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Trustee Nominations

Two seats on the RCLS Board of Trustees are open for election in 2020, one seat each from Orange and Rockland counties.  The new terms will end December 31, 2025.

Anyone, other than a salaried employee of the System or any RCLS member library, is eligible for election or appointment as a voting member of the System Board of Trustees.  Potential trustees must reside in the county which such trustee will represent.  Candidates need to secure a nomination from one library board in their county and a second from another library in their county.  Send documentation (i.e. member library board meetings minutes) of nominations and seconds to the attention of the Secretary of the Board (Helen Rados) at RCLS or e-mail to Ruth Daubenspeck by the close of business on Wednesday, August 26, 2020.

A full-term on the RCLS Board is five (5) years.  A Trustee may serve any number of terms as long as not more than two (2) are consecutive.

The RCLS Board generally meets at System Headquarters in Middletown at 6:30 p.m. on the third Monday of each month.  For January and February, it meets on the third Tuesday due to the Monday national holidays.  A board retreat or library visits are options for the July meeting.  Individual committees may schedule meetings before the Board meeting.  Attendance at meetings is a prerequisite for continued service as a trustee.  Board meeting travel expenses are reimbursed.

RCLS Trustees sponsor the Legislative Breakfast & Annual Meeting at the Platinum Level with a $50 individual donation and additionally, the New Yorkers for Better Libraries (PAC) with an optional $50 contribution.

The RCLS Board is entrusted with the governance of the System.  It adopts Bylaws, a Plan of Service, and amends them as necessary, establishes such policies as will insure the achievement of the System’s objectives, employs an Executive Director, supervises the expenditure of the System’s funds, discharges all such responsibilities as provided for in the Bylaws, and exercises such other responsibilities as may be appropriate.

Biographies of nominees should be sent to Ruth Daubenspeck at RCLS by Wednesday, August 26 to be included in the RCLS Weekly Memo and the Annual Meeting program.  The biography can cover whatever the candidate wishes to express, but should stress previous library and/or community service.  We ask that the biography not exceed 250 words.

The elections will be held at the Legislative Breakfast and Annual Meeting on Friday, September 25 at the Bear Mountain Inn & Conference Center.  Registion for the function opens July 27, 2020.  At that time, visit the RCLS Event Calendar to reserve a seat. There is no charge for this event.