Dear Travel Juneau Partners,
Welcome back! The Travel Juneau team is taking this opportunity to discuss the terrific changes that the organization is undergoing to serve our partners – and Juneau – in the most effective ways we can.
Last time, we blogged about the differences between the partnership and membership models. In this issue, we discuss what it means to have a self-perpetuating board.
What is a self-perpetuating board?
It’s one that nominates and elects its own new directors, rather than having a general election of membership. Many non-profits (including the Juneau Community Foundation and KTOO) have self-perpetuating boards. By becoming self-perpetuating, the board can bring on new directors who have the skills that the organization needs; for example, it might be beneficial to have an accountant or banker on the board at some point, or to have a director whose industry is tangentially associated with the travel industry. Directors will be limited to two 3-year terms, and must sit out a minimum of 12 consecutive months before they can be reconsidered for the board.
Why is this better for Travel Juneau?
This change will enable the board to be more nimble, effective, and responsive, and to elect directors with the experience and skills the organization needs. Historically, only 25-30% of Travel Juneau members have voted in board elections, and this has skewed the board make-up toward excursion operators.
How will this change my relationship with Travel Juneau?
You and your business are part of the Travel Juneau family, and we’re moving this direction to provide partners the best marketing opportunities and services we can. The major change is that our board will be self-perpetuating rather than elected.
How will the board become self-perpetuating?
Between now and June 30, 2018, the board, led by the executive team, will use this process:
- The existing elected board remains seated until June 30, 2018.
- The existing elected executive team serves as the nominating committee and has the sole vote for the first slate of candidates under the self-perpetuating model.
- Using the Foraker Group’s “Board Recruitment Matrix” and/or another appropriate format, the executive team develops a slate of no fewer than 5 and no more than 9 qualified candidates for the board. Candidates may include current board members and the executive team. This will be done by May 31, 2018.
- The executive conducts and records the election of the new board at the regular June 2018 meeting.
- The old board is dismissed and the new board seated effective July 1, 2018.
- After July 1, 2018, the Board, by majority vote, determines which board seats will be for shorter terms to establish the staggered rotation. For example, three (3) Directors may serve a one-year term expiring at the end of fiscal 2019; three (3) Directors serve a two-year term expiring at the end of fiscal 2020, and three (3) Directors serve a full three-year term expiring at the end of fiscal 2021.
This sounds like an “old boys’ club.” What checks and balances are in place to make sure that small business owners and operators have a say and are represented?
Travel Juneau partners always have the ear of the board. And, as mentioned previously, the self-perpetuated board will actually represent a wider range of industries. For example, historically it’s been difficult for hoteliers to win an election because they’re not well-known among excursion operators, but now we can help ensure those important voices are heard.
Also, remember that there will always be representation from the City & Borough of Juneau, as we’ll have a staff liaison and Assembly liaison, as part of our Memorandum of Understanding. They have a vested interest – as do we – in the board being as representative as possible.
Thank you for being a part of Travel Juneau!
Next time – Partnership Tiers