Kathie Cerveny (kathie@EECS.NWU.EDU)
Wed, 7 Feb 1996 12:04:11 -0600
Yes, they are correct. The district nominating system and the committee
does all of the screening of candidates. The CORs have a vote, and the
slate of the entire members-at-large MUST be mailed no later than 2 weeks
PRIOR to the vote.
If there is ONE dissention, the slate is down. If the slate is down, it is
down for 30 days. ALL rules pertaining to the council annual nomination and
election procedures applies if and where nothing different is written within
the COUNCIL/DISTRICT ANNUAL NOMINATING AND ELECTRION PROCEDURES (BLUE
PAPER). It the district holds their annual election less than 30 days to
12/31 of any year, than the district will lapse PRIOR to the required 30
days for the NOMINATING COMMITTEE to address the problem that brought about
the downed slate.
See the publication available on COUNCIL/DISTRICT ELECTION PROCEDURES; your
own CHARTERED ORGANIZATION REPRESENTATIVE manual, no. 33118m latest printing
The election procedure in BSA is NOT the same as other organizations it is:
1. Nominating committee chairman and members are chosen by the current
District Chairman (or Council President if it is a council nominating
2. The proposed nominating chair and members is submitted to the Council Key
3 (Council President; Council Commissioner; and Council Scout Executive)
which must approve, by written notice from the Council President, that the
proposed members are satisfactory to the Council President. He/she may at
this point APPOINT a member of the Council Member-at-large members to sit on
the district nominating committee and/or as chair of such committee to
insure that the BSA and local council by-laws on election procedures are
3. Upon approval (with or without additional appointed members by the
Council President) the District Chairman officially appoints the chair and
4. The committee solicits for nominations for the district committee
members-at-large (but are NOT allowed to solicit for positions on the
5. The District Chairman put up for election MUST be on the slate of
members-at-large, as does the recommended person for district commissioner.
6. At election:
1). written slate must be MAILED to all CURRENT (elected at LAST annual
election ---not newly added people throughout the year ---) members-at-large
and all CORs of the district. IF there are 2 listed CORs for one
organization, that organization has only ONE vote. They may not split it
among themselves, and the double registration should be corrected. The COR
is THE head of the organization's Scouting Dept. Only ONE such head per
organization, no matter how many units.
2). Annual Election Meeting: chaired by Nominating Chairman, NOT the
district chairman or D.E. --- two parts:
a. First the vote BY the members-at-large from the previous annual
slate vote on the proposed slate for members-at-large. (voice
or written ballot is allowed.) If a written ballot is used,
only members of the nominating committee may handle the
ballots, count, etc.
The vote MUST be an all or nothing as explained earlier.
b. Once the members-at-large are voted in - then - the district
chairman can be voted on. IF the district chairman candidate
(who must be on the new members-at-large slate) does not get an
all or nothing vote, he/she is not elected, but the district
does not close down.
c. ALL district vice-chairmen are also on the SAME slate and SAME
vote as the
district chairman. So again - all or nothing vote.
d. Upon election, the new District Chairman RECOMMENDS a candidate
District Commissioner -- and that person is then (on the paper
provided) presented as a nominee to the COUNCIL COMMISSIONER,
approve - present to the Council Executive Board for approval
and vote -
at the council annual meeting (yet another time for you the COR
on an all or nothing vote.
NOTE: No time is the D.E. in this process. We used to refer to our unique
process as a Democratic dictatorship. But --- really --- it gets the job
done -- and
the tenure IS only one year at a time, guys - so if you don't like someone,
get them out
through the proper channels -- present your case to the next nominating
By the way -- the nominating committee are CHARGED by the Council President
Chairman to SPEAK to each person who is being considered, and MAY ask which
three functions the district committee is charged to handle, they would be
working with --- remembering that EVERY member-at-large must be assigned to
one of those
3 functions: membership/program/finance. Commissioners are separately
are never the responsibility of the district committee.
Hope this helps. Your resource (district election procedure) will confirm.
in mind that this is a movement where we have a pled ''On my honor....''
this is just
another one of those times where we can set the example of honor,
Kathie Cerveny VC Membership/Relationships
Northwestern University Troop Committee member
2145 Sheridan Rd. Pack Committee Chairman
Evanston, IL 60208-3118 BSA Trainer
PH:847/467-2172 Eagle EC-215W
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