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Elections and Constitutional Amendments
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by Lisa Mantooth - Psi Chi Executive Officer and Chief Operations Officer
Category: Editor's Column
Everywhere you look, it is election season, and Psi Chi is no different. Although our election only serves the Psi Chi membership, it is still vitally important to the future of our organization.
Chapters have the opportunity to nominate a faculty advisor for a position serving as Regional Vice-President of the Eastern, Rocky Mountain, or Western regions. If elected, the positions are 2-year terms; the vice-presidents attend the January and August National Council meetings, and they serve as chair of the Psi Chi programming for their regional conferences. Chapters also have the opportunity to nominate a current or former vice-president for President Elect of the National Council. Nominations will be accepted until December 15, 2008, at midnight eastern time.
In the spring, chapters will have the opportunity to vote on a slate of nominees for the 2009-10 National Council. Please hold a special meeting providing your members with information about each candidate and make a decision as to which candidate(s) your chapter will cast its vote.
In this issue, you will find another important item requiring your chapter’s attention and vote. On page 19, there are two proposals for amendments to the Psi Chi Constitution. Both of these amendments will have a major impact on our organization. I ask you to carefully consider both proposals, give your members an opportunity to render a decision, and then hold a vote within your chapter. If you feel strongly about either proposal, I ask that you submit a written opinion from your chapter by December 15, 2008, to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. These opinions will be placed in the Spring 2009 edition of Eye on Psi Chi. Psi Chi members will have an opportunity to view these opinions on the website along with the current and proposed changes to the Psi Chi Constitution. It is anticipated that the vote on the proposed amendments will occur on the Psi Chi website in early March 2009.
Each chapter has the opportunity to help shape the future of Psi Chi. I ask you to please review both of these proposals, consider them carefully, and VOTE!