Due to the ever-changing economy, the NAAP Board has been evaluating how to maintain the strength of our organization and our membership. One way to do that is to streamline expenses. One of the results is to remove the paid employee position of Executive Director. While we value the person who holds this position, the financial responsibility of maintaining the position itself needed to be evaluated. After much discussion and searching for options, the Board determined that the most effective way to continue to meet all the membership needs and to absorb the duties of the pre-existing salaried Executive Director position, we would add additional volunteer Trustees. In order to distribute these duties equally there were changes that we were looking at.
Those included: Adding the following Trustees to the Board:
- Secretary: The current position combines Secretary and Treasurer and this would be divided into two positions.
- Marketing: Currently the Public Relations Trustee handles communication inside the organization as well as outside. The Marketing Trustee would now concentrate on getting NAAP outside of our membership realm.
- Office Trustee: This person would establish the basic duties of handling mail, answering emails and phone call. They would also assist with nominations.
Other changes included:
- The President will be responsible for Government Relations Committee.
- The current Membership/Nominations Trustee will no longer be responsible for Nominations.
- The Professional Development Trustee will now be called “Conference Trustee” and be responsible for all details related to Conferences.
- The Public Relations Trustees will oversee Awards and Communication with State and International Contacts (previously done by Membership/Nominations Trustee)
- The Nominating Committee was eliminated, as ALL NAAP members are encouraged and welcomed to submit nominations for officers. The process is currently overseen by the Membership/Nominations Trustee but will be moved to the Operation Trustee.
- The Executive Committee will now consist of the President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. This changed due to the separation of the Secretary and Treasurer.
These changes were discussed as a Board. Then it was brought to the By-Laws Committee who were instrumental with their input, suggestions and format. A huge thank you goes to these committee members: Susan Rauch, Myrtle Klauer, Debbie Bera, Lucy Emmil and Jean Curtis.
According to previous By-law changes, NAAP was able to go to electronic voting. And hired a third party agent to handle the process. This provided confidentiality so no one saw how anyone voted and it also provided accountability as only members’ votes were counted.
The By-law vote passed by a very large margin. As a result, the Board has been busy working on the specific job descriptions and working through the changes needed to make this transition take place. These will take effect AFTER the Annual Conference.
Thank you for your continued support of NAAP.