May 2015 - Message from ACUW Elected Directors – Lynnae Lee and Maura Yee, Co-Chairs

posted May 16, 2015, 11:59 AM by Acuw Hawaii

As we continue to settle in under the current Bylaws (amended in 2012), some questions arose regarding ACUW’s organizational structure. The mission of ACUW is overseen by its Board of Directors. The Board is comprised of its eight Officers and six elected Directors who do not hold officer positions [See Bylaws, Section 4.2]. All Officers are also Directors by virtue of their position [See Bylaws, Section 4.3]. For convenience, we can refer to the non-officer Directors as the “Elected Directors” as they were elected as directors only [See Bylaws, Section 4.4]. Directors are unable to act alone, unlike officers who actually have specific duties for their position and are expected to fulfill their individual duties. Directors work as a group called the Board of Directors. Any official action that an individual Director may wish to take must be approved by the Board of Directors once quorum has been attained.

President Hirai has chosen to work with the Elected Directors on specific issues that do not fall within the duties of any specific officers. These topics may include long-range planning, organizational management, and concerns raised by the membership. Meetings of Elected Directors are not official business. They are akin to a committee. Any decisions that come out of an Elected Directors meeting are in the nature of recommendations only, and still require approval by the Board. This year, the Elected Directors are meeting a couple of weeks before each regularly scheduled Board of Directors meeting to address any issues that should be brought to the Board for a vote.

If you have any questions, please reach out to your Member Representative and/or Directors. We are here to serve you.

Here’s a volunteer opportunity some of our members may wish to participate in: The Friends of the Library of Hawai‘i is gearing up for their Annual Booksale at McKinley High School Cafeteria. They are seeking volunteers for the weekday shifts from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., on June 22-26, 2015. Lunch will be provided. Volunteers are asked to stay for the entire shift. There are some spots available for the second shift, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., but the greater need is during the earlier shift. This is a great way to support Hawaii’s 50 public libraries. For more information and to register, please visit or call 536-4174.