Nominations & Election Information
Serving as a Fountain Valley Chamber director is an exceptional opportunity to help foster the continued growth and development of a highly respected organization. While serving as a director requires both commitment and energy, it is a rewarding and fulfilling opportunity, and a great way to give something back to your community.
• Attend monthly Board of Directors meetings and as assigned
• Vote on issues concerning Chamber operations and positions
• Attend as many Chamber functions as feasible
• Perform duties as requested by the Chairman of the Chamber Board
Directors Fiduciary Responsibility
All directors have a fiduciary responsibility to the Chamber, meaning that they are accountable for every financial decision made. Thus, it is extremely important that directors ask questions of the Treasurer and the Chairperson in order to fully understand the Chamber’s finances. The Chamber carries D&O insurance to protect you.
The corporate powers, business and affairs of the corporation shall be exercised, conducted and controlled by a Board of Directors consisting of fifteen (15) members of the Fountain Valley Chamber of Commerce; An executive committee shall be empowered to transact all business of the Corporation between Board of Directors meetings, except for those acts specifically reserved for the Board and Membership. A Executive Committee shall be composed of the Chairperson, Chairperson-Elect, Immediate Past Chairperson and Treasurer.
Board Candidate Qualifications and Requirements
All newly elected Board members will become full voting members of the board at the regular November meeting each year.
Term: 3 years or the remainder of an unexpired term.
Meetings: The Board meets the fourth Tuesday of every month except when occasions arise that require changes. The Board also holds an annual retreat in a month to be determined. Lunch is served at 11:45 am and meetings begin at noon and end at approximately at 1:30 pm.
The Nomination and Selection Process
The nominating committee is tasked with selecting, vetting, and submitting a slate of Board of Directors candidates for the upcoming board elections each year. They will review all board member applications to determine the best qualified candidates. They must consider the categories of membership and geographical areas that require representation. Additionally, they must consider the value that the potential candidates can bring to the Board of Directors, and to the membership, based on the applicant's background, involvement, and level of commitment. The nominating committee presents a slate of nominees to the Chamber Board and to the Chamber membership.
A typical schedule is:
• Nomination slate deadline-mid September
• Slate reviewed-late September
• Slate mailed to membership-late October
• Results announced at November luncheon
If you are interested in serving on the Chamber Board of Directors please fill out the application for the Board of Directors. The application will then be reviewed by the Chamber’s Nominating Committee. In order for the Nominating Committee to select the best slate of candidates we ask that each applicant please complete the application in full. The submission of an application does not guarantee a nomination. If chosen, the Chamber and the Board of Directors want to offer all nominated candidates a rewarding opportunity to make the most of their special talents and expertise for the benefit of the entire Chamber.
Deadlines per bylaws are as follows:
September 15: Notice to Members Seeking Candidates
November 1: Slate Published
November 16: Anyone running from the floor must declare intent
(if a written ballot is needed, it will be sent by November 21, 2022)
- Scenario 1: If the number of candidates is less than or equal to the number of positions open, the board will declare those candidates elected at its November board meeting (which is always held before the annual meeting in December).
- Scenario 2: If the number of candidates is greater than the number of positions open (e.g. we have candidates who wish to run from the floor), a written ballot will be prepared and sent to the members not less than 25 days prior to the Annual Meeting. Said ballots are due back in the Chamber office no later than five days prior to the Annual Meeting. Ballots may be returned in person, by email (we will save the email printout with the mailer’s address to prevent multiple votes), fax or US mail. Of course, overnight delivery (UPS, Fedex, etc.) is acceptable
- If the ballot process is necessary, on the Monday preceding the Annual Meeting, three individuals are appointed to count them and provide the counts to the Secretary for the announcement at the annual meeting.
- A quorum is 25. Should the office not have 25 votes by close of business the Friday before the election (December this year), the office will send out an email blast and make phone calls to members to ask them to vote to secure the number needed for a quorum.
December 11: Ballot Return
December 14: Count of mail-in/ fax-in/ hand delivered ballots. No election at the annual meeting.