Chapter Election 2021

Roles up for election:
(Each for 1-year term, April 1–March 31)

  • Chapter Chair/Co-Chair

  • Presenters Chair/Co-Chair

  • Communications Chair/Co-Chair

  • Membership Chair/Co-Chair

  • Campaigns Chair/Co-Chair

Election Timeline:

Jan. 21: Chapter Meeting — Election announced

Jan. 28: Self-nominations open

Feb. 18: Chapter Meeting — Second election announcement

Mar. 11: Self-nominations close

Mar. 12: Last chapter membership list eligible to vote in the election

Mar. 18: Chapter Meeting — Candidate presentations; Voting opens and ballots emailed

Mar. 25: Voting ends at midnight CST

Mar. 26: Results announced (two non-candidate members audit)

Apr. 1: Transition to new Chairs/Leadership Committee

Apr. 15: Chapter Meeting — Leadership Committee announce at-large chairs**

**At-large chair positions are described below.

Election 2021 Candidates

— Candidate statements will be shared soon after self-nominations close on March 11th. —

Key Details of the Election
  • Only the Chapter Chair position requires a member to be a trained Climate Reality Leader (i.e. a member of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps). All other roles are open to all members.
  • Members can run as an individual or paired with another member as a Co-Chair pair (individuals work out partners in advance).
  • Time commitments vary based on the position but expect to commit 5+ hours per week which includes calls and meetings.
  • Term: One year (April 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022)
  • Term Limit: Maximum of two one-year terms in any given role unless unchallenged. Individuals are eligible to run for a different position if they have reached a term limit in a specific role. If there are no applicants for a role for which a person has reached a term limit, they may run again.
  • Interested candidates must use the Self-Nomination Form to officially submit their application by March 11th at midnight CT. Your answers will become your candidate statement giving members a sense of your goals for the position and as a member of the Leadership Committee on which chairs serve with a voting position. 
  • Candidates should plan to attend the chapter meeting on March 18th to read their candidate statement. If a candidate is unable to be present, their candidate statement will be presented on their behalf. 
  • All chapter members (as of March 12th) will receive an official ballot via email on March 18th (likely from Election Buddy), planned to be timed after our chapter meeting that ends at 7:30 pm CT. The ballot will present each candidate’s statement from the self-nomination form and each chapter member gets one vote per role.
  • Note: As chapters nationally are young, these positions can use guidance on how to develop these roles and to continue to develop the structure of the chapter. Each chair is highly encouraged to build a team of members to assist in executing tasks which can alleviate the time commitment.
  • The Climate Reality Election Guide can be viewed on our Member Google Drive* –> ‘0 Chapter’ –> ‘Chapter Election’ folder.

*If you don’t yet have access and are a member, simply click through to request access and you will be added.


At-Large Chair Positions

Once the new Leadership Committee has been elected and installed on April 1, 2021, at-large chair appointments will be made. At-large chair positions are by appointment only by the Leadership Committee. We are limited to a Leadership Committee of twelve people. We first aim to fill chair roles via our election to specific positions. Once the election is completed, we see how many Leadership Committee members we have, between three to ten people. At-Large Leadership Committee members are added to assure enough coverage is available to run our chapter effectively. The Leadership Committee will nominate and vote to choose members who have demonstrated commitment, availability and effectiveness with our chapter and/or to prepare future chapter members for leadership in desired new capacities. The maximum size of the Leadership Committee is twelve members but an odd number may be desirable for voting purposes. The final number of positions will be determined by the new Leadership Committee with possible directive from Climate Reality staff.