Foundation seeks director applicants

first_img December 15, 2005 Regular News Foundation seeks director applicants Foundation seeks director applicants The Florida Bar Foundation is seeking eight applicants for its board of directors for terms starting July 2006 under the Florida Supreme Court approved governance plan. The plan calls for 18 members of the Foundation board to be selected equally by the Florida Supreme Court, The Florida Bar Board of Governors, and the board of directors of the Foundation. Applicants for the at-large positions who are members of the Bar also must be members of the Foundation at the beginning of their term in office. Foundation members include annual contributors, Foundation Fellows, and participants in IOTA.Six of the 18 at-large seats will be filled for three-year terms beginning July 1, 2006. The positions currently are held by: Michael A. Bander, Miami, Kelley C. Howard, Tampa (Florida Supreme Court appointees), Jack P. Brandon, Lake Wales, Michael J. Faehner, Sarasota (Florida Bar Board of Governors appointees), Michael P. Stafford, Uniondale, New York, John A. Yanchunis, Tampa (Foundation appointees). Because of term limits, Howard and Brandon are not eligible for an additional term.The Foundation also is seeking two public members for the board. Two of the public member seats currently are held by Maria E. Henderson, Tallahassee, and Royce B. Walden, Orlando. Both Henderson and Walden are eligible to serve a second term. A joint Bar/Foundation Nominating Committee will consider public member applications. The board must have at least two public members and may include up to four. In addition to Henderson and Walden, one new public member was selected by the joint committee for a two-year term beginning in 2005.Since 1981, the Foundation has been the administrator of the Florida Supreme Court’s IOTA Program. The Foundation board also oversees the Foundation’s formal fundraising program, sets investment policies, Foundation policies generally, and adopts the annual operating budget.Applications for positions to be filled by the Supreme Court and the Foundation (at-large seats), or the joint Bar/Foundation nominating committee (public member seats) may be obtained from the executive director of The Florida Bar Foundation, Suite 405, 109 East Church Street, Orlando 32801-3440, or downloaded from the Foundation’s Web site at www.flabarfndn.org under the Governance section. Completed applications for these seats must be received by the Foundation by February 8, 2006. (The Florida Bar will give separate notice for the two positions to be filled by the Board of Governors. See Notice, page 3)The Florida Bar Foundation board of directors embraces the concept of diversity. A diverse membership makes the board stronger, and its work for the Foundation more relevant to the society in which we live. The Foundation strongly encourages minorities, women, and persons with disabilities to apply for service on the board. To help achieve the broadest participation, The Florida Bar Foundation “Expense Reimbursement Policy” provides modest reimbursement of reasonable out-of-pocket expenses incurred during board service for attorney members, and full reimbursement of reasonable out-of-pocket expenses incurred during board service for public members and members of the judiciary.”Applicants will be advised in writing by May 15, 2006, of action taken by the selecting authorities.last_img