As I watch social media, I find it is incredible what people don’t understand about our organization. When they say “NHSA this” and “NHSA that” perhaps they should know more about how the NHSA actually runs before commenting. You may be wondering who makes all the big decisions at the NHSA?
Structure of NHSA Board of Directors
There is an Executive Committee which consists of the President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and Immediate Past President. There are also 10 County Directors, 10 Assistant County Directors – one from each county – and a Business Director. These 26 volunteers are the NHSA Board of Directors.
The County Directors each have a vote, which equals 10. If a Director is absent the Assistant Director can vote in their place. The Business Director does not have a vote at monthly meetings.
NHSA Executive Committee
Four members of the Executive Committee can vote: the Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Immediate Past President.
Board of Directors Are The Decision Makers
The people with voting powers set all the policies, make the financial decisions, and approve the budgets. Any business that comes to the attention of the NHSA must go through this Board.
Clubs Approve Bylaw Changes
Bylaws are often written by the Board but need final approval by a vote of the clubs attending the NHSA Annual Meeting. The clubs also elect NHSA officers at the Annual Meeting.
Every committee chair has to submit a budget in the spring for the next year. The overall NHSA budget is put together by the Treasurer and Executive Committee, then presented to the Board of Directors for discussion and a vote.
County Directors Have The Voting Power
Every club has a voice through their County Director – an NHSA Board member – which they appoint to represent them. The counties typically have monthly meetings. The Directors then attend the NHSA monthly meetings, held year-round, where they discuss important issues and vote on policies
Who Makes All The Big Decisions at the NHSA?
I hope this brief explanation will help our members, as well as those making comments on social media, better understand that the decision makers at NHSA are the people you elect to represent you.