VP Trish: 2021 District Conventions
This is a District Convention year with the Conventions to be held between March 1 and October 1. The Constitution allows Districts the option to have one either every two or four years. So far, only District VI opted to wait four years. With that being said, their options are a bit different from the other Districts.
The Legal Committee of the National Board of Directors recommends that even though the Constitution allows for a District to hold its Convention starting March 1st, that Conventions be held later in the year (but still before the October 1st deadline). A District can hold its Convention in-person or virtually. In addition, since the Constitution permits a four-year term for Officers, a District can also decide not to hold a Convention and keep its Officers for an additional two years, if the District cannot hold a Convention due only to the pandemic (This does not apply to District VI as those Officers are currently completing a four-year term).
Options for Districts choosing to hold a Convention this year:
- Postpone until later in the year (but still prior to October 1)
- Assemble outdoors
- Convene virtually
- Meet via conference call
If the District does decide to postpone, confirm with your Officers that they are willing to serve another two-year term. If any of them decline, you must at least meet (again, remotely or in person) to elect another person. It is not permissible to appoint; all Officers must be elected.
For those Districts holding a Convention, please let Courtney or me know so that your information may be posted to the District page of our site.
Courtney worked on the page earlier this week and has provided the information given to her; each District is listed. When you click on your District # Delegates_2021 form, there is a list of the number of Delegates that each Nest may nominate to attend the Convention in addition to the Nest slate of Officers. The Nest Officers include the Nest President, both Vice Presidents (if the Nest has both), Recording Secretary, Financial Secretary, Treasurer, Nest Instructor or Instructress.
Another form on the page is an agenda. This agenda is suggested and may be modified to suit the District. Obviously, if a District Convention is held remotely, the main focus of the Convention is to handle the business absolutely necessary.
Other forms relevant to the District Conventions are posted including mandate forms for Delegates, Nest Officers and District Officers.
A list of committees is also posted, but there again depending on the type of Convention, you may not need all of these Committees. If you do choose to have committee meetings, it might make sense for these Members to meet prior to the Convention.
As was proven last November, it is possible to hold a successful Convention remotely! If you have any questions, or need any help, please contact me.
If you do meet in person, please use common sense, follow guidelines, wear a mask and be safe!
Thanks to Janet Knauber (National Bowling Commissioner), I have a new chocolate chip cookie recipe. This is easy, and the best part is that it doesn’t need eggs so if you have an allergy issue with eggs, these will work for you!
Soft Batch Chocolate Chip Cookies
In a large bowl-
Cream until well blended:
- ½ cup salted butter, softened to room temperature
- 8-ounce block of cream cheese, softened to room temperature
- 1 cup sugar
- ½ cup brown sugar (surprisingly, I was out of sugar and used all brown)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
Mix together and add:
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 cups flour
Just mix until blended; do not over mix.
- 2 cups chocolate chips
Place heaping-round tablespoons of dough on a greased cookie sheet approximately one inch apart, baking in a 350* oven for 12-15 minutes.
I usually chill my dough overnight, but it wasn’t necessary with this recipe.
These are very moist and good. Everyone in my family was pleased!