The annual election of club officers will take place at our December 21 meeting. All five offices are up for election: President, Vice President of Membership, Vice President of Programs, Secretary, and Treasurer.My question: Is a "nominating committee" really an appropriate method for selecting the future leadership of a "Democratic" organization?
A nominating committee is now being formed which will present its recommended slate of officers. Nominations will also be accepted from the floor at the December meeting.
Please plan to come and vote! If you are interested in running for office, stay tuned for instructions on how to notify the nominating committee.
While, in a practical sense, slates are commonly part of selecting leadership in political organizations - including government - appointing a committee to forward a slate of officers sounds decidedly more corporate than grassroots to me. Though nominations are allowed from the floor, what are the chances that on so nominated will win? And though candidates for public office may be vetted and endorsed by grassroots clubs, is applying such a method on a micro level appropriate? Shouldn't any would-be leader be compelled to campaign member-to-member?
I've long been opposed to slates for the internal governance of clubs and other local level organizations because to me they seem to reflect the very patriarchal heirarchy which the Democratic Party seems to love to oppose publicly. And if one is looking for a way to get more involved and sees a pre-approved slate of insiders, how welcoming will that club seem?
This plan rubs me the wrong way. But I'd love your input or anecdotal evidence of the methods employed by other community-based clubs and orgs.