Special chapter elections: Inviting candidates

It’s election season again! Now is the time for you to step up and help lead our chapter of 200-strong members into an amazing 2015.

We have these positions coming open, which will begin on February 6 and last for a term of two years (until December, 2016), with the exception of at-large board member B. Descriptions below.

  1. ONE Chapter president
  2. ONE China vice president
  3. ONE National Board Representative
  4. ONE At-large board member A
  5. ONE At-large board member B (By-election – replacing the resigned member, term until December 2015)

Key Deadlines

January 30: Candidate Letters*

Submit a letter of candidacy to this email address by this date. All letters will be posted on the AAJA-Asia chapter website.

February TBA: Election Week

All AAJA-Asia members will receive an electronic ballot to vote. All votes must be made beforemidnight, February TBA.

February TBA: Announcement of winners and start of new term

In addition to helping lead professional and social events in your cities and countries, all AAJA board members are required to call in to a monthly virtual board meeting to update chapter leaders on programming, future planning and simply to stay connected with a friendly hello across our vast distances.

Questions? E-mail Billy Wong, AAJA-Asia Election Chair at this email: billywsk(at)connect.hku.hk.

Good luck in your candidacies and we look forward to working with you to take AAJA-Asia into 2015 and beyond helping members get jobs, professional training, network with contacts and just have fun!

Warmest regards,

Billy Wong

AAJA-Asia Election Chair


*What is a candidate letter?

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.

Post Descriptions

1) AAJA-Asia President
The president, in conjunction with the rest of the board, sets the strategy and overall direction for the chapter, chairs chapter board meetings and is the public face of the chapter. Other responsibilities include:

  • Serves as the main spokesperson on behalf of the chapter; represents the chapter in the community.
  • Works with secretary to prepare meeting materials in advance.
  • In general, ensures board operations run smoothly.

2) China Vice President 

Regional vice presidents are the point persons for AAJA in their respective cities. They answer question about AAJA and plan and coordinate local events. They also work with the president and other officers to set overall direction for the chapter. They may also be designated to assume the responsibilities of the president in his or her absence.

3) At-large Board Members
Chapter board members help set direction for the chapter. They are also expected to take charge of a specific area such as fundraising or membership and recruitment. They answer questions from members, work to increase membership and engage in membership outreach.

4) National Board Representative 

This position is the chapter’s representative platform 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 200 full members, we have one additional seat to fill to represent us at National.