THE NOMINATIONS PROCESS
In an effort to make the nominations process more transparent, I am writing this article to clarify how the committee selects nominees. The nominations committee meets once each summer, and in the course of a couple hours of very lively debate, selects five nominees: three Lot Owners and two Associate Members. The ideal candidate has a record of sustained service to the Assembly, works well in groups, accepts responsibility, and possesses expertise on issues such as finance, land use and personnel. At least one nominee is chosen because he/she appears to be capable of eventually assuming the CSA presidency. The committee tries to select a slate that represents a balance of ages, genders, interests, and professional backgrounds. The committee ensures that there is always a member of the clergy on the Board of Trustees and avoids nominating individuals known to have personal or factional agendas. Anyone wishing to nominate someone for the Board is encouraged to contact a member of the committee.
Following the committee meeting, I contact each nominee and ask if he or she is willing to serve as a trustee for three years, attend nearly all Board Meetings (particularly the fall meeting), accept the financial costs and the sacrifice of time that go with being a trustee. Most people readily consent to serve as trustees. However, if a nominee asks to be considered at a later date or declares him/herself unable to accept the post, I contact one of the well qualified nominees on the back up list. If there is a vacancy on the Board during the winter, I provide the Executive Committee with one or more nominees from the back up list to serve until the next annual meeting.
Chairing the Nominations Committee is a real privilege. I am grateful to the members of my committee for their energetic participation and for the willingness of CSAers to serve the Assembly.
—Tom Johnson, Chairman, Nominations Committee