[vcf-midatlantic] Final Day of Steering Committee Elections for VCF - Mid Atlantic

Jeff S jsalzman at gmail.com
Wed Dec 7 15:57:36 UTC 2022

(The statements made here are my own, and not directly from or on behalf of

Today is the last day to make, change, or otherwise consider voting for the
VCF Mid Atlantic Steering Committee positions.

This is YOUR organization. Therefore, YOU are the one who has the best
interests in mind for the organization, and as to who YOU want to see as
members of the Steering Committee to help lead the organization.

The Steering Committee is an important conclave. The intent of the
committee is to help be the voice of direction for our member's interests.
They are effectively your representatives, charged with listening to both
you and VCF-MA leadership, and maintaining communications and information
flow between the two.

The Steering Committee election is NOT a popularity contest. There were a
LOT of support statements made by non-candidates on behalf of current
candidates. While it's perfectly normal that members may support one or
more candidates with a passion, garnering votes through public expression
of that support is simply playing politics.

The Steering Committee is not a political entity, nor should it be subject
to "good 'ol boys" methods of advocacy. Doing so could lead to bad
practices where the Steering Committee is basically the same people having
excessive exposure every election cycle.

An organization does not grow on repetition. It grows on change. YOU are
trusted by the organization to make sound decisions on your own, and to
place those YOU feel are capable of fulfilling the duties of a Steering
Committee member who is charged to effect change for the better. There is
nothing wrong with adding new blood to the mix, if need be, to encourage

Therefore, it is important to read the candidate's own position statements,
and base your voting decision on those. If a candidate must rely on
external support to make their statement, then ask yourself if that
candidate is able to make important committee decisions on their own.

The current Steering Committee candidates are as follows, with a direct
link to their Position Statements (in no particular order):

Doug Crawford - https://vcfed.org/position-statement-doug-crawford/

Chris Fala - https://vcfed.org/position-statement-chris-fala/

Alex Jacocks - https://vcfed.org/position-statement-alex-jacocks/

Jeff Salzman - https://vcfed.org/position-statement-jeff-salzman/

Dean Notatnicola -

Ethan O'Toole - https://vcfed.org/position-statement-for-ethan-otoole/

Adam Michlin - https://vcfed.org/position-statement-adam-michlin/

There are a lot of candidates, and it is more important than ever to
understand where each candidate stands. Ask yourself if they represent YOUR
beliefs? Even if you already voted, please take the time today to re-read
all of the Position Statements. Pick the three candidates YOU feel will
help the organization promote the needed changes to grow. If your vote
remains the same, it's trusted that you voted in good conscience and the
organization is thankful for your vote.

If you wish to reconsider your vote, you can still do so. The voting rules
are to take your most recent vote up to December 7, 11:59PM EST. You can
click on the original voting link you received from Chris Fala (provided
below) and cast a new vote if you wish.


Remember, this is YOUR organization. Make sure you are voting for those who
YOU trust to guide the organization in the direction you wish to see it go.

Thank you for taking the time to read this message.

Jeff Salzman

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