Election Central: Regional Delegate information
Represent your fellow members
What are Regional Delegates?
Regional Delegates are non-chapter members selected to represent their region at the national convention.
In September 2016, the House of Delegates voted to give non-chapter members a larger voice in the Societys governance. This vote, in the form of a bylaws amendment, was done for two primary reasons:
– About 41 percent of the Societys members arent affiliated with a chapter.
– Until the vote, only delegates representing chapters could vote on important Society business, such as bylaws changes, updates to the Code of Ethics and resolutions.
Although some discussion was given to eliminate the delegate structure, the Society felt there is still great value in on-floor discussion and debate which happens when delegates meet during the Excellence in Journalism Conference.
To satisfy the desire for important debate, and give voice to non-chapter members, the chapter delegates voted to create a regional delegate system.
This is where you come in.
Role of Regional Delegates
Members chosen to be Regional Delegates will operate in the same way as chapter delegates: They will attend two business meetings at the annual convention, participate in any discussion and ultimately cast votes on behalf of his/her regional peers.
Like chapter delegates, regional delegates will have one vote for every 50 members (or fraction thereof) who are unaffiliated with a chapter. If there are more Regional Delegate volunteers than votes available, we will conduct an election to determine delegates.
Unfortunately, no stipend or reimbursement is available for Regional Delegates.
Requirements of Regional Delegates
Those selected as Regional Delegates are required to review any meeting material and attend the opening and closing business sessions during the annual convention.
Regional Delegates must be members in good standing. They cannot belong to local chapters and must represent the region in which they live.
To help better understand the role, and what happens at the Societys business meetings, delegate training is available at each convention.
How to Become a Regional Delegate
Step 1: Email your name, mailing address, mug shot and a short bio to Shari Lynn Himes before the June 5 deadline.
Step 2: Stand for election (if necessary), which will take place the week of June 12.
Step 3: Register for EIJ before July 25, allowing you to take advantage of the Early Bird Rate.
Step 4: Show up and represent!