After our last mailing, we heard from a few of you that your registration for the National Alliance is in process, but has been delayed due to Hurricane Sandy and/or other complications. You requested the National Alliance to extend the registration deadline for Founding Membership by at least a couple of weeks. We are therefore keeping the founding membership registration open until Sunday, November 18.
However, we need to remind you that only Founding Active Program Members in good standing will be permitted to vote to approve the By-laws of the new Alliance. This vote is expected to take place as soon as Founding Member Registration is closed. When the By-laws are approved, then only Active Program Members in good standing will be permitted to nominate members to the Board of Directors from their programs and vote in the board elections. Programs will have to be registered by the time of the board elections to hold a seat on the board. This nomination and election process is expected to take place within the next month and a half. Although dozens of programs and supporters have already joined The National Alliance of El Sistema Inspired Programs, it needs the strongest board leaders possible to guide this powerful new collaboration, so please, if you have not already done so, join your colleagues and register soon.
Registration materials are available on this website and dues payments should not serve as a barrier to membership. If you are concerned about dues requirements or have any other questions about registration, please contact the Alliance Registrar, Ben Fuller, at firstname.lastname@example.org.