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Nominations Due - Chicago Wilderness Steering Committee
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Calling All Chicago Wilderness Members and Allies! As you know, Chicago Wilderness has been getting back to its roots as we transition from a paid staff back to a member-volunteer led organization. On November 29, 2017, The Executive Council of Chicago Wilderness approved the creation of a Steering Committee to lead the organization and guide the future planning and potential further restructuring of Chicago Wilderness. The Steering Committee will be comprised of the Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasure

 Export to Your Calendar 11/29/2017 to 12/15/2017
When: 11/29/2017
12/15/2017
Where: United States
Contact: Lynne Westphal and Lynda Lancaster
224-999-1992

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Calling All Chicago Wilderness Members and Allies!

As you know, Chicago Wilderness has been getting back to its roots as we transition from a paid staff back to a member-volunteer led organization. On November 29, 2017, The Executive Council of Chicago Wilderness approved the creation of a Steering Committee to lead the organization and guide the future planning and potential further restructuring of Chicago Wilderness. The Steering Committee will be comprised of the Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer, Executive Secretary, and 5 Members At-Large.

At the November meeting, the Executive Council also approved the positions of Chair (Arnold Randall), Vice Chair (Elizabeth Kessler), Treasurer (Jim Jerozal) and Executive Secretary (Matt Freer) for CY/FY2018, and tasked the Nominations & Elections Committee to work on finding the rest of the Steering Committee. Matt Freer has respectfully requested that a replacement be found for the position of Executive Secretary.

We need YOU to step forward and run for Executive Secretary or one of the 5 At-Large positions (or nominate someone you think will be excellent in these roles).

Chicago Wilderness is as strong as the energy and dedication of its members. We need the depth and breadth of Chicago Wilderness represented on the Steering Committee: a combination of new ideas and institutional memory; of organizations large and small; of organization type – government, nonprofit, private sector; and of geographies – the States we are from, urban, suburban, rural. We also need people with specific skills sets. Which brings us to…

What are you signing up for (besides hero status)? Here is a description of each of the position types:

·       Executive Secretary: Serve as parliamentarian; coordinate the scheduling of Executive Council meetings, distribution of agendas, and recording and distribution of minutes.

·       At-Large Members: A Steering Committee member with the appropriate interest and capacity will be designated to coordinate key functions, including Membership Recruitment and Retention; Public Programs (e.g. Excellence in Ecological Restoration and other outward facing programs); External Communications; and Strategic Initiatives.

Time commitment: Term begins with the January 24, 2018 Chicago Wilderness meeting and runs for at least a year.  Attend quarterly Chicago Wilderness Executive Council meetings. Conduct pre-work ahead of the meetings (setting agenda, outreach with members, committees and working groups, etc.). Assistance with Chicago Wilderness restructuring and revisioning, which is a malleable time commitment (and one you can distribute by bringing in others to assist).

Interested? (you know you are!) Please let Lynne Westphal and Lynda Lancaster know (lwestphal@fs.fed.us, lynda_lancaster@nps.gov; Lynne: 224 999 1992; Lynda:  219 928 8677)*

Thanks for considering – because without you, there is no Chicago Wilderness.

* Are you wondering why this is led by two Feds? We can’t serve on the Steering Committee because we can’t serve on a Committee or Board with fiscal responsibility for a different organization. So we are doing our part by leading the nomination effort.



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