2021 IBOD Election
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.
It's time to cast your vote!
The 2021 election of International Board of Directors members for the 2022-2025 term will be conducted electronically in October and November 2021.
Each Chapter, Member-at-Large and Chapter-at-Large member will be contacted by email with instructions for voting online. Chapters should schedule an election meeting in October or November 2021. If you do not receive the early October 2021 email about voting (be sure to check your Spam folder), contact the Corporate Services department at International headquarters at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Voting will close at 3:00 p.m. Central Time on Wednesday, December 1, 2021. Each Chapter, Member-at-Large and Chapter-at-Large member is responsible for online voting by the deadline date.
Meet the 2022-2025 IBOD Nominees
Seven candidates have been chosen by the Nominating Committee and biographical information provided by each candidate can be found by viewing the Nominee Flyer. Please carefully study the Nominee Flyer to acquaint yourself with the candidates and prepare yourself to vote. Three candidates will be elected for the 2022-2025 term.
The candidates are:
Jeanne d’Arc (JD) Crowe, Canadian Showtime Chorus, Region 16
Annika Dellås, Rönninge Show Chorus, Region 32
Deborah Ferenc, Greater Cleveland Chorus, Region 17
Elaine Hamilton, Forth Valley Chorus, Region 31
Jenny Harris, Harbor City Music Company Show Chorus and Arundelair Chorus, Region 19
Kelli Hinton, Rich-Tone Chorus, Region 25
Valerie Taylor, Vocal Dimension Chorus, Region 31
Chapter Balloting Information, Election FAQs & an important message from Nominating Subcommittee Chair, Patty Cobb Baker
- Download the Chapter Checklist of Election Responsibilities – Chapter Balloting Information
- Download the Frequently Asked Questions – Board Election
Patty Cobb Baker, Chair of the IBOD Nominating Subcommittee, introduces the 2021 nominees in the video below. Thank you to all members for fulfilling the responsibility of participating in our IBOD election!
The Corporate Services department serves as the official staff liaison 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 email@example.com.
In February each year, Chapter Presidents/Team Coordinators are sent information on choosing potential nominees for the International Board of Directors. Chapters are encouraged to look at the leaders in their chorus, region, and the Sweet Adelines world with an eye toward their potential as members of the International Board. The nomination and slate selection process is described in the Policy Book, Section V, Divisions A-C and in the Chapter Guide, Section XI.
- Thorough understanding of and commitment to the mission and vision of Sweet Adelines International to define and pursue goals and to carry out the aims of the international organization
- The ability to think strategically, analytically, critically, creatively, and with vision for the future
- The ability to effectively express thoughts and the reasons for them, via both verbal and written communication
- The ability to work well with others as a member of a collaborative group with decision-making authority
- The ability to adapt to changing circumstances and needs
- The ability to interact respectfully with a variety of personality types and ideologies
- The ability to encourage, coach, and mentor others to foster leadership development within Sweet Adelines
- Working knowledge of Sweet Adelines bylaws, policy, and working practices, related to both governance and the mission of Sweet Adelines International
- Experience in Sweet Adelines International as a chapter officer, and regional or International officer, committee/task force chair or member
- An understanding of the fiduciary duties of loyalty, care, and obedience to the mission and policies of Sweet Adelines International
- Computer skills, with ability to communicate electronically
- Vision and long-range planning experience
- Availability to travel and attend the three annual meetings of the International Board of Directors
- Will support and nurture the culture of philanthropy in Sweet Adelines International
- Possession of earned respect of other key stakeholder group members (for example, International Board of Directors, Regional Leaders, committee/task force chairs, etc.)
- Demonstrates an understanding of governance vs. management
- Earned reputation for emotional maturity, personal integrity, confidentiality, and honesty
If you have questions about the characteristics, experience and requirements, and additional interview/reference items, please contact a member of the International Board of Directors.