From the SFRA Executive Committee
From the President
It’s hard to believe this is my final President’s Note! As challenging and chaotic as the last three years have been in some ways, they also seem to have passed by in the blink of an eye. I look back on what we have accomplished, including two successful annual meetings with previously unprecedented virtual formats and the first major revision of the organization’s bylaws in many years, with gratitude and pride, and I want to thank everyone who has contributed to the (mostly) smooth running of this organization over my term as president of SFRA, especially the elected members of the two executive committees I’ve worked with (Keren, Sonja, Ida, Sean, Hugh, Jess, and Tim) and the organizers of the recent and upcoming annual conferences (De Witt, Rebekah, Graham, Bodhi, Moritz, Julia, and Jaak), as well as everyone who has taken on extra work to serve on a policy or awards committee. I really look forward to supporting the group in my new role as Immediate Past President, and trust that you’ll be hearing from me again when it comes time for populating election slates and committees next year.
Keren Omry recently sent out the candidate statements for the next election, which will take place in mid-December. You can find those at the SFRA website, or elsewhere in this issue. As a reminder, here is what the new bylaws say about elections:
The immediate past president, in consultation with the Executive Committee, shall submit a slate of candidates for each position to be filled at least 60 days prior to the election day. These candidates will be nominated by current members (self-nominations and nomination by current members of the Executive Committee will be allowed). The immediate past president shall notify the membership in the SFRA Review, and all other appropriate and available electronic and social outlets, of this slate of candidates. Within 30 days of the publication of this slate of candidates in the SFRA Review, additional candidates may be nominated by submission of a petition signed by at least five persons of the membership in good standing entitled to vote in the election to the secretary of the association. At the end of this 30-day period nominations shall be closed and the ballot shall be prepared.
We have crossed that 60-day threshold and are fast approaching the 30-day threshold, after which the ballot will be closed; if you would like to supplement this slate of candidates with a new name, please, do so soon!
As always, reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns, or if you would like me to promote anything on SFRA’s social media. Thanks so much for entrusting me with the responsibility of leading this group for a time, and I look forward to seeing you all in Dresden next year.