Nominating Committee accepting applications for 2015-2016 Board, Committees

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The Westmoreland Bar Association’s Nominating Committee is accepting applications from members who would like to serve in leadership positions with the WBA.

The positions of President-Elect and Vice President of the Board and one opening on the Board of Directors will be among the positions to be filled by election at the annual meeting. Additionally, there is one opening on the Membership Committee, and one opening on the Building Committee.

Responsibilities of Available Positions

The President-Elect automatically succeeds the President at the expiration of the term of the President then in office, or if the office of President becomes vacant.

The Vice President automatically succeeds the President-Elect at the expiration of the term of the President-Elect then in office, or if the office of President-Elect becomes vacant. In the absence of the President and President-Elect, the Vice President presides at any meetings and carries out the President’s duties.

The Board of Directors ensures that the WBA’s mission, services, policies, and programs are carried out. Applicants should have experience in WBA activities such as chairing a committee, attending bar functions, and being active in the bar community. In addition, they must be able to think clearly and creatively, and work well with people, individually and in a group.

Interested candidates should know that the responsibilities include attending each monthly board meeting, the annual board retreat, and planning retreat, all bar association and foundation activities, and serving at the president’s request.

One position is available, for a three-year term. The Director will:

  • Attend all board and appropriate committee meetings and special events.
  • Serve on committees and offer to take on special assignments.
  • Inform others about the Westmoreland Bar Association and its activities and functions.
  • Assist the board in carrying out its fiduciary responsibilities, such as reviewing the organization’s annual financial statements.
  • Take responsibility and follow through on given assignments.
  • Contribute personal and financial resources in a generous way according to circumstances.
  • Open doors in the community. 

Responsibilities of the Membership Committee

The Membership Committee is the first point of contact that most applicants for membership will have with the WBA. One position for a five-year term is available. The Membership Committee member will:

  • Attend monthly committee meetings.
  • Personally interview and educate applicants on the workings of the WBA, including committee assignments, staff responsibilities, and new lawyer opportunities such as the mentor program, the Young Lawyers, and Pro Bono.
  • Make recommendations for membership eligibility and class (participating or associate).

Responsibilities of the Building Committee

The Building Committee is responsible for maintaining the management and upkeep of Bar Headquarters. One position for a five-year term is available. The Building Committee member will:

  • Attend quarterly committee meetings.
  • Be knowledgeable about the utilization of Bar Headquarters for business and social functions.
  • Help to develop the annual budget for operation of the building.
  • Make recommendations to Board of Directors on matters of concern in building upkeep.

The Nominating Procedure

The Nominating Committee—Dara A. DeCourcy, Chair, John Greiner, Maria Soohey, Samuel R. Coury, Terrance C. Ferguson, Michael J. Stewart II, and Charles R. Conway—will meet in February, after the application deadline, to review applications, interview candidates, and prepare a slate of nominees to present to the Board of Directors and the membership of the Westmoreland Bar Association.

Any member interested in running for any of these positions should submit an application (download the application here) to the Chair of the Nominating Committee, c/o the WBA. Candidates may submit a completed application by first-class mail, fax (724-834-6855), or e-mail (dk.wba@verizon.net). The WBA must receive the application by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, February 13, 2015.

For more information about any of the positions, contact a Nominating Committee member.

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