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Voting & Elections

Due to the SIA mandate to “pause” all in‐person activities throughout the Federation until further notice, the 2021 Founder Region Conference will be held virtually via Zoom Video Conferencing from April 28 - May 2, 2021.

Voting on the Founder Region & Fellowship Business, Proposed Amendments to the Bylaws, and election of the 2021‐2023 Nominating Committee will be administered through Eballot.com.


Credential Reports #1


Credential Reports #2

Caucus Conference Call 

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Join us for the Region Caucus Conference Call where you will have the opportunity to learn about the  proposed amendments to Founder Region Bylaws and Founder Region Fellowship Bylaws that will be voted on before conference. You will also have the opportunity to nominate candidates from the floor for the 2021-2023 Nominating Committee.  Voting will take place through eBallot online. Review the proposed amendments below in advance. All members are welcome.    

Attendance: 119   
TIME OF CALL:
7:00 pm – California time
(4:00 pm – Hawaii time)
(12:00 pm April 1 – Guam/Saipan time)
(11:00 am April 1 –Palau time)

Nominees to the 2021-2023 Nominating Committee

Amelia Benko


Nominations Chair

Thank you to the Nominating Committee for encouraging members to run for region leadership. Amelia will be continuing on as
Chair for the 2021-2023 term.

2019-2021 Nominating Committee Members

District I - Amelia Benko
District II - Karen Jameson
District III - Loretta Tognoli
District IV- Mary Ruth Rheinschild
District V -  Brihinia Habin


Click on the arrow to view the nominees.

District I

Heather McLaughlin

Soroptimist International of Benicia

Years of Soroptimist Service: 23+ years

Soroptimist Experience:
International Level: Attended the conventions in Glasgow in 2007 and Montreal in 2011.
Federation Level: I attended the conventions in Philadelphia 2009 and Orlando.
I was on a list to help at the convention in Bellingham but we did not get go. Member of the Laurel Society.
Region Level: I have attended many of the Founder Region Conferences and the District Meetings. Founder Region Fellowship supporter.
Club Level: I have been president and/ or co- president of SI Benicia several times. I have been president- elect and vice president. I have chaired various fundraisers and initiated several projects like our House of Hope domestic violence and trafficking shelter and our SCOOP closet ( Soroptimist Closet of Opportunity and Provisions) which provides necessities to women and girls. Our SCOOP closet has won awards and grants.
Other Business, Professional, and Civic Experience
I am an attorney by profession. I specialize in municipal law. This work has allowed me to combine my love of the law with my passion for public service. As an attorney for cities I have been able to work for the public good. My legal experience has helped me with my Soroptimist work in getting City permission to get our various projects going. My attention to the rules and risk management background helps my club avoid pitfalls. When I tried retirement, I worked at a local tea room until Covid. It was fun to interact with customers despite my natural shyness.

District I

Bonnie Mertz

Soroptimist International of The East Bay

Years of Soroptimist Service: 8 years

Soroptimist Experience:
 International Level: Vancouver ,Canada, Convention 2014. Istanbul, Turkey, Convention, 2015. Yokohama, Japan, Convention, 2018.
Federation Level: None
Region Level: Founder Region Annual Conference, San Ramon, CA, 2013, 2014,2015,2016,2019. Founder Region Annua Conference, Honolulu, HA, 2018 Founder Region Fundraising Committee 2018-2020
Club Level: Vice President 2012-2013. President 2014-2016. Director at Large 2016-Present. Club Delegate 2016-Present.
Other Business, Professional, and Civic Experience:
City of San Ramon, CA 1992-2016, Human Resources, Hiring and Recruiting, Risk Management, Budget and Training. Pacific Telephone 1968-1981, Business office supervisor, Supervision, Sales, Collections and training.
Eden Area Village- Assisting seniors with aging in place. Board Member June 2016-present Adult Day Services Network of Contra Costa- Board Member Oct. 2016-January 2019. Board President January 2017- January of 2019. Oakland Museum White Elephant volunteer August 2016-preseident.
 

