Deaf in Government Update (as of March 2019):
In February 2019, the NAD has conditionally approved DIG to be a section of the NAD, with the understanding that when DIG has newly elected leadership, NAD will work with new leadership to formalize this transition of DIG from its own 501(c)(3) status to NAD’s 501(c)(3) as a section.
We are hosting an election to elect five board officers on March 29, 2019 from 6:00PM to 8:00PM at Busboys & Poets (450 K St NW, Washington, DC 20001). Five board officer positions are President, Vice President, and three board members. Potential candidates must be committed to finalize the section formation when elected. A retreat will be planned to go over responsibilities, goals, and programs as a new section with new elected officers.
If you are interested in running for a position, you must submit your interest to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Friday, March 22, 2019, in addition to, attend the election on March 29, 2019. The DIG meeting is open to public, however, only current DIG members and/or government employees may vote (bring work ID to verify active employment).
Food and beverages will be provided at the meeting. Please RSVP on our Facebook event page.
What is the election for? Where can I find the by-laws?
In 2017, Deaf in Government (DIG) members voted to dissolve DIG’s 501(c)3 organization status and to become a section under the National Association of the Deaf (NAD). The current DIG board is hosting an election to elect new officers: President, Vice President, and three board members that will lead the new section under NAD. In collaboration with the NAD staff and CEO, Howard Rosenblum, the new officers will draft new guidelines on how the new section will operate and which events to coordinate (e.g., holiday social, one day seminar, and training conference).
Is there a secretary or treasurer?
There is no need to have a treasurer because NAD will take care of all financials. The funds and assets that DIG currently own will be managed by NAD and restricted to DIG operations. The President and Vice President will work with NAD staff to propose an annual budget and approve spending. Also, the new board will determine how to delegate other responsibilities (e.g., one of the board members will take meeting minutes, and the others will coordinate events).
Is there a term limit for each position? Why five officers?
Currently, the new section does not have a guideline for the election of future officers, however, the best practice we would recommend is every two years. That term limit can be determined by new elected officers. Currently only five new elected officers will lead the new section. If the elected officers determine that the section needs more board members, then they can add additional positions to future elections.
Is NAD membership required?
Prior to the formation of the section, the election of new officers for the section does not require NAD membership. However, active government employees must show work ID to verify employment status if they want to vote on new officers at the event on March 29, 2019. After the election, all officers and members are required to become NAD members and pay section membership. To maintain good standing as a section, there must be at least 15 active members every year. DIG funds may be used to reimburse officers and volunteers that serve a role in DIG section.
What is the current election process?
Announcing Candidates: Candidates are required to submit their interest (and 280 characters bio) no later than March 22, 2019. Each candidate must also be an active government employee and be physically in attendance at the election on March 29, 2019 in order to be considered and elected by voting members. We will announce the names of candidates on March 23, 2019 via website and Facebook event page.
The Election Agenda: The election on March 29, 2019 starts promptly at 6:00PM and ends at 8:00PM. The event will be facilitated by the current President of DIG and the voting process will be managed by the election chairperson (who is not a member of the board). Voting members must be government employees and are required to show work ID at the door to verify active employment. Voting members will vote through paper ballot (closed ballot). The elected officers will be announced in specific order: President, Vice-President, and top three board members. If there’s a tie for the President or Vice President position, members will vote again. If the President or Vice President position is vacant, the elected board member with the most votes will take its place.
Candidate Presentations: Due to limited time constraint, all candidates will be given 3 minutes to present (who they are and why they are running for the section). Each candidate will also have an opportunity to respond to a maximum of three questions from voting members in the audience (one minute each). There is a projector screen available for candidates to use at the venue, but it is not guaranteed that it will work at the time of the event. Additionally, a candidate that would like to present a PowerPoint must bring their own laptop and adapter (DIG is not able to accept any AV requests or provide tech support).
Post Election: The new board officers will meet for an all-day retreat, on a mutually agreed date that is convenient for all new officers and NAD staff. Together they will develop guidelines and organizational structure as DIG section. Outgoing DIG officers will finalize paperwork, and transfer existing documents and assets to NAD.
If you have any questions or would like to run for a position, please email us at email@example.com no later than March 22nd.