President's Message on Chapter Elections

Hello Chapter Members!

genevieveElections are an integral part of our chapter’s existence, foundational to our sustainability and required by law.  We take our election process seriously and follow established guidelines and processes outlined by PMI global.

This is a great time to renew your interest in the chapter and take a moment to participate as a volunteer BOD member and/or cast your vote for those interested in becoming a BOD member.  As in any election process, our chapter leadership represents the voice of our members and functions to support and grow our membership community. 

This is also a unique opportunity to renew your understanding of what the chapter has to offer.   Understanding our membership demographics, programs, services, and available opportunities allows you to broaden your knowledge, and provide meaningful feedback for increasing the value proposition of being a member with SNEC.

The Election Process
The board must implement a nominations committee yearly.  This committee is responsible for publicizing board responsibilities, accept nominations, check nominees’ credentials and experience, and implement the timeline of the election process to maintain the highest integrity of the process. The board must also conduct assessments of their performance to review how well the board is meeting its obligations to the organization and the membership.  This year we are undertaking an evaluation of our chapter maturity and sustainability. 

PMI Volunteer Leaders Responsibilities
PMI leaders have unique responsibilities, which foster effective governance, set expectations, assign accountability and reduce liability exposure. To maintain integrity and comply with legal standards, chapter leaders adopt the following standards.

    1.  Chapter leaders have four key duties that they must uphold;

Duty of care

      : exercise the same level of care over the organization’s business as any reasonable person would over his or her personal business;

Duty of loyalty

      : act in an independent manner and avoid conflicts of interest;

Duty of good faith

      : comply with and uphold any and all requirements, policies, procedures, rules, and orders approved by the organization’s governing body; and,

Duty of integrity:

      act in an ethical manner and conduct business in accordance with accepted business practices.


  1. Chapter leaders must act in a legally and ethically responsible manner.
  2. Chapter leaders must familiarize themselves with the organization’s mission and purposes to ensure effective planning.
  3. Chapter leaders must promote elections, develop new board members, and monitor their performance.

We achieve and uphold these responsibilities through: continuous learning, monthly BOD meetings, reviewing and approving our financial statements, discuss membership interests, satisfaction and trends, offer various programs and education events in various locations and on various topics that are relevant and valued to our members.  We monitor chapter operations, services and programs through member input, ease of operations and management of volunteer resources.  We hold quarterly meetings to review our plans and assumptions.  In addition, we engage in monthly regional chapter calls, attend annual region and global meetings, and are compliant with PMI guidelines for managing our chapter. 

I encourage you, at this time, to become more involved, learn about our chapter and become an active volunteer leader.  This has been, one of the best experiences of my career and I value the relationships, networking and continual learning being a volunteer leader has offered me.

If you have any questions, please reach out to the nominating committee or any one of our BOD members.

Please Vote.  Your Voice Matters.

Genevieve Guilmette, PMP

President & CEO
Southern New England Chapter of PMI (SNEC-PMI)