It’s Election Time!

May 31, 2016

Dear SBE Chapter 16 Membership,

Chapter 16 really needs your support to successfully move through this election cycle.    We are seeking candidates for the positions of Chapter Secretary and the Board Director Position #2.  Please consider acknowledging your commitment to our Chapter and our local Broadcasting community, by running for office – your voice and vote can make a significant impact by being involved in guiding the future of Chapter 16.   We seek fresh ideas for streamlining meetings, expanding connectivity opportunities to offer remote participation in meetings and to continue the progress that has been made in elevating the educational and technical values that are shared at our monthly meetings.

Your existing Board of Directors and I have acted on a motion brought forward to extend the open invitation for nominations until Friday, July 1 at 5:00 PM PDT.  At that time, the nominations will be closed and the election voting period will begin, running until July 25th at 5:00 PM PDT – about a week before the Summer Picnic on Vashon Island.  The Summer Picnic is where, as chapter tradition has held, the voting results will be announced.

Please use the time between today and Friday, July 1st, to develop your own plan to raise your personal game and elevate your relationship with Chapter 16 of the Society of Broadcast Engineers through more participation.

Marty Hadfield, Chairman, SBE Chapter 16, Seattle


Nominations: The Chapter Board of Directors has presented the following nominations for the 2016-2017 year.  If you have any suggested nominations for the open positions please forward them to Arthur Willetts:


SBE Chapter 16 Nominations
Chair:        Yezmin Blue
Vice Chair:   Arthur Willetts
Secretary:    Open
Treasurer:  Jon Kasprick
Director #1:  Closed
Director #2:  Open

Arthur Willetts – One can’t help but becoming excited about the current Presidential Election campaign that is ongoing in this country.  Whether your favorite candidate is winning their respective party nominations or not, fingers are being kept crossed for an outcome that will be one in which the result is the best possible future for the nation.

This same statement is true in a smaller respect for our chapter, SBE Chapter 16.  Our election will be June 1st.  Voting for your preferred candidates will be accepted for the 10 days that follow that date.  At the end of this period, we’ll have a new chapter board that we can look forward to making great progress with how Chapter 16 moves ahead in the future.

Knowing that there are many members who shy away from considering themselves as a candidate for chapter board service, I would like to suggest that Chapter 16 members look around and determine who you think would be a good prospective board member based on those members’ talents and skills.  With your choices in mind, these individual members of character should be made known to the Nominations and Election Committee.  The N & E committee will then contact these folks to see if they can commit their time for the upcoming term.  It is hoped that when called upon, they will display their chapter pride and agree to participate in the chapter’s behind-the-scenes functioning.

, Arthur Willetts

Arthur Willetts, Chairman

For this election, the chapter is seeking full staffing of all board chairs.  Who do you know that can rise to the challenge to fill the seats of Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, and Board Officer?  Perhaps it is you?  It is much easier to solicit nominations from the chapter’s membership, rather than to put every member’s name on the ballot or having the election be a nothing more than a flip the coin process.  It is also much easier to do this than to declare that board service is mandatory requirement of membership.  But those descriptions of of nominations are not how our organization performs elections.  Recognizing potential in our colleagues is animportant part of how our industry-supporting group grows.  This is a highly important process and one not to be taken lightly.

Truth be known, we have a great chapter.  However, it will not stay in outstanding superb shape forever without the commitment by its members to be in such perpetual condition.  Those of us who have served in the past would like to not see the chapter lapse into obscurity due to apathy amongst the group.  Many good achievements would be lost if that were to become the case.  In my opinion, I think that there are many thoughtful members who will not let this happen.

As you know, there are many benefits of a being a member and even more so for being a board officer.  But they are yours to find, not for me to name them here.  Personally, I have enjoyed serving the chapter on the board for the last 6 years.  There are others who have served even longer and can testify to the same fulfillment that board service has provided in their lives and careers.

What does it take to be part of the board?  Besides membership, nothing more than the desire and willingness to help make decisions and take actions for the good of the membership.  The board works much in the same way as many other organizations.  If you are familiar with any kind of group that works in this way, for example – a home owners’ association, then you already know what occurs at the board meetings… even if you’ve never sat in on one (which all are invited to do at any board meeting, I might add).

I am challenging each and every active member to find the next board officers for the chapter.  You can submit your nominations to me, at  Any questions you have about the seat duties or other election questions can be directed to that same email address.  I encourage everyone to nominate at least someone, for one chair or all chairs.  Keep in mind that it is a sincere form of recognition to be named for a board position and this is your way of honoring those people in the broadcasting business for whom you hold admiration.  Please take this opportunity to shine the light on the ones that you think can preserve our chapter’s vitality.  Again I ask, is it you?