N E W S
SEEKING CANDIDATES FOR AEU BOARD POSITIONS
To the Societies, Fellowships and Circles of the American Ethical Union: The Board Development Committee of the American Ethical Union is seeking candidates to run for election to positions on the Board of Trustees and/or as officers at the next AEU Assembly in June. Participation by the broadest range of member organizations in the AEU will help assure the vitality of the Ethical Movement and the effectiveness of its democratic institutions. We ask you to disseminate this information within your community and to encourage your most active and talented members to participate in AEU activities. The Board of Directors is the principal governing body of the American Ethical Union outside of the annual Assembly of organization delegates. Directorship is a responsible position bearing fiduciary duties and requiring fidelity, confidentiality, non-conflict of interest and prudence under both the by-laws and the laws of the State of New York, under which the AEU is organized. The Board of Directors is composed of nine elected members who each serve for a three year term. (Two additional Directors are appointed by the National Leaders Council.) Three positions are up for election each year at the annual Assembly. A Director may serve up to two consecutive terms. Participation on the Board will require attendance at seven meetings a year. Travel, lodging and meal expenses are not automatically reimbursed at this time, so each Director must be prepared to bear these costs. Such expenditures may be tax deductible to the Director. To the extent resources permit, some expenses may be reimbursable to someone residing far from the East Coast if that would encourage participation. Meetings by electronic means have occasionally been employed and it is expected that its use will be expanded in the future. In addition, there are conference call meetings and email correspondence. It is expected that Directors will be generally proficient with the use of email, computer/ electronic communications and the internet. There is an expectation that all Directors will be committed and engaged and that they will participate in committee activities and make funding contributions to the organization as well. For any member in good standing whom your organization may recommend for nomination to the Board, please send a letter, a resume and contact information to the AEU Office, att: the Board Development Committee, at its main offices at 2 West 64th St., New York, N.Y. 10025 or to the email address Lmiller.email@example.com no later than March 30, 2012. The Board Development Committee will assemble a slate of candidates that may include more than the slots that are open, in which case the delegates attending the Assembly will choose among them. In addition, an individual may run independently of the official slate for election to the Board as a director or as an officer (president, vice president, secretary and treasurer). Persons seeking to present themselves as independent candidates for board director positions must submit a petition containing ten (10) signatures. Persons seeking to present themselves as independent candidates for officer positions must submit a petition containing the signatures of fifty (50) members representing at least five (5) different Societies. Officers must also be Directors. Petitions would have to be submitted to the AEU office prior to April 18, 2012. Additional information and petition forms are available to anyone interested in seeking to participate on the AEU Board by promptly calling the AEU Office at (212) 873-6500 or writing to Lmiller.firstname.lastname@example.org AND DONíT FORGET - - there are committees which need your help, too. Bring your expertise, interest, energy and passion to the whole Ethical Movement by joining an AEU committee! Encourage your membership to call or write to the AEU office and inquire today!