District II

Jan Schults

Soroptimist International of The Delta

Years of Soroptimist Service: 10 years

Soroptimist Experience:
International Level: none
Federation Level: Attended SIA Convention – Vancouver, 2014
Region Level: Fellowship Director District II 2018-2020, Attended FR Conferences 2010 – 2020 (sick 2017) – Delta Club Co-host coordinator for 2014 San Ramon Conference; District I & II Meeting Secretary 2013, District II LYD Chairperson 2016-2018
Club Level: Webmaster 2011 – Present, VP 2014-2015, President 2014-2016, Various committees – Fundraising 2011 – present, Wine Women and Wisdom Socials 2015 – present, Get Real Academy 2013 – 2016 & 2018, LYD Chairperson 2015-2017, Violet Richardson Award Chairperson 2015-2016.
Other Business, Professional and Civic Experience:
An Administrator by profession, my organizational skills are amazing! I’ve been a member of the
United Methodist church all my life and have held various positions within the church structure all of
which come with a challenge of making everyone happy. Getting creative in raising funds for the
church and various projects within it have given me an outlet for imaginative fundraising ideas.
 

District III

Barbara Young

Soroptimist International of Santa Rosa 

Years of Soroptimist membership: 22 years

Soroptimist Experience:
 International Level: None
Federation Level: None
Region Level: District IV (now III) Director for 4 years (2016-2020) and during my tenure I formed two new Soroptimist Clubs, West Sonoma County and Oakmont Wine Country.
Club Level: President , President -elect, Secretary, Fundraising Chair.
Other Business, Professional and Civic Experience:
I have a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from The University of Montana in Missoula. Work history - At Stanford, I was the Administrative Director of a Premature Infant Research Program . I was also the Administrative Director of The Stanford Lipid Research Program {a collaborative study with 11 other leading universities s) and the Stanford Heart Disease Prevention Program , where I was responsible for 65 employees. I moved to Sonoma County in 1972, taught CPR for the American Heart Association and also was the Area Director for the Pacific Women's Golf Association. In 1986, I became a Realtor with a local real estate company. I retired in 2015.

District IV

Dyann O'Brien

Soroptimist International of Eureka 

Years of Soroptimist membership: 13 Years

Soroptimist Experience:
International Level: None
Federation Level: Attended SIA Convention in San Francisco; Attended Fundraising and Membership trainings.
Region Level: Served as District V Director 2016-2020, kept in close contact with District V (now District IV) clubs by visiting clubs, gathering and sharing information. Helped resolve club issues and supported new ideas within the four Pillars of Fundraising, Programs, Membership and Public Awareness.
Attended Region Board meetings; Attended Founder Region Conferences; Facilitated Leadership and Membership trainings; Coordinated and facilitated District Meetings; Facilitated President’s Round Tables; served on Memorial Grove Committee; served as a Violet Richardson Award Representative and Membership Representative.
Club Level: Served as President, President -elect, Director and Delegate; Chaired Ways & Means and Membership committees; Co-Chaired FemPower Leadership Conference; Co- Chaired Spaghetti Feed; Chaired Fabulous Fashion show, Chaired Holiday Bazaar; Chaired Street Fair, served on Awards and Service Committees
Other Business, Professional and Civic Experience:
Served as a Girl Scout Assistant Leader, Parent Advisor for Future Leaders of America; Event Planner for Holiday parties for adults with Developmental Disabilities; Coordinator for Fundraisers for Adults with Traumatic Brain Injuries; Coordinator for Health Screenings for Humboldt County School’s staff; Coordinated and assisted with many Staff Trainings and Special Projects with the Humboldt County Office of Education office.

