By Patricia Montague, CAE 2016-01-25 16:41:29
Head to the Polls! Over the past 18 months, as we have shared with you in the pages of this magazine, SNA’s leadership has invested considerable time reviewing, reimagining and updating its governance structure. This involves all the authorities, responsibilities and composition of various decision-making units of the organization, such as the Board of Directors, committees, advisory groups, the House of Delegates and so on. One of the most significant—and positive—changes that resulted from all the governance work was the decision to move SNA’s annual election from a two-month period in the fall to a two-week schedule this month, specifically February 15-29, 2016. Why is this a positive change? Because those members who are elected to serve on the SNA Board of Directors will now take office four months after the election, instead of waiting eight long months. These leaders are eager to begin serving after getting the great news that they have won the election, and I’ve always felt bad that they had to wait long in the past. This delay between election and installation is not standard for the vast majority of elected positions in our country, and I believe it is important to give new leaders the opportunity to apply their energy and enthusiasm as soon as possible. As is our practice, the incoming Board members will attend the National Leadership Conference in April, where they will begin their new board orientation and get to know one another. As I mentioned above, another important change in the new election schedule is that we have shortened the time to vote from one month to two weeks. This decision was made after reviewing historical data of SNA’s election participation patterns, which showed that most members vote within the first one to two weeks of the election period. Once again, SNA’s election will be conducted online, through use of an outside, independent vendor and a secure voting website. I hope that many of you will make casting your vote a top priority this month to help ensure that SNA elects the best and brightest to lead the Association and direct the future of school nutrition programs—and this profession. Cast off cynicism that your vote doesn’t matter. It does. You might be surprised to learn that in some past elections the margin of victory for winners was just a handful of votes. Similarly, don’t let your unfamiliarity with the candidates keep you from voting. We want you to participate and make an informed decision, which is why SNA publishes candidate biographies each year and posts these online. Mark your calendar now to visit www.schoolnutrition.org/snaelection between February 15 and 29 to read the candidate biographies, as well as access voting instructions and eligibility details. Election results will be announced sometime the first week in March on SchoolNutrition.org. Be a voice and elect your choice!
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