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2014 Special Election Nomination Period Re-opened

Saturday, July 19, 2014 12:43 PM | Anonymous

We sincerely hope that you will be able to attend the NorCRID Special Election on Friday, July 25 at the Deaf Community Center in San Leandro from 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM.  Please log in to RSVP on norcrid.org.

Because we have not received enough nominations for interim board positions, we are re-opening the nomination period and will accept nominations from the floor during the election.  We currently have no nominees for Treasurer or for a certified Alternate position.  Board service is a rewarding experience, especially since we are working toward elevating our profession that we so dearly love.  Please consider these positions for yourself or the talented colleagues you know. 

Below please find the current nominations that we have, as well as the proposed bylaw revisions that will be voted on Friday evening.

Hoping to see many of you, as we have arranged for a free mini-workshop with the illustrious Jimmy Beldon, for your enjoyment.  Please log in to norcrid.org for more details and to RSVP.

With much gratitude,

The NorCRID Board:

Interim President, Terri Manning

Interim Secretary, Becca Danton

Interim Treasurer, Jewel Jauregui

Interim Members at Large, Matt Moyers, Genavive Esse and Tara Holcomb

 

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2014 NorCRID Special Election

 

Nomination for Terri Manning as NorCRID President for term ending Dec. 31, 2014:

Submitted by Becca Danton

Terri Manning has been working tirelessly to serve NorCRID as the interim president and would continue to represent NorCRID with passion and respect if elected by the membership to continue in the presidential role.

Terri has served as NorCRID's vice president, has contributed to the NorCRID community as conference co-chair and newsletter editor, has been instrumental in spearheading and supporting the DCARA-NorCRID joint project, and has proudly represented NorCRID at the Region V conferences in both Hawaii and San Diego. Terri has been a visionary for NorCRID and can truly be credited with keeping NorCRID alive over the past few years. It would be an honor to NorCRID to keep Terri Manning in a leadership position, and she would serve the community humbly, thoughtfully, and with integrity.

Nomination for Jewel Jauregui as NorCRID Vice President for term ending Dec. 31, 2015:

Submitted by Becca Danton and Terri Manning

Jewel Jauregui has been serving as NorCRID's interim treasurer since January and has already contributed a huge amount to the NorCRID board and community. Jewel has developed spreadsheets and dashboards that allow the tracking of NorCRID's funds to be shareable and accessible to the NorCRID membership and has kept NorCRID's financial records neat and up-to-date. Jewel Jauregui is a huge asset to NorCRID.  Since Terri Manning stepped up to act as interim president following Priscilla Moyers' departure to the RID national board, Jewel has been at Terri's side offering her full support and talents in organizational management.  Her contribution to NorCRID has been enormous, and she would serve well as vice president, as she already fills this capacity while the position has been vacant.  Please join us in electing Jewel Jauregui as Vice President of the NorCRID Board.



Nomination for Becca Danton as NorCRID Secretary for term ending Dec. 31, 2014:

Submitted by Terri Manning

Becca Danton has taken up the secretary duties since Holly Vezina resigned from the board in January. Becca has volunteered with NorCRID for nearly five years and has served as a board member since 2012. Becca brings to the board a keen sense of organization and detail, which has been a tremendous help to NorCRID operations.  She is a pleasure to work with, extremely bright, energetic, compassionate, and sensible.  Her talents have been a boon to NorCRID over the years.  I am delighted and grateful that she has stepped up to complete the secretary's term ending Dec. 31, 2014.  She also has doubled up her duties taking on the Membership Coordinator position, a huge task which she has excelled in.  I hope you will join me in electing Becca Danton as Secretary of the NorCRID Board.

NorCRID Treasurer for term ending Dec. 31, 2015:   No nominations have been submitted

Nomination for Matt Moyers for NorCRID MAL 1 for term ending Dec. 31, 2015:  

Submitted by Terri Manning

I nominate Matt Moyers to remain as MAL on the NorCRID Board for a two-year term.  He has served on the board for two years, first as Alternate and then stepping up readily to the MAL position when it became vacant.   Matt is extremely flexible, gracious, conscientious, and a pleasure to work with.  He spearheads the e-waste fundraiser, co-hosts the annual retreat, assists the president in numerous tasks, and takes on ad hoc projects when needs arise.  Matt's positive approach to work and collaboration is a great asset to the board.  Please join me in electing Matt Moyers as MAL to the NorCRID Board.

