidate profiles and will serve as the official communication of candidate messages to voters in each electing region. 3. The positions open include two Board seats for each of the three regions of PSIA-E up for election in 2010 (Regions 3, 4 and 7). 4. Elections for regional Board representatives are for three (3) year terms (beginning April 1, 2010 and concluding March 31, 2013). 5. A position for which there is no candidate will be filled by Board appointment after the election. 6. All submitted candidacy forms will be acknowledged by e-mail. Any concerns about confirmation must be resolved before the deadline. 7. Qualifications for the Board seats: Must be a certified Level 1, 2 or 3 member in your fourth year of continuous membership. Complete qualifications in section 12.3 of association bylaws (available at www.psia-e.org). Must also meet the requirements of item #9 below. 8. All members in good standing as of December 31 of each year may vote in the subsequent regional election. The Eastern Division of PSIA & AASI is divided into seven geographic regions (see “Around the Regions” section of the SnowPro). As a member, you may choose to be affiliated with one region – the one in which you work as a snowsports instructor or the one in which you live. This affiliation is for regional mailing and voting purposes. You should af-
filiate your membership with the region in which you are most active as a snowsports instructor. If you have not previously chosen a regional affiliation (when you joined), the region in which you live would have been assigned as your designated regional affiliation by PSIA-E Bylaws, Section 10.8. In order to change your regional affiliation (to where you work as an instructor) you must notify the division office in writing. 9. To hold office in any region, a member must run for election in the region of his/her snowsports work affiliation (Association Bylaws, Article X, Section 10.3.c). You may be declared a member of only one region. 10. Upon receipt of all valid candidacy forms and support materials, the division office will compile candidate profiles from all candidates in each electing region. These profiles, along with the official voting ballots, will appear in the winter issue of the SnowPro, to be sent to members in mid-January, 2010. Returned ballots must be postmarked by March 5, 2010 in order to be valid. Ballots will be sent directly to and counted by an independent Certified Public Accountant. 11. Official results will be announced at the Spring Rally Annual Membership Meeting on the weekend of March 27-28, 2010, and subsequently via the SnowPro and PSIA-E web site. The terms of the new Board members will begin on April 1, 2010, providing the opportunity for newly elected representatives to communicate with constituents prior to the June 2010 Board meeting.
Position Specifications: Regional Director (Board) – This will be the person receiving the most votes among all persons running for Board seats within a region. A Regional Director will be responsible for, and will have final authority for, the administration of all regional affairs. Regional Representative (Board) – This will be the person receiving the second most votes, subject to item (a) below, among all persons in a region running for Board seats. A Regional Representative will be responsible for assisting the Regional Director in regional matters as outlined by the Regional Director. Both the Regional Director and Regional Representative will sit on the Board of Directors and will exercise independent and equal voting rights. (a) At least one Board member from each region must be a person who is not an examiner or employee of the organization; provided that at least one such individual is on the ballot. Being an elected or appointed official requires some commitment. We urge members who have the interest, time and capability to submit candidacy forms. Board members should plan on two Board meetings a year (mid-October and mid-June), one or more regional meetings, and involvement in at least one ongoing project. Board Officers serving on the Executive Committee must commit to more time and participation than others. This is your organization; your participation and your vote CAN make a difference. Get involved! ■
ELECTION PROCEDURE CALENDAR Fall SnowPro: Candidacy form published. December 15, 2009 All candidacy forms must be postmarked by this date and sent to the Albany office. Mid-January, 2010 The winter (Election) issue of the SnowPro, including all candidate profiles and the voting ballot, will be mailed to members. March 5, 2010 Ballots must be postmarked by this date to be valid. Spring Rally---- Election results announced. March 27-28, 2010
PSIA-E / AASI SnowPro • Fall 2009
Volume 36, Number 3