Announcing the GDUI 2017 Elections

Announcing the GDUI 2017 Elections Beginning Saturday, May 27th 12:00 AM thru Sunday, June 4th 11:59 PM (EDT) for Seeking candidates for two Director Seats (3 Year Term)

The 2017 GDUI Elections will commence on Saturday, May 27 at 12:00 A.M. EDT,  and run through Sunday, June 4, 2017 at 11:59 PM (EDT).

GDUI is seeking candidates for two (2) positions in our May 2017 elections: 2 Director Seats (3 Year Term)

GDUI members in good standing are eligible to run for a position on the GDUI Board. Interested candidates should submit an application, resume and cover letter to the Nominations Committee Chair, Dixie Sanderson by the deadline of April 1, 2017.

GDUI members who have paid their dues by this year’s record date of April 7, 2017 will be eligible to vote in the May elections.

If you have not renewed your membership, now is the time to do so.  This will allow you to vote in our universally accessible elections this coming May.

GDUI is proud of our universally accessible voting system in which each member of GDUI is entitled to a voice in the election of our GDUI Board.

 A membership in GDUI costs $15.00 per person per year, and includes an annual subscription to PawTracks, our quarterly magazine. 

Dues/subscriptions may be paid online by going to or by credit card by calling 1-866-799-8436 or by mailing your check to the above address and made payable to GDUI. 

Important dates to remember:

In order to be eligible to vote in the 2017 GDUI election your 2017 GDUI dues must have been received on or before the record date of April 7, 2017.

We will hold 2 candidates’ Forums prior to the election.  Phone numbers for these calls will be publicized closer to the dates. 

Candidates’ Forum 1.  Saturday, April 29, 2017, 1:00 PM EDT.

Candidates’ Forum 2.  Thursday May 11, 2017 8:00 PM EDT

Between the dates of April 2, 2017 and April 16, 2017, we encourage members to submit questions for your candidates.  Please submit your questions to the Nominations Chair, Dixie Sanderson  and include “Forum Question” in the subject line of your message.

Election dates: Saturday, May 27 12:00 A.M. Eastern through Sunday, June 4, 2017 11:59 PM.

Application for Candidacy:

GDUI has three major responsibilities:

  1. To promote the acceptance of guide dog teams by all agencies, employers, educational institutions, commercial establishments, and the general public;
  2. To work for the expansion, standardization, and enforcement of legal provisions, both civil and criminal, governing the rights and responsibilities of guide dog users in the areas of public access, employment, housing, personal injury to dog and handler, transportation, and recreation; and
  3. To work in cooperation with guide dog training providers by contributing constructive input concerning selection, training, health care, and accommodations for both canine and human students, and providing constructive suggestions that will improve the quality of the training experience.

With these goals in mind, please answer the following questions:


Position for which you wish to be a candidate:

Applicant’s Name:

Street Address:

City/State/zip code:

Phone number

E-mail Address:

Are you a guide dog user?

Describe your background (Educational, occupational and general experience.

Why do you WISH to serve on the GDUI Board?

Which of your skills and experiences would most support Board activities?

Please describe a time when a group of which you were a part accomplished its goal(s).

What caused the group to be successful?  How did you contribute to this success?

The GDUI Board of Directors uses e-mail to communicate with one another.  Are you able to communicate effectively using this medium and do you have access to e-mail?

The GDUI Board of Directors meet every other month by telephone. Meetings last from 2 to 3 hours.  Other ad hoc telephonic meetings are sometimes called as well.

Board Members are often asked to chair and serve on committees and perform tasks on behalf of GDUI as directed by the officers and committee chairpersons.

Will you be able to find time to perform the tasks described above?

Position Description for GDUI Board of Directors

All GDUI officers and Directors must:

Be willing and able to participate in regularly scheduled meetings and e-mail discussions.

Always act in a dignified manner and interact respectfully with fellow directors and Officers and agree to abide by GDUI’s current code of conduct for board members,

Work as a team member to maintain and protect GDUI and its mission,

Become well verse with GDUI’s Bylaws,

Respect the authority of the GDUI Bylaws and work within the guidance therein, and the requirements of the GDUI Articles of Incorporation, and other GDUI governing documents

Be a collaborative participant in the democratic process –respecting the outcome of votes of the membership and votes of the board,

Possess sufficient computer skills to participate in e-mail work,

Be flexible for scheduling meeting times.

(The GDUI Board meets by phone conference bi-monthly for two or more hours, with committee meetings or other special meetings scheduled separately.

GDUI Director Position Description

Responsibilities and criteria for GDUI Board of Director position

Each member of the GDUI Board of Directors must be willing and able to accept the legal, fiduciary and ethical responsibilities of an organizational director, in accordance with standard nonprofit practices and procedures.

Board members are expected to attend all board meetings.

Members of the GDUI Board of Directors shall inform the President, in advance, if unable to attend a particular board meeting.

A GDUI board member shall not be absent from three consecutive board meetings in any year.

A majority of Board members will be guide dog users.

Respectfully Submitted,

The GDUI Nominations Committee

Nolan Crab

Charlie Crawford

Pauline Lamontagne

Deanna Noriega

Dixie Sanderson (Chair)