Southern Division Elections
Bill Smith
Election for the position of Southern Division Director
February 2017

This coming year, 2017, we will once again hold an election for our Division Director (DD). Currently Byrd White serves the Division in that important position and is eligible to be re-elected for two additional two year terms.

Anyone interested in submitting a nomination for the Division Director’s position must do so before February 10th. With that in mind, now is the time for anyone interested in running for the DD position to prepare a submission and get it in. All nominations must be received by the Election Coordinator before the deadline date of February 10th, 2017.

Electronic submissions are preferred and can be sent to me at the email address shown below.

The election procedure further requires that all nominations must be accompanied by a signed acceptance of the nominee. The nomination must also be accompanied by a one-page resume of the candidate’s qualifications for office. The applicant also has the option to include a platform statement.
Specific qualifications for the DD can be found in the By-Laws that are published on the Southern Division website.

Ballots, resumes and platform information will be sent to all Patrol Representative’s in mid-February. Each Patrol shall have one vote to be cast by the Patrol Representative of record as of January 1st of election year.

Each patroller is encouraged to take an active part in this election by reviewing the nominee’s position and qualifications and voicing your opinion to your respective Patrol Representative.

Nominations should be sent to:

Bill Smith, Election Coordinator
6 Long Bridge Road
Hampton, VA 23669
(757) 810-1690
skibill13@cox.net

Byrd White's Resume • Byrd White's Nomination Letter



Summary of the NSP Southern Division Election Procedure

Elections are held every other year, on the odd number years. The election is for the Division Director who serves a two-year term with a maximum of three consecutive terms.

Every patrol in the Southern Division has one vote that is cast by the Patrol Representative of record. The Division staff appointments are made by the Division Director with the exception of the Past Division Director who automatically serves a two-year term concurrent with the newly elected Division Director.

The election procedure requires that all candidates must submit a resume of qualifications and have the option to include a platform. Specific qualifications for DD can be found in the By-Laws that are published in the Southern Division website. The candidate’s information is published in the January/Mid-Winter issue of the Southern Cross.

All patrollers are encouraged to take an active part in this election procedure by reviewing the nominee’s position and qualifications and voicing their opinions to the Patrol Representative. For more details refer to the Southern Division website.

Division Director Election Announcement

This coming year, 2015, we will once again hold an election for our Division Director (DD). Currently Richard Boyer serves the Division in that important position and is eligible to be re-elected for one additional two-year term.

Earlier this summer, I outlined the Division Election Procedures on the division website. Please refer to that post on the Division website for details of the process.

The procedure calls for anyone interested in submitting a nomination for the Division Director’s position, to do so before December 1st prior to the election year. With that in mind, now is the time for anyone interested in running for the DD position to prepare their submission and get it in. All nominations must be received by the Election Coordinator before the deadline date of December 1, 2014. Electronic submissions are preferred and can be sent to the email address shown below.

The election procedure further requires that all nominations must be accompanied by a signed acceptance of the nominee. The nomination must also be accompanied by a one-page resume of the candidate’s qualifications for office. The applicant also has the option to include a platform statement. Specific qualifications for the DD can be found in the By-Laws that are published on the Southern Division website.

Each candidate’s information will be published in the January/Mid-Winter issue of the Southern Cross and posted on the Division website for all to see. Ballots, resumes and platform information will be sent to all Patrol Representative’s in January. Each Patrol shall have one vote to be cast by the Patrol Representative of record as of January 1st of election year.

Every patroller is encouraged to take an active part in this election by reviewing the nominee’s position and qualifications and voicing your opinion to your respective Patrol Representative.

Nominations should be sent to:

Bill Smith, Election Coordinator

NSP 2016 Board of Directors Election is Open
October 15, 2016

The 2016 National Board of Directors Election has begun. There are five open spots and 9 candidates. We encourage you to log on to the NSP website and click "Elections" from the "Quick Links" box to review the candidate applications and platform statements. The platform statements were also published in the 2016 Board Election Pamphlet sent with the fall Ski Patrol Magazine. After you have decided who to vote for, click the "Vote" button on the main "Member Resources" page (the initial page you are taken to after logging in). This button will take you to the external voting site, verify your member number, and allow you to cast your votes for the candidates you choose.

Please encourage your fellow patrollers to vote as well! If you do not have a current email address in the NSP system (which you need in order to vote), or are having trouble logging into the website, please contact nsp@nsp.org or call 303-988-1111 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., MST, Monday through Friday. If you are having trouble voting, please make sure you contact the office no later than November 26 to allow time for processing and voting.

The "Ask the Candidates" forum is open on the NSP Member Forum. Click the "Board Candidates Forum" link from the "Quick Links" box to post questions of the candidates.

Voting opens today, Oct. 15, and closes on Monday, Dec. 1, at 4:00 p.m. MST. Please make sure to cast your vote!

For reference, please see the Score sheet and the Southern Division Election Memo
2014 NSP Board of Directors Election
September 15, 2014

This year there will be five open seats on the NSP Board of Director's. Seventeen individuals expressed an interest in the positions. Over the summer the Nominations Committee narrowed the list to 12 qualified candidates.

Last year the Southern Division had a great voting turnout in the National election thanks to all of the efforts put into promoting that process. We hope to do at least that well again this year.

Many patrollers typically ask their line officers (or former line officers, program advisors, etc.) for "recommendations" on who to vote for in the board positions. They believe the leader has read the candidate's information, they trust the leader's opinion, they believe the leader is more involved and informed on the issues and they believe that the leader has the ability to network with other leaders across the country and become better informed on issues and the candidates. Often they just don't have the time to read all of the related materials, so they don't vote.

In an effort to keep Southern Division patrollers informed, the Division leadership has appointed a Candidate Evaluation Committee (with each Region having an opportunity to provide input) to evaluate the National BOD candidates and make available to the Southern Division membership their findings. That group will soon begin the process of reviewing candidate materials and scoring each candidate based on specific criteria.

Prior to the election cycle beginning, the NSP Board identified attributes of being a good board member. Utilizing that criteria, each Board candidate will be scored on ten criteria that were identified in that process and by Southern Division leadership. The scores will be tabulated and the top candidates identified. This would not be a "single slate" or "approved" list, but rather it is a detailed review and collective scoring of the candidates by the evaluation team. The candidates that best fit the criteria will be identified and deemed “Most Qualified”.

As quickly as this work is completed it will be shared with each Southern Division patroller (in early October) for them to use (or not use) as they see fit. The end goal is to have more Southern Division patroller's participate in the election process.

The voting process is scheduled to begin October 15th and remain open until 4:00 PM MST, December 1, 2014. I encourage each patroller to vote, as it does make a difference in your leadership, the future of the organization, recruiting, and fundraising.

If anyone has trouble logging on (you will need a password and email account) call the National Office at (303-988-1111. If you do not have an email address, please contact the national office.