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RCLS Board of Trustees: Trustee Nominations

a guide for the RCLS board documents

2022 Trustee Nominations Process

Three seats on the RCLS Board of Trustees are open for election in 2022, each of which is a representative for Orange County. 

Anyone, other than a full-time 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.  However, a part-time employee of one of the member libraries shall be eligible for election or appointment as a voting member of the RCLS 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 board in their county.  A copy of the member library board meeting minutes from the respective libraries at which the nomination and second were put forth should be emailed to the RCLS Secretary of the Board attention Anita Baumann, RCLS Executive Assistant, abaumann@rcls.org.  The documents must be received by close of business Wednesday, August 9, 2022.

A biography prepared by the nominee should be emailed to Anita Baumann, abaumann@rcls.org, by close of business Wednesday, August 9, 2022.  The biography will be reviewed by the RCLS Board prior to the Annual Meeting and will be presented to the voting members present at the virtual meeting on September 16, 2022.  The biography may include whatever the candidate wishes to express and should highlight any previous library and/or community service.  The biography is the candidate’s opportunity to introduce themself to fellow trustees.  We ask that the biography not exceed 250 words.

The elections will be held at the virtual Annual Meeting on Friday, September 16, 2022 at 10 a.m. via Zoom.  Registrants will receive a confirmation email, as well as a reminder email two (2) days prior to the meeting with the Zoom link.  There is no charge for this event. REGISTER HERE via the RCLS calendar.

What is required of a Trustee?

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, the meeting is held on the third Tuesday, due to the Monday national holidays.  A board retreat or library visits may be held in place of or in conjunction with the July meeting.  Individual committees may schedule meetings at alternate intervals or immediately before a Board meeting.  Attendance at meetings is a prerequisite for continued service as a trustee.

The RCLS Board is entrusted with the governance of the System.  It adopts Bylaws and 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.