Nominations are now being sought for the two WAPOR offices to be filled in this fall’s election. The term of each position begins January 1, 2017. This year’s elections include Vice President/President-Elect and Chair of the Professional Standards Committee.
The Vice President/President-Elect will serve on the WAPOR Council for a total of six years—two as Vice President, two as President and two as Past President. The WAPOR Constitution states: “The President shall be responsible for fulfilling the purposes of the Association as its chief representative. S/He shall preside at Council, Executive Council, and the Business Meeting, and serve as the official representative of WAPOR in its relations with other organizations and the public. S/He shall report from time to time to the membership about his or her activities and the activities of the Council and the Executive Council during the year. The Vice President shall act as the President’s deputy. S/He shall automatically become President the following term. S/He shall take over the Presidency if the office becomes vacant.”
The WAPOR Constitution requires that the President and Vice President be from different countries. Consequently, for this office, candidates from Canada are not eligible.
The Chair of the Professional Standards Committee serves a two year term. The WAPOR Constitution states: “The Committee on Professional Standards shall review and adjust – where necessary – the Code of Professional Ethics and Practices and propose amendments from time to time to keep it consistent with contemporary needs and technology and to promote its observance within the profession. For this purpose it shall seek cooperation with other associations in the field.”
Any member who receives 20 nominations will automatically appear on the final ballot. The Nominations Committee will select any other candidates. The WAPOR Constitution requires contested elections for Council. All WAPOR members in good standing for 2016 are eligible to nominate the candidates. Candidates must also be members in good standing.
The deadline for this year’s nominations is September 9, 2016. The Nominations Committee is chaired by WAPOR Past President Alejandro Moreno. Members can send nominations by email to Alejandro Moreno at firstname.lastname@example.org or Renae Reis at email@example.com. Additionally they can be faxed to 1.402.472.7727 or sent by mail to the office of the Secretariat:
c/o University of Nebraska-Lincoln
931 Oldfather Hall
Lincoln, NE 68588-0367