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Nominations and Elections for the Leadership Council


A note about elections

The current leadership has decided that we need to step back and revamp how we are forming the Leadership Council — largely because we've realized that many of you still have too many questions about what serving on the Council means for you, but also because we've realized that we really ought to explore "best practices" a bit more before holding a formal election!

We did not have a vote at the Member Meeting. Instead, we reviewed what we hope to accomplish with the Leadership Council and the ways that our members can help make that happen.

We are still accepting nominations — and thanks to those of you who have already volunteered!


For the 2014 election, the founding Leadership Council, which consists of Vanessa Stephan, Nic Rosenau and Char VanDerSchaegen, will serve as the Council Development Committee which is responsible for nominating a slate of prospective Council members representing Homeschool Adventures diverse constituency.


Nomination process

The Council Development Committee will accept nominations via email to council [at] hsadventures [dot] org.

All nominations must include the following information:

  • Nominator's …*
    • Name:
    • Phone number:
    • Email address:
  • Nominee's …
    • Name:
    • Phone number:
    • Email address:
  • Statement by nominator as to nominee's interest in and/or qualifications for the Leadership Council.

Nominees are asked to submit a nomination acceptance form. This form is intended to ensure that nominees prepare and present their qualifications in a consistent manner. Each nominee is asked to complete the same form so that the Council Development Committee may equally consider all candidates both individually and comparatively.

The Call for Nominations officially closes on Monday, July 14, 2014, but some leeway will be allowed provided there is sufficient time to review the nomination before the Meeting of Members.


Who may nominate?

Homeschool Adventures members are eligible to nominate candidates for the Leadership Council.

* You are encouraged to volunteer to serve on the Leadership Committee by nominating yourself.

For the purposes of the 2014 election only, a member of Homeschool Adventures is defined as a person who …

  1. is a member of the HSAdventures Yahoo Group, and
  2. is a member of a homeschooling family as defined below, and
  3. resides in or near the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area in Minnesota, and
  4. is at least 18 years of age.

Who is eligible for nomination?

In order to be eligible to serve as a Member-at-Large of the Leadership Council, an individual must …

  1. be committed to upholding the mission and guiding principles of Homeschool Adventures, and
  2. agree to abide by the Code of Conduct
  3. be a member of Homeschool Adventures as defined above.

In order to be eligible to serve as a Officer of the Leadership Council, an individual must also …

  1. have been a member of the HSAdventures Yahoo Group for at least one year, and
  2. have been homeschooling for at least one year, and
  3. have resided in or near the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area in Minnesota for at least one year.

Who is a member of a homeschooling family?

The Leadership Council fully recognizes and respects that there are many different approaches, philosophies and methods to homeschooling. Homeschool Adventures does not discriminate based on parenting or educational style or philosophy, nor does Homeschool Adventures favor any particular approach or methodology for homeschooling.

While the Leadership Council has no interest in limiting the definition of homeschooling, Council members find that there must be a written definition of 'homeschooling' for the purposes of the nomination process.

Homeschooling is defined as a parent or legal guardian taking primary responsibility for educating his or her child(ren), ages 3 to 18, who is(are) not enrolled in a public or private school.

This definition is intentionally overly narrow because enumerating all the ways that a "real" homeschooler might differ from this baseline is simply impossible to do as completely and accurately as the Leadership Council would wish it to be done.

The following common exceptions to the narrow definition are automatically recognized as members of a homeschooling family:

  1. Those with one or more children enrolled in an online public charter school, such as K12 or MTS Minnesota Connections Academy, or
  2. Those with one or more children taking advantage of partial enrollment in a public or private school, where partial is defined as no more than 50% time.

Anyone who falls outside this narrow definition or the listed common exceptions who wishes to be a member of Homeschool Adventures may request to have his or her eligibility for membership affirmed by a majority vote of the Executive Committee.

This definition may be altered by the Leadership Council based on changing circumstances and member feedback.


Who resides in or near the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area?

The Twin Cities Metropolitan Area is considered to include the following counties: Anoka, Carver, Chisago, Dakota, Hennepin, Isanti, LeSueur, Mille Lacs, Ramsey, Scott, Sherburne, Sibley, Washington, and Wright in Minnesota plus St. Croix and Pierce County in Wisconsin.

Anyone who resides outside this area who wishes to be a member of Homeschool Adventures may request to have his or her eligibility for membership affirmed by a majority vote of the Executive Committee.


Elections

New Council members and current Council members shall be elected or re-elected by a majority of current Council members present at the annual meeting of members, provided there is a quorum present. Council members serve a two-year term beginning one month from the date of the meeting.


Meeting of Members

The 2014 Meeting of Members will be held on Thursday, July 31 starting at 1pm and ending at 2:30pm or earlier at the Roseville Library in the Community Program Room.

The Roseville Library is located at 2180 N Hamline Ave Roseville, MN 55113, about ¼ mile south of Hwy. 36 at the intersection of Country Rd B W and Hamline Ave.

The largest of Ramsey County's libraries, the Roseville branch features a Dunn Bros Coffee, a separate teen space, a large children's room and Children's Reading Garden, study rooms, Internet access, and WiFi.