Wednesday, January 23, 2013

WPRCA Call for Nominations

January, 2013

Dear WPRCA Member,

On behalf of the Nominations and Elections committee, we would like to inform you of the openings on the WPRCA executive board:

President-Elect (Up to two candidates may run for the position)
This is a three-year position.  In the first year, the president-elect works with the current president and past-president, and is the chairperson of the program committee.  In the second year, duties as president include organizing and leading executive board meetings and mentoring the president-elect.  In the third year, duties as past-president include chairing the Nominations and Elections committee and mentoring the president-elect and current president.
Treasurer (Up to two candidates may run for the position)
This is a two-year position.  The treasurer keeps records of all official financial transactions of the Association, collects all monies due, files appropriate tax forms and information, and performs other related duties.
3 Trustees (Up to nine candidates may run for the three openings)
Elected trustees hold office for three years.  They are expected to attend at least half of the year’s executive board meetings.  As voting members of the board, their input and presence is vital to the organization.

A more detailed description of all of the executive board positions is included in the WPRCA constitution on our website under “Ethics/Standards” (  Please consider nominating yourself or a colleague for one of these positions. The future of our organization depends on current members who are willing to serve and lead.  Since 1939, when WPRCA was first organized, we have been fortunate to have had a constant line of energetic and innovative leaders.  The committee members invite you to join a legacy of service to the counseling profession.
I encourage you to contact me or any of the committee members listed below by phone or email if you have questions, would like to run for office, or would like to nominate a colleague. 
The deadline for nominations is February 8, 2013.  Thank you very much for helping ensure the future leadership of WPRCA.

Best regards,

Nominations and Elections Committee, WPRCA
Marissa Guijarro, Suffern High School
Chair, Nominations and Elections Committee, Rockland Liaison
845-357-3800 ext. 41323

Committee Members
Enrique Cafaro
White Plains High School
Mary Beth Del Balzo, The College of Westchester
Technology Liaison
Kathy Ilardi, Westlake Middle School
Middle School Liaison
Lori Merante, Berkeley College
Membership Coordinator
201-967-9667 Ext 1218
Christine Petrillo, Horace Greeley High School
Northern Westchester Liaison
Bob Sweeney, Mamaroneck High School
Director of Guidance Liaison

Article III – Nominations and Elections
Section 1.   A Nominations and Elections Committee of six members shall consist of the immediate Past President (to serve as Chairperson), President – Elect and four persons from the membership at large, to be appointed by the President.  These should represent elementary and middle school, secondary school, post-secondary school and other areas.  The Membership Chairperson shall serve as an ex-officio member.  Every attempt should be made for this committee to be representative of the tri-county area.
Section 2.   The Nominations and Elections Committee will make final determination of the slate and in no case submit more than two nominations for President-Elect, nine for Trustees, two for Treasurer, two for Secretary.
Section 3.  In the case of Trustee, the three candidates receiving the largest number of votes will be determined trustees.
Section 4.   In the case of a tie, a run-off election will be held and a plurality will determine the winner(s).
Section 5.   A member may not run for more than one position at the annual election.
Section 6.   It shall be the duties of the Nominations and Elections Committee:
a)            to solicit nominations from all members;
b)            to request that all nominations solicited on “a” above, be returned to the committee by a specified date which, in any case, is to be no later than March 15.
c)            To prepare and mail written ballots, no later than April 10 to all those who hold memberships as of March 1;
d)           To request that all ballots be returned to the committee on or before a specified date which, in any case, is to be no later than April 30;
e)            To present a written report of the results of the elections to the Executive Board no later than May 31;
f)             To disseminate the results of the election to the membership.

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