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Trustee Nominations

Three seats on the RCLS Board of Trustees are open for election in 2021, one seat from Orange and two seats from Rockland counties.  The new terms will end December 31, 2026.  The Nomination to the RCLS Board memo can be found by clicking here.

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 Jennifer Ascienzo by the close of business on Wednesday, August 11, 2021.

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 Jennifer Ascienzo at RCLS by Wednesday, August 11, 2021 to be included in 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 virtual Annual Meeting, via Zoom on Friday, September 10, 2021 at 10 a.m.  Registration for the function is open on the RCLS calendar. Registrants will receive an email two (2) days prior to the meeting with the link.  There is no charge for this event.