Five Cherokee Boys Club member who are 18 years of age or older will be elected to serve on the Boys Club Board of Directors. As many as are nominated may run in the election, and the five receiving the highest number of votes will be elected. They will serve from Oct. 1, 2018 – Sept. 30, 2020. There is no limit to the number of times a Board member may serve as long as they are re-elected.
Following are the nominees for this year’s election: Beau Carroll, Tonya Carroll, Patty Grant-Edgemon, Cindi Foster Squirrel, Consie Girty, Cody Gloyne, Benny Graves, Hope Huskey, Alicia Jacobs, Sean Lawless, Donnie Owle, Greg Owle, Tara Reed-Cooper, Tiffani Reed, April Smith-Ross, Ashford Smith, Thomas Smith, Jay Thomasson, Rhonica Via, Tom Wahnetah, Becky Walker, and June Wolfe.
The election will be held on Thursday, Aug. 23 (fourth Thursday in August) in the Club lobby with the polls being open from 7am – 4pm. All voters must present a Club membership card. If they do not have a membership card, they may get a free card at the Club Information Desk. Any EBCI tribal member or a current or former employee of the Cherokee Boys Club is eligible for Club membership. Each member will be given one ballot and may vote for five Board members. If a ballot has over five names market, the ballot will not be counted. The five candidates receiving the most votes will be named Board members. In the case two or more candidates tie for the number-five position, a run-off election will be held on Thursday, Sept. 6 between the tied candidates at the same time and place.
The Student Representative election will be held at Cherokee High School on a date to be approved by school officials. Nominations will be submitted from the Automotive Technology Vocational classes or Boys Club OJB summer youth trainees. Nominees must not be a senior. Student Representative ballots will be counted and certified by the Club Election Committee or their designated representatives.
A member of Tribal Council, appointed by the Council, serves as a member of the Club Board.
The five Board members elected in the election, the student elected in the student election, and the two outside business people appointed by the Board must be approved by Tribal Council at Council’s September meeting.
The newly-elected Board will be on Friday, Sept. 7 at 8:30am and select two business people to serve on the Board and select from the Board itself a president, vice-president, secretary, and assistant secretary. The Board will select an Advisory Committee to serve a two-year term.
The previous Board and officers will continue to serve until Sept. 30, 2018. The new Board does not begin serving until Oct. 1, 2018. However, the new Board is given authority to act on the above-referenced actions. Any Board member who misses three consecutive meetings without calling the president and getting excused will be removed from office and replaced by a special election. The new Board will be installed and the outgoing Board will be recognized at a breakfast on Monday, Oct. 1.
– Cherokee Boys Club