Become a part of your state association
You can easily become part of the structure that decides the goals and direction of NEARI. There are many opportunities to use your skills and talents by joining the Association committees listed here.
President Larry Purtill appoints members to these committees biannually. Email Cheryl Hawes for more information.
2015-17 NEARI Committees
Budget: Chaired by the NEARI treasurer, the Budget Committee presents a yearly budget recommendation to the Executive Committee and Delegate Assembly for adoption.
Legislative Commission: Chaired by the vice president, the Commission develops NEARI’s legislative program for the upcoming legislative session and takes positions on approximately 400-500 bills each year. It meets five-six times to complete its work.
NEARI-PACE (20 appointments available): NEARI-PACE is the political action arm of the organization. This committee interviews and makes recommendations in political races on the state and federal level. Each local is required to have representation, beyond the president’s 20 appointments.
Member Rights: Chaired by the vice president, the Member Rights Committee hears appeals of members who wish to challenge their local associations’ decisions regarding their rights on such issues as legal representation and discrimination.
Personnel: Comprised of statewide officers, this committee’s responsibility is to handle personnel issues such as staffing and contract negotiations, and to make related recommendations to the Executive Committee.
Public Awareness: This committee works with the communications director to plan and implement programs such as Read Across America.
Member Benefits: This committee researches and recommends programs to benefit our members in such areas as financial planning, credit cards, and insurance.
Resolutions: The purpose of the committee is to develop resolutions that guide the organization, and present those Resolutions to the May Delegate Assembly for adoption.
Constitution and By-Laws (limited to five members by the By-Laws): This committee reviews the Constitution and By-Laws, making recommendations for change to the NEARI Executive Committee and Delegate Assembly.
Member Volunteer Program (MVP) Team: Members interested in taking a leadership role through community volunteerism are encouraged to join the MVP Team. Those wishing to meet with the core team to organize activities should email Communications Director Karen Jenkins.