So You Want to Serve Your Association...

 
A journey begins with the first step, and you’ve taken it. You decided to get involved in AANR by running for election. But, with all the details, you find that your path takes a decidedly abrupt uphill turn. The more you think about it, the steeper the slope becomes. A closer look will make this seem like a stroll down a garden path. 
 
1 - Decide what position to run for
All positions require that you be a voting member of AANR in good standing for at least a year. Each position has additional requirements:
Member Trustee: You must be a member of the region you plan to represent, and cannot be part of an AANR chartered club’s management team.
Club Trustee: You must be part of an AANR chartered club’s management team.
Officer: President and Vice President require two years as a voting member immediately prior to seeking nomination, plus a minimum of two years as an elected AANR or regional official or member of AANR or regional board. Secretary/Treasurer requires two years as a voting member, in good standing, of AANR.
If you’re not qualified (yet), you may want to choose a different position or wait until you are fully qualified.
 
 
2 - Apply for the position
 
A. Download the appropriate form 
Go to the Member Benefits area of the AANR website (www.aanr.com), and select AANR Documents. Click “Download Bi-Annual Election Forms and Guidelines.” Then, from the list that appears,  select the nomination form for the position you plan to run for and “2018 Guidelines for Submitting Candidate Profiles.” Next, click “Download Legal Documents.” Then, from the list that appears, click “Photo Release” — more about that later. (When you click a document, it downloads to your computer. Go to the download directory on your computer to access these documents.)
Note: If you have trouble finding or downloading these documents, contact the AANR office (800-TRY-NUDE) for help. 
 
B. Obtain the required endorsements (signatures) Consider getting a few extra in case someone’s AANR membership isn’t current:
 
Member Trustee: This position requires signatures from at least ten AANR voting members.
Club Trustee: This position requires signatures from at least three people who are part of the management team of an AANR club.
 
Officer: This position requires signatures from at least three people who are part of the management team of an AANR club plus signatures from at least ten AANR voting members.
 
Regardless of the position you plan to run for, this is the best part of the process. Carry the form with you. Ask your best AANR friends to sign it. Go to a potluck and ask more people to sign it. Explain why you want to serve in this position. Listen to what your friends say about how AANR can help them. You’ll find this step so interesting that you’ll wish you were required to collect more signatures. Heck, why not make an extra sheet or so — there’s another glass or two of wine at that potluck and a few more people to talk with.
 
C. Submit the form to the AANR office, after making a copy for yourself. 
You can mail it to AANR, 1703 North Main Street, Kissimmee, Florida 34744, or fax it to 407-933-7577. The form must be received no later than March 15, 2018.
 
3 - Campaign for the position
 
A. Submit a Candidate’s Packet to the AANR office
Write a short candidate profile, using the “2018 Guidelines for Submitting Candidate Profiles” downloaded earlier.
Acquire a photograph of yourself (a headshot is best).
Sign the photo release downloaded earlier.
 
Submit these items to the AANR office. You can mail it to Editor, The Bulletin, 1703 N. Main Street, Kissimmee, Florida 34744, fax it to 407-933-7577, or editor@aanr.com. The packet must be received no later than March 15, 2018. No late submissions will be accepted. The May issue of The Bulletin will include profiles of the candidates.
B. Spread the word
Let others know about the position you’re running for and ask for their vote. Although you didn’t ask for it, this author’s advice is to pick some enjoyable venues to spread the word: regional events, club activities, and visits with your favorite AANR friends. Online nudist message boards, including AANR’s members-only board (aanr.com > Community > Community Forum) also provide a forum.
 
4 - Vote
After the flurry of campaigning, remember to cast your vote! Whether you’re elected or not, you’ll learn a lot about AANR and even more about AANR clubs, members, and issues near to their hearts. Remember: while serving in an elected position is an honor and a pleasure, you don’t need to be elected to participate in AANR’s growth.

Taken from the AANR Monthly Bulletin, "Across the Board" brings information and thoughts from the Governing Board of AANR to you. The Board values your membership and wants to make sure that it is doing what is right for the members and clubs. The first step is good two-way communication.