Since our chartering in 1973, the Houston Heights Association has been a volunteer-led organization whose sole focus is the betterment and preservation of the neighborhood. Even with the imminent hiring of our first Executive Director, the entire organization serves at the will of the Board, and all members have a say in who is voted onto the Board. That means YOU decide.
Six of the fifteen positions on the HHA Board of Directors will be filled by election over the next few months, so it is time to start thinking about who from around the neighborhood (including yourself), you might want to see on the Board. Five of the positions are open due to normal expiration of terms, one because a director relocated.
Current directors include:
The schedule for the election of Directors to serve terms starting in 2018 will be as follows, in accordance with the By-Laws and Policies of the Association.
- September 10 at the General Meeting, the floor will be opened for nominations to the Board of Directors. Nominators and nominees must be current members of the Association. Nominators may speak for two minutes. Please be sure before you nominate someone that your nominee will commit to serve. Individuals may not nominate themselves, nor may nominees speak on their own behalf at this meeting. Seconding speeches are no longer necessary.
- By September 12, the Election Committee will distribute to nominees election packets containing bylaws, policies, articles of incorporation, committee responsibility list, detailed election schedule, and a statement confirming that the nominee has read the bylaws and policies and agrees to serve in accordance with them if elected.
- By 5:00 PM on the Friday following the General Meeting (September 14), signed statements from nominees are due, as well as a 50-word (maximum) statement from each nominee for publication in the October newsletter and on the website. Statements longer than 50 words (as counted by Microsoft Word) will be truncated after the fiftieth word when published.
- October 8 at the General Meeting, nominees or their representatives may speak on their qualifications for three minutes. They will also draw for ballot positions at the beginning of the meeting.
- By the Friday following the General Meeting (October 12), the Election Committee will mail a ballot with a control number to each member in good standing whose dues are currently paid as of October 1. (Members invoiced by August 15 and not paid by October 1 are deemed not in good standing.)
- Ballots must be received by November 10, at the close of the U. S. Post Office, with control numbers intact.
- November 12, before the General Meeting, polls will be open for secret balloting in person from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM sharp. The Election Committee will tabulate ballots and announce the results during the meeting. The results will also be published in the December newsletter.