Affirmation Presidential Election
September 3, 2017
The Board Of Directors of Affirmation announces the upcoming election for President of Affirmation, which will occur November 1 – 19, 2017. We would like to remind the general membership that voting in the election is reserved for dues-paying Affirmation members. Annual dues of $25.00 must be paid by October 1, 2017. Annual dues for Students, Latin American and Caribbean members are $5.00.
According to the charter and by-laws, the Corresponding Secretary is appointed by the Executive Committee and approved by the Board, to manage the election of the President of Affirmation. After serving almost ten years as Affirmation’s corresponding secretary, Olin Thomas has asked to retire from the position. The Board gratefully acknowledges Olin’s dedication and contribution to the causes of Affirmation, both as Corresponding Secretary and prior to that for five years as president of Affirmation.
We announce that Todd Richardson has been appointed as Corresponding Secretary and has formally accepted the responsibility. Todd has previously served as a vice president and member of the Board of Directors.
Persons interested in running for the office of President must submit a candidacy declaration, along with a bio and platform, to Todd Richardson no later than the business meeting of our annual Affirmation International Conference, happening September 22, 2017 at 4:30 pm. Please email your declaration of intent to run for President to Todd at [email protected]. If you don’t have access to email, you may send a written declaration to Todd Richardson, Corresponding Secretary, Affirmation, 130 West 117th Street, Apt. 1, New York, NY 10026.
Election of the President of Affirmation affords members the opportunity to have an important voice in the direction and priorities of the organization. Further information about the election process and duties of the President may be found at: https://affirmation.org/charter-bylaws/.
The significant growth of Affirmation in membership and global activities has driven the creation and hire of an Executive Director, to manage the day to day operations of the organization. This new position reports to the President and Board of Directors, supporting the work of the Executive Committee and Board. We are pleased to have made this giant leap of progress for Affirmation, and we expect it to lessen the workload of the President to levels more fitting of a volunteer office.
We encourage our diverse membership to come forward with vibrant candidates and to engage in dialogue, to elect a dedicated person prepared to promote the mission of Affirmation and implement a broad vision of social and spiritual community for LGBTQ Mormons.