HISTORY: OUR ELECTION PROCESS We have, in the past, incorrectly carried out our WTSEA elections at the Fall Conference. Our constitution very clearly states that our elections should be over by September 1st , so that representatives and officers can assume their WTSEA Board responsibilities on the first. The reason we got started having elections at the conference is “way back when” we used to have a spring conference. We got in the habit of doing elections at the spring conference. When we stopped doing spring conferences, we carried on the habit at our fall conferences. The long and short of it all… we are going to start doing it correctly. We want to have our people ready to assume their roles on September 1st.
THE ELECTION PROCESS This process must happen in two parts: 1. We need people from your ESD to nominate someone (only with that person's permission) to serve on the board. … or a person can simply volunteer (as is the case with all of us now serving on the board). 2. If more than one person is nominated from one ESD, the members from that ESD must vote on who they want. Or… if only one person “steps up”…the members of that ESD would still need to vote or approve of that person.
THE NEED The members of your board, like you, are extremely busy people. They are people who are involved with classroom teaching and with TSE programs in their respective districts. WTSEA depends on people stepping up to help with the responsibility of serving. At present, we have the same old people doing the same old thing for many years, because no one else will step up. Many of us, like Mike Shephard, Gerry Apple, Dave Slipp and Alex Hansen are aging (not me though… I’m aging “in place”). When we are gone… our association will end… and that time is getting close. We need people who deeply appreciate traffic safety education and what it means to them… not just monetarily, but in what it means to future generations; People who appreciate and care. People who realize the significance of “passing it forward”. At this time, we need nominees/volunteers for the position of Representative for ESD’s: 101, 112, 113, 114 and 171 and a “President Elect”.
WHAT SERVING ON THE BOARD ENTAILS
We meet 5- Saturdays a year at Central Washington University, in Ellensburg. (People on the west side of the mountains usually carpool from North Bend)
ESD Representatives serve for a 3-year term.
Board members help out with the fall conference usually by introducing key note and workshop speakers.
Making decisions that guide our association in directions intended to improve TSE in our state.
PERKS FOR BOARD MEMBERS
Board members receive a $50.00 stipend for each meeting attended.
Lunches are included at the meetings.
Board member’s annual memberships are paid for each year (by reducing the Conference registration by $35.00)
Pride in the fact that you “stepped up” to serve TSE in our state.