USA – -(Ammoland.com)- With each passing day the new year is quickly approaching. Before long, NRA voting members will receive their ballots in the February issue of the NRA magazine and have the option to participate in the election of the next “class” of Board Members.
Unless a person turns to the internet to find more NRA Board information about a particular candidate, they are limited to a biography that is not more than 150 words, merely mentions whether they were nominated by committee or petition and likely has little to no information about their views on various issues.
For those of you that don’t recall, last year, I ran by petition of the members. I began collecting signatures at the end of July and by the end of August, had enough to appear on the ballot. I took a different approach than most people running, I actually campaigned for the position, telling you the direction I hoped to see the NRA go and my thoughts on various issues. I responded to your concerns and comments by email, social media and in person (and I still do!). Ultimately, I did not receive enough votes from the mail ballots.
Throughout the campaign, I was constantly surprised and humbled by the number of people who told me that they joined as life members just to cast a ballot for me. Not wanting to turn my back on those that believed in my message, I ran for the 76th Board Seat at the Annual Meeting in Atlanta. I assembled a small group of volunteers who donated their time as they saw fit and ultimately ended up losing by a mere 60 votes. Notably, participation in the election at the annual meeting almost doubled from the year before and we were challenged by a well organized and constantly staffed NRA team.
You may also recall that the NRA instituted bylaw changes which, among other things, raised the number of signatures required to be nominated by petition of the members. This year, I’m one of five (that’s half the number it was the year prior) people who were successfully nominated by petition of the members. Finding my views on issues should be no problem, as they have been circulating the internet for some time.
Rather than continue to rehash what I’d like to see the NRA do, this year, I thought I would take a different direction. In that vein, I introduced three proposed bylaw changes that seek to restore the Board’s accountability to the Members.
NRA Board Term Limits
The first proposed change would institute “term limits” for Board Members, forcing any Board Member to run for a third or more consecutive term by Petition of the Members. In other words, if adopted, the Board Members would have to prove to the Members that they are worth of keeping around.
NRA Board Meeting Attendance
The second proposed change would institute an attendance policy. Believe it or not, some current Board Members have not attended a single meeting in the past three years.
Honorary NRA Board
The last proposed change would create an Honorary Board, which would be a place to engage the celebrities, and big name personalities, etc., who would be beneficial to have associated with the organization but do not have the time or do not wish to participate in the governing board’s process.
It is my hope when your ballot arrives this February 2018 that you’ll consider me as a candidate. To learn more about me, please visit my website adamkraut.com. There is a contact form if you have any questions, concerns, want to share your views, etc.