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CDS Call for Board Nominations

Dear CDS Members,
As Vice Chair of Operations for CDS, I have the pleasure of working with the Board during a time of transition and the anticipated celebration during our 50th anniversary conference in Columbia, Missouri. Earlier this year, the Board of Directors adopted updated bylaws meant to guide our organization, which include changes to the board size and staggered terms of service. The Nominations Committee is currently seeking nominations for two (2) board members and two (2) officers.
As per the Bylaws (February 2019): "The affairs of CDS shall be managed and controlled by a Board of Directors which shall be composed of six (6) elected Directors and five (5) elected Officers (see Article 6 of these bylaws). The Board of Directors shall have all of the powers and be subject to all of the limitations provided by the "General Not For Profit Corporation Law" of the State of Missouri, as amended, and these bylaws."
The elected Directors shall serve three (3) year terms which shall be staggered to prevent a majority turnover in Board membership at any given time. Directors shall perform all fiduciary duties as defined in the adopted CDS Policies and Operational Guidelines, as may be amended by action of the Board of Directors from time to time. Directors shall take office immediately following the Annual Meeting of CDS occurring after their election and shall serve as such until their successor is elected, qualified, and installed at the Annual Meeting of CDS. No Director shall be eligible for election to more than two (2) consecutive terms.
The Secretary shall be elected by the Voting Members of CDS to a three (3) year term and shall not be elected to more than two (2) consecutive terms in the same office. The Secretary shall: (a) document and manage the minutes of the Annual Meeting of the general membership of CDS and all meetings of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee; (b) oversee the Executive Director's fulfillment of all notices and reports in accordance with the provisions of these bylaws, and the requirements of law; (c) oversee the Executive Director's maintenance of the CDS corporate records; (d) oversee the Nominations Committee in fulfilling its duties; (e) certify resolutions and corporate  documents; and, (f) perform all duties and exercise such other authority as may be delegated or assigned to them by majority vote of the Board of Director
The Vice Chair of Operations shall be elected by the Voting Members of CDS to a one (1) year term with full disclosure that the position succeeds to Vice Chair of Programs and then to Chair with confirmation by a two-thirds majority vote of the Board of Directors as constituted, with the candidate recused from the vote. The Vice Chair of Operations shall work closely with the Executive Committee, the Executive Director, and Committees in directing the operations of CDS. The Vice Chair of Operations shall: (a) chair the Membership Committee; (b) function as a Board of Directors liaison to Committees; (c) function as the board liaison to the Executive Director; and (d) perform all the duties and exercise such other authority as may be delegated or assigned to them by the majority vote of the Board of Director.
Any CDS member in good standing may run for the Board of Directors or an officer position. Members may check the status of their membership here or by contacting the Vice Chair of Operations. Self-nominations are highly encouraged, though members may nominate colleagues by contacting the Vice Chair of Operations. Members nominated by a colleague will be contacted and may accept or reject the nomination. 
Nominations are open now through Friday, May 10, 2019. Nominations should be submitted via this Google Form. The nominations committee is responsible for vetting candidates and will conclude this process and recommend a slate of candidates to the Board of Directors during the scheduled board meeting on Friday, May 17, 2019.

When completing the nomination form, each candidate must submit a picture (headshots in color are preferred), a PDF of a current CV or resume, and brief responses to questions related to current and past activities within CDS, practice or experience in the field of community development, and ideas for the future of CDS.

Electronic voting will open at 8:00 AM Central time onMonday, May 20, 2019 and close at 5:00 PM Central time on Friday, June 7, 2019. All candidates will be notified of the election results, which will be announced to the membership at the Annual International Conference.

Please don't hesitate to reach out to me with any questions you may have. I look forward to receiving your nominations.


Kyle Patrick Williams

Vice Chair of Operations
Community Development Society
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