As some of you may know, we learned in late September that Gabrielle Lanier, our long-term Secretary, will be stepping down from this position. We are all enormously appreciative of her long and invaluable service on the Board and the executive committee of the VAF. Gabrielle has a particularly intimate knowledge of our organization; she knows how we look from the outside, from the inside, and she knows an awful lot about each of us as individuals. That knowledge and her prompt and helpful response to pleas for help and for information have been critical to our deliberation and decision making over the years. We are in her debt for this exceptional contribution to VAF.
The nominations committee is at work to find a new Secretary, and we would welcome volunteers or suggestions for this critical position.
As noted in our Bylaws, Section V G: “The Secretary shall serve a term of five years as Secretary of the Board of Directors and shall be responsible for the maintenance of the Forum’s minutes, corporate records, and such other records as may be specified by the Executive Committee. The Secretary may be renominated for an additional five-year term.”
The Secretary serves on the Executive Committee, takes minutes at the Board’s twice-yearly meetings, handles our corporate and copyright filings, and has traditionally handled membership and responded to inquiries about the VAF. Some aspects of the Secretary’s duties, in particular these last, will be modified with our transition to the Wild Apricot system. Because the Secretary, like the Treasurer, serves a longer term than other Board members, this individual plays a special role in maintaining continuity and institutional memory.
Please let me know if you are interested in serving VAF in this way or if you have a suggestion of someone who would do well in this role.
Claire Dempsey, firstname.lastname@example.org
For the Nominating Committee