Washington Mindfulness Community 2005 Elections

2005 Elections to the Board and Practice Council of the Washington Mindfulness Community will be held at the Washington Buddhist Vihara at 3pm on Sunday March 13. Nominations open Sunday January 23. Please consult the information below concerning how to nominate and accept nominations, as well as pertinent dates.


Schedule:

Sunday, January 23            Nominations open for Board of Trustees and Practice Council candidates.

Sunday, February 6            Voter registration forms available at the Vihara, or by download from the WMC website: <www.mindfulnessdc.org/reports/election05.html>

Sunday, February 20          Close nominations, 9:30 PM.

Sundays, February 27         Ballots available at the Vihara; ballots are also available by

& March 6                         regular post if completed registration form requesting so is

received by Monday, February 21. Practice Council Candidates statements available in writing at the Vihara.

Saturday, March 5              Last day that mail-in ballots can be received.

Sunday, March 13              Election takes place at approximately 5:00 pm at the Vihara.

 

Positions Available:

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

1.      It is customary for those who want to serve in an elected office to nominate themselves.  A member may also nominate another.  In this case, please talk with the person you are nominating before making the nomination to the Elections Committee.

2.      All nominations must be made directly to a member of the Election Committee either in person, in writing or by telephone so that qualifications of the nominee can be verified.

3.      All nominations must be made AND confirmed by 11:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 20.

 

Process for Accepting Nomination

1.      Nominees must confirm to a member of the Election Committee, either in person, in writing or by telephone, their qualifications to hold office.

2.      Nominees must confirm their willingness to hold office to TWO members of the Election Committee either in person or by telephone

3.      Nominees for the PRACTICE COUNCIL are requested, though not required, to submit a written statement to any member of the Election Committee outlining their commitment to serve on the Council.  These statements will be made available to the members on February 27 and March 6 at the Vihara before and after meditation, as well as at the election on March 13.

 

Process for Voting

1.      Qualify as a member of the WMC*

2.      Complete an elector registration form.  Voter registration forms available at the Vihara starting February 6, or by download from the WMC website: <www.mindfulnessdc.org/reports/election05.html>.

3.      Submit a completed registration form to a member of the Election Committee either in person or by mail.  Please consult the registration form for further instructions on mailing.

4.      In order to receive your ballot by mail, REGISTRATION FORMS MUST BE RECEIVED NO LATER THAN MONDAY, FEBRUARY 21.  If the Election Committee has not received your registration form by 11:00 p.m. on February 21, your ballot WILL NOT be mailed to you.  Rather, you must pick up your ballot either at the Vihara on Sunday nights or at the time and place scheduled for the elections.

5.      Submit your completed ballot either by mail or in person to a member of the Election Committee.  Whether you submit your ballot by mail or in person, YOUR BALLOT MUST BE PLACED IN A SEALED ENVELOPE WITH YOUR NAME AND ADDRESS ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE ENVELOPE.  This is the only way we can maintain an accurate record of the elections.  Consult the ballot for further instructions on mailing.

6.      Your completed ballot must be in the hands of the Election Committee by 3:00 p.m. on SUNDAY, MARCH 13 at the place determined for the election.  Ballots that have been mailed in MUST BE RECEIVED IN THE MAIL BY MARCH 5.  VOTES MUST BE RECEIVED ON AN OFFICIAL PHYSICAL BALLOT.  No other form of vote will be recognized or considered (phone, e mail, etc.)

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