GHI Election

Members Choose our Leaders

GHI holds elections during the annual membership meeting, which usually occurs each May.  However, in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Maryland Governor Hogan issued an executive order prohibiting large gatherings.  The GHI Board of Directors has set the annual meeting October 29, 2020.

Election 29–30 October 2020

2020 GHI ELECTION RESULTS
Asterisk indicates elected to office

BOARD OF DIRECTORS: 4 vacancies, 2-year terms
259 Zoe Carter-Woodbridge*
256 Deborah McKinley*
254 Stefan Brodd*
244 Ed James*

AUDIT COMMITTEE: 3 vacancies, 1-year terms
265 Kathleen McNamara*
257 Sam Lee*
254 Christopher Carbone*

NOMINATIONS & ELECTIONS COMMITTEE were also elected by acclamation at the annual meeting to 1-year terms
Dan Gillotte*
Theresa R. Henderson*
Tom Jones*
Luisa F. Robles*
Mary Salemme*

291 ballots were cast, none were disqualified. These included
3 paper ballots were cast in person at the Youth Center Thursday,
277 electronic votes were cast online,
10 paper ballots were cast in person at GHI Friday.
1 absentee ballot
0 proxy ballots

Thanks to all the candidates and GHI members who voted!
Tom Jones,
GHI Nominations and Elections Committee Chair

Candidate biographies and an election announcement are in the October 22, 2020 Greenbelt News Review, and detailed information about the annual meeting and election have been mailed to every GHI member with the official meeting announcement.

 

Paths to vote. Ideally use GetQuorum online after the Zoom annual meeting.

 

Candidate Packet

If you're thinking of running for a GHI office or would like more information about GHI elections, please review the revised October edition of the candidate packet to learn more. The candidate packet is also available in the GHI offices. Please read the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) and the Election Schedule to learn more about running for an elected office and the election process. If you decide to run for office, you will need to submit a Candidate Consent Form and a Candidate Biography by the deadlines.

Three Types of Elected Office

1. Board of Directors

The Board of Directors comprises nine members who set policy and oversee the management of the property, business, and affairs of GHI. Board members are elected to staggered two-year terms. Four are elected in even-numbered years and five are elected in odd-numbered years.  Any positions which continue until the next year and were vacated are also included in the election.

The Board oversees the performance of the General Manager, who manages all GHI staff employees. Board members are centrally involved in planning and setting priorities for the cooperative, especially through setting and adopting the annual operating budget. The Board reviews and votes on all membership applications and considers member-requested exceptions to existing policy and regulations.

The Board's work mainly occurs at its regular, twice-monthly meetings, (meetings are held once a month in the summer.) The Board also meets for additional work sessions throughout the year to consider topics in depth. GHI's volunteer membership committees are appointed by and report to the Board. Each Board member is liaison to one or more membership committee and often attends the monthly committee meetings.

Visit the Board of Directors page for more information.

2. Audit Committee

The Audit Committee is responsible directly to the members and reports annually to the members on its activities. The Audit Committee's three members serve one-year terms. A more apt name for the Audit Committee might be the 'Oversight Committee,' which more clearly describes the committee's fundamental role. The committee does not perform GHI's annual financial audit. It reviews and evaluates financial and other operations of GHI. Generally this means ensuring that business decisions, actions taken at meetings, and day-to-day management, are conducted according to the GHI bylaws and established policies.

Audit committee members do not have to be financial or legal experts, but members with an interest in sound and ethical business practices best serve this committee. The committee has considerable discretion as to what it focuses on and it can employ outside professional help when expertise is needed.

Visit the Audit Committee page for more information.

3. Nominations & Elections Committee

The five members of the Nominations & Elections Committee are elected to one-year terms by a floor vote of the members at the annual meeting. The committee's responsibilities include preparing publicity and other written materials needed for elections, identifying and soliciting members to become candidates for office, submitting nominations for the annual election, administering all aspects of membership elections including the election at May's annual meeting and any other referendums, performing ballot counts, and certifying election results to the board and the members.

Visit the Nominations & Elections Committee page for more information.

For more information on the roles of the Board of Directors, Audit Committee, and Nominations & Elections Committee, please refer to Articles V, VII of the GHI bylaws, which are available here and at the GHI offices at Hamilton Place.