THE DEADLINE FOR RECEIPT OF POTENTIAL INTERNATIONAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS NOMINEE APPLICATIONS AT INTERNATIONAL HEADQUARTERS IS MAY 4, 2017.

The International Board of Directors functions as the governing and decision-making body of the organization. The Board elects the officers of the corporation. The International Board of Directors has authority to do all things necessary to fulfill the purpose of the organization, including strategic planning, the levying of fees and the execution of contracts. Board members work with the international headquarters staff to monitor and administer the organization’s programs.

January is the time to start thinking about choosing potential nominees who, if nominated and elected, will serve the 2018-2021 International Board of Directors term. It is each chapter's opportunity to participate in the selection of potential nominees for the International Board of Directors. Look at the leaders in your chorus, your region, and the Sweet Adelines world with an eye toward their potential as members of the International Board. Each chapter board of directors or management team may recommend potential nominees to the chapter; however, the actual selections should be made by vote of the chapter membership.

When a chapter has selected potential nominees who have all, or most of the qualifications listed below, the International Board of Directors 2017 Potential Nominee Application is to be completed by each potential nominee. The Good Standing Statement portion of the application should be completed and signed by two Chapter Officers and mailed or emailed to the Corporate Secretary at International Headquarters.

The IDEAL potential nominee should work well on her own and as a team member to define and pursue goals, and to carry out the aims of the International Organization. Her qualifications should also include the following:

  • Positive, objective attitude
  • Good listening skills
  • Critical and analytical thinking as well as imaginative and creative thinking
  • Effective verbal and written communications skills
  • Knowledge of and ability to use available resources
  • Computer skills, with ability to communicate electronically
  • Vision and long-range planning experience
  • Ability to adapt easily to different environments
  • Ability to relate to a variety of personality types
  • Training and experience in a field which could be of value to the International Board
  • Experience in Sweet Adelines International as a chapter, regional or International officer, committee chair or committee member
  • Thorough understanding of the mission and goals of Sweet Adelines International
  • Professional appearance and dress

The Corporate Bylaws provide for a three-year term of office for members of the International Board of Directors. In 2017, four nominees will be chosen and two directors will be elected. During its 2017 meeting, the Nominating Committee will carefully consider all the nominee applications received from the chapters and from members of the committee. After all potential nominees’ qualifications have been discussed the Nominating Committee will select four nominees.

Information on these nominees will be provided in The Pitch Pipe and online so that you have a chance to familiarize yourself with the candidates. Ballots containing the names of the four nominees will be sent to the chapters, Chapter-at-Large members, and Members-at-Large in October 2017. Chapters are requested to schedule their election meetings for International Board Members in October or November 2016. All official ballots must be cast by 3:00 p.m. Central Time on the first Wednesday in December.

Remember that you play a vital role in the selection of this most critically important group! THE DEADLINE FOR RECEIPT OF POTENTIAL NOMINEE APPLICATIONS AT INTERNATIONAL HEADQUARTERS IS MAY 4, 2017.

Please click on the following link to access the 2017 International Board of Directors Potential Nominee Application information. Please click on the following link to access the Chapter Guide, Section XI: International.

Questions or comments about the election for International Board of Directors should be directed to the Corporate Services department at International headquarters (corp_secy@sweetadelineintl.org).

2016 Election of International Board of Directors

The election to select members to serve on the International Board of Directors concluded Wednesday, December 7, 2016, and following the election, the International Board of Directors appointed two additional members to the International Board of Directors. The following members will begin their term on May 1, 2017, and will serve along with the continuing members of the Board:

Paula Davis, Song of Seattle Chorus, Region 13 – serving a three-year elected term May 1, 2017, to April 30, 2020

Cammi MacKinlay, Lions Gate Chorus, Region 26 – serving a three-year elected term May 1, 2017, to April 30, 2020

Renée Porzel, Melodeers Chorus, Region 3 – serving a three-year elected term May 1, 2017, to April 30, 2020

Mary Rhea, O.K. City Chorus, Region 25 – serving a three-year elected term May 1, 2017, to April 30, 2020

Sharon Cartwright, Northern Beaches Chorus, Region 34 – serving a one-year appointed term May 1, 2017, to April 30, 2018

Jeanne d’Arc (JD) Crowe, Canadian Showtime Chorus, Region 16 – serving a one-year appointed term May 1, 2017, to April 30, 2018

The Corporate Services department serves as the official staff liaisons to the International Board. If you would like to send a message to the International President or a member of the International Board, please contact this department at corp_secy@sweetadelineintl.org.