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Election of Executive Officers
A Message from SMRA's Elections Chair

Greetings fellow Smokys! It’s that time of year again ... time to elect the leaders that will help us move forward to achieve our goals.

Ballots have been mailed to all members "in good standing". Those that vote by return mail must send their completed ballot so that it arrives no later than 5:00 on Saturday December 2, 2006. Anyone that wishes to turn in their ballot at the General Membership Meeting that evening may do so.

At the December general membership meeting, the ballots will be counted and the winners declared so that the results of the election can be documented in the minutes.

For officer responsibilities and election regulations, refer to our By-Laws and Guidelines to By-Laws.

So saddle up, get involved, and help ensure our growing organization continues to move in the right direction.

Terry Sharp
Elections Chair

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