Become A Rail Passengers Association/NARP Board Officer or Director or At-Large Council Member
Rail Passengers Association/NARP members who meet the necessary requirements and qualifications may (by self-nominating) seek an elected position as an Rail Passengers Association/NARP Board Officer or Director
Rail Passengers Association/NARP Board Officers and Directors are elected by the members of the Council of Representatives (or by a designated alternate) present when the voting occurs.
The next election of Rail Passengers Association/NARP Board Officers and Directors will occur on the morning of Wednesday, April 1, 2020, as part of the Annual Business Meeting of the Council of Representatives being held that day at the Embassy Suites - Alexandria Old Town, Alexandria, VA. This Annual Business Meeting is part of the overall Spring 2020 Advocacy Summit & Meeting.
The following Officer positions are available and to be elected:
- Chair of the Board (1 position)
- Vice-Chairs of the Board (4 positions)
- Treasurer (1 position)
- Secretary (1 position)
These Board Officer positions are all for two-year terms commencing at the conclusion of the Council Annual Business Meeting and extending through the April 2022 Annual Business Meeting.
There are also three (3) Board Director positions available and to be elected. These Board Director positions are all for three-year terms commencing at the conclusion of the Council Annual Business Meeting and extending through the April 2023 Annual Business Meeting.
How to Self-Nominate To Become A Rail Passengers Association/NARP Board Officer, Board Director or At Large Council Member:
If you are interested in being elected as a Rail Passengers Association/NARP Board Officer or Director, please take the following steps:
- Read the Position Descriptions; Duties; Qualifications and Requirments for Board Officers, Board Directors or At-Large Council Members listed below.
Complete an Board Officer/Director/At-Large Council Member Candidate Information Statement form.
- Click “Submit” to submit the completed form to us or print it and mail it to Rail Passengers Association, 1200 G. Street, NW, Suite 240, Washington, DC, 20005.
- The deadline for submission is 11:59pm (your local time), March 16, 2020. If you are mailing a completed form, it must be postmarked no later than March 16, 2020.
Position Description; Duties; Qualifications and Requirements:
Summaries are listed below. Complete Information Can be Found In The Rail Passengers Association/NARP Bylaws
General Powers Of The Board of Directors - The Board of Directors shall exercise overall direction and control over the affairs of the Association, including the formulation of Association program and policies.
Responsibilities of the Board of Directors - The members of the Board of Directors shall:
(a) Understand the purpose of the Association and have general knowledge of how the Association is functioning; assure adherence to the purposes of the Association and monitor effectiveness in achieving results and compliance with the Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws and the tax-exempt status of the Association;
(b) Set organizational goals and policy and oversee its administration by competent staff; review, adopt and monitor long-range and annual plans and budgets; review regular financial reports; ensure timely completion of annual audits and filing of required tax returns;
(c) Provide for competent legal counsel to assure compliance with applicable local, state and federal laws, including timely filing of reports and meeting procedures;
(d) Appoint and regularly review the performance of the President and Chief Executive Officer;
(e) Assure a personnel program that provides competent staff; assure that staff compensation and professional consulting fees are reasonable;
(f) Ensure adequate financial resources to conduct the Association’s activities;
(g) Provide for regular meetings of the Board of Directors and its committees with adequate reports on and discussion of organizational activities;
(h) Provide for prudent and sound investment and management of Association funds and assets not expended directly for charitable purposes, to yield a reasonable return without undue risk; and
(i) Protect the Association’s property, including reasonable provision for safekeeping, replacement and divestment procedures that will benefit the organization.