District V

Angie Haramoto

Soroptimist International of Maui

Years of Soroptimist membership: 28 years

Soroptimist Experience:
International Level: None
Federation Level: None
Region Level: 2016-2018 District VI Director Soroptimist International of America, Founder Region , Region Legislative Advocacy Committee, Violet Richardson Committee, Bylaws Committee.
Club Level: Offices held- President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Director
Other Business, Professional and Civic Experience:
CASA (Volunteer Guardian ad Litem)(Second Circuit Court) 2019-2020 District Governor District 50 Hawaii Lions Chairman Lions Eye Bank of Hawaii. Currently part time bookkeeper for 7 retail stores Past Maui County Committee on Status of Women Past Secretary Meat & Poultry Association of Hawaii Retired owner Young's Food Brokerage. Past member of Pukalani Elementary School Community Council Maui Fair Alliance Committee member

Founder Region Bylaw Amendments

Click the arrow to read a summary of each Proposed Bylaw Amendment that will be voted on before conference; or download the complete proposal including Advantages, Disadvantages,  Financial Impact, and Rationale.

Click on the arrow to read a summary of each bylaw.

ARTICLE V, Nominations

Section 5.2 d. Elections (New)

Proposed Language
d. If due to an emergency requiring the cancellation of in-person meetings, the board of directors determines that the region cannot undertake regular methods of voting, including but not limited to the election of region leaders and voting to amend region governing documents, the region may use mail ballots or electronic balloting methods of voting for so long as the board determines that the emergency situation persists. Results of mail ballots or electronic balloting shall be communicated to all members in the region by the region officer or committee chair responsible for the vote upon the conclusion of the vote. The results should be noted in the minutes of the meeting where the voting took place and/or reported publicly to all members of the region.

Proposed by: The Founder Region Board of Directors.

ARTICLE VI, Meetings

Section 6.6 Meetings (New)

Proposed Language
Section 6.6 If due to an emergency requiring the cancellation of in-person meetings, the board of directors determines that the region cannot hold regular meetings, including but not limited to the annual conference, district meetings, and leadership training, the region may hold such meetings electronically (preferably by audiovisual means) provided the means of communication allows all persons participating in the meeting the ability to hear and speak to each other.

Proposed by: The Founder Region Board of Directors.

ARTICLE VII, Board of Directors

Section 7.9 Board of Directors (New)

Proposed  Language
Section7.9 In the event of an emergency requiring the cancellation of in-person board meetings, the board of directors may undertake any regular business of the region at meetings held electronically (preferably by audiovisual means) provided the means of communication allows all persons participating in the meeting the ability to hear and speak to each other.
In a non-emergency situation, any individual board member may seek approval from the Region Governor to attend a region business meeting electronically (preferably by audiovisual means) upon presentation of an acceptable reason for inability or great hardship to attend in person.

Proposed by: The Founder Region Board of Directors.

ARTICLE VIII Committees

Section 8.3 Committees (New)

Proposed Language
Section 8.3 Meetings: Any Standing Committee or Special Committee appointed by the Region Governor may meet electronically, by telephone conference call, audiovisual means, or other means of communication by which all persons participating in the meeting are able to hear and speak to each other.

Proposed by: The Founder Region Board of Directors.

ARTICLE IV, Officers

PROPOSED LANGUAGE
Section 4.5 Duties. b. The Governor-elect shall prepare for assuming the office of Governor by becoming familiar with all aspects of the Soroptimist organization; attend all meetings of the Region board; work closely with, and under the direction of, the Governor, assisting to the fullest extent possible; and, in the absence of the Governor, she/he shall preside at meetings. In addition, she/he is empowered to serve as the SIA Program Chair and serve as a member of the Budget Committee. Commencing on or after January 1 in the second year of her/his term as Governor-elect, she/he is empowered to appoint committees to serve during her/his biennium as Governor.
Proposed by:
An ad hoc committee appointed by the Founder Region Governor consisting of the following members: Chair Bobbi Enderlin, Pam Parker, Sylvia Crafton, Dona Gaddis Wolf, Mary Ann Redden, Amelia Benko, Barbara Lanier, Sue Finch, Susan Joyce, Carol Steele, Dion Weaver, Patsy Daniels, and Kate Burns. These members are either past governors or past Fellowship presidents or both. Ex-officio members (non-voting) of the committee were Governor Kris Chorbi, Governor-elect Vicki Ham, and FRF President Cheryl Poncini.

