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Conference business is conducted during the General Forum and the Council of Representatives, in accordance with the NAD Bylaws:
General Forum (GF) § 5.01 Biennial Meetings (d) Forums. Individual members and organizational affiliate representatives registered at the biennial national conference shall have the opportunity to participate in and vote at Forums.
Council of Representatives (CR) § 5.01 Biennial Meetings (e) Council of Representatives. Delegates to the Council of Representatives shall conduct official business during the biennial national conference.
The following committees are established by the Board to carry out and support conference-related business, as follows:
Awards Committee – Richard McCowin, Chair Committee members screen award nomination packages received and make recommendations, which the Chair conveys to the Board with proposed awards presentation schedule and presenters. The Board reviews recommendations and makes the final decision on all award recipients. The Chair then issues formal notification to award recipients and works with the committee to finalize the schedule and presenters for each award, including onsite implementation.
Bylaws Committee – Joe Riggio, Chair Committee members ensure that all bylaw amendment proposals meet submission requirements. They then make recommendations on each, which the Chair conveys to the Board. The Board provides feedback for Committee consideration. The Chair presents the committee’s submission to the GF and then the CR for final deliberation and vote.
Credentials Committee – Michael Berger, Chair The Credentials Chair works with the Board to collect and record names of official delegate and alternates for State Associations, College Student Affiliates, Nonprofit Organization Affiliates, Professional Organizations, Sections, Order of Georges & Georgettes and Sections. Board members are selected to assist the Chair with on-site Credentials duties. The Chair presents the total number of delegates at the start of each CR session to ensure that quorum has been met.
Elections Committee – Gertie Galloway, Chair Committee members ensure prospective candidates meet eligibility criteria for Board officer and regional representative positions, in accordance with Election Policies and Procedures. The Chair coordinates the final elections process leading up to and during the final CR session, (where CR delegates vote for their candidates of choice) and arranges for the President Emeritus or designate to administer the oath of office to newly elected Board members.
Steering Committee – Margie English and Kirsten Poston, Co-Chairs Committee members ensure that all priority proposals meet submission requirements for further consideration by the GF and then the CR for final deliberation and vote. The Co-Chairs are also responsible for drafting the minutes of all Council of Representatives sessions, which are reviewed by committee members for edits. The final version is reviewed by five tellers chosen by CR delegates (one for each of the four regions and one for affiliates and all other groups) for final edits, after which time these are sent to the Board for final review and approval.