by Adam Kraut
USA – -(Ammoland.com)- Every year the Members of the NRA get to choose at least 25 Board Members by a Mail in Ballot. Occasionally, more than 25 seats are up for election when a sitting Board Member passes away or leaves the Board.
Most of the individuals who appear on the ballot are nominated by the Nominating Committee. A minority of candidates bother to run by Petition of the Members. Now that the new by-law changes have gone into effect, the number of candidates who successfully collected enough signatures is down 50% from the year prior (from 10 candidates to 5).
While we could have a long discussion about the merits of the Nominating Committee and the Petition of the Members, a bigger question arises. Should Board Members be able to constantly be re-nominated by the Nominating Committee or should they have to prove their worth to the Members at large?
It is also worth asking whether the candidates you elect and re-elect be required to show up to meetings. You would think if a candidate was elected to serve the Members they would attend meetings on a regular basis, unfortunately, this is not always the case.
The Roll Call from the Board Meetings that occurred from January 2015 – May 2017 show that some Board Members take their duty very seriously and attend all the meetings while others have not attended a single meeting in those three years.
And while some of the repeat offenders have excused absences, at what point should the lack of attendance outweigh the excuses?
So what does any of this have to do with the proposed by-law changes that I’ve introduced?
Allow me to explain. The first series of proposed changes would impose “term limits” on Board Members. This is a slightly different twist on it than a traditional term limit that you’d find with the President of the United States. Rather than setting a hard number which would stop a Board Member from running for reelection, the proposed change would limit the Board Members’ eligibility to be nominated by the Nominated Committee.
In essence, it would require the Board Members to prove their worth to the Members and if they wanted to run for a third or more consecutive term, they’d be forced to run by Petition of the Members. This would force the Board Members to subject themselves to the requirements that they instated for individuals who did not choose to or did not submit their name to the Nominating Committee. But if the Board Member is actively participating, proving their worth to the Members, the signature collection should be a fairly easy task.
The proposed changes would also impose an attendance policy. Penalties for nonattendance would include the loss of eligibility to be re-nominated by the Nominating Committee, assuming that Board Member was still eligible. I understand that sometimes life events beyond a person’s control happens. So I built in some provisions for excused absences that would not count against the Board Member. However, if the Board Member consistently seeks excused absences, they are no longer safe from the “penalty”.
And for those of you who are concerned about your favorite celebrity or see the value in having individuals who are well known lend their name to the NRA, fear not. I also drafted a proposed change which would create an Honorary Board. The Honorary Board would be a place individuals who are well known but don’t have the time and/or desire to sit and participate on the governing board. This would allow the mutually beneficial relationship to continue, while freeing up a seat on the governing board for someone who wants to be active and participate.
The idea behind these proposed changes is simple. Let’s return accountability of the Board to the Members. After all, you vote for them, shouldn’t they be working for you?
To learn more about the proposed NRA By-Law Changes and to get the petitions visit www.adamkraut.com/nra-bylaw-amendments/
About Adam Kraut;
Adam Kraut is running for NRA 2018 Board of Directors & has proposed a Term Limit bylaw change that seeks to restore the Board's accountability to NRA Members.