Nomination for Genavive Esse for NorCRID MAL 2 for term ending Dec. 31, 2014:

Submitted by Terri Manning

I nominate Genavive Esse as MAL 2 to the NorCRID Board.  Genavive presented herself to the board when she first step foot in the Bay Area, eager to get involved and help out in any way.  She immediately began work with the conference committee 2013 and has shown dedication and commitment.   Genavive joined the board as an interim Alternate in January of this year moving up to MAL upon Becca Danton's change to the secretary position.  She has done the heroic task of coordinating the SF Pride Beverage Pour which succeeded in raising funds for LGBTQ training. Without her leadership, the Pride Pour would not have happened. She is great to work with and dedicated to the field and our professional organization.  Please join me in electing Genavive as MAL 2 to the NorCRID Board.

 

Nomination for Tara Holcomb for NorCRID MAL 3 for term ending Dec. 31, 2015:

Submitted by Terri Manning

I nominate Tara Holcomb as MAL 3 to the NorCRID Board.  Tara is a leader in the Deaf Community, executive director of Deaf Hope, consumer of interpreting services, advocate for Deaf consumers, and has done informal DI work as well as translations of Paddy Ladd's Understanding Deaf Culture: In Search of Deafhood.  She has been serving as an interim Member at Large on the NorCRID Board since being appointed by the board in January 2014.  Her wisdom and perspective have been a great asset to NorCRID affairs.  She is a delight to work with and involved in NorCRID because she would like to be a part of positive change.  Please join me on electing Tara Holcomb as MAL 3 to the NorCRID Board.

Nomination for Mandy Partlow for NorCRID Alternate for term ending Dec. 31, 2014:

Submitted by Terri Manning

I nominate Mandy Partlow for Alternate to the NorCRID Board.  Mandy recently moved to the Bay Area from Sacramento, immediately making herself available to the NorCRID Board as a volunteer.  She has been involved with the Deaf Community for ten years and, after graduating from the IPP at American River College, has been interpreting for one year.  She has a bachelors in English Literature with an emphasis in women's studies and ethnic studies.  She has a background in communications and journalism.  She is currently working toward NIC certification.  Please join me in electing Mandy as Alternate to the NorCRID board.

Alternate (Certified) for term ending Dec. 31, 2014:   No nominations have been submitted

 

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Proposed Bylaw Revisions for the July 25, 2014 NorCRID Special Election

A.      Deaf Community Seat

Background:  This proposal would open NorCRID to Deaf leadership through a voting position on the board.  As has been established in other affiliate chapters and the national RID board, NorCRID would follow the trend toward honoring Deaf input, formally acknowledging Deaf consumers as important stakeholders in interpreting services, and thereby in professional organizations.  As it stands a Deaf Community voice is not included in the structure of the NorCRID executive board.  The NorCRID bylaws as currently written limit input from Deaf Community members to a supporting membership with no voting privileges.  As framed the bylaws restrict board service to those who are voting members of both the national organization and the affiliate chapter.  Many Deaf Community members, while committed to elevating the interpreting field, do not have the economic privilege to pay dual voting memberships.  This proposal would enable Deaf Community service on the board by removing the financial barrier of professional dues.

Proposal:  Change the bylaws, adding wording as follows: 

1)      In Article IV, Section 1 add a sentence at the end of  clause “a” to read:

One of the Members at Large shall be Deaf or Hard of Hearing and an active user of ASL interpreting services.

 

2)      In Article IV, Section 1 ad a sentence at the end of “b” to read:

The Deaf or Hard of Hearing Member at Large shall be exempt from the membership requirements outlined for the executive board but required to hold a current Supporting Membership with NorCRID.  A Deaf or Hard of Hearing Member at Large who ceases to be a NorCRID member shall also cease to be a Member of the Executive Board.”

B.      Online Voting

Background:  NorCRID bylaws currently limit mail referenda to postal mail.  This proposal seeks to expand NorCRID’s capabilities to the technology of the day for the election of candidates.  (Bylaw revisions still must be voted by a quorum of members present at a NorCRID Business Meeting.)  Since we do not know what technologies lie ahead, wording is abstracted in an effort to preserve the arena for voting in the most current technology.  Rather than to name specifically “online” voting, the word “remote” is used to keep the bylaws flexible to future technologies that function as remote voting systems.

