Posted by: Professionals In Human Resources Association (PIHRA) | April 3, 2012

April 2012 President’s Message

April 2012 President’s Message
by Richard Propster, SPHR

America was established on the right to vote as a means to induce those elected to adapt to the will and ways of the electorate.  Some see voting as a privilege, but I believe it to be a responsibility.  And that responsibility applies to our voluntary affiliations just as it does to public elections.

With PIHRA, your vote affirms your connection to the Association, holds the leadership responsible for the decisions they make on your behalf and reminds those elected that they serve at the pleasure of the membership.

Our Association is designed to be member-centric, to continually advance members professionally, to enrich service to those within our spheres of influence and to support our colleagues to similar ends.

An essential element of member-centricity is participation in the election process.  Our recent history, however, has seen several Executive Committee positions (mine included) filled after unopposed elections.  We would surely be a more robust association if this were not so.

Over the next few weeks, the Nominating Committee chaired by President-Elect Munyer will be pursuing nominations for positions on the 2013-2014 PIHRA Executive Committee and at our May Board of Directors meeting; the Board will elect the president and president-elect as well as vice presidents for education, finance, legislative affairs and emerging affairs.  Though our bylaws do favor those with prior Board experience for Executive Board positions, this requirement can be waived and should not deter any member from placing their names in nomination.

Please seriously consider running for the Executive Committee and/or nominating a colleague to do so.  If not now, remember that District elections will be held in the fall.  Now is the time to commit to participation in these elections.


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