Nominating Team Seeks Candidates for Board Positions

By Tony Swartz

At this year’s PCB Conference, our membership will elect four individuals to serve a two-year term on PCB’s Board of Directors. In past years, candidates who declared their interest to run for office or a seat on the board participated in a candidates’ forum held during the conference. In conjunction with the conference team, leadership has proposed that this year we try a new approach to learning about the prospective candidates.

This year individuals who seek to run will have an opportunity to speak, but through a recording. Each candidate seeking office will be contacted and a recording time and method which best works for them will be arranged. Recordings will be scheduled for some time during early August. These recordings will be disseminated in several ways including being posted to our website, distributed on the cartridge with the fall edition of The PCB Advocate, included on the Philmore 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 on 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 might be prepared in advance. In addition, candidates will be given an additional two minutes in which they may deliver a statement which could include why they believe they would bring value to the board or cite their previous experience in leadership and/or advocacy. Based on candidates’ statements 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 may undeclared candidates.

If you have an interest in serving as a member of the PCB 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 1, 2016. Please submit your statement of intent by email to, 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 chair a PCB Team.
3. Time available to work on one or more PCB teams.
B. Preferred qualifications
1. Experience on one or more PCB teams.
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 and in 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 leaders will be responsible for submitting a team report two weeks prior to each board meeting.
5. Board members shall read all submitted team 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 1, 2016.

Prerecorded statements from candidates and biographical information shared with the team will be distributed to members of PCB through various PCB outlets.

Candidate’s bios shall include the following:
A. Advocacy participation/experience
B. Past or present participation on a PCB team
C. Reason for desiring a position on the PCB Board of Directors

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