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MWPHA Seeks Nominations for its 2015-2018 Governing Councilors

Open Positions: Secretary and one (1) General Governing Councilor
The Metropolitan Washington Public Health Association (MWPHA) is an affiliate of the American Public Health Association. Since 1963 we have served as the voice to promote and protect public health in the region.

How many people are on the Governing Council? How many members?
The Governing Council is composed of five (5) Officers (e.g., President, President-elect, Secretary, Treasurer, and Immediate Past President) of the MWPHA and six (6) elected “At Large” Council members. There are 100 members of the MWPHA. However there are many non-members on the listserv and those who participate in our activities.

What are the duties of the Secretary?
Per the MWPHA bylaws, the Secretary shall:
1. Be responsible for correspondence, and maintaining minutes of the Governing Council and membership meetings
2. Record the events of major importance to the Association
3. Maintain all written reports from committees
4. Maintain a current copy of MWPHAs Constitution and Bylaws and incorporate amendments as required
5. Operate according to the operations manual approved by the GC

What are the duties of a Governing Councilor?
MWPHA does not have staff and therefore we are a working board and not an advisory board. The Governing Council establishes procedures for and determines MWPHA policies and a Governing Councilor is a dues paying member.
Councilors are required to attend a minimum of 70% of the regularly scheduled monthly meetings and the annual conference. Councilors are also expected to participate on an internal committee. A Governing Councilor can expect to commit 5-10 hours a month to MWPHA. New Governing Councilors are elected on a 90-day probationary time period. Each Governing Council member will sign and abide by the Governing Council member agreement.

How long are the terms?
Governing Councilors are elected for a three-year term.

To complete the nominations process you must:
1. Complete the application form and submit the contact below by Tuesday, March 31, 2015. The application form can be found at
2. Be or become a member of MWPHA:

Any questions should be sent to Eduardo Pezo at

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