For the first time, candidates have the opportunity to provide a link to a two minute video statement in lieu of the traditional speechifying at the April membership meeting. The fact is, with over 100 candidates, we could never have accommodated everyone, nor would there have been much of an audience for 3-4 hours of candidate speeches, and frankly, the old way was never fair to candidates or members living outside of office cities. This way, the playing field is leveled for all candidates from across the country to be seen on the same platform, accessible to every member.

Just a note: Be kind – these things are more nerve-wracking than you think!

So here are the takeaways from my two minutes:

First: Call two friends
Second: Check out the links: and
Third: Thank you for watching and thank you for voting