Self-Nomination Form for The Mountain’s Nominating Committee & Board of Trustees
The Mountain conducts annual elections for the Nominating Committee (which are competitive) and for the Board of Trustees (which are sometimes competitive).
Several nominees will be on the ballot for each group in March each year and results announced at the Annual Meeting each May. Terms run for 3 years.
DEADLINE is December 1, 2019 for this self-nomination form.
Description of Board of Trustees Positions & Organization
As of (10/31/19)
The Board is composed of 11 voting Trustees elected by the Membership and the Executive Director (non-voting ex-officio). In addition, up to 4 voting Trustees may be selected by the Board, as well as other non-voting Trustees may be appointed by the Board as needed to carry on the work of The Board.
All elected Trustees will serve for terms of three (3) years. All Board appointed Trustees may serve for up to 3-year terms based upon the needs of the Board at any given time. No Trustee, elected or appointed, shall serve more than six (6) consecutive years.
The officers of The Mountain include the Chair, Corporate Secretary and Financial Advisor. In addition,
there is a Recording Secretary. All board members serve on one of these 4 teams:
Board Leadership Team (nominating, training and orientation, policy review);
Institutional Performance Team (review of mission, vision and policies, and measurement of
Planning and Finance Team (review of Executive Limitations Policies, planning and budgeting
assumptions, assessing Executive Director’s performance, succession planning); and
Institutional Advancement Team (help staff with annual giving campaign and all fund-raising efforts,
identify sources of additional funding and promotion of The Mountain).
Each team may also request nominations for non-board volunteers to help carry out their functions.
The board meets 4 times each year at The Mountain. The board typically gathers on
Friday night, with business conducted on Saturday. Some teams may use part of Sunday to work on their projects. In addition to those meetings, there may be phone meetings as required by the board to make decisions. Each team also usually does most of its business via phone conference between meetings.
All candidates must be willing to engage in the work of the Board as evidenced by their stated commitment to meet the following Board expectations:
Attendance at Board meetings
Adherence to the Board’s policies
Performance of all delegated Board team and committee assignments during and between formal meetings
Making an annual financial contribution and/or holding an annual membership to The Mountain.
Annually signing The Mountain board's Covenant
Schedule of Four Meetings:
Memorial Day Weekend: This is The Mountain's annual membership meeting. New board members are elected and installed at this time.
August: Usually the 3rd or 4th weekend
November: Traditionally, the weekend before Thanksgiving
February: Usually the 3rd or 4th weekend
Expenses covered for board members are lodging and meals for them (and partner, if desired).
Childcare will also be provided for children of board members during the meetings.
Description of Nominating Committee Organization
As of (10/31/19)
The current Nominating Committee is composed of 5 elected members and 1 member from the
Board of Trustees. Additionally, the immediate Past President of the Board is a non-voting ex-
officio member to add guidance as the nomination process for both the Board and Nominating
Committee becomes independent to avoid perceived or actual Board influence of the elections.
This evolution is set out in recent Bylaw changes on 5/30/18: By Policy, the Nominating
Committee is structured as an independent committee, separate from Board influence and
elected by Members of The Mountain, as stated in Section 6.2.
We on Nominating Committee seek to identify a pool of talented individuals (over 21 years old)
who are connected to The Mountain and want to contribute to its positive evolution, then vet
them to select those best for the upcoming needs of the Board and of the Nominating
Committee. We ask the Board for what skill clusters would best serve their upcoming needs and
focus on identifying and vetting nominees accordingly.
Our process and tasks are detailed in a year-long “circular” calendar, available upon request.
Basically, our work culminates in Spring elections with the results announced at the Annual
Meeting in May. Our “heavy lifting is done between September and February as we identify
candidates and needs. We encourage self-nominations in November with a December 1
deadline. By yearend, we usually have nominees identified and begin biographical writeups
prepared by February for inclusion in March ballots.
Confidentiality: This is a key element of our vetting discussions as well as not distributing our
lists and files.
Commitment: To contribute optimally to the Nominating Committee, it is best to:
A) Have a circle of friends, acquaintances, and contacts with whom you can network to find
talented folks are active in Mountain programs, organization, volunteering, etc. and are
willing to serve, and
B) Able to devote some hour for conference call on 4-5 occasions per year in addition to
preparing for such meetings by networking, polling, and mentoring others to be
considered as candidates.
Expenses: We do all meetings by Zoom (or equivalent) so no travel, lodging or meal expenses
occur in our totally virtual process.
Interested in assisting? Contact anyone of us:
Download the Description of Nominating Committee Organization
Download the Paper Nomination From
Download the Description of Board of Trustees Positions & Organization
Thank you for your participation, you are the foundation of a strong Mountain.