January kicks off our 2022 election cycle for Council, the main governing body of LLI. Council comprises five elected officers and four elected members at large, as well as six standing committee chairpersons appointed by the President. Terms for all elected officers are two years. Elections are held every year, with different positions becoming available each year.
This year we will nominate and elect:
1st Vice President
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. Every member is welcome to run for office.
Council Position Responsibilities and Terms
President. The president presides at all Council and annual meetings, serves as chairperson of the Executive Committee, and often serves as chairperson of the Governance Committee. The president also serves on the Planning and Evaluation Committee and the Finance Committee. The president serves as an ex officio member of all other committees and appoints standing committee chairs. subject to approval by Council, and meets regularly with them to monitor the Sustained Leadership Development Plan. In collaboration with the LLI Liaison to the Center for Civic Engagement, the President maintains and works to strengthen LLI’s long-standing relationship with Bard College. The initial term is two years, with the option to be nominated for one additional two-year term.
The current holder of this office is Nanci Kryzak. Nanci would be happy to provide more information about the responsibilities and time involved as LLI President. She may be contacted at [email protected]. Former president Tom Esposito adds, “If you like being involved with Bard and LLI, you will enjoy being the focal point as president. You get to know and work with wonderful and talented members who devote much of their time and energy to LLI.”
1st Vice President. The 1st vice president performs the president’s duties in case of his or her 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, and chairs the Nominations and Election Committee. The 1st vice president provides orientation and training for new Council members. He or she also conducts an annual survey of the membership on LLI matters, reports the results, and performs 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 Linda Stanley. Linda would be happy to provide more information about the responsibilities and time involved as 1st vice president. She may be contacted at [email protected].
Treasurer. The treasurer is a member of the Executive Committee and serves on the Planning and Evaluation Committee. The treasurer prepares a financial statement for all Council meetings and an annual report. The treasurer serves on the Finance Committee and prepares an annual budget for Council approval, and reports it to the membership at the annual meeting for adoption. The treasurer works with the office of the comptroller of Bard College to process disbursements and receipts of LLI at Bard. The treasurer also serves as liaison to Bard High School Early College (BHSEC) for student stipends and, together with the LLI president, as liaison to Bard administration regarding LLI donations to the College. The treasurer manages the annual Dean Stuart Stritzler-Levine Seniors-to-Seniors Scholarship distributions to assist students with their senior projects. The treasurer may perform other duties as assigned by the LLI 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 Robert Beaury. Robert would be happy to provide more information about the responsibilities and time involved as LLI Treasurer. He may be contacted at [email protected].
Member at Large. Members at large represent the interests of the general membership. They serve on the Nominations and Election Committees and may perform other duties as assigned by the president. Two members at large will be elected in 2022. The initial term is two years, with the option to be nominated for two additional terms.
Marge Moran is one of the current holders of this office. Marge would be happy to provide more information about the responsibilities and time involved as a member at large. She may be contacted at [email protected].
Three Ways To Become A 2022 Candidate
Nominate Yourself. If you want 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. (Active LLI members only.)
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. (Active LLI members only).
Nominations By The Nominations and Elections Committee. The Nominations and Elections Committee will also seek candidates for open offices.
What Happens Next?
Nominations will be accepted from January 6 through January 24, 2022. You may submit more than one nomination. All nominations are confidential.
Once the nomination forms are submitted, the Nominations 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 Nominations Committee welcomes your interest and response. If you have questions, please contact Linda Stanley, Nominations Committee Chair at [email protected].
And if you have read this far, you may want to explore LLI’s overall organizational framework (all volunteers!) here.