Mass. Peace Action’s 2023 board election will be held during our Annual Meeting, which will be held as an online meeting on April 29. The Board of Directors is responsible for directing MAPA’s work between Annual Meetings.
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. The Board is a body that is elected by, and represents, the membership.
Board members serve a 2-year term and are eligible for re-election. Board members sign an agreement defining the expectations of Board members. Half of the at-large members are elected each year. The maximum number of seats on the board is 26 according to the bylaws. The Board can appoint members to fill vacant seats between annual elections. We seek to have at least one Board member from each of Massachusetts’ nine Congressional Districts and to include members from communities of color, young people, and from labor and other people’s movements.
A list of candidates was nominated by MAPA’s Executive Committee, acting as nominating committee. Members may submit additional nominees or nominate themselves by April 24, 2023. To be eligible, nominees must submit the names of any five MAPA members who support their candidacy to the office at firstname.lastname@example.org. Nominees are requested to fill out a Board member agreement.
MAPA members can vote for at-large members up to the number of vacant at-large seats. Those receiving the most votes will be elected. Ballots can only be cast in person at the annual meeting. Be sure to renew your membership in time to participate in the Board election, or by registering for the Annual Meeting itself. The standard dues amount is $40/year for an individual, $65 for a family, or $10 for low income or students. Those who contribute in any amount to Massachusetts Peace Action or make a tax-deductible donation to the Massachusetts Peace Action Education Fund for the past two years, calculated by quarter, i.e. since April 30, 2021, are eligible to vote at the 2023 Annual Meeting. Join us or Renew your membership today!
March 16, 2023 – Notice of annual meeting emailed to members.
March 30, 2023 – Second notice of annual meeting emailed to members and supporters, including this election process document and names of nominees posted on website. Additional emailings throughout April.
April 11, 2023 – Spring print newsletter mailed, including annual meeting notice.
April 24, 2023– Additional nominees due
April 29, 2023 – Annual meeting will elect board members. New board members take office immediately.
Am I a member in good standing? MAPA members are asked to pay dues or make a donation once a year, but we still count you as a member for one additional year if you forget. So, for this meeting members are those who have made a payment in any amount, even including registration for an event, conference, or membership meeting, since April 30, 2021.
What about family memberships? We apologize that our system is not yet fully recognizing family memberships. If one spouse has made a payment, the other should be counted as a member, but the software does not recognize that. Please attend and vote anyway if this is your situation, while we work on the problem!
Questions? Call the office at 617-354-2169 or email email@example.com.