Call for Self-Nominations
for the 2018-2019 ACOA Executive Committee
Note: Due to the adoption of a new ACOA operational year that ends on August 31, 2018, ACOA elections for the 2018-2019 Executive Committee will take place in July. Additionally, we have two new seats for the Executive Committee which includes Membership Co-chairs.
Deadline for Self-Nominations - COB Friday, June 29, 2018
Would you like to promote the mission of the PHS Commissioned Corps and assist with activities to increase morale and enhance camaraderie of Atlanta-area officers? Have you been trying to find ways to strengthen your CV for your next promotion? Look no further!
Leadership roles as a member of the 2018-19 Atlanta Branch of the Commissioned Officers Association (ACOA) Executive Committee counts under the "professional organizations" section of your category's benchmarks. Serving as a member of the ACOA Executive Committee is also an excellent way to meet other like-minded officers and advance the PHS Commissioned Corps by uniting and serving Atlanta-based Commissioned Officers and advocating their interests through leadership and communication.
As PHS Commissioned Corps Officers, we must stay involved and informed. Now is a great time to become an active part of the ACOA Executive Committee. We need individuals who are motivated, energetic, and committed to supporting fellow Atlanta-area officers. With approximately 500 members, ACOA is the second largest branch in the Nation and has been active in professional development, community service, communication efforts, and special projects such as the annual promotion ceremony. More information on the activities of the branch, including our bylaws, is available on the ACOA website at www.atlantacoa.com. The ACOA Executive Committee typically meets from 0730-0900 on the first Wednesday of the month or on occasional Saturday mornings. The incoming ACOA President, LCDR Katrina Sloan, will determine the 2018-19 meeting schedule and location.
Officers are invited to submit a self-nomination for the following positions:
1. Vice President (1 position) (*See note below about term length.)
2. Treasurer (1 position)
3. Secretary (1 position)
4. Member-at-Large (10 positions)
Officers have the option to run for one specific executive position (Vice President/President-Elect, Treasurer, or Secretary) AND for Member-at-Large. If the officer wishes to exercise this option, he or she would appear on the ballot twice (once for the executive position and once for Member-at-Large). When voting on the ballot, officers may choose to vote for a candidate for both positions, only one of the two positions, or for neither position. The officer may only be elected to one of the two positions, with votes for the executive position being counted first. If the officer is elected to the executive position, his or her votes for the Member-At-Large position will be discarded and those positions will be filled by the remaining nominated officers. If the officer is not elected to the executive position for which he or she is listed as a nominee, then the votes for the Member-At-Large position will be tallied to determine if he or she received enough votes to be elected into that position.
With the exception of Vice President, all positions are a one-year commitment, September 1, 2018 to August 31, 2019.
The Vice President position is a three-year commitment. The elected officer serves consecutive one-year terms in each of the following positions: Vice President (2018-2019), President (2019-2020), and Immediate Past President (2020-2021).
All active duty and retired PHS Officers in good standing with COA and ACOA
Assigned to the Atlanta metro area. Officers from all Atlanta-area HHS agencies and Atlanta-area officers detailed to non-HHS agencies are all strongly encouraged to apply
Meet basic readiness requirements as set forth by RedDOG (retired officers excepted)
Obtain supervisory approval and include the approval with the self-nomination. An email from your first-line supervisor is sufficient.
Each Officer in the role of Member-at-Large is expected to co-chair one of the following committees: Communications, Events Planning, Professional Development, Membership or Community Service. See the ACOA Bylaws for a description of each committee’s responsibilities.
Executive Committee meetings are held monthly and attendance is required. The tentative schedule for 2018-2019 EC meetings is:
September—Wednesday, Sept 5, in person
October—Wednesday, Oct 3, Teleconference
November—Saturday, Nov 3, Time/place TBD
December —Wednesday, December 5, teleconference
January —Saturday, January XX (same day as Anchor and Caduceus Dinner). TBD
February—Wednesday, February 6, Teleconference
March—Wednesday, March 6 Teleconference
April—Saturday, April 6, Time/place TBD, in person
May—Wednesday, May 1, teleconference
June—Wednesday, June 5, teleconference
July—Saturday, July 13 Time/place TBD, in person
August—Wednesday, August 7, in person
How to Submit a Self-Nomination
In an email declaring your self-nomination, please provide the following:
Duty station location
The position for your self-nomination (if your self-nomination is for one of the three specific executive positions, please be sure to indicate if you would also like to be nominated for Member-at-Large)
Narrative (200 words maximum) that describes your vision and goals as an Executive Committee member, prior leadership experience, previous COA or ACOA experience, and any other knowledge and/or skills you think would benefit ACOA and Atlanta-area officers.
If you will be running for both an executive position and Member-At-Large position, you may want to word your narrative to reflect your interest in both positions.
Your narrative will be included with the ballot that will be distributed to the general membership. Although narratives may be formatted for consistency prior to being placed on the ballot, the ACOA Elections Committee will not check narratives for spelling, grammar, etc. Therefore, please make sure you carefully proof your narrative before submitting it. All narratives that exceed 200 words will be returned to the officer for editing.
To document your basic readiness, please include a PDF screenshot of your readiness for 5/1/18 from Direct Access.
Send your email with the above information to CDR Anne Purfield at firstname.lastname@example.org with "2018-19 ACOA EC Nomination" in the subject line.
The deadline for self-nominations is COB Friday, June 29, 2018.
If you have questions, please contact the ACOA President, LCDR Erika Odom, at email@example.com
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The Commissioned Officers Association (COA) is a voluntary professional organization of Commissioned Officers of the US Public Health Service. The Atlanta COA mission is to advance the PHS by uniting, serving and advocating for the approximately 1,000 Atlanta-based Commissioned Officers.