Action Alert:

Board Election Process 2016

As Massachusetts Peace Action works to grow and strengthen our organization, we are also working to strengthen our Board. We seek Board members that can help lead our organizing, raise money, expand our connections and coalitions, represent various areas of the state, increase our diversity, and bring new skills to our work.  In addition, we will continue to establish the Board as a body that is elected by, and represents, the membership.

The Board consists of at-large members who serve a 2-year term and are eligible for re-election. Board members sign a membership agreement defining the expectations of Board members. Half of the members are elected each year.  The board size is limited to 18 members.  The Board can appoint members to fill vacant seats between annual elections.

In the future, regional or local groups of Massachusetts Peace Action members may form chapters, and each chapter may choose one Board member. These chapter-elected Board members would be in addition to the at-large members.

Up to 3 student members who are active in MAPA may be added by the board.  They serve on an academic year basis from September 1 to August 31. Currently, we have one student member, Jenny Horsburgh.

A list of candidates was nominated by MAPA’s Executive Committee on December 10, 2015. Members may also submit additional nominees or nominate themselves by March 7, 2016. Nominees are requested to fill out a questionnaire and sign a Board member agreement, and the Executive Committee may choose to recommend them or not.  Meet the nominees for 2016-2018.

The MAPA members will vote to approve or reject each nominee. Those receiving more yes than no votes will be elected. Ballots can be cast by postal mail, e-mail, or in person at the annual meeting. Be sure to renew your membership in time to participate in the Board election! The standard dues amount is $40/year for an individual,$10 for low income or students. This year, those who contribute in any amount to either Massachusetts Peace Action or make a tax-deductible donation to Massachusetts Peace Action Education Fund from September 1, 2015 forward, will be eligible to vote. Renew your membership today!

Timeline:
Feb 11, 2016– Notice of annual meeting sent to members and supporters by email and election process and names of nominees posted on website. Annual meeting announcement, including information on election process and nominees, e-mailed to members and supporters
Mar 7, 2016– Additional nominees due
Mar 12, 2016 – Annual meeting, last day to vote on board election, new board members announced.

Questions? Call the office at 617-354-2169 or email info@masspeaceaction.org.