ARTICLE X, Founder Region Fellowship, Inc.

PROPOSED LANGUAGE
Section 10.1 Founder Region Fellowship, Inc. is a non-profit corporation for the purpose of maintaining an endowment fund to provide scholarships to women in the final phase of their doctoral programs. All clubs of the Region shall be voting members of the corporation with three (3) votes per club. The voting body shall consist of three (3) delegates from each club. A Board of Directors shall consist of an elected president, treasurer, and directors from each district.
Proposed by:
An ad hoc committee appointed by the Founder Region Governor consisting of the following members: Chair Bobbi Enderlin, Pam Parker, Sylvia Crafton, Dona Gaddis Wolf, Mary Ann Redden, Amelia Benko, Barbara Lanier, Sue Finch, Susan Joyce, Carol Steele, Dion Weaver, Patsy Daniels, and Kate Burns. These members are either past governors or past Fellowship presidents or both. Ex-officio members (non-voting) of the committee were Governor Kris Chorbi, Governor-elect Vicki Ham, and FRF President Cheryl Poncini.

Founder Region Fellowship Bylaw Amendments

Click the arrow to read a summary of each Proposed Bylaw Amendment that will be voted on before conference; or download the complete proposal including Advantages, Disadvantages, Financial Impact, and Rationale.

An amendment to a proposed Fellowship bylaw amendment was made during Caucus.
Article VII, Board of Directors, Section 3. Meetings. ... d. be held in person or, if deemed necessary for any reason by the Board President, electronically via a video conferencing platform.
 (Deleted "Zoom or a similar" from the original proposal.)

Click on the arrow to read a 
summary of each bylaw.

ARTICLE V – Officers and Directors

PROPOSED LANGUAGE
Section 2. There shall be five (5) elected directors who are representatives of the five (5) districts of Founder Region. They shall serve for a biennium or until their successors take office.

PROPOSED BY: 2020 – 2022 Founder Region Fellowship Board

ARTICLE V – Officers and Directors

PROPOSED LANGUAGE
Section 4. A treasurer shall be elected at the annual conference beginning in 2022. For the 2020-2022 biennium, the treasurer shall be appointed by the incoming Founder Region Fellowship (FRF) President from applications submitted by members of Founder Region. The Treasurer shall be a voting member of the Board of Directors.
 
PROPOSED BY: 2020 – 2022 Founder Region Fellowship Board

ARTICLE V – Officers and Directors

PROPOSED LANGUAGE
Section 7. No officer or director shall hold more than one elected office within the Soroptimist organization in accordance with SIA Bylaws.

PROPOSED BY: 2020 – 2022 Founder Region Fellowship Board

ARTICLE VII – Board of Directors


PROPOSED LANGUAGE
Section 1. The Board of Directors shall consist of a president, a treasurer and five (5) directors who represent the five (5)districts of Founder Region.

PROPOSED BY: 2020 – 2022 Founder Region Fellowship Board

ARTICLE VII – Board of Directors

PROPOSED LANGUAGE
Section 3. Meetings. The meetings of the Board of Directors shall:

d.be held in person or, if deemed necessary for any reason by the Board President, electronically via Zoom or a similar videoconferencing platform.
 
PROPOSED BY: 2020 – 2022 Founder Region Fellowship Board

An amendment to this amendment was made during Caucus.
Article VII, Board of Directors, Section 3. Meetings. ... d. be held in person or, if deemed necessary for any reason by the Board President, electronically via a video conferencing platform.
 (Deleted "Zoom or a similar" from the original proposal.)

ARTICLE VIII – Finance

PROPOSED LANGUAGE
 Section 1. The primary source of income include:
a. The mandatory annual assessment of seven dollars ($7) to every member of each club within Founder Region.


