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2023 Director Elections & Proposed USSA Bylaw Amendments

 

2023 Proposed USSA Bylaw Amendments
The following USSA bylaw amendments will be on the ballot the fall of 2023. Please reach out to a USSA board member with any question you may have. Ballots will be mailed by September 1st and must be returned, in the provided envelope, postmarked on or before October 1st.

Allowance for Electronic Correspondence and Voting
Passed – 56 approve, 2 disapprove

Article V. Directors. Section 4. Election of Directors. Candidates for a director’s position shall cause to be delivered to the USSA office a letter of nomination, which letter shall be received at the office by August 1 of that year. An official ballot containing the names and resumes of district candidates shall be mailed to all members of the association by September 1 of that year. To vote in the election of Directors, a member must return the ballot to a location at the board of directors’ discretion October 1 of that year. Director applicants receiving the most votes in his/her district shall be deemed elected. In the event of a tie, the present directors will pick the winner or one of the tie candidates may choose to refrain from election. The secretary of the USSA will inform, by mail, all voting members of the election results.

Proposed Amendment: Candidates for a director’s position shall be delivered to the USSA office a letter or correspondence via email stating intent to seek election as a director in the organization by August 1 of that year. An official ballet containing the names and resumes of district candidates shall be mailed or emailed (based on membership preference specified when annual dues are paid) to all members of the association by September 1 of that year. To vote in the election of Directors, a member must either return the ballot to a location at the board of directors’ discretion by October 1 of that year or vote electronically by the third-party electronic voting process the association is utilizing at that time (based on membership preference specified when annual dues are paid). Director applicants receiving the most votes in his/her district shall be deemed elected. In the event of a tie, the present directors will pick the winner or one of the tie candidates may choose to refrain from election. The secretary of the USSA will inform all voting members of the election results.

Reason for considering an amendment: This will allow for modernization of correspondence and voting to reduce delays due to mailing and save the association the cost of postage.

Special Meeting Notice Requirements
Passed  – 49 approve, 7 disapprove
Article V. Directors. Section 10. Special Meetings. A special meeting of the Board may be called at any time by the President, or any three or more of the Directors by giving ten days’ notice of such meeting to each member of the Board of Directors, either personally or by mail, stating the time, place and purpose of any such meeting.

Proposed Amendment: A special meeting of the Board may be called at any time by the President, or any three or more of the Directors by giving five days’ notice of such meeting to each member of the Board of Directors, either personally or by mail, stating the time, place and purpose of any such meeting.

Reason for considering an amendment: In times when special meetings may be needed, this allows the board to be more responsive and stay within bylaws.

 

Director Elections
Intent to run submission deadline was August 1.

Election Candidates
District 1
Seat up for election: One 3-year term
District 1 Vacancy Notice– No intent to run submitted.

District 2
3-year term
Diane Russell – 8
Bill Fulton – 6
Bill Zwyers – 5
 
2-year term
Bill Zwyers – 6
Bill Fulton – 3
Diane Russell – 8
 
1-year term
Bill Fulton  – 8
Diane Russell – 1
Bill Zwyers  – 7

District 2 Candidate Bios

District 3
Seat up for election: One 3-year term
District 3 Vacancy Notice – No intent to run submitted.

District 4
3-year term
Joe Emenheiser – 11
Chris Auville – 9
Randy Hodges – 10
 
2-year term
Chris Auville – 11
Joe Emenheiser – 5
Randy Hodges – 5

District 4 Candidate Bios


Director Openings*
District 1 – one 3-year term
District 2 – one 3-year term, one 2-year term, one 1-year term
District 3 – one 3-year term
District 4 – one 3-year term, one 2-year term
*For districts with more than one seat up for election, the candidate receiving the most votes will fill the longest term, the candidate with the second most votes will fill the second longest term, etc. 

PLEASE NOTE USSA DISTRICTS BELOW.

For eligibility requirements, review the USSA Bylaws here.

Next steps for those interested in running for a director opening:

  1. If you or a USSA member you know would like to be a candidate for the upcoming USSA Directors elections, here’s a brief overview of your next steps: Submit a letter of intent declaring that you are willing to be a candidate for the USSA Board of Directors Election. Letters of intent are due in the USSA Office by August 1, 2023. The letter must be faxed, emailed or mailed to the USSA Office, PO Box 121, Holland, IA 50642. Letters of intent submitted through mail must be postmarked by the deadline date. Phone calls are not acceptable.
  2. Within one week of the deadline, candidates must submit a brief personal bio as well as a photo to the USSA Office. The personal bio should be approximately one-half of an 8 ½ x 11 page. The content of candidate bios should discuss the candidate’s qualifications, reasons they feel they are a good director candidate and any thoughts/ideas they may have on improving the association and Suffolk breed. Candidates who do not submit a personal bio and photo will only have their name listed on the election ballot.

 

 

 


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