Chapter executives are elected at By-Town Chapter’s annual meetings for two-year terms, and are expected to attend, participate and vote at regularly held chapter executive meetings. In addition, they have the responsibilities mentioned below.
President: Leads regular chapter executive meetings and oversees all chapter business. Represents the chapter at the annual meeting of Heritage Club presidents. Position is held by Claude Bruneau, elected in 2016 for a two-year term.
Vice Presidents: Assists and/or represents the president as necessary. Oversees special events. Positions are held by:
Karen Casselman, elected in 2013 and re-elected in 2015 and 2017 for two-year terms.
Richard Daoust, elected in 2014 for a two-year term and re-elected in 2016.
Cindy Daoust, elected in 2016 for a two-year term.
Mary Oosterholt-Pilon, elected in 2016 for a two-year term.
France Dulude-Picard, elected in 2017 for a two-year term.
As of April 2016, Minute-taking of meetings is shared by all VPs. In addition, VPs share the tasks of compiling and editing material and news for publication via the chapter’s website and Facebook page (By-Town Heritage Club), disseminating up-to-the minute news via email distribution to member, as agreed by the committee.
Treasurer: Steward of chapter financial affairs and funds. Position is held by Lise Jette, elected in 2011 and re-elected in 2013, 2015 and again in 2017 for two-year terms.
Contact information for the Executive team can be found on the Contact page.
Executive time/role commitments
The Executive Committee of the By-Town Chapter consists of a president, five vice-presidents, and a treasurer. Elections take place at the By-Town Annual General Meeting held each April. Each elected candidate serves for a two-year term, and may run for re-election to the same position or for election to a different position.
The By-Town Executive currently meets for an hour to an hour and a half every second month, with no meetings during the summer.
In addition, a password-secure discussion board has been used extensively since 2012 by the By-Town Executive to conduct the business of the Chapter, allowing an orderly dialogue on various topics and keeping email traffic to a minimum.
The organization of Chapter events are a shared responsibility. Smaller events, such as monthly lunches, are organized by a volunteer Chapter executive, generally taking turns throughout the year. Larger events, such as bus trips, are organized on a committee basis, with one executive each responsible for transportation, accommodation, activities, and communications, as required. In each case, other executives step forward to assist as required. Executives are also welcome to enlist assistance from interested chapter members for specified tasks, reporting progress to that executive who will in turn apprise the Chapter executive as required.
Since 2012, an ongoing goal of the By-Town Chapter Executive has been to streamline the administration of the Chapter and to reduce the time commitments required of each Executive Committee member. The intent has been to make it an easier decision for individual members contemplating standing for election to the Chapter Executive. Significant progress has been made in the achievement of this goal. The time commitment currently required of Executive Committee members is now but a fraction of what it was in 2012.
If you are considering helping out the Chapter by standing for election, talk to a current executive member about how much time they commit. You will undoubtedly be pleasantly surprised.