2017 Year-End Awards Banquet and Annual Meeting
Join us in celebrating all you and your horse have accomplished this year at our yearly banquet! This is NDA's only all-member meeting each year, and it's where we elect our new board members and officers. We also hand out year-end awards, have a great social gathering, and catch up with friends!
This year's banquet date is Sunday, November 19 (brunch) at Ashland Golf Club in Ashland, NE.
An excerpt from a recent issue of The Contact:
Don't forget to submit your 2017 Volunteer Hours and your year's scores by October 5, 2017 in order to be eligible to win year-end awards!
>> 2017 Score Report Form
>> 2017 Volunteer Hours Report Form
Past Award Winners
>> 2016 Award Winners
>> 2015 Award Winners
>> 2014 Award Winners
>> 2013 Award Winners
>> 2012 Award Winners
>> 2011 Award Winners (unavailable)
>> 2010 Award Winners
>> 2009 Award Winners
>> 2008 Award Winners
>> 2007 Award Winners
>> HISTORICAL Award Winners (1978-2006)
Are you interested in serving on the NDA Board of Directors? We'd love to have you! Every year, we elect at least three new members to the Board, each serving a term of three years.
What are a board member's responsibilities?
You may be wondering, "If I am elected, what exactly will I be expected to do?"
Primarily, you are committing to attend regular NDA Board of Directors meetings in which the board discusses and votes on regular NDA business, rule changes, finances, events, and general management. These meetings are typically once a month and last 2 hours, though special meetings may be called if necessary. Please make sure you are available to attend as many meetings as possible; attending less than half of the meetings in a year will result in automatic removal from the board. There may be other business conducted by the Board of Directors in between meetings via email. (For full details, check out the NDA Member Handbook.)
Basically, this is your chance to help shape NDA into the best, most educational, most successful dressage organization it can be. If you've got ideas, we want to hear them!
How do all the different board positions work?
At the annual meeting, the NDA members will hold a general election to select our new members for the Board of Directors. Once the new Board of Directors is in place, the officer elections will take place.
I don't know...I've never done anything like this before.
It's okay—we're friendly! You don't have to have any previous experience working on a Board of Directors—though if you have, that's great, too! Whether this is your first time, or you've run for (or served) the NDA Board in the past, you are completely and totally welcome. We're looking for people who have great ideas and a desire to promote dressage in our community.
Okay, I want to throw my hat in the ring! How do I do it?
Great! We're super-excited to have you! To nominate yourself, all you have to do is send us a short bio describing yourself, your history in the dressage community, and what you might bring to NDA. Before the annual meeting, we will email the bios to the NDA membership to review. At the annual meeting, you'll be asked to introduce yourself, and then the election will be held. If you are elected, your term will begin on January 1, and your first NDA meeting will be during that month. And remember—you must be an NDA member in good standing to be on the board, so make sure you renew your membership for 2017! You can do so at the annual meeting or online after September 30, 2016.
I don't want to run for the board, but I do want to vote. What do I need to know?
First, if you know anybody you think might make a good board member, PLEASE share this information with them and encourage them to nominate themselves! Then, make sure that you are at the NDA Annual Meeting and Year-End Awards Banquet so that you can cast your vote during the election. If you can't be there, you may assign another NDA member to vote on your behalf (by proxy). Your proxy must be an NDA member in good standing and must be present at the annual meeting. Just fill out the proxy box on the Banquet Registration form.