The SCIP election closed May 31 and the votes have been tallied. Participation of active members and affiliate members were both around 60 percent. The two resolutions, one to create an Emeritus membership classification and the other to stagger the board terms required two thirds of the voting members approval. Both passed overwhelmingly with well over 95 percent of the votes. Congratulations to the following members elected to serve the SCIP Board beginning July 1:
- President: Linda Stansen
- Immediate Past President: John Carter
- President Elect: Cornelius H. (Neil) Davison
- Vice President: Alan Itzkowitz
- Vice President (1 year Term): Jay Ford
- Secretary: Stephen Nash
- Treasurer (1 year term): Helaine (Holly) Robinson
- Affiliate Director (1 year term): Holly Jordan
The following background for the resolutions was included with the ballot invitations:
Resolution A: New Emeritus Status
At last year’s annual meeting the Board was asked why we did not have an Emeritus status of membership. After doing some research the Board voted to create an Emeritus membership status. The Emeritus membership will be similar to the one that both CSI and AIA currently have.
The requirements are as follows:
- The member needs to be active (dues paying) for the previous 10 years.
- The member needs to have reached 70 years of age.
- The member need to submit an application to the Board.
The benefits of this is that the member will no longer need to pay annual dues, will be able to attend the annual meeting at no cost (hotel, travel expenses, etc. are not included) and will be able to vote in SCIP elections and any item requiring a membership vote. The new Emeritus status is open to all professional and Affiliate members. This will require a Bylaws revision.
Resolution B: Staggered Board Terms
The current SCIP board is made up of the following, each holding a two-year term:
- Two Vice Presidents
- Affiliate Director
- Immediate Past President
Currently the President-Elect, Secretary, Treasurer, Vice Presidents, and Affiliate Director are elected at the same time every two years. This means that every two years the entire Board could be replaced with the exception of the President-Elect, which is transitioning into the President position and the President which is transitioning into the Immediate Past President position. The SCIP Board believes it is in the best interest of the organization to stagger some of the positions. The result would be that each year one of the two Vice President positions would be elected to a two-year position, while the other one would have another year left in their term. The Secretary and Treasurer terms would also be staggered so that each year one of the two would be elected to a new term. The President-Elect and Affiliate Director’s terms would also be staggered. This will help ensure the greatest continuity on the board.
This year only we propose to elect the following:
- President-Elect: Two-year term
- One Vice-President to a two-year term, one Vice-President to a one-year term
- Secretary: Two-year term
- Treasurer: One-year term
- Affiliate Director: One-year or two-year term.
This will not require a Bylaws revision.