ALDA Chicago

We're Seeking Candidates for 2019 Board of Directors

23 Nov 2018 8:22 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Below is a message from Marsha Swetin, President of ALDA Chicago, about the upcoming election for the ALDA Chicago Board of Directors.

I have been designated by Marsha, to serve as the Nominating Chairperson for the ALDA Chicago Board Election for 2019. I am contacting you as a current ALDA Chicago member to nominate you to serve on the ALDA Chicago Board. 

If you are willing to accept my nomination, please send a message to me at:  with a picture and short bio containing a brief introduction of yourself by December 9, 2018. Your bio can include information about your hearing loss, occupation and/or education, and how you hope to benefit ALDA Chicago by being on the Board.

If you do not wish to serve on the ALDA Chicago Board of Directors, please send a message to me that you are not interested in running for a position on the ALDA Chicago Board, and we will not contact you further.

We look forward to hearing from you!


Debra Flowers

ALDA Chicago

Nominating Committee Chair

Dear ALDA Chicago Member:

The ALDA Chicago Board consists of seven voting members with staggered two-year terms.  The staggered terms allow for continuity as well as keeping knowledgeable and experienced people on the Board to make transitions easier.

For 2019, ALDA Chicago has four open positions for two-year terms on its Board of Directors.  The Board of Directors is elected by all ALDA Chicago members.  Candidates must be current paid members of ALDA Chicago and be willing and able to serve for a two-year period.  Following the election, the elected and incumbent directors choose the organization's officers (President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer) at the first meeting of the new Board.

Board members need to be present at our meetings which take place every other month.  We make every attempt to schedule the Board meetings on the first Saturday of the month and vary locations around the area so that no member repeatedly travels extensively to attend a meeting.  We realize that circumstances arise when a Board member is unable to attend so we ask that all Board and Committee reports be submitted online a few days prior to the meeting.

ALDA Chicago is a vibrant organization of people who work together, play together and enjoy the various social and educational programs we provide.  We cannot continue to do this unless we have a full Board of Directors.  To put it bluntly, we need ALDA members to step up and help us continue the work that we do.  You are never too old or young, and length of membership in ALDA Chicago is not a factor either.  Please consider becoming a Board member.  We’d love to have you!

I am temporarily serving as the Nominating Committee Chair for this year’s election which will take place during December and January.  If you are interested in participating on the Board, please notify me and prepare a 150-word summary giving us a little background about yourself and why you are interested in serving on the Board.  If you have a picture of yourself to include with your summary, please send that also as it would be very helpful to those members who might not recognize your name.

You may send the summary and photo to my e-mail address at by December 9 which is the same day as the Holiday Party.  You may also submit your expression of interest at the Holiday Party which is taking place at the William Tell Restaurant in Countryside.  That will allow sufficient time to prepare ballots and send them out to all ALDA Chicago members.

We expect to announce the results of the election via email.  Results will also be posted on the chapter's website.


Marsha Swetin

President, ALDA Chicago

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