We will hold our Annual Membership Meeting on Saturday, November 12 at 8:30 AM, as part of our 2016 Annual Summit. We welcome everyone to attend our Summit weekend events, which include a panel discussion with ECG founders as part of our 25th Anniversary Celebration! Read more here and register for the Summit here.
At our Membership Meeting, current ECGA members are eligible to vote for candidates for Trustee and proposed Bylaws changes. This year we have one candidate for our Board of Trustees and a number of proposed Bylaws changes. Read more about these below.
How to Vote
Current ECGA members are eligible to vote in person at our Annual Members’ Meeting, or by proxy using this form. Please contact Membership Coordinator Debbie West at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about your membership status.
How to vote:
• Mail the proxy ballot form to: ECGA, 5826 Fayetteville Rd. Suite 210, Durham NC 27713
• Email the proxy ballot form to: email@example.com
• In person at our Annual Members’ Meeting on November 12th in Providence, RI.
Mail or email proxy ballots must be received by 5 PM, November 9, 2016.
Nominee for the ECGA Board of Trustees, 2016
Don Miller, Pennsylvania
Don is a native of Pennsylvania who has loved cycling his entire life. He is retired from the pharmaceutical industry where he was a marketing executive leading a wide range of activities such as U.S./Global brands and acquisition of biotechnology companies. Don has pursued cycling wherever he has traveled or lived (Europe, California, China and the East Coast). The value of exercise, getting outdoors and especially cycling, is a passion of his. The scope and vision for the East Coast Greenway is inspiring and he wants to bring his experience and enthusiasm to the Board of Trustees to further this endeavor, particularly his marketing and communication abilities.
Don has been involved with a land conservation non-profit among other community service activities, and is currently an adjunct professor of engineering. Don was appointed to fill a vacancy on the ECGA Board of Trustees in the spring of 2016 and now wishes to run for a full term.
Bylaws Changes, 2016
Earlier this year, we built into our Strategic Plan that we will review our practices to make sure we are operating in the most effective way. One of the things our Board of Trustees evaluated is our Bylaws, which set the rules as to how we govern ourselves. Our Trustees recognized a need to update our current Bylaws to integrate current best practices and ensure they reflect how we work and how we should function. After much work, our proposed new Bylaws have several significant changes and a lot of minor tweaks.
One of the issues we wish to address is how Trustees, who have the legal responsibility to guide and manage the ECGA, are chosen. Traditionally, Trustees have been voted in at the Annual Meeting of our Members.
However, in the past 7 years, less than 1% of non-Trustee members have attended the Annual Meetings or participated via proxy ballot. We don’t believe that this is because members don’t care — we know that there is great passion for our organization and our vision. Rather, there are geographical challenges to attending and, in reality, those who have voted have always fully accepted the nominees presented by the Board of Trustees.
Looking at this reality and the practices of many other membership organizations, including the AARP and Adventure Cycling, we have proposed changing to a model where new Trustees will be elected by current Trustees.
This proposed change is accompanied by several other changes. One would reduce the maximum number of consecutive years a trustee can serve from 12 to 9. Additionally, we propose that any member can self-nominate and have the Board consider their qualifications for a full three-year term.
If you have questions, suggestions, or concerns, we want to hear from you. Please contact our Board Chair, Robert Spiegelman, via firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about the proposed Bylaws changes.
Thank you for participating in our elections process. We hope to see you in Providence in November!