National Council Elections
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In 2016, UNA-USA will conduct its election for Regional Representatives to the National Council. The election cycle begins in January, with the announcement of the nominiting process and electronic voting in the spring. Representatives take office at the time of the UNA-USA June Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. Each chapter will be asked to cast one vote per Regional Representative position. National Members will be asked to vote for Representatives from UNA members who are neither affiliated with Chapters nor Divisions.
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Key dates include:
January 11 – February 29, 2016
Nominations for the National Council open until February 29,2016.
April 1, 2016
Voting for the National Council is open until May 1, 2016.
May 9, 2016
Newly elected National Council representatives announced by the current chair of the National Council .
June 13, 2016
New National Council representatives will be sworn in at the Annual Meeting.
Information regarding the election can be found in the bi-weekly Chapter Leader Updates and on the UNA-USA Website. In addition, membership staff will be available to answer all questions, as well as current members of the National Council . Please contact the National Council Nominations Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or comments.
The Council of Chapters and Regions Steering Committee consists of just over 30 people: two, three, or four representatives elected from each region, consistent with the number of members. Representatives are not obligated to serve more than one two-year term.
The Steering Committee meets twice a year, once during the June Annual Meeting and once in New York in early February; its working groups and subcommittees conduct business year-round by email and conference call in preparation for their semi-annual meetings. In addition to overseeing these elections, the Steering Committee works on issues of membership, legislative advocacy, web and social media, external communications, education, WFUNA, and the Council of Organizations. It makes recommendations to both to UNA-USA staff and to delegates at the Annual Meeting. Regional Representatives also work with staff to assist chapters and to help resolve issues that may arise during the year.
The Council of Chapters and Regions is the continuation of the former Council of Chapters and Divisions, consisting of delegates from the 120 Chapters and Divisions in eleven regions around the country. The Council of Chapters and Regions regularly meets during the UNA-USA Annual Meeting in June. The number of delegates to the CCR chosen by each chapter and division is based on the number of members in the chapter or division. Delegates are elected prior to registration for the Annual Meeting and cast votes for institutional change, in addition to electing the Steering Committee. This body is the democratic voice of the UNA membership in making decisions for UNA-USA.