If your chapter is to be a success, you’ll want to ensure that all leadership positions are filled. You’ll find that the process for nominating candidates is different at any given organization, but this process usually revolves around a few key components. If you find yourself looking to fill board positions within your chapter, follow these simple steps.
STEP 1: SPREAD THE WORD
Send an email to your database with a list of available positions and instructions for those looking to apply. Make sure this email clearly communicates the benefits of being a board member, or applying for the available positions. Members can either self-nominate or nominate each other.
STEP 2: FIX YOUR DEADLINE
Ask all interested parties to submit their details to your chapter election leader by a certain date.
STEP 3: SHARE THE ELECTION BALLOT
Ask national to promote your election. Feature it in the weekly newsletter or on your chapter’s webpage.
STEP 4: SEND NATIONAL THE FINAL LIST OF NOMINATIONS
Your election results might be compiled by national. The chapter election leader can then be informed of the winners. This process varies according to each individual organization, so it’s worth checking with national for the full details of this stage.
STEP 5: CONGRATULATE THE WINNERS
It’s now time to announce your winners! Your newly elected chapter board will confirm acceptance of positions.
STEP 6: THE NEXT STEPS
The updated board will then be announced. Often this is done by National. In some cases, National will require that you send elected names to them. You’ll also need to think about updates which might need to be made on your website. Following the announcement, it’s likely that each newly appointed leader will be advised of the next steps they need to take.