Chair of the Board - The Chair of the Board shall be the principal Officer of the Association and shall serve as both Chair of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Council of Representatives. The Chair has the ultimate responsibility for and authority to supervise and control the business and affairs of the Association. In general, the Chair shall perform all duties incident to the Office of Chair, and such other duties as may be prescribed by the Board of Directors from time to time
Vice-Chairs - Vice Chairs are responsible for leading and coordinating the work of the Association as assigned by the Chair. In addition, one of the Vice Chairs (either designated by the Chair or if none has been designated then one selected by majority vote of the Board of Directors) shall, in the absence of the Chair or in the event of the Chair’s inability or refusal to act, be deemed acting Chair and perform the duties of Chair. When so acting, the acting Chair shall have all the powers of and be subject to all the restrictions upon the Chair and shall perform such other duties as from time to time may be assigned by the Board of Directors
Treasurer - The Treasurer shall supervise the custody of all funds and securities of the Association. The Treasurer shall: (a) review procedures designed to (i) ensure that all moneys due and payable to the Association are properly received and accounted for, and that all such moneys are deposited in the name of the Association in such banks, trust companies, or other depositories as shall be selected by the Board of Directors; and (ii) ensure that all disbursements are properly made and accounted for; (b) supervise an independent Certified Public Accountant in her or his performance of a formal annual audit of the Association’s financial records as required by these Bylaws; (c) perform all other duties incident to the office of Treasurer including serving on the Finance Committee and such other duties as from time to time may be assigned by the Chair or by the Board of Directors; (d) if required by the Board of Directors, give a bond for the faithful discharge of duties in such sum and with such sureties as the Board of Directors may determine
Secretary - The Secretary is responsible for ensuring that: (a) unless responsibility for notice is delegated to another party under these Bylaws, all notices are given as required by these Bylaws or by law; (b) corporate records, the seal of the association and the minutes of the meetings of the Board of Directors and the Council of Representatives are kept in a manner prescribed by law; (c) the minutes of such meetings are available for distribution no more than 30 days after adjournment of meetings; (d) perform all other duties incident to the office of Secretary and such other duties that may be assigned by the Chair or by the Board of Directors.
Directors - The Directors (along with the Officers) shall exercise overall direction and control over the affairs of the Association including the formulation of Association program and policies.
Qualifications for Board of Directors - Each candidate seeking election as a Board Officer or Director position shall:
- Be a dues paying member in good standing of the Association.
- Have been a member of the Council of Representatives, the Board of Directors or an Officer for at least one two-year term. The Board of Directors may waive this requirement for exceptional candidates by majority vote.
- Submit the appropriate Candidate Information Statement form by the stitpulated deadline.
- Be a registered voter.
Requirements For Re-Election - Each candidiate seeking re-election as an Officer or Director shall have:
- Attended at least two thirds of the meetings of the Board of Directors held during the Officer's or Director’s current term of office unless otherwise excused by a majority vote of the Board of Directors. Any person who was elected as an Elected Officer or Director in the immediately preceding election but resigned during that term and is now seeking to be elected again as an Officer or Director would have to attended at least two thirds of the meetings of said board while serving as an active director during the previous term unless otherwise excused by a majority vote of the Board of Directors. In addition, Officers shall have attended three-quarters of the Council of Representatives meetings held during the Officer’s current term of office
- Met the minimum requirements for attendance as a Member of the Council of Representatives held during the Officers's or Director’s current term of office unless otherwise excused by a majority vote of the Board of Directors.
- Remained a member-in-good standing of the Association during his or her term of office.
- Submit the appropriate Candidate Information Statement form by the stitpulated deadline.
- Remained a registered voter.
Commitment - Board Officers & Directors are expected to:
- Participate in monthly Board meetings. Board meetings are held via electronic conference service most months. In-person Board meetings are usually held as part of the Spring Meeting in the Washington, DC area and the Fall Meeting held in locations around the country. Special Board Meetings may also be held from time-to-time as required.
- Participate in an in-person Annual Board Retreat, which may be held in addition to the regularly scheduled Board Meetings. Such retreats are held in locations around the country.
- Actively chair or particpate in committees, task forces or other groupings within the Association
- Actively participate in and assist with the resource development efforts & initiatives of the Association
Qualifications for Representative At Large:
Each candidate for Elected Representative at Large shall:
- Be a Member of the Association in good standing prior to his or her election.
- Submit to the Candidate Certification Committee a candidate information statement on a form approved by the Board of Directors. Such candidate information statements must be submitted no later than 15 days prior to the date of the announced Council Business Meeting at which the election shall take place.
- Be a legal resident of any state, the District of Columbia, or a United States territory, and at least 18 years of age at the time the individual would take office as an Elected Representative at Large.
"The National Association of Railroad Passengers has done yeoman work over the years and in fact if it weren’t for NARP, I'd be surprised if Amtrak were still in possession of as a large a network as they have. So they've done good work, they're very good on the factual case."
Robert Gallamore, Director of Transportation Center at Northwestern University and former Federal Railroad Administration official, Director of Transportation Center at Northwestern University
November 17, 2005, on The Leonard Lopate Show (with guest host Chris Bannon), WNYC New York.