Washington Mindfulness Community
2003 Elections Information Sheet
|Sunday, January 5||Nominations open for Board of Trustees and Practice Council candidates|
|Saturday, January 11||Voter registration forms mailed (if we have your e mail address you will receive it by e mail; if not, or by request, it may be sent by regular post)|
|Sunday, February 9||Close nominations, 9:30 PM|
|Monday, February 17||Ballots mailed out to those who have requested to receive them by mail|
|Sundays, February 16 & 23||Ballots available at the Vihara; ballots are also available by regular post if completed registration form requesting so is received by Wednesday, February 19.|
|Sundays, February 16 & 23||Practice Council Candidates statements available in writing at the Vihara|
|Saturday, March 1||last day that mail-in ballots can be received|
|Sunday, March 2||Election takes place at approximately 5:00 pm at the Vihara|
2 Trustees The Board of Trustees shall manage the business and affairs of the WMC. As the elected representatives of the community as a whole, the community entrusts the Trustees with holding the well being of the community in their heart and with embodying in their actions the needs of the community as a whole.
The Board of Trustees consists of four people. Each Trustee shall be a member of the WMC* and of the age of eighteen years or more. A Trustee need not be a citizen of the United States or a resident of Maryland. Trustees shall serve a term of two years. These terms shall be staggered so that approximately one-half of the Board is elected each year.
2 Members of the Practice Council The Practice Council shall have responsibility for overseeing the spiritual life of the community and supporting the mindfulness practice of the congregants. The Practice Council will look for guidance from the teachings of Thich Nhat and from Dharma teachers from his tradition. It is also a function of the Practice Council to determine membership in all working committees.
The Practice Council consists of four people. Each member of the Practice Council shall be a member of the WMC* and will have formally taken the Five Mindfulness Trainings in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh. Practice Council Members shall serve a term of two years
Process for Making a Nomination
Process for Accepting Nomination
Process for Voting
*Definition of "Member of the WMC"
"Member" status shall be open to persons who . . .
WMC CORPORATIONíS MISSION STATEMENT:
The Washington Mindfulness Community, formed in 1989, is composed of men and women inspired by the teachings of Buddhism and of Thich Nhat Hanh, a contemporary Vietnamese Zen Master, peace activist and writer. The mission of the community is to nurture mindfulness, love, and understanding among those who participate in its activities and in the larger society.
Members come together to meditate, to deepen their understanding of the practice of mindfulness, to encourage and inspire each other through dharma discussions and mindful actions, to support each other through difficult times, and to celebrate the joys and wonders of life.
Recognizing that each person's peace and happiness are interwoven with the peace and happiness of others, the Washington Mindfulness Community offers activities that welcome the children, families, and companions of members.
The community also organizes retreats, lectures, and other public events; supports communities and causes in accord with the community's mission; and works with groups that relieve suffering through compassionate actions.
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