Hey everyone. I hope this blog finds you well.
Society Election Fortnight is about to start and I can’t wait to drop in on some exciting National Societies society elections! In this blog I’ve mentioned a few key points to remember when organizing an Society Election (or AGM) and a few extra things committees can do to supplement them. The guidelines for running a society election can be found on the union website and I recommend all committee members go through it if they haven’t already.
Also, be sure to publicize your society election, and nominations rules and dates, to all of your members at least 10 days in advance of the AGM date. Creating a Facebook event and emailing your members are great ways of getting the word out.In addition to electing the committee for the upcoming year, the society election meeting can double as a society general meeting.
Here are a few things you can also do at the society election meeting.
Share what you’ve done
The committee can talk about their objectives for the year and how they achieved them. It’s a great way to update members about all the different activities your society has organized. This may also be helpful for those running for positions.
The committee can also open the floor to questions and comments from members. This is a good way of hearing from your members and getting input on what can be improved in future.
You can also review your constitution and let members give their input on it. Last year at the Sri Lankan Society AGM we added the positions of Sports Secretary and Charity Coordinator to our constitution. We chose to make this change at the AGM so that all members could vote on how the society is run. Do note that committees should first check their respective constitutions to see what the procedure is for constitutional changes (it may be unique to each society).
Speaking of AGMs……
International Students Committees Society Election is coming up soon. So if you’re interested, do visit the event page and find out more. If you’re interested in running for my role (South Asian Rep) do let me know.
That’s it from me for now. Do let me know if you have any questions.
Society Elections Guidelines: http://su.sheffield.ac.uk/get-involved/zone-online-society-support/committees/your-election
ISC Society Election: https://www.facebook.com/events/829414460428392/