Chautauqua Institution Annual Corporation Meeting
August 14, 2021
The annual meeting of the members of the Chautauqua Corporation will be held Saturday, August 14, 2021, beginning at 10:00 a.m., at the Hall of Philosophy, Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua, New York. At that time, the Corporation will review the Institution’s financial statements and elect an individual to serve as a Class B Trustee on the Board of Trustees pursuant to the Institution’s by-laws. Chautauqua Institution’s audited financial statements may be found at https://chq.org/about/board-of-trustees/.
Class B Trustee Nominations
Any member of the Corporation is eligible to be nominated for election as a Class B Trustee.
Nominations for Class B Trustee must be submitted by a member of the Corporation.
All nominees for the position of Class B Trustee must be identified in writing to the Secretary of Chautauqua Institution not more than thirty (30) days (July 15, 2021) and not less than ten (10) days (August 4, 2021) in advance of the annual meeting of the members of the corporation, to provide the Secretary with sufficient time to ensure that each such nominee is eligible for election as a Class B trustee, to ensure the compliance by the nominee(s), prior to election, with the requirements of the corporation’s Conflict of Interest Policy as required by the New York State Not-for-Profit Law, and potentially to make adequate arrangements for the logistics associated with presentation of multiple nominees for the position of Class B trustee at the annual meeting of the members of the corporation. The Institution will provide information about all eligible nominees prior to the meeting.
Members who are not the sole individual owner of their property and who wish to cast a ballot for the election of Class B Trustee at the Saturday, August 14, 2021, Annual Corporation meeting, must assign and complete the voter designation form which must be received and filed with the secretary of the Corporation no later than 10 days (August 4, 2021) prior to the Corporation meeting.
If you wish to assign a proxy for your vote, please contact the Corporate Secretary, Rindy Barmore, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Voters wishing to assign a proxy must do so no later than August 4, 2021. Note that all proxy, nomination, and voter designation forms must be issued by the Corporate Secretary in order to be eligible. Please contact the Corporate Secretary if you wish to receive forms or require further information.
Note that all proxy, nomination, and voter designation forms must be issued by the Corporate Secretary in order to be eligible. Please contact the Corporate Secretary if you wish to receive forms or require further information.
Message from 2021 Corporation Trustee Nominee
Like you, I love this place. I drive 3,200 miles every year from and to San Antonio and don’t begrudge a mile of the journey because, like you, it’s more than worthwhile. This is my 65th summer here, the last 30 of which have been as a property owner with my wife, Rainy. We first lived at my parents’ home at 24 South Avenue but now hang our hat at 21 Palestine (you’ll see the Texas flag if you walk by en route to the Amp). I went to Children’s School and then Club, hawked The Daily in Bestor Plaza, washed dishes at the Hotel Baker, worked at the Main Dock pumping gas, captained the CHQ Belle, graduated from the CLSC in 2007, represented our Symphony as their attorney, was co-President of CSOL, and now help run the Grapevine with two other Chautauquans. I appreciate the traditions and values of Chautauqua but my kids and grandkids, also Chautauquans, make sure I stay up to date in my perspectives. Rainy and I know so many of you — and the porch conversations I’ve heard prompted me to run for the position as your Trustee.
Here’s a fundamental question: why are we here? Why do we come here each summer rather than use that time and money for some great vacation or experience elsewhere? The answer obviously is different for all of us. Maybe it’s the lectures, the music, the performing arts, the spiritual, the literature, the lake, the ability of our kids and grandkids to run free and safely in a cultural environment, etc. But, whatever the reasons, you, as an owner and stakeholder should have your fingerprints all over those reasons. By that I mean we should be part of jointly crafting how CHQ looks and feels. Conversely, I don’t think you want to passively sit by as CHQ evolves hoping its character remains true to that which brings us here.
As an attorney, I have the background to assure any of your concerns are presented in a respectful and compelling manner, speaking as your advocate. I’m also committed to sharing meaningful information with you so your decisions and actions are informed and fact based. To assure I do the job you want me to, I’ll need your direction. So please reach out to me at email@example.com with the topics and thoughts important to your position as a stakeholder in this place we hold so dear.