PCB Seeks Future Leaders

By the PCB Nominating Team

During our convention and conference this fall, our membership will elect our organization’s officers and four directors to our board. As codified in our bylaws the length of term for both officers and directors is two years. With the exception of the positions of secretary and treasurer whose terms are unlimited, officers and directors are eligible to serve two consecutive terms in the same position.
The Nominating Team has determined that this year we will employ the same procedure first adopted last year. Rather than holding a candidates forum at the conference, candidates will have an opportunity to address the membership through pre-recorded statements. Each candidate seeking office will be contacted and a recording time and method which best suits them will be arranged. Recordings will be scheduled in mid-August. These recordings will be disseminated in several ways including posted to our website, distributed on the cartridge with the fall edition of The PCB Advocate, included on the PCB announce line, and mailed/emailed directly to chapter presidents.

As has been our custom, candidates will receive a list of three questions relative to service as an officer or member of the board and be provided roughly three minutes in which to respond. Each candidate will receive the list of questions well before the date of recording so that talking points may be prepared in advance. In addition, candidates will be given an additional two minutes in which they may deliver a statement explaining their potential value to the board or cite their previous experience in leadership and/or advocacy. Based on candidates’ statements, responses, and biographical information, the Nominating Team will prepare a slate to recommend to the membership. Individuals not included on the slate may, of course, be nominated from the floor during elections, as can undeclared candidates. Candidates nominated from the floor who have not declared will be permitted two minutes to speak prior to the casting of ballots.

If you have an interest in serving as an officer or member of the Board of Directors, and intend to stand for election, please submit your name, a brief bio, and statement as to why you wish to serve, to the Nominating Team no later than Monday August 7th, 2017. Please submit your statement of intent by email to nominations@pcb1.org, or in writing to Tony Swartz, 1944 Girard Ave, Allentown PA 18104. All formats will be accepted. Should you have questions regarding the process, contact Tony Swartz at 610-799-4565.

Please read on for additional information which details both the responsibilities and expectations of members of the board, and suggested points to include within your biographical statement.

I. Qualifications for Candidates for the PCB Board of Directors
A. Background of candidate
1. Some degree of experience in advocacy activity.
2. Ability to participate on and/or chair a PCB Team or project.
3. Time available to work on one or more PCB teams or projects.

B. Preferred qualifications
1. Experience on one or more PCB teams and/or participation in a PCB member chapter or affiliate.
2. Demonstrated leadership qualities.
3. Ability to communicate via email and have basic technology skills.
4. History of membership in the American Council of the Blind.

C. Expectations of board members
1. Attendance at all meetings of the PCB Board of Directors with the exception only of medical or other compelling reason.
2. Responsibility for attendance at all meetings for which the board member is chair with the exception only of medical or other compelling reason.
3. In attendance for a majority of the meetings of a team on which the board member serves.
4. Team/Project leaders will be responsible for submitting a progress report two weeks prior to each board meeting.
5. Board members shall read all submitted reports prior to the board meeting.

II. Candidate’s bio shall be no more than 250 words and shall be submitted to the PCB Nominating Team by email or in writing, (reference the details above), no later than Monday August 7, 2017. Candidate bios should include:
A. Advocacy participation/experience.
B. Past or present participation in a PCB member chapter or affiliate and/or on a PCB team.
C. Reason for desiring a position on the PCB Board of Directors.
D. Incumbent candidates will discuss their previous attendance and participation during the last term served.

Prerecorded statements from candidates and biographical information shared with the team will be distributed to members of PCB through various PCB outlets including the PCB website, PCB AnnounceLine, and the recorded edition of the PCB Advocate.

The members of the 2017 PCB Nominating Team include: Christine Hunsinger, Thomas Burgunder, and chair Tony Swartz.

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