March 7 Deadline to Declare Intent to Run for Board of Directors Position
This year is a great time to get involved with Little People of America. 2014 is an Election Year for Little People of America, (LPA). Eleven members sit on the LPA Board of Directors. All 11 seats are up for election. A Board Term is three years and each position has a two-term limit.
Serving as a board member is challenging and rewarding experience. The Board holds at least four meetings each year. Meetings include daylong meetings during the National Conference and quarterly two-hour conference calls. In addition to the four meetings, each position carries specific responsibilities which at least several hours a week to time. With this commitment, LPA Board Members have the opportunity to represent the membership, manage programs, lead policy efforts, and build the organization.
All members of LPA are invited to review the positions and the eligibility criteria for the positions. Qualified members are encouraged to run for a board position. The deadline for declaring intent to run for a position is March 7, 2014. To declare your intent, send an email to Gary Arnold (President, firstname.lastname@example.org) and Ron Piro (National Election Committee,RonPiro@aol.com ). Include in the email your full name, contact information, and the position you are interested in.
Senior Vice President
Public Relations Director
Fund Development Director
Eastern Regional At-Large Representative
Central Regional At-Large Representative
Western Regional At-Large Representative
A. The President and Senior Vice President must have been an active eligible voting member for four membership years and have served in an elected or appointed position at the national, district or chapter level for at least two membership years.
B. Directors must have been active eligible voting members for three membership years.
C. Candidates shall make their intent of running for a position on the Board of Directors known 120 days prior to a national election, by notifying the Voting/Election Committee or President in writing.
D. Candidate is not required to be a person of short stature.
E. Voting shall be by the membership. The Board of Directors will vote in the case of a tie. The candidate who receives the most popular votes shall be elected. Mail-in ballots will be used.
1. Shall preside at all national meetings of the members, meetings of the Board of Directors.
2. Shall appoint all temporary committees.
3. Shall assist the Programs Director with all committees and communications, which involve confidential personal and financial information. She/He will assist with Grants and Loans awarded by Little People of America, Inc.
4. Shall recruit Committee Chairpersons for all standing Committees and bring recommendations to the Board of Directors for approval.
5. Shall oversee the following Committees: Bylaws and Policy, Executive, and Personnel, and any Committee not specifically assigned to another Director or Vice President.
6. Shall be the District Director coordinator and be responsible for encouraging and providing support to all Districts and District Directors.
G. Senior Vice President
1. Shall, in the absence of the President at meetings, assume the duties of the President.
2. Shall be chapter coordinator and be responsible for encouraging and establishing new chapters in appropriate areas.
3. Shall oversee responsibilities as assigned by the President.
4. Shall assist District Directors with the development of local membership not served by chapters.
5. Shall oversee the Employment and Historian Committees.
H. Finance Director
1. Shall review and make recommendations to the Board of Directors on all investment decisions and strategies as defined by the Finance Committee.
2. Shall establish and maintain guidelines for approval by the Board of Directors for safeguarding of assets.
3. Shall define, implement and monitor all internal financial controls of LPA Inc.
4. Shall review with other members of the Board of Directors and respond to recommendations made by the Finance Committee.
5. Shall make recommendations to the Board of Directors on the allocation of funds for all grants and loans awarded by LPA.
6. Shall oversee the Finance Committee.
I. Membership Director
1. Shall be responsible for overseeing the development and maintenance of programs that meet the concerns of the members.
2. Shall oversee the following Committees: Parent, Young Adult, Teen, Older Adults, International and Information Technology.
3. Shall be responsible for overseeing the database and staff, contractors, and volunteers with access to the database.
J. Programs Director
1. Shall meet the specialized needs of the dwarfism community population through grant and loan programs.
2. Shall oversee the programs that allocate funds to applicants in the short stature community.
3. Develop further programs deemed necessary and beneficial to the membership and general dwarfism community.
4. Shall oversee the Adoption Committee.
K. Public Relations Director
1. Shall inform and educate the public about LPA and our concerns.
2. Shall be responsible for coordinating and managing those activities dealing with public relations and publicity for the organization.
3. Shall oversee those committees that deal with the media and public relations and the Outreach Committees.
4. Shall be responsible for working with the LPA Today editor and supervise activity.
L. Advocacy Director
1. Shall inform and educate the disability community about LPA and our concerns.
2. Shall represent LPA at disability awareness meetings and with disability organizations.
3. The Advocacy Director will cover all aspects of advocacy – participating with the disability community, medical advocacy with health insurance issues, employment advocacy, school advocacy, and other areas that may impact the dwarfism community.
4. Shall oversee the Advocacy Committee.
M. Fund Development Director
1. Shall work with the Board of Directors and LPA Staff on identifying fundraising goals.
2. Shall be responsible for research and application for applicable grants and granting programs on behalf of LPA.
3. Shall oversee the Fundraising Committee.
N. Eastern Regional At-Large Representative
1. Shall be a member of, a representative of, and liaison for Districts 1, 2, 5, 3, 13 and 4.
O. Central Regional At-Large Representative
1. Shall be a member of, a representative of, and liaison for Districts 6, 9, 7, and 8.
P. Western Regional At-Large Representative
1. Shall be a member of, representative of, and liaison for Districts. 10, 11 and 12.
Q. Regional Representatives
Regional Representatives will be involved in, or lead, any special projects, committee positions or needs as voted on or identified by the Board of Directors
Regional Representatives will be voted in to office by the regions from which they serve.
Regional Representatives do not need to have prior chapter or district experience, however they must have an interest in serving the national organization and preferably some demonstrated skills to bring to the job and Board of Directors.
Regional Representatives shall be responsible to run a fundraising effort to benefit the national organization once a year. A fundraising effort may be as simple as a letter campaign, or a more organized effort with in the Districts they serve. A budget for fundraising efforts must be presented to the Board of Directors for approval.