We know that the credentialing process for NOW conferences can be a bit complicated so we've provided this fact sheet that explains all the different criteria for delegate credentialing. If you want to know all the details of conference credentialing, it's all in here. If you just need the basics, here's what you need to know:
If you're aching for more details, read the following sections:
If you have questions about how your delegate count was calculated, contact the membership department at the national office. If you believe there is a discrepancy which would result in a change in your delegate allocation, you must present a written challenge to the co-chair of the credentials committee before the conference. All challenges must be received by June 1, 2007 to allow for resolution before the conference. Be certain that the challenge is clear, specific and includes copies of supporting documentation.
NOTE: The committee will attempt to verify membership using its computer database, but it is still important to bring the above information for backup.
Chapter presidents and state presidents/coordinators should make note of these membership requirements and work with the membership to ensure that members meet the requirements. We cannot register and credential members unless membership is established.
The credentials committee will accept listings of delegates and alternates only from a chapter president, acting as spokesperson for the chapter. No other officer may serve in that capacity. State officers have no authority to designate delegates, although state presidents and national board members themselves serve as delegates automatically. They do not need to be listed as delegates from a particular chapter. The listings must be on the approved forms.
A delegate may release credentials to an alternate at the conference only through the co-chairs of the credentials committee. Once released, credentials may not be resumed. Alternates will be credentialed in the order so that names appear on the chapter delegate report.
Delegates who cannot attend the conference must send a signed statement to the co-chairs of the credentials committee in advance or have a signed statement presented to the co-chairs on site in order for credentials to be released to an alternate. Please note: A statement from a chapter officer that a certain delegate will not be attending will not be sufficient to allow credentialing of an alternate.
For on-site credentialing, use of a standard form is required. Please bring your chapter=s on-site forms to the conference so that you may use them there if needed for additional delegates. Any such form must include the original signature of the chapter president in order to be valid, even if the president is not in attendance at the conference.
Members-at-large may elect one delegate for the first ten at-large members present at their state conference and one delegate for each additional thirty members or major fraction thereof present and eligible to vote at a state conference.
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