Note: This isn't the weekly email. Expect that soon.
Hello AAF members! Next Thursday (4/22) we are holding our Officer Elections, where you, the people, get to vote on our new officers! The purpose of this email is so everyone knows what exactly the positions are and to make sure that everyone who wants to be on the board next year will know what's up and run. The positions are:
President: VIP (Very important position). Along with the board they plan all the big events: speakers, debates, panels, trips, etc. The President is a go to person for interviews, emails, relations with other groups, running meetings, and organizing everyone. They need to be able to effectively guide the group and the board; communication is key. This requires quite a commitment of your time and yourself in general, as you become the 'face' of AAF.
Vice President: The role of the VP varies from year to year. This past year the Vice President and the President basically worked as co-leaders for the group, although in previous years the VP has done a lot of administrative tasks, such as managing the email account and writing the weekly emails. Basically the President and the Vice President work together to make sure that everything goes well that isn’t directly related to tasks the other officers do.
Treasurer: The treasurer handles the group’s finances. The treasurer manages the RSO account and SORF Requests. This involves a significant amount of paperwork, but it is manageable. The treasurer is usually considered to be the coolest person in the group.
Outreach: The outreach person makes flyers to promote big events and sets up group promotion activities, such as quad day, tabling, and activity day. They are the ones that work out the logistics for conference trips and set up volunteering events. They assist the Pres. or VP with bringing in speakers, and also work with the other groups on campus, such as CRU, Hillel, etc.
Social: The social chair is, as the name would imply, the social/awesome one in the group. They need to meet and greet, and, most importantly, plan social events, both alcohol and non-alcohol related, including scheduling them and putting them on Facebook. They also play a significant role in helping officers with other duties.
Now, on top of all said responsibilities, there are weekly meetings to discuss the goings-on, and everyone helps decide what we do each week. There's also a top-secret google-group where we discuss important matters as well. So, no matter what position you take, be advised that there will be some sort of additional time commitment.
On Thursday, we will start with the President position, and each person interested in running will go up and give a very short speech (try to keep it around two minutes max) telling the group why they are running, why they deserve to win, etc. Everyone running for the position will leave the room and only enter to give their speech, so that they won't be able to respond to what each person said. I know that this whole speech thing might sound a little scary, but rest assured that it is really not a big deal at all.
When I ran for treasurer I didn't really have any qualifications, and I had not done anything for the group previously; I just wanted to be on the board so I could help make a difference and make the club better, so I basically said that and it all worked out. Then we vote, and once the president is decided upon, we move further down the list, and each role is decided upon consecutively. You are welcome to run for more than one position as well! If you want to help make a difference and make the club better/more awesome, please run! The very worst thing that could happen is that you don't get elected, and at least you could say you tried, which is better than all those losers who were kind of interested but didn't even bother to go up.
Any questions feel free to email us at UIUCAtheists@gmail.com. We're all looking forward to seeing you on Thursday and seeing who will be leading us next year!