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International Council Elections

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International Council members are the leaders of our Fraternity, encouraging all sisters to Inspire the Woman and Impact the World. While serving on International Council, officers maintain awareness of current Fraternity issues, participate in carrying out our strategic plan and ensure financial health of the organization. In addition, officers must understand the current nature of the fraternal movement and be willing to travel as necessary to represent the Fraternity.


Alpha Gamma Delta would like to congratulate the following members who have been elected to serve on International Council for the 2016-2018 biennium:

International President
Rie Gerah Hoehner

International Vice President-Alumnae
Melissa Jacobson James

International Vice President-Collegians
Lelia Van Norden Kelley

International Vice President-Membership
Stacey McCready Pipicelli

International Vice President-Extension
Lee Woodham Langub 

International Vice President-Finance
Bobette Sandifer Thompson

International Vice President-Panhellenic Affairs
Stephannie Sack Bailey

Your new leadership will be officially sworn-in at International Convention in Orlando. We hope you'll join us for this event!


The Elections Process
Members, chapters and clubs in Good Standing submit recommendations to the Executive Director, who forwards them to the Elections Committee. The Committee secures biographical information from the members recommended for the ballot. A specific office list is determined by the Elections Committee. The Elections Committee evaluates the qualifications of those on the specific office list. They conduct confidential conference calls with potential candidates. The Committee prepares the ballot based on the information received as outlined above. Ballots are returned to a private Certified Public Accountant for counting. The results only are given to the Elections Committee. After the results are announced to the members of the Fraternity, the ballots are destroyed by the CPA.

Please note: Alpha Gamma Delta policy states that Alpha Gamma Delta candidates do not campaign for a position and others do not campaign for her. Each voting member or entity has the obligation to vote her/their desire and not the expressed intention of another. Electioneering should be reported to the Elections Committee Chairman or the International President and could be cause of removal from the ballot.

Job descriptions for each position are available here
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Eligibility
To be eligible for International Council service, a member must: 

  • Be an alumna in Good Standing. 
  • Be current in paying yearly Alumnae Dues to International Headquarters. 
  • Have served a minimum of two years in a Volunteer Service Team position any time prior to the beginning of the biennium of her proposed International Council service. 
  • Provide biographical information and photo to the Elections Committee, which will be mailed with the ballot to voting members and posted to the website. 
  • Submit a brief statement itemizing three important issues that she believes the Fraternity is facing. 
To be eligible for service as International President, a member must: 

  • Be an alumna in Good Standing .
  • Be current in paying yearly Alumnae Dues to International Headquarters. 
  • Have completed a minimum of two years of service on International Council. 
  • Provide biographical information and photo to the Elections Committee, which will be mailed with the ballot to voting members and posted to the website. 
  • Submit a brief statement itemizing three important issues that she believes the Fraternity is facing.


Qualifications
Qualifications for holding International Council positions: 

  • Possess high ideals and attain somewhat unto them and serve as both internal and external ambassadors of the Fraternity. 
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the Fraternity organization and programs. 
  • Be able to communicate effectively to all entities in Alpha Gamma Delta and the community. 
  • Be willing and able to fulfill all the specific duties of the office. 
  • Be able to travel and to represent the Fraternity. 
  • Accept the responsibility of conducting business for the good of the entire Fraternity. 
  • Financially support the Alpha Gamma Delta Foundation.