On August 8th director Thom Swan met with Alaska corporate attorney Danielle Gardner to determine the proper and legal process for electing a new board of directors. We learned that under Alaska corporate law, elected directors are considered to be the organization's directors until they either resign or are replaced by a successor in accordance with the organization's by-laws. We also learned a board election will need to be conducted in strict accordance with our by-laws.
Five directors fell under this provision, and all 5 have agreed to remain on the board until we can seat a new board. Those are myself (Thom Swan), Karen Ramstead, Jackie Wepruk, Jane Fuerstenau and Ben Woodard. The bylaws specify that at least 2 BOD members live Outside the State of Alaska. As Ms. Ramstead and Ms. Wepruk live in Alberta, Canada and Mr. Woodard resides in Maine we easily fall within this requirement.
Our by-laws require a quorum of 6 directors in order to conduct business, and also permit vacancies to be filled by the remaining directors. The first order of business in our September 14th teleconference meeting was to elect Colorado musher Dan Phillips as director in order establish the necessary quorum.
At that same meeting the directors elected me (Thom Swan) to serve as president pro tempore, a fancy latin term that means for the time being. Jane Fuerstenau, who has been instrumental in maintaining Mush with P.R.I.D.E. as a legal and functioning organization through this long period of inactivity retains her roles as Secretary and Treasurer.
Our by-laws are very specific about how director elections are to be conducted. Among the requirements is the presence of a nominating committee. In my role as president I appointed myself, Jane Fuerstenau and Dan Phillips as the nominating committee.
In order to give the nominating committee, secretary, and most importantly our members, plenty of time to accomplish our tasks during a busy upcoming mushing season; we established April 1st at the deadline by which ballots must be received in the upcoming election. Once we've reached that deadline, Dan Phillips and Jane Fuerstenau will count the ballots and announce the results to the board, and we will publish those results as soon as we can afterward.
Finally, we will schedule an Annual Meeting, open to the entire membership, to officially seat the new board and launch Mush with P.R.I.D.E. into the future.
Most sincerely: Thomas Swan, president pro tempore
As anxious as we were as a committee to reseat a board for the sole purpose of holding an election, we have had to reexamine our process due to legal concerns about how the interim board was being assembled.
We took the time to consult with an attorney specializing in corporate law for Alaska, and are confident that we are now on the correct path to form a board that can legally hold an election for a member- selected board.
We will update this page as we make progress towards being able to solicit nominations and issue ballots for the election. Thank you for your patience!
We are pleased to announce that SSASO: Sled Dog Association of South-Western Ontario has joined Mush with PRIDE as a new club member.
SSASO is a not-for-profit sled dog association dedicated to the education and preservation of Sled dogs, and physical literacy through harness activities for both humans and K-9’s .
The club focuses on the history and evolution of the working sled dog, and provides information and support for people interested in getting started in the sport.
Checkout their Mush with PRIDE club page at: http://www.ssaso.ca/2018/08/05/mush-with-pride/
And their Facebook page at : https://www.facebook.com/groups/419623264844065/
Resuscitating Mush with P.R.I.D.E.
The Iditarod mandate that racers adhere to PRIDE Kennel Guidelines has resulted in renewed interest in the organization, and we are hopeful that can result in fully resuscitating the organization.
To keep everything legal, above board and transparent, here is the process we intend to follow:
1) Form Interim Board by appointment
2) Solicit nominees for election (filling 10 seats, with no more than 8 from Alaska)
3) Interim Board approves list of nominees 6 weeks before election date.
4) Secretary prints and mails paper ballots to all current members.
5) Secretary and one additional board member count ballots 4 weeks after election date.
6) Board certifies election and selects top 10 candidates based on majority of votes.
7) Election results are publicized and directors assume new seats immediately.
Check back often for more details!
To submit your name (or someone else's) for nomination to a seat on the Board of Directors you may do so by Email to email@example.com.