CALL FOR NOMINEES FOR AAJA SF CHAPTER 2017 ELECTIONS

The San Francisco Bay Area Chapter is holding a fall election for one-year terms starting January 1, 2017 and ending December 31, 2017.

Please read the descriptions for open positions below and submit candidate statements via e-mail to myself, acting chapter president Kevin Lee at eelnivek@gmail.com and board member Lauren Kawana at lauren.akie@gmail.com by Friday, November 18th at 5:00 pm PST.

Candidates will then submit specific information to publish on this year’s ballot, including their name, employer and a statement outlining their experience with AAJA and their reasons for running to be on the board.

Only full members in good standing are eligible to serve on the board and vote in elections. Good standing includes payment of 2016 dues. In the event there is no candidate for a position, the new board can appoint a member. You may nominate yourself or someone else.

The current board decided this year to alter the board structure to streamline operations and account for changes to the journalism industry. The chart below shows the board structure for 2017. Because of the restructuring, all positions in 2017 are up for election.

Current

2016 Board positions

2017 Board positions

President

President

Vice President of Print

Vice President

Vice President of Broadcast

Vice President

Secretary

Secretary

Treasurer

Treasurer

National Board representative

At-large position

At-large position

We decided to eliminate the industry designation for the Vice President positions because we thought the print and broadcast delegations were too restrictive. The open Vice President titles reflect the growing diversity of media. The duties of the national board representative will be delegated to the board members.

ABOUT THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND OPEN SEATS:

The Board of Directors meets regularly to plan activities, programs and fundraisers as well as discuss issues relevant to the chapter and members. All board members and officers have a fiduciary responsibility to the chapter, and assists in the development and organization of at least one chapter event. Board meetings are currently held every month on the second Thursday.

President

·       Oversees management of local board and chapter.

·       Leads board meetings and represents the board and chapter as a whole.

·       Develops relationships with sponsors and assess potential avenues for fundraising

·       Serves as the main spokesperson to the media and the community on behalf of the chapter; represents the chapter in the community.

·       Identifies prospective candidates for board service and ensure their initial involvement in board committees (May delegate to Vice President).

·       Ensures proper orientation of new/current board members (May delegate to Vice President).

·       Works with secretary to prepare meeting materials in advance.

·       Participates in quarterly conference calls with other AAJA presidents.

·       Liaises with other media and community organization presidents.

·       Organizes programs and events in collaboration with the board.

 

Vice President (2 open positions)

·      Assists the President with his/her responsibilities and committee chairs.

·      In the absence of the president, the vice president convenes monthly board meetings and carries out goals within budget according to the chapter bylaws.

·      Develops relationships with sponsors and assess potential avenues for fundraising

·      Liaises with online and print journalists to determine approaches for professional development.

·      Outreaches to online and print organizations to foster connections with AAJA.

·      Attends monthly board meetings.

·      Organizes programs and events in collaboration with the board.

 

Treasurer

·       In general, manages the board financial activities and is responsible for bookkeeping.

·       Encouraged to have a Wells Fargo bank account and/or be familiar with Wells Fargo accounts and statements.

·       Ensures financial records are up to date and provide financial reports to the board, at each meeting.

·       Develops relationships with sponsors and assess potential avenues for fundraising

·       Forecasts spending and earnings for the year.

·       Ensures financial concerns are brought to the attention of the board.

·       Meets and works with auditors and bookkeeper

·       Ensures the proper use of funds and in general the sound management of finances.

·       Creates mid-year and end of year reports to the national office.

·       Creates monthly report/balance sheet for each meeting.

·      Attends monthly board meetings.

·      Organizes programs and events in collaboration with the board.

Secretary

·      Records meeting minutes and distributes minutes following meeting.

·      Is responsible for paperwork of past minutes, etc. and archives essential documents, promotional items etc. Uploads documents to Google Docs.

·      If the secretary cannot attend a meeting, s/he must have another board member record minutes.

·      Fundraises for the chapter and the AAJA national organization.

·      Helps manage chapter social media accounts.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

 

Thanks,

Kevin Lee

Acting chapter president

415-672-9760

eelnivek@gmail.com

Congratulations to the AAJA-SF scholarship recipients for the 2016-2017 school year:

  • Siqi Lin, Stanford University: $2,000
  • Samantha Clark, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism: $1,000
  • Celine Herrera, San Francisco State University: $1,000
  • Payaal Zaveri, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism: $500
  • Jordan Earl Lalata, San Francisco State University: $500

 

We are pleased to assist these impressive candidates as they continue to learn, grow and pursue dynamic careers in journalism.

Thank you to fellow judges Carrie Ching and Leo Zou for their time.

Special thanks to all who support our annual fundraisers by attending events, donating, volunteering, and bidding on silent auction items. This scholarship program would not be possible without your support.

We’re excited to officially welcome our newest board member, Lauren Kawana! Lauren was the former president of AAJA Hawaii, and is a graduate of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism as well as a previous AAJA-SF scholarship awardee. We are delighted to have her on the team.

Here’s her candidate statement with more details on her background and why she wanted to serve:

I have served a term as a board member and a term as the president of the Hawaii AAJA chapter before moving here to the Bay Area in 2012. Previously the managing editor of a business & lifestyle magazine in Hawaii, I moved to the Bay to pursue documentary film and now work for two local documentary production companies. I love the AAJA community and its mission to celebrate fairness and diversity in journalism. I would be happy to further its reach and goals in 2016 as an at-large board member.

In addition to Lauren, we have three returning board members to celebrate: National Rep Kevin Lee, Secretary Christine Hsu, VP of Broadcast Anny Hong and Treasurer Quynh Tran. We’re so happy you will be serving on the board once again!

Here’s a recent board picture that almost has all of us in it (we missed you, Anny!):

From left to right: Ravi Kapur, Donna Tam, Ouynh Tran, Christine Hsu, Lauren Kawana and Kevin Lee.

From left to right: Ravi Kapur, Donna Tam, Quynh Tran, Christine Hsu, Lauren Kawana and Kevin Lee.

One last and very important thing: At-Large Board Member Ling Woo Liu and VP of Print Tomio Geron have stepped down this year. We are sad to see them go, but so grateful for their service. Thanks again for all your hard work!

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