Board Elections Now Open

If the elections in Albuquerque and Las Cruces are not enough for you, we have elections of our very own coming up soon.

The Society of Professional Journalists Río Grande Chapter will choose its board of directors for 2018 in December. Board members, who serve terms of one year, are key not only to leading the chapter but in advocating for journalists in New Mexico and West Texas.

And we need all the advocates we can get.

If you or a member you know are interested in taking an active role in building the chapter, please consider running for a seat on the board.

We will accept nominations starting today, Nov. 8, until Friday, Dec. 8.

On Sunday, Dec. 10, members will receive ballots via email. Voting will be open until 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 16. I will report the results of the election on Sunday, Dec. 17.

Our bylaws call for up to six at-large members and five officers to be elected by a majority of the membership:

    • A president who “presides at meetings of the chapter membership and board of directors. Appoints committee chairs and committee members. Serves as official spokesperson for chapter.”
    • A vice-president for communications who “is the officer in charge of chapter communications, which can include newsletters, website, other electronic communications or any other appropriate tool.  May appoint members to assist with the internal communications work, including a newsletter editor.”
    • A vice-president for development “in charge of membership development may appoint other members to assist with contacts of prospective members and membership campaigns.”
    • A secretary who “writes and maintains official minutes of all regular and special call board meetings. Handles correspondence as directed by the president. Notifies national office annually of names of new officers and date that they will take office.”
    • A treasurer who “collects dues, pays bills. Prepares budgets. Maintains financial records of the chapter including an annual financial statement of income and expenses. Files any financial reports required. Submits books to chapter’s Audit Committee for annual audit.”
To submit a nomination, please send me an email at andrewoxford@gmail.com. Be sure to specify if you are running for a particular post or for an at-large seat. And please include a brief bio to include on the ballot as well as a headshot (some of us remember faces better than names).

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