Board of Directors Call for Nominations

The Press Club of New Orleans is now accepting nominations for its 2017-2018 Board of Directors.

Board officers and board members are in charge of setting the club’s agenda,
including planning and hosting activities, recruiting members, organizing events, setting long-term goals, etc. In addition, each member will chair a committee: Finance, Communications, Membership, Monthly Events, Awards, Gridiron, Professional Development, Student Development, Planning, Fundraising and Scholarships.

Board of Directors Nominations
The Press Club Board of Directors is comprised of 12 members. Eleven of the members are elected to the board by the club’s membership. The one board member not elected is the past president.

A) GENERAL INFORMATION:

The board configuration is as follows:

3 OFFICERS:

President (must be in news media or journalism education and he/she will chair the executive committee.)

1st VP (must also be in news media or journalism education)

2nd VP (must be in the field of public relations)

9 BOARD MEMBERS:

4 from the news media
4 from public relations
1 from journalism education
(one of these nine seats will be set aside for immediate past president)

Under our bylaws, the membership committee of the board will run this year’s election process. Except for the past president, all current and potential board members must run for a seat through the process described below.

The board meets monthly for a formal meeting, which is called by the president. The time obligation depends on your committee and your personal interest, but we strongly encourage only those who have the time to serve to actually run.  Currently, meetings are held on every second Monday of the month at 12:30pm at a location in downtown New Orleans. In order to better serve on the board, you should be able to make the meetings at the specified time each month.

For the upcoming year, it is very important to the club to find board members who have the interest and energy to serve actively and consistently. No one on the board is paid for their service. The expected length of service is one year.

B) PROCESS FOR RUNNING

1. This email is the formal call for nominations. If you are interested in running for a seat, you must email the Press Club by 5 pm on WEDNESDAY, May 31 at pressclubneworleans@gmail.com  Please use the subject heading “PCNO Elections.” Only active members as of May 24, 2017 may run.
You are only allowed to nominate yourself

In the nomination email, please include the following:

·      Your full name

·      Employer

·      Title

·      Length of time in the club

·      Relevant contact information (email, phone number, etc.)

·      Specify seat you are seeking (President, 1st VP, 2nd VP, Media, PR, Education).
Also include a brief write-up on why you are seeking a board seat. Please keep it shorter than 150 words, and please keep in mind what you write will be posted online on the club’s website and sent out on the club listserv so members will have the opportunity to read about the candidates before they vote.

That information will be published to the membership prior to the vote. Again, you may only nominate yourself.

Once the deadline passes, the club’s membership committee will confirm that each candidate is a club member in good standing and that he/she is running for an appropriate seat (PR, Media or Education).

The membership committee will also make recommendations for each seat, and those recommendations will be denoted on the official ballot. Members are certainly not bound to follow those recommendations when voting.

You will be notified of a general membership meeting in the next few weeks. This meeting is usually held in mid to late June, and those members who physically attend will have a chance to vote on each seat using a paper ballot. Before the ballots are cast, candidates will have a chance to briefly address the membership. The results will be tallied and announced that night. Only those who attend the meeting in person can vote. The newly elected members will officially take their seats at the July board meeting, which will be called by the new president. You will also be introduced at the club’s annual awards banquet, which has been officially set for Saturday, July 8 at The Marriott Convention Center.

If you have any questions, please contact us at info@pressclubneworleans.org.

Good luck!

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