March 31st we are having our Annual meeting. What does this mean? Three seats on our Board of Directors are up for election. Our Board of Directors are the members we elect to oversee and steer the direction of the organization. They they hire or elect staff and officers to serve in particular day to day management positions such as President, Wood Shop Manager, and many others. They also approve major policy changes such as the dues schedule.
Currently most of the Board of Directors also serve as Officers, however this is not a requirement. A seat on the Board of Directors is a three year commitment. Officers and staff serve at the direction of the Board of Directors and are responsible for carrying out day to day operations.
If you would like to be submit your name for election to our Board of Directors, please send your name to our secretary (Bob Poate) via email, Secretary[ @ ] tcmaker.org or in person at the Hack Factory. We will leave the candidacy application open until March 7th, 2012 Midnight CST.
We will also be taking input for the Agenda of the Annual Meeting on March 13th at the Monthly Board Meeting. Once we have compiled our candidates and agenda at the March 13th board meeting, a formal announcement for the Annual Meeting will be sent out by March 16th 2012.
The same day that we are having our Annual Meeting we will be having the Quarterly Shop Clean-Up just in time for Minne Faire and an informal general member meeting.
The overall agenda for March 31st is as follows:
- Shop clean up – 10 am to 3pm
- Members meeting / potluck – 4pm – 5pm (or sooner if people want)
- Annual meeting – 5pm – 6pm
The members meetings will be a place for all members to come together and discuss all things Hack Factory related, and a place for members to meet the candidates on the ballot.
Something very important to note: in order to participate in voting, you must have payed your dues for March on or before March 1st. Per our bylaws, only members in good standing are qualified to vote. So that means if you submit your member dues after March 1st you will be ineligible to vote on March 31st. If that is the case, we would still welcome you to come to the potluck and clean up, but you will not be able to vote.
**edited for policy accuracy, pardon the earlier error**