Letter from the President
Hello JBMI Members,
I know that we are all anxiously awaiting the results of the national, state and city elections. I hope that you are all willing to vote one more time for JBMI. You will or may have received your ballot to change our own voting process with the addition of electronic ballot to our Art. III Sec. 5 of our bylaws.
By voting Yes, this will give our community the opportunity to offer two different voting options that will work for them. We will still have written ballot for those members that choose it and also offer electronic ballot for those that prefer that method. Eventually in the future, we hope to transition to electronic voting as more cost effective. This ballot on the bylaws change cost us $430 in just postage alone. Electronic voting will make getting membership approval much easier on the many projects of improvement that we all want and need.
This is a short timeline for voting and the deadline for ballots is November 13th. We will need 118 Yes votes to make this change to the bylaws. This transition to electronic voting will be so helpful on moving improvements for JBMI forward and being cost effective. Please vote Yes! [All this does is give JBMI the permission to pursue an optional and cost-saving efficiency].If you have not received your ability ballot by Thursday, November 5th, please contact our moorage manager, Diana Rider.
November is the month that we need to form our Nominating Committee for our January elections. Officers are a one year term position and there are two Board members position for three year terms that will need to be filled. We will be asking for a Nominating Committee during the November 17th regular board meeting. The board also has the ability to appoint the committee members. The Nominating Committee will then report to the Board at the December 15th meeting with the candidates that will run to the fill the positions. The election will then be slated by the Nominating Committee for January elections. For members considering a position on the JBMI Board or officer position please check out our web site at http://www.jbmi.net/ for more information in our bylaws under governance documents.
I hope everyone has a Happy Holiday on Thanksgiving no matter how you might celebrate during unprecedented times. Stay Safe. Connie Johnson JBMI President Nov. 2, 2020
The Board Room
Comments from the Board
2020 Will Be Ending *( Believe it or not!)
Despite the long and strange year of Covid-19 and an national election like we have not seen before, it is now November, which indicates it is time to start talking about a nominations, 2021 elections and the ballot counting process.
Like with many of our processes, guidelines have been published and updated from time to time but without a lot of detail (the board that passed it, signatures to make it more official). Consequently, there is a gap that leaves it up to interpretation or 'how we have always done it'. The problem is that we have done very little that consistently.
This has lead to issues regarding several elections, but the last election was especially marred. Language as to what is common sense about a member in good standing was challenged and resulted in a second election that cost the moorage time and money, as well as leading to a fraudulent and libelous incident on behalf on two candidates which caused chaos and ill-will for the community.
Additionally, the oversight for the vote counting took the liberty of interpreting the vote counting process in a way the skewed the results and had to be rectified by the new board, causing mor lost time and confusion.
The board needs to take actions to the most current guidelines to will eliminate a repeat of these events and establish a fair and consistent process. This is within the board's discretion and will include membership feedback.
As members, when it comes to election nominations and committee personnel, please put aside old alliances or grudges and realize that one, these positions are responsible for the operation and management of the moorage. It is not a popularity contest nor a case of voting against someone based on rumor or gossip. We need to elect and appoint qualified and committed volunteers. The problem is that until we establish clear processes and we support and respect those who are willing to take on these positions, play fair and consistently, getting members to volunteer is a hard sell.
Please follow this link regarding the importance of establishing electronic voting for more information and the importance of updating our other processes, rules and bylaws that are out of date.
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