Proposal:  Change Article VI,   Section 4. “Mail Referenda” to be titled “Remote Referenda” and to replace the words “mail referenda” and “mail” with the words “remote” and “remotely via commonly available technology easily accessed by the general membership,” as in:

Article VI,   Section 4. Remote Referenda

Voting may take place remotely via commonly available technology easily accessed by the general membership Remotereferenda must be sent by the Executive Board to all eligible Voting Members at least thirty (30) days prior to the deadline for returning ballots.  A vote shall be decided by a majority of valid ballots.  Results of the remote  referenda shall be provided to the Members of the organization within sixty (60) days of the deadline for returning ballots.

C.      Gender-Neutral Language

Background:  As it is written the NorCRID bylaws uses binary gendered pronouns.  Because the NorCRID Board prioritizes inclusion and embracing diversity in all of its operations, the bylaws stand out as not inclusive to all members.

Proposal:  Change the wording of the bylaws to remove gender-specific pronouns and replace with a gender-neutral equivalent.  Each instance of binary-gendered pronouns is shown highlighted in its original form with a proposed change of wording directly below.

1)      Article IV Executive Board, Section 1. b.

If a person ceases to be a Voting Member, she or he shall also cease to be a Member.

Proposed change to:  A person whose Voting Membership lapses also ceases to be a Member.

2)      Article IV Executive Board, Section 1. d.

The Past-President shall be a full member of the Executive Board with the rights and privileges of Executive Board members except that he or sheshall not be a voting member.

Proposed change to:  The Past-President shall be a full member of the Executive Board with the rights and privileges of Executive Board members but shall not be a voting member.

3)      Article IV, Section 3. Election and Term of Office of Officers (3rd clause)

New officers assume office in January of the next calendar year following their election. An Officer may succeed him/herself in office.

                             

Proposed change to: New officers assume office in January of the next calendar year following their election. An Officer may serve a successive term in office.

                                         

4)    Article IV, Section 3. Election and Term of Members-at-Large. (3rd sentence down)

A Member-at-Large may succeed him/herself in office.

                             

Proposed change: A Member-at-Large may serve a successive term in office.

5)    Article IV, Section 5.  Election and Term of Office of Alternates. (3rd sentence down)

An Alternate may succeed him/herself in office.                                

Proposed change: An Alternate may serve a successive term in office.

6)      Article IV, Section 7. Removal from Office.

With good cause, an Executive Board Member may be removed from office, for reasons other than attendance, by unanimous vote of the remaining Members of the Executive Board. Before such action, however, the Board Member in question must be notified in writing thathis/her removal is being considered by the Executive Board, and an opportunity must be given the Board Member to address the board inhis/her defense.

Proposed change: With good cause, an Executive Board Member may be removed from office, for reasons other than attendance, by unanimous vote of the remaining Members of the Executive Board. Before such action, however, the Board Member in question must be notified in writing that a removal is being considered by the Executive Board, and an opportunity must be given the Board Member to address the board in defense.

7)      Article V, Section 3. a. The President.

The President shall have general supervision, direction, and control of the business and affairs of NorCRID. S/he shall preside at all meetings of the Members and the Executive Board and shall have other duties as may be prescribed from time to time by the Executive Board.

Proposed change: The President shall have general supervision, direction, and control of the business and affairs of NorCRID. The President shall preside at all meetings of the Members and the Executive Board and shall have other duties as may be prescribed from time to time by the Executive Board.

8)    Article V, Section 6. The Treasurer. (3rd sentence down)

Any check written for an amount greater than the established limit shall require the signatures of two officers of the Executive Board. S/he shall make financial reports for each board meeting and an annual report audited by two trustees to be selected by the Executive Board. S/he shall discharge such other duties as may be

prescribed from time to time by the Executive Board.

Proposed change:Any check written for an amount greater than the established limit shall require the signatures of two officers of the Executive Board. The Treasurer shall make financial reports for each board meeting and an annual report audited by two trustees to be selected by the Executive Board. The Treasurer shall discharge such other duties as may be prescribed from time to time by the Executive Board.

END OF PROPOSED BYLAW REVISIONS


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