Wanted: Board Members!

Happy City St. John's will be holding its Annual General Meeting (AGM) next Thursday, May 30th, at  7 PM at the Rocket Room. There will be lots on the go at that meeting - we'll be giving a rundown on the year past, launching our "My Happy City Is" summer engagement campaign, and sitting down with the Happy City community to plan the next year forward. We will also be electing the Board of Directors for 2013-2014, and we'd love some engaged, passionate people to come on board and take a leadership role.


Happy City's bylaws allow up to 11 directors on our board. Over the past couple years, we've had a smaller board than that, but we'd like to bring it up to full strength as we move into a busier time. Half the board terms will be for 2 years, and the other half for 1, so that we can make sure that we don't have a complete changeover each year. 

What does being a board member mean? Practically speaking, the board sits down once a month to check in, set the broad direction for the organization, and prioritize the different opportunities and ideas that our members generate. In between meetings, board members are very much encouraged to pursue their personal passions within Happy City. If meeting planning is your thing, or public transit, or policy research, there's a spot for you. We encourage board members to convene committees with other interested people to drive these projects along. Over the summer months, our board will also be supervising Happy City's summer staff members. 

Who can run for the board? Any member of Happy City - and it's easy to be a member! In the interests of building a broad base of participation, anyone on Happy City's email list is considered a voting member. Not on that list yet? You can join right here on the Happy City site, or by emailing us at  admin@happycity.ca

We're a loosely structured organization, and intend to keep it that way. You don't have to be on the board, or even be a member, to get involved in Happy City - but we would definitely appreciate it if you did decide to get more involved. 

Interested in running? Know someone who might be? Contact Interim Chair Josh Smee at  josh@happycity.ca. We'll collect short statements from board candidates and pop them online for everyone to read before the AGM; you'll also have a chance to put your hat in the ring and make a quick statement at the meeting itself. 

Thanks in advancefor stepping up - we'll see you  next Thursday!

Written by Happy City at 11:54



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