Hello Chapter Members!
Hope you are all enjoying the warmer weather. As many of you know, the Southern New England Chapter functions because of dedicated Volunteers. Volunteers are an integral part of our Chapter’s existence, and are foundational to our sustainability. These dedicated professionals are needed to provide all the various services our Chapter requires to remain active. We are also required to have an official Board of Directors, and take our commitment to leadership excellence seriously - following established election guidelines and processes outlined by PMI global.
Election time is a great time to express your interest in the Chapter and take a moment to participate as a volunteer BOD member and/or cast your vote in support of 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 explore 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 BOD responsibilities, initiate a call for candidates for anyone interested in serving the Chapter in a leadership role, check nominees’ credentials and experience, and implement the timeline of the election process to maintain the highest integrity of the process. Once elected the BOD will self-assess their performance and report to the Chapter and our governing body, PMI, how well the Board is meeting its obligations to the organization and the membership.
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.
- 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.
- Chapter leaders must act in a legally and ethically responsible manner.
- Chapter leaders must familiarize themselves with the organization’s mission and purposes to ensure effective planning.
- 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,
- discussing membership interests, satisfaction and trends,
- offering various programs and educational 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. 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.
The full election process overview, timeline and statement of interest document can be found by clicking here.
Please Vote. Your Voice Matters.
Mary Frances Gorgas, PMP
President & CEO
Southern New England Chapter of PMI (SNEC-PMI)