Every year, the terms of two or three TFN directors come to an end. At the Annual General Meeting (AGM), we choose their replacements. If you are ready for a director's responsibilities, follow the steps below.
If you want, you can announce your candidacy during the nomination period preceding the AGM. To do that, email the necessary information to the CRO. At this address:
cro (as usual, at torfree.net)
The CRO will email you a reply, at the address which you gave. This lets us confirm that you were the one who sent the message and that you are indeed standing for election. Once you reply back, your details will be added to the list of candidates.
The CRO will need the following information:
Your TFN memberID (eg aa123).
If you don't have one, you can still run but you must obtain one, by becoming a member, at the latest within 10 days1 of getting elected.
Your full name (eg John Smith).
The term (number of years) for which you are offering to serve.
Normally, directors serve for 3 years but some AGMs must also fill seats for shorter terms. In that case, you will have a choice.
An affirmation that you are legally an adult and not
(eg: "I solemnly declare that I have reached the age of 18 years and that I have no undischarged bankruptcies.").
An email address at which interested voters can contact you with
This address will go on TFN's website. When we publish it, we use the format "username at domain" (or some other variation) instead of "username@domain". This defeats some spammers. For @torfree.net email addresses, we omit the "torfree.net" entirely. This defeats all general-purpose address harvesters.
The URL of a web page (eg
at which you will post information about yourself and your views,
to inform voters.
Alternatively, include your text along with your other details, and the CRO will create a web page for you.
To campaign before the AGM, publish a statement that explains who you are and what you stand for. See the example candidate's page for an outline of topics to cover.
If the CRO publishes your candidacy essay for you, you won't be able to update it on your own. If you are already a TFN member, you have an alternative: you can publish web page(s) about your candidacy in your TFN webspace. See the help page on webspace.
Besides yourself, one other person must support your candidacy.
You can either accept a nomination from someone else, or you can nominate yourself and let someone else second your nomination.
After nominations close at the AGM, you will have a chance to speak and to answer questions from members, in person.
At the end of the AGM, if you were selected to be a director:
Speak with TFN's secretary to confirm your availability for the next board meeting.
If you are a new TFN director, please also schedule a time with
TFN's president for an orientation.
The orientation takes about an hour. We usually schedule it to begin before your first board meeting.
See the list of current TFN officers.
At the first board meeting following the AGM, the directors appoint 3 officers: president, treasurer, secretary.
If you are prepared to undertake an officer's responsibilities in addition to being a director, say so at that board meeting. At least one other person must support your candidacy, same as when you ran for the board.
We require that directors be members, adults,
bylaw #1, paragraph 19.
We require that all officers be TFN members:
bylaw #1, paragraph 39.