The Online Bridge: Spring 2006
Issue 13, April 2006

making a difference through obedience, faith, and love


Calling all pollsters
by Steve Sutherland

Are you an election junkie?  Does the thought of a sharpened pencil and a freshly printed ballot get your heart racing?  Then you're in luck.  This spring will see the first election in several years of your Alumni Association Executive.  Over the last number of months the Alumni Relations department has been meeting with a local group of alumni.  Our focus has been to identify the various immediate needs of Taylor alumni and find ways to reinvigorate the Alumni Association.  Part of this has been to plan for an elected Executive.

The Alumni Association Constitution provides instructions regarding Executive elections (see excerpts below); but, the key points are as follows:

  • the Executive consists of 6 members (President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and two members at large);
  • terms are for 3 years, but staggered so that one-third of the Executive are elected each year;
  • willing candidates are chosen by a nominating committee appointed by the current Alumni president and put to a vote at the annual general meeting;
  • the Taylor President and Director of Alumni Affairs also sit on the executive.

Over the next few weeks the nominating committee will be putting together a slate of candidates for which a vote will take place at the Spring Reception on June 9th.  Those members of the Alumni Association who are unable to attend the June event can vote by proxy through the Director of Alumni Affairs (Steve Sutherland).  We will be looking for a variety of ways by which this can be done, so continue to monitor the Alumni website for further information and instructions.

Election-related excerpts from the NABC/EBS Alumni Constitution (April 1992)




The Executive Committee of the Alumni Association shall consist of these elected officers: President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and two members at large. The Director of Alumni Affairs and the President of NABC/EBS shall also be members. All the aforementioned members shall have voting privileges. Chairpersons of special committees appointed by the Alumni Association and/or its Executive Committee shall also be voting members of the Executive Committee.


Officers shall be elected for a three-year term with one-third of their number to be elected annually. Those whose term of office expires are eligible for re-election to succeed themselves but once to the same office. Vacancies occurring between elections shall be filled by appointment by the Executive Committee. Such appointments shall be in effect until the next election. Executive Committee members of the Alumni Association shall be elected from the local area (Local area shall mean a radius of approximately 350 kilometres from the campus).


A) President – shall act as administrator of Alumni Association activities, and shall have the responsibility for conducting the operations of the Alumni Associate under the supervision of the Executive Committee and shall perfume such other functions as the Executive Committee may from time to time determine. The President shall preside at all meetings of the Executive Committee, shall make recommendations to the Executive Committee as to the business considered, and shall together with others, if any, designated by the Executive Committee, sign contracts, deeds and all other instruments authorized by the Executive Committee requiring his signature, and shall serve ex-officio as a member of all committees appointed by the Executive Committee. The President shall also serve as a member of the Board of Trustees of NABC/EBS in such a capacity as provided for in the constitution of NABC/EBS.
B) Vice President – shall act as an associate of the President and in his/her absence shall perform all duties of the office, and in case of the President’s death of resignation or disqualification, shall temporarily succeed to the office of President until the next annual election. The Vice President shall also perform such functions as may be specified by the Executive Committee.
C) Secretary – shall record the minutes of all business meetings and assume secretarial duties of the Alumni Association.
D) Treasurer – shall keep an accurate account of receipts and disbursements of all monies, including the giving of an up-to-date, written financial report at all regular Executive Committee meetings. The treasurer shall also arrange for an official annual audit.
E) Two Members at Large – shall serve as resource persons and shall perform such functions as may be specified or directed by the Executive Committee.
F) Any executive member missing three consecutive Executive Committee meetings shall automatically forfeit their position unless the Executive Committee members attending vote by a simple majority to waive this requirement.



The President shall appoint a nominating committee of three, with one being a member of the Executive Committee, at least three months in advance of the regular business meeting. The Committee shall prepare and present at the annual alumni meeting a slate of nominees for each office. The nominating committee shall contact and receive approval of nominees before balloting takes place. Additional names may be added by nomination from the floor.