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Minnesota Furs 2021 Board of Directors Elections Season Opens

Hello, MNFurs!  This is your elections committee with an announcement to make.  As you may or may not know, MNFurs is a volunteer-based 501c3 not-for-profit organization.  What that means is that we not only have volunteers but also a board of directors to help things run smoothly within the group, and we will be starting the election process for two seats for board of directors.. 

Starting on January 1, we will start accepting nominations for board members, so start thinking about if there is someone you believe would be a good fit for an MNFurs board position; otherwise you can nominate yourself as well. 

We will be using the website to make full announcements throughout the whole process, but feel free to contact elections@mnfurs.org if you have any questions about things such as running for the board, how to vote in elections, or what is expected as a board member.

Dates for Candidates and Voting Members

  • 1/6 January Board Meeting
  • 1/25 Candidate Nominations Close
  • 2/1 Announce Candidates
  • 2/1 Send candidates their questionnaire
  • 2/3 @6:30 February Board Meeting
  • 2/15 Candidate questionnaires are due
  • 3/1 Deadline to submit Volunteer Hours. Hours must be submitted to vote!
  • 3/3 @6:30March Board Meeting
  • 3/6 or 7 Candidate Question and Answer Session, details to come 
  • 3/7 Voting opens, details to come
  • 3/27 Voting ends
  • 3/28 Candidate announcement
  • 4/01 Newly voted board members start their terms 
  • TBD April Board Meeting
  • 4/9-11 Three Day Board Retreat

While we hope we do not need to change anything, the election committee reserves the right (within reason) to change or add dates/time/location of events as needed.

Questions and Answers for Everyone

Voters

Q) What is a voting member?

A) We are all members of Minnesota Furs. Voting members are people who volunteer 20 or more hours helping out Minnesota Furs and their events.

 

Q) How do I get voting hours?

A) By helping out Minnesota Furs perform their nonprofit role. This can include volunteering to run or help out events like picnics or an Oval meet, throwing an event that is recognized by MNFurs as an MNFurs activity, volunteering or staffing for Furry Migration, volunteering for Werecamp, and helping out the election committee! These hours must be verified by Minnesota Furs before being accepted and must be submitted before March 1st. Any volunteer hours happening after that date will be applied to the next year’s  elections.

 

Q) How do I confirm my hours?

A) Contact elections@mnfurs.org

 

Q) Will there be additional voting opportunities?

A) As we are looking at new conditions due to COVID-19, all voting will take place online this cycle. We will publish the voting process shortly.

 

Q) Where is this Geek Partnership Society at?

A) Geek Partnership Society (GPS for short) is located at The Waterbury Building, 1121 Jackson St NE, Suite 106, Minneapolis, MN 55413.

 

Candidates

Q) Can i nominate myself?

A) Yes you can!  It is pretty much expected that people will nominate themselves.

 

Q) What if I cannot make it to an event of the election process?

A) While the election committee will make every intent to help reschedule and reorganize, we cannot guarantee that we can accommodate all requests.

 

Q) What are my duties if I am elected to be a board member?

A) You need to be able to perform these actions and duties:

  • Perform the fiduciary duty of board of director
  • Attend board meetings – attendance of board meetings by board staff is required by bylaws of Minnesota Furs. Times are set by a consensus of the board.
  • Attend the Board Retreat held in April
  • Keep in good standing with the community. This includes 20 hours of volunteer hours outside of direct board duties. Expect to put in a significant amount of hours beyond that – the average board member for a non profit puts in at least 200-600 hours of volunteer work per year.
  • Know the bylaws of Minnesota Furs: Conflict of Interest and other operational documents for some of these documents please visit https://www.mnfurs.org/about/mnfurs-operational-documents/ Minnesota Furs Operation documents.
  • Are representatives and ambassadors of our organization..
  • Your job is not to run events and conventions like Werecamp, Furry Migration, but to be the oversite to make sure they are meeting their duties from our status as a non profit.
  • Need to have Leadership and Management Skills.
  • Need to communicate, coordinate, and manage the departments in their purview.

 

Q) If I become a board member of Minnesota Furs do I get paid?

A) Minnesota Furs board members do not get paid.

 

Q) Why does everything seem to be bunched in the beginning of February?

A) We have a limited time to fit everything in between the March convention meeting which is usually one of our first voting events. We also have other community events in both Furry (Werecamp), FurSquared, Gamicon, and our partner events (Anime Detour) that are happening during that month and we have to work around them. COVID-19 changes everything.

 

Q) I am a private furry and I don’t want my information out there publicly. Can I do this anonymously or just use my fur name?

A) Being part of a board of directors of a nonprofit requires us to report your name to the government and have it available publicly. You have to expect people to be able to find that you are part of the organization and the Furry Fandom.

 

Q) We had candidate commercials in the past.  Why don’t you have them this year?

A) While we know those were popular in previous years, due to COVID-19 we do not have the resources to have them this year.

 

If you have any comments or questions please feel free to email Elections@mnfurs.org or use our forums.

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