Chapter elections are upon us – now is your time to lead!
With the tremendous growth we’ve had in the past year, the Asia board wants your voice, your charisma and your experiences to help advance us even further into 2014 and 2015.
We have seven board member positions that will be contested on October 31st. These positions are each two-year terms. Descriptions follow below. If you are a full AAJA-Asia member then you are eligible to run.
You can signal your intent through one of two ways: writing a personal letter of candidacy or by a nomination letter from another chapter member. Your letter should be no more than 250 words detailing how you would help advance AAJA-Asia’s goals and what you can bring to the table for our more than 200 members.
Associate members and student members are not eligible to run. Student members are eligible to vote.
AAJA-Asia’s Bruce Harrison, in Seoul, will be running this year’s election. A big thanks to Bruce for his service. Please e-mail him your letter of intent or nomination by this Saturday, October 19 at harrison.j.bruce(at)gmail.com. He will collate and upload all letters to our Asia chapter website for the voting public to read.
Campaigning begins immediately thereafter. Online voting will begin Monday, October 28 and endThursday, October 31. Ballots will be sent to all active AAJA members via email.
As we move ahead with new board members, I’d like to give a huge thanks to our Seoul VP Hannah Bae, Chapter Secretary Wendy Tang in Hong Kong and At-Large Members Amy Wu, now in Washington D.C. and Pradeep Kaphle in Nepal who are stepping down from their current positions.
Election questions? Send them to the AAJA-Asia board at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Good luck in your campaign and get out your vote!
Together we rise.
AAJA-Asia Open Board Seats
National Board Representative (2)
These two positions are the chapter’s representative platforms to the national advisory board, similar to U.S. senators to Congress. AAJA-Asia must be represented in person at the two advisory board meetings held every year in the United States. One of the meetings occurs at the national convention. The board representatives will keep the Asia chapter board apprised of national policies and procedures. S/he will write summary report of the national board meetings that will be provided to the Asia board. In light of AAJA-Asia’s new status as a large chapter, defined as having more than 100 full members, we have one additional seat to fill to represent us at National.
The Secretary will keep a book of minutes of all board meetings and membership meetings. The minutes will be posted on the chapter web site. The secretary also must monitor the chapter website, e-mail account and other public areas, such as the Facebook page. S/he will handle correspondence with chapter members.
Hong Kong Vice-President
The Hong Kong Vice-President serves as the chief organizer for AAJA-Asia affairs in the Chinese territory that include social and educational events, maintaining strong relationships with current partners and universities, outreaching to new networks and looking for fundraising opportunities in support of AAJA-Asia programs and educational stipends. S/he reports to the Asia chapter board and attends all monthly Skype board meetings.
The Seoul Vice-President serves as the chief organizer for AAJA-Asia affairs in the South Korean capital that include social and educational events, maintaining strong relationships with current partners and universities, outreaching to new networks and looking for fundraising opportunities in support of AAJA-Asia programs and educational stipends. S/he reports to the Asia chapter board and attends all monthly Skype board meetings.
At-Large Members (2)
These members serve to represent specific AAJA-Asia interests whether geographic, in parts of Asia-Pacific where fewer members reside such as Taiwan or Nepal, or topical, with regards to student affairs, fundraising or stipend programs.