The Nominating Committee of the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) is advising membership that the following officer and director positions are up for election in 2020:
- Central Director
- Eastern Director
- At-Large Director
Elections for these positions will be held at the RRCA Annual Membership Meeting Meeting on March 21, 2020 at 8:15 AM Pacific at the Hilton Portland Downtown, 921 SW Sixth Ave., Portland, OR 97204. Convention registration is not required to attend the Annual Meeting of the Membership.
Terms of Office: The RRCA Bylaws provide for splitting the officers and directors into two groups: Group I (President, Treasurer, Eastern Regional Director, Central Regional Director, and At-Large Directors) took office in May 2018. Group II (Southern Regional Director, Western Regional Director and 2 At-Large Directors) took office in March 2019. Therefore, Group I is up for election at this time and will serve from April 1, 2020 through March 31, 2022.
Nominating Procedure: Details about Officer and Director nominations are covered in the RRCA Bylaws posted online. Candidates are encouraged to nominate themselves by completing the online form and including recommendations or references for the nominating committee to contact. The deadline for nominations is January 6, 2020.
Eligibility Requirements: To be eligible for nomination as an Officer or Director of the RRCA, a nominee must have been a member of the RRCA for at least six months immediately preceding nomination. A prospective nominee shall: (1) support the mission, vision, and values of the RRCA**; (2) demonstrate a commitment to running through prior service to the sport or demonstrated expertise in one or more areas of need; (3) be able to focus in a team environment on high level governance and oversight; (4) be able to participate in discussions with respect and tolerance for differing opinions and ideas; (5) be willing to share power and delegate tasks; and (6) understand the role and responsibilities of RRCA Board Members***. Additionally, Regional Directors must reside in the region for which they are running.
Time & Other Commitments: The RRCA Board of Directors is a governing board, not a managing board. This means the Board spends its time providing oversight and strategic direction for the organization. The employees in the national office, under the direction of the Executive Director, are responsible for the day-to-day management of the organization and annual planning efforts. While the time commitment is not as demanding as serving on a local running club or event board, RRCA Board members must be able and willing to participate in 2 in-person board meetings per year that are held at locations allowing for visibility within the running industry. RRCA covers travel expenses for travel to board meetings. One of the in-person board meetings is held at the RRCA Convention, the other meeting is held late summer and late fall. If a member cannot attend a meeting in-person, calling into a meeting can be arranged. Board members are expected to review periodic emails and quarterly reports from the Executive Director, and Board members are expected to review materials in advance of meetings to be prepared to engage in discussion. Board members may be called upon to serve on committees or task forces as needed. Board members must be willing to make a financial contribution to the RRCA. This donation is separate from winning auction items or buying raffle tickets at the RRCA Convention. We would like your gift to be among your top three donation priorities while you are on the Board, and it should exceed $250.
Nominations: The Nominating Committee, appointed by President Mitchell Garner, will review all nominations and may review other candidates as allowed in the Bylaws. A report from the nominating committee to the members will be prepared and posted with the notice of the Annual Meeting of the Membership in accordance with the Bylaws. The names and qualifications of eligible nominees can be submitted by RRCA club or event members or individual RRCA members, and may include eligible incumbents. The deadline for nominations is January 6, 2020.
Additional Information: The report of the nominating committee, which outlines the recommended slate of directors, shall be shared with the membership by February 5, 2020. At that time other candidates interested in running for a Board of Directors seat may inform the Executive Director about their intent to run. The names of these individuals in addition to the recommended slate of candidates will be shared with the membership 30-days in advance of the Annual Membership Meeting. Following the report of the Nominating Committee at the Annual Membership Meeting, nominations of qualified individuals can be proposed from the floor provided the nominee’s written consent has been obtained or the nominee is present to offer consent at the meeting.
Election: Each position shall be voted on separately by eligible delegates (or their proxies) at the Annual Membership Meeting and will be filled by the candidate receiving the majority of the votes cast.
Nomination Form and Statement: All nominations must be submitted by the nomination deadline using the form below. It is recommended that the candidate complete this form. Results will be directly emailed to the Nominating Committee Chair. Please provide a brief statement (300 words) supporting your nomination. Address the specific qualifications that support your interest in serving on the RRCA board of directors including specific professional skills and abilities in communication, marketing, fundraising, or organizational/leadership appropriate for the board of a national organization. Outline how you fulfill the “Eligibility Requirements” outlined above. Outline your experience with your local club/event including awards, board position(s), and local community involvement. Outline your experience with the RRCA national organization including any committee service, program involvement, awards, convention attendance, contributions, etc. Upload your professional resume (not a race/running resume) along with information for 2-3 people that would recommend you for the RRCA Board of Directors. These should ideally be people that you have worked with in your local running community. A member of the nominating committee will contact your references.