New executive elected in Seattle

Susan Levy conducts election

Susan Levy ably oversees the elections assisted by past president Ross Rieder and B.C. treasurer Joey Hartman.

About 50 members elected a new PNLHA executive board and regional trustees at the annual general meeting in Seattle on May 3.

After a historic election Washington vice-president Tom Lux emerged as our new leader replacing Ross Rieder who had held the post for 37 years. The close race saw 27 votes for Lux vs. 24 for Oregon vice-president Ron Verzuh.

In the contest for treasurer, Brenda Doolittle was re-elected over Portland’s Janet Stecher (27-21).  Our new secretary is former Oregon trustee Lane Poncy who will vacate her trustee position.

New or reelected vice-presidents are Brian Charlton, British Columbia, Jason Redrup Washington and Ron Verzuh, Oregon.

We also elected new people to our trustee groups. Here are the elected and re-elected members from each region.

New president Tom Lux

New president Tom Lux takes over the chair.

In British Columbia: Anne Davis, Larry Kuehn, Scarlett Schiebel, Allen Seager, Liam O’Flaherty, Marion Pollack, Coleen Jones.

In Washington: Conor Casey, Mike Honey, Peter Kardas, Janet Stecher, Dave Swan, John Boyle and Christine Fullerton.

In Oregon: Ryan Wisnor, Heather Meyer, Nathan Moore, Jim Strassmaeir, Bob Bussel, Norm Diamond and Mike Sullivan.

Congratulations to all!

More photos:  http://pipilio.smugmug.com/PNHLA-2015-Conference/ Courtesy of Garet Munger.

New bylaw amendments adopted

Oregon region trustees proposed several bylaw amendments intended to increase accountability and extend the opportunity for members to get involved.

Among them was a resolution calling for an executive board feasibility study to create an absentee voting system. Currently, a member must attend the annual general meeting to cast a vote.

We also adopted a resolution from the floor that called for an internal financial audit to be carried out before the 2016 conference that will take place in Oregon next spring.

All amendments were adopted with some minor changes.