Nominating Team Seeks Candidates

By the Nominating Team

At our 2018 convention and conference the PCB membership will be asked to elect individuals to fill four open positions on PCB’s Board of Directors. To review, the organization’s bylaws mandate that the organization’s Board of Directors is to include five officer positions: President, First Vice President, Second Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. The board is to further include the positions of Immediate Past President, and eight Directors. The length of term for both officers and directors is specified as two years. Officers and directors are eligible to serve two consecutive terms in the same position, the exception being the offices of Secretary and Treasurer which are unlimited. With our current officers having been elected at the 2017 convention and conference, the positions open for election this year are those of Directors.

At this writing the Director positions open for election are as follows:
1. Thomas Burgunder is completing his second term and is therefore ineligible to continue as a Director for one year.
2. Mary Ann Grignon is completing her first term and is eligible to stand for election as a Director.
3. Patricia Russell is completing her first term. Dr. Russell has indicated that she will not be seeking a second term.
4. Cathy Long is completing the second year of a previous member’s term and is eligible to stand for election.

The nomination process determined by the Nominating Team is as follows:

  1. Members interested in placing their name in nomination for a board position are to submit a statement of intent to the Nominating Team no later than Monday August 6th, 2018. A statement of intent to serve will include a brief bio and up to a three-sentence commentary explaining why they would wish to serve. Statements of Intent may be submitted by email to, or in writing to Tony Swartz, 1944 Girard Ave, Allentown PA 18104.

  2. Those declaring their intent to serve will be provided with the opportunity to address the membership through a pre-recorded statement. Candidates 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.

  3. A candidate’s recorded statement will be in the form of a roughly three-minute response to a list of three questions relative to service as a member of the board. Candidates 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 to deliver a statement explaining their potential value to the board or cite their previous experience in leadership and/or advocacy.

  4. Based on candidate statements, responses, and biographical information, the Nominating Team will prepare a slate to recommend to the membership. The recommended slate will be declared to the membership via the PCB-L listserv at least ten days prior to the first day of the conference. Individuals not included on the slate may, of course, be nominated from the floor during elections as undeclared candidates. Candidate’s nominated from the floor who have not declared will be permitted two minutes to speak prior to the casting of ballots for the position.

If you have an interest in serving as a member of the Board of Directors and intend to stand for election, please submit your statement of intent as soon as possible. Should you have questions regarding the nominating 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.

Basic Criteria for Nominating Members of the Board:

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.
3. Time available to work on one or more PCB teams.

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 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 6, 2018.

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 Announce Line, and the recorded edition of The PCB Advocate.

Candidate’s bios shall include the following:
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.

The members of the 2018 PCB Nominating Team include: First Vice President, Jule Ann Lieberman, Member of the Board, Mike Gravitt, and Chair/Immediate Past President, Tony Swartz.

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