What Are Chapter Elections?
- The elected volunteers represent your opinion while they hold office – they move the needle between which is more important – local opinion or national opinion. There is always the conflict between “local values” on the Group Level, “local values” on the Chapter level, and “national values” at the national level. They help make the tough decisions of where to focus energy among many important but competing needs for resources – when a choice has to be made between rebuilding a trail, offering an outing for youth, resources for environmental justice or software for fundraising – your elected volunteer leaders make those difficult choices on your behalf.
- The elected volunteers choose local priorities on your behalf. We have limited funds and limited resources. Local elected leaders play a role in choosing priorities for the allocation of these resources.
- The elected volunteers lobby other entities such as local governments for resources or recognition of the importance of issues.