CCA Members,

We are not quite at the end of the year but it is time to start thinking about the election of CCA Officers for next year. According to our club bylaws the President and Vice President are limited to two consecutive terms. Officers who are eligible and wish to serve another term must stand for election. Members who wish to become more involved with the operation of the club are highly encouraged to run for election.

The list of officer positions in the club includes: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Membership Director, NCM Ambassador, Competition Director, Event Coordination Director, Parliamentarian, Vendor & Club Relations Director, Webmaster, and Member-at-Large. The Member-at-Large is not an elected position. It is automatically filled by the immediate Past President of the club and is intended to provide leadership continuity. These twelve positions form the Board of Directors and eleven of them are annually elected as required by the bylaws (you must sign into the website to view them or you may request a PDF copy).

The Board has appointed Bob Atwell from Silver Spring, Maryland to be the Election Chairperson. The bylaws state that the Election Chairperson must not be a candidate in the election. The bylaws also permit the Election Chairperson to select a committee to provide assistance and members of the committee are allowed to be candidates in the election. It is the role of the Election Chairperson to solicit nominations, conduct the election, and certify the results. Bob is an active member of the CCA and he has the full confidence of the Board of Directors.

The bylaws also generally outline the election calendar. If you are interested in running for one of the eleven positions on the Board of Directors you need to send a message to Bob ( and notify him of your choice no later than Sunday, November 8th. Statements from the candidates will be published in the November newsletter. Voting will take place by email or web based survey and all votes must be received by the end of the December 8th Business Meeting as determined by the bylaws. Results of the election will be announced on December 16th as required by the bylaws and as soon afterwards as possible by email to the full membership. Note that, due to the pandemic, we are still holding virtual Business Meetings and are not holding Shop Nights at this time. Therefore, email will be the primary communication method for this election.

The bylaws provide that anyone can nominate themselves for any position. If you are going to nominate someone else be sure to check with them first for their approval.

The bylaws also provide that any club member in good standing can vote. This means that both the first member and second member, if one is listed on your application, are each eligible to vote in the election. Emails with information on the election may only be sent to the first member so please remember that second members can vote as well.

As stated above, an email address has been set up for the election ( This address is to be used for submitting nominations or questions to Bob and the Election Committee. Nominations must be received by Friday, November 8th.

Please consider running for office if you are interested! An active and involved Board of Directors is key to the growth of the club. You do not need to have a long history in the CCA. New members with fresh ideas and a strong desire to participate are both needed and very welcome. If you have had the opportunity to attend any of our business meetings you know that, while the Board holds the legal responsibility for the operation of the club, nearly all good suggestions and decisions are made by the membership participating with the Board. It is a formula that has worked well for the club for a couple of decades and we want to continue it.

Finally, be alert for more information on the 2021 CCA Officer Election arriving in your email.

Jon Thorn, CCA Parliamentarian
H: 301-963-4864
C: 301-518-6257

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