• Call for Nominations for ARRL Director and Vice Director

    From ARRL de WD1CKS@VERT/WLARB to QST on Thu Jul 6 15:27:14 2023
    07/06/2023

    Attention to full ARRL members in the Atlantic, Dakota, Delta, Great Lakes, and Midwest Divisions. You have the opportunity to choose a Director and a Vice Director to represent you for a 3-year term beginning January 1, 2024.

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    ARRL˙ The National Association for Amateur Radio¨[1] is governed by its Board of Directors. A voting Director is chosen by ballot by the full (licensed) ARRL members in each of its 15 Divisions. Vice Directors, who serve in the absence of the Director at a Board meeting and succeed to the position of Director should a vacancy occur, are chosen at the same time. Elections are held in five Divisions per year. It only takes 10 full members in a Division to nominate a candidate for either office.

    Qualifications
    The eligibility of nominees for the positions of ARRL Director and Vice Director will be reviewed by the Ethics & Elections Committee, composed of three Directors not subject to election this year: Kristen McIntyre, K6WX; Carl Luetzelschwab, K9LA, and Jeff Ryan, KORM. A nominee must be at least 21 years old and must have been licensed and a full member of ARRL for a continuous term of at least 4 years immediately preceding nomination. Each nominee must provide information concerning their employment, ownership, and investment interests, and other financial arrangements to ensure compliance with the Conflict of Interest Policy (see Article 12 of the ARRL Articles of Association and Bylaw 46, available at www.arrl.org/general-information[2]). The qualifications for Director and Vice Director are identical. All the powers of the Director are transferred to the Vice Director in the event of the Director's death, resignation, recall, move outside the Division, or inability to serve.

    Nomination Procedure
    Step 1: Obtain official nominating petition forms. Any full member residing in a Division where there is an election may request an official nominating petition package in writing, either by letter or via email to ExecAdmin@arrl.org. The request must reach the ARRL Secretary no later than noon EDT on Friday, August 11, 2023. If you are seriously considering running or nominating someone to run, please don't wait until the last minute to request the forms; the deadline for submitting a completed petition form is just 1 week later.

    Step 2: Obtain signatures and complete questionnaire. Only the official form may be used. To be valid, a nominating petition must name the candidate and must bear legible signatures of 10 full members of the Division. The candidate must complete the candidate's Questionnaire, providing the information required to determine eligibility, certifying its accuracy, and agreeing to assume the office if elected.

    Step 3: Submit petition form. The completed form must reach the Secretary no later than noon EDT on Friday, August 18, 2023. The submission may be made by electronic transmission of images (i.e., .jpg format at a minimum of 200 dpi attachment to an email) or facsimile provided that, upon request, the original documents are received by the Secretary within 7 days of the request. A person who is nominated for both Director and Vice Director may choose to decline the nomination for Director; otherwise the nomination for Director will stand and that for Vice Director will be void.

    On Monday, August 21, 2023, the Secretary will notify each candidate of the name and call sign of each other candidate for the same office. Candidates will then have until Friday, September 1, 2023, to submit a 300- word statement and a photograph, if they desire these to accompany the ballot, in accordance with instructions that will be supplied.

    Balloting
    If there is only one eligible candidate for an office, they will be declared elected by the Ethics & Elections Committee. If there is more than one eligible candidate for an office, the full members in that Division who are in good standing as of September 10, 2023, will have the opportunity to cast ballots. Official paper ballots and candidates' statements will be mailed and be made available electronically to members who are eligible to vote no later than October 1, 2023. Completed ballots must be received at the designated address in the envelope provided or cast an electronic vote by noon Eastern time on Friday, November 17, 2023. The candidate receiving the most votes will be declared the winner.

    Absentee Ballots
    A full member who is residing temporarily outside his or her home Division, including overseas, may arrange to vote in their home Division by notifying the Secretary prior to September 10, 2023, giving their current mailing address as reflected in the ARRL membership records (i.e. QST mailing address) and the reason why another Division is considered home. Members with overseas military addresses should take special note of this provision; in the absence of information received to the contrary, ballots will be sent to them based on their postal addresses.

    The Incumbents
    The incumbent Directors and Vice Directors, respectively, in the five Divisions in which elections will be held this year are:

    Atlantic: Robert B. Famiglio, K3RF, Director, and Marty Pittinger, KB3MXM, Vice Director

    Dakota: Bill Lippert, ACOW, Director, and Lynn Nelson, WOND, Vice Director

    Delta: David Norris, K5UZ, Director, and Ed B. Hudgens, WB4RHQ, Vice Director

    Great Lakes: Dale Williams, WA8EFK, Director, and Scott Yonally, N8SY, Vice Director

    Midwest: Art Zygielbaum, KOAIZ, Director, and David Propper, K2DP, Vice Director

    For the Board of Directors,

    David A. Minster, NA2AA, Secretary/ Chief Executive Officer


    [1] http://www.arrl.org/
    [2] www.arrl.org/general-information

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