Election of PDG Guz Goh as ROSNF Chair-Elect 2014-15

I am delighted to announce that your ROSNF Board has unanimously supported the selection of PDG Guz Goh as your ROSNF Chair-Elect 2014-15, to take office as ROSNF Chair 2015-16. Guz was the sole nominee when nominations for the position closed earlier this month.

As a consequence of Guz’ selection, I have appointed him as a ROSNF Director with immediate effect for the remainder of the current Rotary year.

Congratulations PDG Guz! #ROSNF will be in excellent hands in 2015-16.

Kero O’Shea

Nominations for Chair-Elect re-opened for 72 hours

In his capacity as ROSNF Elections Chair for this cycle, the selection of Chair-Elect for 2014-2015 to serve as ROSNF Chair in the 2015-2016 Rotary Year, Mel Powell reports that the seven-day nominations period has concluded.

One candidate has accepted a nomination to serve. Under Section 2a of our Bylaws pertaining to elections, when there is one candidate, the Board then announces to the Membership the name of that candidate, and that pursuant to the Bylaws we now re-open the nominations for an additional 72 hours.  The list of candidates eligible to be nominated is here: http://rosnf.net/2014/05/eligible-candidates-may-2014-chair-elect-ballot/ .

The one candidate is PDG Guz Goh.

Kero O’Shea

Email to ROSNF Members re Nominations for Chair-Elect (to serve as Chair 2015-16)

The following email was sent to ROSNF members at 7.30am Aust WST on 8 May 2014:


Dear ROSNF Members,

Our Fellowship’s Bylaws call for the election of a Chair-Elect in May, to serve as Chair beginning the following 1 July 14 months later. Nominations for Chair-Elect will open in 24 hours, and any ROSNF Member may nominate an eligible candidate.

To be eligible for nomination as ROSNF Chair-Elect for 2014-2015, to serve as Chair for 2015-2016, a Rotarian Member of ROSNF must have served one full year on the Board of ROSNF as of 30 June 2014 (it is presumed for purposes of nomination that a current Board Member will complete this Rotary Year as a Board Member), and must have served on the Board no further in the past than three Rotary Years (during 2011-2012 or later). The list of candidates eligible to be nominated is here: http://rosnf.net/2014/05/eligible-candidates-may-2014-chair-elect-ballot/

(Mel Powell is eligible but, serving as Elections Chair, may not be nominated.)

If you wish to nominate one of the above eligible candidates, please send an e-mail nominating one person to the nominations email address (it’s in the email sent to members & can also be accessed in our Members-only group).

Nominations will open in 24 hours and remain open for 7 days, after which time no further candidates may be nominated.

The election will be held during the week following the close of nominations. You may read the Bylaws for information on the elections process by visiting the “About” page on the website. Thank you for your participation in this election process, and for your continuing participation in our Rotarians on Social Networks Fellowship.

Kero O’Shea
ROSNF Chair 2013-14

Eligible Candidates: May 2014 Chair-Elect Ballot

Rotarians who are eligible to be nominated as ROSNF Chair Elect are shown below.

Eligibility requires serving at least one full term on the board or having prospective service of one year as at 30 June 2014.

Their term on the board is shown, along with information about which members have already served a term as ROSNF Chair.

* Mary Kathryn Delodder has served on the Board in 2010-13 but is not currently eligible as she is not a Rotarian

Past & Incoming Chairs

Outcome of Membership Poll re March 2014 Bylaws Update

Hi Everyone,

Thank you to those who voted in this month’s poll re the change to our Bylaws concerning the election of our Chair-Elect. You have given overwhelming endorsement to the proposal. Our Rotarians on Social Networks Fellowship Bylaws have been amended to reflect your decision.

As a consequence of your decision, we will be calling for nominations for Chair-Elect in May 2014.

Kero O’Shea
ROSNF Chair 2013-14

By-Laws Update March 2014

Dear ROSNF Member,

The ROSNF Board seeks your support for a change to our Bylaws.

We are proposing to change the timing of the election and elevation to office of our Chair-Elect. Our proposal seeks to change the timing so that the Chair-Elect takes office with the rest of the Board on 1 July for that #ROSNF year.

Our current Bylaws provide for the Chair – Elect to be elected in November and serve from then until the following 30 June, before taking office on 1 July. This means the Board has to retain a vacancy for the first five months of the year, just in case the Chair-Elect is not a current Board member. As time goes by and the pool of candidates grows, we are more likely to have a successful candidate who is not on the current Board, which means under the current arrangements that person would join the Board cold in November.

Having the Chair-Elect in place on 1 July will make them much more a part of the planning process for the year before they take office and will give them a stronger grounding for their year as Chair. This change will also match our election practices with the typical leadership track within Rotary, where a Club’s President-Nominee is selected and then becomes President-Elect on 1 July.

Our Bylaws require candidates to complete a qualifying period of 12 months service on the Board within the three (3) Rotary (ROSNF) years preceding the year in which the successful candidate takes office. The proposed changes will retain that requirement. For the purposes of the qualifying period, any new Board member serving on the Board from 1 July in the #ROSNF year in which the election is held will be qualified.

The specific changes to the By Laws that would bring this about are as follows:

1. Under “Election of Chairperson – Section 1. Nominations. Eligibility.” delete all wording in its entirety and replace with the following:

“Any member of ROSNF who will have served least one full calendar year as a Director as of 30 June of the year in which that person would be nominated (to serve as Chair-Elect commencing the following 1 July and Chair a year later) and who has served as a Director within some portion of the previous three Rotary Years is eligible to be nominated as Chair–Elect. (By way of example, to be nominated on or about 15 April 2014, during the 2013-14 Rotary Year to serve as Chair during the 2015-16 Rotary Year, the candidate must have served as a Director during some portion of the 2011-¬2012 Rotary Year or later.) ”

2. Under “Election of Chairperson – Section 2. Nominations. Procedure.”

Delete the opening words “On or about 15 October, but no later than 25 October” and replace with the words “On or about 1 May, but not later than 11 May”

The Board of ROSNF has approved this proposed Amendment to our Bylaws.

Amendments to our Bylaws must then be approved by the Membership of ROSNF. The vote is decided by a simple majority of votes cast. This poll will be open for seven days from 8.00pm on Monday, 17 March 2014 (Australian WST).

To cast your vote, please go to http://rosnf.net/home/ and sign in. You will see the poll in the right hand sidebar of the home page.

Thank you for taking time to read this.

Yours in ROSNF

Kero O’Shea