Saturday, March 17, 2012

2012-2013 Officer Elections

Interested in being an officer for the 2012-2013 school year?  Here is your chance!

PUMA will be holding elections for officer positions in the next few weeks.  (Time/Date TBA.  We expect it to be either Thursday, March 29th or Thursday, April 5th at the normal meeting time)

We will have elections for all positions-- President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer

You must be nominated by at least one person to run for a position.  Don't worry, nudge someone and have them nominate you.  We care more about the job you do, it's not a popularity contest!

Please don't run for office if you just want to "boost your resume."  PUMA is a small organization with room to continue growing, and we want dedicated and passionate people leading the way!

Here are some FAQ's to think about when deciding if you want to run:

Do I have enough time to be an officer?
-Being an officer for PUMA does require a reasonable amount of time.  Plan to have at least one event a month.  If you are an officer you can't just "show up" for the meetings.  Careful planning and behind the scene work is required to have an event!  Depending on the position, you may be posting things on Facebook, Twitter, sending emails, making flyers, etc.  Don't overwhelm yourself by taking on too much.

Who can run for an officer position?
-Anyone currently in PUMA or in the EAS department can run for a position, however, we ask only students who will be juniors or seniors next year to run for President and Vice President.  Freshman and Sophomores may run for Secretary and Treasurer (and are encouraged).  That way, you could essentially hold an officer position until you graduate.

What are the responsibilities for each position?
-Although everyone works as a team, each officer as certain "general" responsibilities:
President:  Planning/booking events, makes final decisions
VP:  Assisting the president with planning/booking
(on top of the previously listed duties, the President and VP usually run errands for supplies, design/order/pick up tshirts, appoint committees, make food, and various other duties)
Secretary: Maintaining the PUMA Twitter, Facebook, networking/contacting
Treasurer:  Keeps track of money, makes budget, collects dues, paperwork, issue refunds

What other things might help me become an officer?
-Things that are not required, but are helpful, include personal transportation and kitchen/cooking space.  Officers typically run errands and provide supplies for PUMA meetings and this is very helpful!

Anymore questions, please contact me!
Good luck!


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