Monday, January 16, 2012

National Club Election Coming This Spring

Steve Krieg, Chief Inspector of the Election

The annual election for the Club's Board of Directors is now underway. In early March those eligible to vote will be receiving their National Club ballot in the mail or via the Internet if they selected the electronic option. This will include information on the candidates and where you can find additional information on the Club's web site.

The Sierra Club is unique among major national environmental organizations in its emphasis on democratic election of leaders. Some 25,000 members have signed up to receive voting materials via e-mail, thus saving the Club funds in printing and mailing this material to them. But only about 10% of the membership votes. This is troubling.

The Sierra Club is a democratically structured organization at all levels. The Club requires the regular flow of views on policy and priorities from its grassroots membership in order to function well. Yearly participation in elections at all Club levels is a major membership obligation. Your Board of Directors is required to stand for election by the membership. This Board sets Club policy and budgets at the national level and works closely with the Executive Director and staff to operate the Club. Voting for candidates who express your views on how the Club should grow and change is both a privilege and responsibility of membership.

Members frequently state that they don't know the candidates and find it difficult to vote without learning more. You can learn more by asking questions of your group leadership. Also, visit the Club's election web site: http://www.sierraclub.org/bod/2012election/

This site provides links to additional information about candidate, and their views on a variety of issues facing the Club and the environment. You should use your own judgment by taking several minutes to read the ballot statement of each candidate. Then make your choice and cast your vote. Even if you receive your election materials in the mail, please go to the user-friendly Internet voting site to save time and postage. If necessary, you will find the ballot is quite straightforward and easy to mark and mail.

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