And You Thought You Were Done with Elections!

Introduction

January kicks off our 2021 election cycle for Council, the main governing body of LLI. Council consists of elected officers (five), elected members at large (four), and appointed standing committee chairpersons (six). This year we will nominate and elect members for:

  • 2nd Vice President
  • Secretary
  • Two Members at Large

Council meetings will give you the opportunity to contribute your ideas about how LLI can be run while working with some interesting, dedicated people.

Council Position Responsibilities and Terms

2nd Vice President. The 2nd Vice President performs the 1st Vice President’s duties in case of her or his absence, serves as a member of the Executive Committee and the Planning and Evaluation Committee, serves as an ex officio member of all other committees, conducts a bylaws review every five years or as needed, and maintains a current workflow document and operations manual. The 2nd Vice President may also perform other duties as assigned by the President. The initial term is two years, with the option to be nominated for two additional two-year terms.

The current holder of this office is Cathy Reinis. Cathy would be happy to provide more information about the responsibilities and time involved as 2nd Vice President. She may be contacted at creinis@lli.bard.edu.

Secretary. The Secretary serves as a member of the Executive Committee and the Planning and Evaluation Committee, records and distributes the minutes of all Council meetings, maintains a file of approved minutes and confidential executive session minutes, records minutes of the Planning and Evaluation Committee, and maintains a current policy manual. The Secretary also documents Council members’ term and contact information and may perform other duties as assigned by the President. The initial term is two years, with the option to be nominated for two additional two-year terms.

The current holder of this office is Deborah Lanser. Deborah would be happy to provide more information about the responsibilities and time involved as Secretary. She may be contacted at dlanser@lli.bard.edu.

Member at Large. Members at Large represent the interests of the general membership. They serve on the Nominating and Election Committees and may perform other duties as assigned by the President. Two Member at Large positions will be voted on in the 2021 election. The initial term is two years, with the option to be nominated for two additional terms.

Emily Michael is one of the current holders of this office. Emily would be happy to provide more information about the responsibilities and time involved as a Member at Large. She may be contacted at emichael@lli.bard.edu.

Three Ways To Become A 2021 Candidate

Nominate Yourself. If you have a desire to support and contribute to the mission of LLI and you are up to the tasks of an open Council position, we encourage you to step forward and nominate yourself here.

Nominate Another LLI Member. Perhaps you know of a member with the talents needed for a Council position. Please speak with that member to see if they are interested in running. If they are, please nominate them here.

Nominations By The Nominating Committee. The Nominating Committee will also seek candidates for open offices.

What Happens Next

Nominations will be accepted from January 7 through January 25.

Once the form is submitted, the Nominating Committee will talk with all the nominees to review the position and to confirm that the nominees are prepared to serve. 

The candidate will be asked to submit a brief biography, 150 words or less, and a photo that will be used in the election ballot.

LLI needs both continuity and fresh ideas in our Council. The Nominating Committee welcomes your interest and response. If you have questions, please contact Linda Stanley, Nominating Committee Chair, at lstanley@lli.bard.edu.

And if you have read this far, you may want to explore LLI’s overall organizational framework (all volunteers!) here


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