Discover Burien Seeking Two New Members For Its Board Of Directors


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If you’re a local businessperson in the B-Town area (or know of one), you might want to consider joining the Board of Directors of Discover Burien (we’re members, and Publisher/Editor Scott Schaefer was recently elected to the board along with John Nelson), as there are now two openings.

The openings were announced at Wednesday night’s board meeting, when longtime member Diane Summerhays of the Port of Seattle announced her retirement, and member Bill Reid of Tellit Productions announced his resignation.

The openings will likely be filled by next Spring.

Board meetings are held once a month, and there is no compensation.

According to its website, the non-profit organization has been around since around 2001, and is a “business group working on economic development, education and promotion of the Burien Business Community.” Its mission is “to create and sustain a vibrant Burien business community through promotions and education.”

If you’re interested in applying, please email Gina at [email protected].

Here’s more info on what board members are expected to bring to the table:

A. Number Qualifications and Terms: After expiration of the terms of the initial Board, there shall be fifteen (15) voting members of the Board of Directors. Any member, employee of a member business, or partner or associate in a member business of Discover Burien may be a Director. However, there must be a Director from both retail and non-retail businesses, as well as real property owner and patron membership categories. There shall not be a majority of any occupation on the Board.  A Director must be of sound mind and of legal age.

B. Term After the Initial Board of Directors: Every Director with voting rights shall be elected for a three (3) year term.  However, the Board of Directors shall serve staggered terms. Five (5) Directors shall be elected at the 2008 annual meeting  and five (5) Directors shall be elected at each succeeding annual meeting.

C. Elections: Directors shall be elected by the membership at the Annual Meeting. Every member shall have one vote for each available Director’s position. Nominations to the ballot slate shall be made either: 1) by petition submitted to the Discover Burien office more than 20 days in advance of the annual meeting, signed by nine members; or 2) by the nominating committee, which shall consist of the outgoing Board members and the President.  In the event there is not a Director elected from a membership category identified in Paragraph C above, then the new Director with the fewest votes shall not be named, and an election for that position shall be held by separate ballot at the annual meeting.

D. Vacancies: Any Director may resign at any time by giving written notice to the Discover Burien office. Any vacancy in the Board occurring because of death, resignation, refusal to serve, or otherwise shall be filled for the unexpired term by action of a majority of the remaining Directors. Three consecutive unexcused absences from regular Board of Director’s meetings shall be considered a vacancy.

E. Meetings: The Board of Directors shall meet at least quarterly. The President and/or any four Directors may call a meeting of the Board. At a duly called meeting of the Board of Directors, seven (7) members shall constitute a quorum. All business of the Board of Directors shall be transacted at a duly called meeting of the Board.

F. Compensation: Directors shall receive no compensation for their services as Directors, but the Board may by resolution authorize reasonable reimbursement of expenses incurred in the performance of their duties. Noting herein shall preclude a Director from servicing Discover Burien in any other capacity and receiving reasonable compensation for such service.

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