We finished up today along about 18:00. That's with my part starting about 06:30. Seriously. And it was glorious, as the closing up usually is. For me, this year, it also involves finishing up a term in an elected office, one with the purpose of finding qualified people to run for our various elected offices. One of which is the office I just stepped down from. Are you confused yet?
I was on the Nominating Committee. This is an elected office in our association, five members. There is a sixth member, the immediate past-president who serves as an advisor. It is a non-voting position. Additionally there is a staff administrative assistant, who is an employee of our association. And, I must add, without whom this job would be incredibly difficult. She truly made our lives much easier. Also, there is an ex-officio member who is the executive director of the Association, or basically (not to oversimplify) the boss of all the hired help. Another non-voting position, there to provide advice.
And as of 18:00, I am no longer on the Nominating Committee. All things come to there end. I'm left with the knowledge of a job done as well as I could do it, and of significant contributions to the immediate future, and by extention the more extended future of my association. Oh, and a nice little collection of one and a half inch by three inch bookmarks with my name, office, and contact information on them. To whit, business cards which no longer accurately describe my position.
And when the annual business meeting/educational seminar comes around (AORN Congress) it is the job of the Nominating Committee to take those candidates for office through the process of presenting their election statements, answering questions formally, and slightly less formally, and then the delegates voting on those candidates. That was today; setup started at 06:30 and the voting started at 07:00, and finished at 10:30. Then there was the counting. The NC is usually appointed as the teller's committee as well, which means the vote counting process. And re-counting, as needed. If the ballot is particularly good, providing the delegates with difficult choices to make, there will be recounts. And there were. Took about two and a half hours.
Now all that's left is for someone, the Chairperson, to deliver the teller's report to the final House of Delegates. It's always the last item of business on the agenda. This makes it a much-awaited event.
And this year, that was the last big official thing for me to do. Yes, oh gentle readers, you've been reading the LJ of a muquie-muque for the past year (if you've been reading that long). Such a muquie-muque that I'm aware all that muquie-muque-ness, and a $1.50, will get me a cup of coffee.
And now, as mini_fred would say, I'm a hazbin.
Feels pretty good.