RCLS Trustee Nominations

Four seats on the RCLS Board of Trustee are up for election in 2013, one seat in each of Sullivan and Ulster Counties and two in Orange County.


Anyone, other than a salaried employee of the System or any RCLS member libraries, is eligible for election or appointment as a voting member of the System Board of Trustees. Potential trustees must reside in the county, which such trustee represents. Candidates need to secure a nomination from one library board in their county and a second from another library in their county. These nominations and seconds should be sent to the attention of the Secretary of the Board (Mark Specthrie) at RCLS by the close of business on Wednesday, August 21, 2013.

A term on the RCLS Board is five (5) years. A Trustee may serve any number of terms as long as not more than two (2) are consecutive. One Orange County seat is to fill an unexpired term that ends December 31, 2017. The term for the other three seats end December 31, 2018.

The RCLS Board generally meets at System Headquarters at 7 p.m. on the third Monday of each month. For January and February it meets on the third Tuesday due to the Monday holidays. Attendance at meetings is a prerequisite for continued service as a Trustee.

The RCLS Board is entrusted with the governance of the System. It adopts Bylaws, a Plan of Service, and amends them as necessary, establishes such policies as will insure the achievement of the System’s objectives, employs an Executive Director, supervises the expenditure of the System’s funds, discharges all such responsibilities as provided for in the Bylaws, and exercises such other responsibilities as may be appropriate.

Biographies of nominees should be sent to Ruth Daubenspeck at RCLS by Friday, August 30 to be included in the RCLS Weekly Memo and the Annual Meeting program. The biography can cover whatever the candidate wishes to express, but should stress previous library and/or community service. We ask that the biography not exceed 350 words.

The elections will be held at the Legislative Breakfast/Annual Meeting on Friday, September 20 at The Fountains at the Wallkill Golf Club. To register for the event, visit the RCLS Event Calendar. There is no charge for this function.