Announcing the GDUI 2016 Elections

Announcing the GDUI 2016 Elections

The Board of Directors of Guide Dog Users, Inc. (GDUI) is asking GDUI members to vote for the following positions:

President (term ending in 2018)

1st Vice President (term ending in 2018)

2nd Vice President (term ending in 2018)

Treasurer (term ending in 2018)

Secretary (term ending in 2018)

Two Director Seats (term ending in 2019)

1 Interim Director Seat (term ending in 2017).

The candidates for these positions are:

Candidate for President: Penny Reeder (incumbent),  from Maryland

Candidate for First Vice President: DeAnna Noriega,  from Missouri

Candidate for Second Vice President: Maria Hansen (incumbent), from New York

Candidate for Treasurer: Lynn Merrill (incumbent),  from Maine

Candidate for Secretary: SARAH CALHOUN (incumbent), from Missouri

Candidates for Director:

Charlie Crawford,  from Maryland

Minh Ha, from Massachusetts

Caitlin Mongillo,  from Connecticut

Brianna Murray,  from South Carolina

Any current GDUI member may request a copy of the candidate biographies from the Nominations Committee Chair at the following address:

The 2016 GDUI Elections will commence Saturday, May 21, 2016 12:00 AM (EDT) and conclude on Sunday, May 29, 2016 at 11:59 PM (EDT).

GDUI members who have paid their dues by the record date of March 31, 2016 are eligible to vote in this election. Each member has one vote.

GDUI must receive the votes of fifteen percent of the members entitled to vote in this election, or at least seventy-four votes, for this election to be valid.

The two open director positions will be filled by the two   candidates who receive the largest and second-largest number of votes for director.

The Interim Director position will be filled by the candidate receiving the 3rd largest number of votes for director.

Voting System

Once again this year VoteNow will be handling our election.  GDUI members will have the option of voting either telephonically or online.

Your old voter ID number will no longer be valid.   In a few weeks, members will receive new voter ID numbers.  either by e-mail or postcard directly from VoteNow.  Please watch your inboxes and mailboxes for this important information.  No one else at GDUI will have access to your personal ID number so, if you misplace that new number, you may call a designated person at VoteNow to retrieve that information. You will also receive the number for telephonic voting and the link to the online ballot.

GDUI will hold two membership forums to interview the candidates running in this election. The first one will be held on Thursday, April 21, 2016 beginning at 8:00 P. M. (EDT) and the second will be held on Saturday, May 14, 2016 beginning at 1:00 P. M. (EDT). The call-in number for both forums will be (712) 432-0075; access code: 919245.

Each forum will be recorded for playback via telephone, Drop Box or Send Space. The playback number is (712) 432-1085. The April 21 forum recording will be available only until the May 14 forum is recorded; after that the May 14 forum recording will be available on the playback number.

You may email questions for the candidates, to the Nominating Committee Chairperson, Dixie Sanderson, by April 10, 2016, with the subject field, “candidate questions.” Her email is:

GDUI has elected to proceed under Section 29.405.20(f) of the Nonprofit Code. If a member who is entitled to vote on these matters wishes to communicate with the membership about the subject matter of the vote, the member should contact the Nominations Chair.

Dixie Sanderson

GDUI Nominations Committee Chair