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OGS Important Election News

OGS wants you to serve as a trustee!

Ohio Genealogical Society’s members, who are in good standings and have been a member for at least one year, are permitted to run for a position on the OGS board as a trustee. Six positions will be filled by ballots in 2014.

The duties of a trustee are:

  1. Honor the fiscal responsibilities as outlined in section 6.4 of the By-Laws.
  2. Serve as a liaison between the Chapters, the membership and the Board.
  3. Encourage membership in The Society.
  4. Encourage and assist in the growth of Chapters.
  5. If assigned to a district or out-of-state chapter, maintain written and personal contact with Chapters, working toward the following objectives:
    • Staying informed on changes in Chapter By-laws and Constitutions.
    • Working with Chapters to find solutions to internal problems.
    • Collecting information from Chapters for inclusion in Board reports or OGS projects.
    • Encouraging Chapter understanding and use of the benefits of OGS affiliation.
    • Encouraging Chapter attendance at all OGS sponsored activities.
    • Encouraging Chapters to exchange information.
  6. Submit (electronically) a written summary of activities to the Secretary for inclusion in the Board packet.
  7. Attend regularly scheduled Board meetings, express viewpoints and vote on issues brought to The Board.

Eighteen trustees serve on the OGS board for a three-year term. One-third of the trustees are elected each year. To receive an application form, please contact the Nominations and Elections Committee, nominations@ogs.org. All forms must be received by October 1, 2013. Please include a digital photograph with your application.

On-line Voting

The Ohio Genealogical Society will conduct on-line voting this coming year for the officer’s and six trustees’ positions. A ballot and a candidate information sheet will be sent to each member’s e-mail address which has been recorded by the OGS office. Contact the OGS office if your e-mail address has been changed or you have not had the e-mail address previously recorded with the office. The office telephone number is 419-886-1903 and the e-mail address is ogs@ogs.org.

Family membership rules permit two ballots per household. Joint and family membership households should notify headquarters of a second email address to allow for two votes electronically. For those members without e-mail addresses, contact the office for a paper ballot and candidate information sheet in December 2013.

Ballots will be e-mailed by January 1, 2014 and all ballots must be received by March 1, 2014. Election results will be announced at the General Meeting held during the 2014 Conference.