PROPOSED BY: 2020 – 2022 Founder Region Fellowship Board

ARTICLE V, Directors and Officers

PROPOSED LANGUAGE
Section 1. The president of the board shall be elected by the delegates at the annual conference in the second year of the biennium, commencing with the 2022 conference, and shall serve for a biennium or, in the case of a vacancy, until a successor is appointed.

PROPOSED BY: An ad hoc committee appointed by the Founder Region Governor consisting of the following members: Chair Bobbi Enderlin, Pam Parker, Sylvia Crafton, Dona Gaddis Wolf, Mary Ann Redden, Amelia Benko, Barbara Lanier, Sue Finch, Susan Joyce, Carol Steele, Dion Weaver, Patsy Daniels, and Kate Burns. These members are either past governors or past Fellowship presidents or both. Ex-officio members (non-voting) of the committee were Governor Kris Chorbi, Governor-elect Vicki Ham, and FRF President Cheryl Poncini.

ARTICLE V, Directors and Officers

PROPOSED LANGUAGE
Section 6. Nominations. a. Each club may submit the names of regular members to the Founder Region Nominating Committee for president, treasurer, and director. Each District in Founder Region shall thereafter elect one (1)member from that district to be a director. The Founder Region Fellowship delegates, beginning in biennium 2022-2024, shall thereafter elect one (1)member of Founder Region to be president, and one (1) member to be treasurer. Nominations and elections shall be in accordance with Founder Region Bylaws.

PROPOSED BY: An ad hoc committee appointed by the Founder Region Governor consisting of the following members: Chair Bobbi Enderlin, Pam Parker, Sylvia Crafton, Dona Gaddis Wolf, Mary Ann Redden, Amelia Benko, Barbara Lanier, Sue Finch, Susan Joyce, Carol Steele, Dion Weaver, Patsy Daniels, and Kate Burns. These members are either past governors or past Fellowship presidents or both. Ex-officio members (non-voting) of the committee were Governor Kris Chorbi, Governor-elect Vicki Ham, and FRF President Cheryl Poncini.

ARTICLE V, Directors and Officers

PROPOSED LANGUAGE
Section 6. Nominations. b. To be eligible for election to office, candidates must be:
1.Regular members in good standing who have served as club president.
2.For the office of President, the member shall have served on the Region Board as governor, or onthe FRF board within six years prior to the term for which she/he is being nominated.
3.For the office of district director, the member shall be a member ofa club in that district.

PROPOSED BY: An ad hoc committee appointed by the Founder Region Governor consisting of the following members: Chair Bobbi Enderlin, Pam Parker, Sylvia Crafton, Dona Gaddis Wolf, Mary Ann Redden, Amelia Benko, Barbara Lanier, Sue Finch, Susan Joyce, Carol Steele, Dion Weaver, Patsy Daniels, and Kate Burns. These members are either past governors or past Fellowship presidents or both. Ex-officio members (non-voting) of the committee were Governor Kris Chorbi, Governor-elect Vicki Ham, and FRF President Cheryl Poncini.

ARTICLE V, Directors and Officers

PROPOSED LANGUAGE

Section 10. Vacancies. 
a. If a vacancy occurs in the office of president, the FRF Board of Directors shall appoint a president from the membership of FR to serve until the annual meeting where an election to fill such a vacancy is held, providing the nominee meets the requirements as set forth in these bylaws. A vacancy or vacancies in the office of president shall be deemed to exist in the event of a death, resignation, or absence/removal of president.

PROPOSED BY: An ad hoc committee appointed by the Founder Region Governor consisting of the following members: Chair Bobbi Enderlin, Pam Parker, Sylvia Crafton, Dona Gaddis Wolf, Mary Ann Redden, Amelia Benko, Barbara Lanier, Sue Finch, Susan Joyce, Carol Steele, Dion Weaver, Patsy Daniels, and Kate Burns. These members are either past governors or past Fellowship presidents or both. Ex-officio members (non-voting) of the committee were Governor Kris Chorbi, Governor-elect Vicki Ham, and FRF President Cheryl Poncini.