GHI Elections

Members Choose our Leaders

GHI holds elections during the annual membership meeting that is held each May.

In 2020, the usual May meeting date was superseded by an executive order of Maryland Governor Hogan prohibiting gatherings of more than 250 people.  The Nominations & Elections Committee is assessing whether an election can be held without an annual meeting.  Read Pandemic Impact on the 2020 GHI Election for more information.


Candidate Packet for Prospective Candidates

If you are thinking of running for a GHI office, review 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.