SAF events, ready-to-use marketing tools and membership dues – these are among the many SAF programs that the SAF volunteer leadership influences – and it’s time to elect the next crop of SAF leaders to help drive those decisions and more. In August and September, voting members elect nine new members to the SAF Councils and three new members to the SAF Board of Directors.
The elections are a critical to SAF’s role as the national trade association representing all segments of the floral industry, said SAF President Chris Drummond, AAF, PFCI, of Penny’s by Plaza Flowers in Philadelphia.
“SAF is fueled by our volunteer leaders,” said Drummond. “Everything we do — from creating new content for our members to advocating in Washington on the industry’s behalf — starts with feedback from our volunteer leadership. All of our innovations are shaped by their unique perspectives, insights and willingness to share and collaborate for the benefit of every floral industry professional working in the U.S. today.”
Each SAF member company has a designated voting member. Drummond encourages the designated member at all SAF member companies to “exercise your voting rights” and cast a ballot in the upcoming elections . Here’s a rundown on who’s running and how you can vote.
SAF Board of Director elections
The Board of Directors election will take place virtually on September 30, 2020, at 2 pm ET, during the SAF annual meeting, which is being conducted virtually because of the cancellation of SAF Phoenix 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic (a link to the meeting will be sent to all SAF members in early September). Once elected, the new members of SAF’s Board of Directors will serve three-year terms beginning November 2020.
Voting members can vote during the meeting, or cast their ballot prior to the meeting via absentee ballot – request your absentee ballot on company letterhead (or with your company logo in your e-signature) by emailing email@example.com on or before August 31, 2020.
“SAF’s volunteer leaders are critical to our work as an association – especially this year with COVID-19 –and bring enormous amounts of insight for us as we are laser-focused on meeting the needs of our members,” said Kate Penn, SAF’s CEO. “We have a strong group of candidates this year that will join our already wonderful volunteer leaders currently serving our membership.”
Questions about voting? Email SAF’s membership manager, Amanda Roberts.