Keith Knipling

Procedures for VHTRC Election of Board Members (2022)

The VHTRC Board adopted the following procedures for the election of the board members whose terms start on January 1, 2022.


Starting on October 18, potential candidates should contact the commissioner of elections, Rob Colenso, and indicate their interest. Informal discussion is encouraged at this point. (Those interested in serving on the Board are also encouraged to discuss the matter with any other current board member. To be an official candidate, however, the member must contact the commissioner.)

A potential candidate should contact Rob as early as possible, but may wait until November 1 to declare his or her candidacy.

Candidates must state that they will have been a VHTRC member for two years as of Jan. 1, 2022. The commissioner, Rob Colenso, will resolve all eligibility issues.

The candidate declaration period closes at the end of November 1.


To be a candidate, a member must be nominated by two other members. These nominations must be received by November 8. Potential candidates should arrange to have their nominators e-mail the required nominations to Rob Colenso, commissioner of elections. The e-mail need only say “I nominate [John Smith] to be a member of the VHTRC board of directors.” or words to that effect. (Nominators need not agonize over the language, it won’t be public.)

Nominations are ineffective for any person who does not declare his or her candidacy. Candidates cannot be drafted and will not be placed on the ballot unless they have declared their candidacy.

We will not list the names of nominators on the website, but the commissioner will identify the nominators for any member who requests. In other words, nominators are not a secret but will not be publicized.

Here are the requirements from the bylaws on nominators:

Candidates: All candidates for any elective office must be nominated by two other members of the Club to whom they are not related by blood or marriage or with whom they do not reside. Any one member may not nominate more persons than there are vacant offices in the election.

List of Eligible Candidates

The commissioner will keep an official list of candidates, but it will not be made public before November 15. In the interim, any member showing a serious interest in running may know the identities of other individuals who have shown a serious interest. The commissioner may communicate with candidates informally as to the status of their nominations.

A candidate may also withdraw his or her candidacy at any time before voting starts, but this must be done before November 12.

On November 15 the list of eligible candidates will be made public on the website.

Campaign Period

Starting November 19, candidates may put a statement on the website. Candidates may change their statements through November 26.

The Election

The voting period will start on December 6 and continue one week, ending at 9 p.m. on December 13. Members will vote online in a manner that ensures the confidentiality of their votes. The mechanics of the election are explained on the ballot.

At the end of the voting period, all candidates will be notified of the results and the results will be on the website. For public purposes, the website will list only the five candidates with the most votes. Any candidate, winning or losing, may find out his or her vote and how it compared with others if he or she asks.

Voter Eligibility

All members of the VHTRC as of Oct. 18, 2021, are eligible to vote.

Key Dates

October 18 (Monday)
Candidacy declaration period opens
November 1 (Monday)
Candidacy declaration period closes
November 8 (Monday)
Nominations (two per candidate) are due
November 12 (Friday)
Last day for candidates to back out
November 15 (Monday)
Official list of candidates made public
November 19-26 (Friday-Friday)
Candidate statements may be made and updated
December 6-13 (Monday-Monday)