Board of Directors Annual Election Notice



Western New York Federal Credit Union would like to notify the Membership of the process for nominating and voting for the Board of Directors at the 2020 Annual Meeting. The grand success of this credit union is due in large part to our volunteers and their efforts.  Our Board of Directors and Committee members are all dedicated volunteers, sharing their energy, talents and time.

PLEASE REVIEW CAREFULLY

There will be two vacancies on the Board of Directors.  The following two incumbents have been re-nominated for election by the Nominating Committee:

Michael Henry – 3 year term

Pat Baginski – 3 year term

Nominations for vacancies may also be made, but only by petition.  Any member who wants to submit a nomination by petition must obtain an Official Nominating Petition Certificate.  The signed Certificate stating they are agreeable to nomination and will serve, if elected to office, along with a Statement of Qualifications and Biographical Data must be submitted.  The Certificate and Statement, must be accompanied by the petition, which must be signed by one percent (1%) of the membership.  The credit union currently has 8,417 Credit Union members, and therefore the Nomination Petition must be signed by at least 84 members.  All fully completed petitions must be returned to the Credit Union office by 5:00 pm on Friday, February 1, 2020. 

An election will not be conducted by ballot and there will be no nominations from the floor when there is only one nominee for each position to be filled.  In the event there is only one nominee for each position to be filled, the election will not be conducted by ballot and all nominees will be elected to the open positions by the casting of one vote.  In the event there is more than one nominee for any position to be filled, voting will take place.  The Chair will appoint the Election Tellers, and ballots will be distributed.  A vote is taken and tallied by the tellers, and the results announced.  All elections are determined by plurality vote.  Nominations cannot be made from the floor unless insufficient nominations have been made by the Nominating Committee or by petition to provide for one Nominee for each position to be filled or circumstances prevent the candidacy of a nominee for the position to be filled. 

Irrespective of the number of shares, no member has more than one vote.  Members must be at least 18 years of age in order to vote, hold office, or sign nominating petitions.

James Hill
Nominating Committee Chair, Western New York Federal Credit Union

The following nominees have filed a statement with the secretary stating their willingness to serve faithfully, if elected to the office for which they were nominated:

MICHAEL HENRY

  • WNY FCU Board of Directors member since 1999, currently serving as President
  • Leadership Buffalo Class of 1993
  • Board Member and Past Treasurer of Parent Network Center of NY, Inc.
  • Executive Committee Member and Past Chairman of Erie County Commission on Homelessness
  • Volunteer work completed on the Buffalo Financial Plan Commissions’ analysis of the Buffalo School System
  • Past President of the Olmsted Home School Association
  • Board Member of Community Missions of the Niagara Frontier
  • Member of the Mayor’s H.H.Richardson Building Advisory Task Force
  • Past Board Member and President of Adult Residential Care Advocates, Inc.
  • 1996 William B. Hoyt Advocate of the Year Award Winner from Erie County Child and Family Services
  • Board Member of the Homeless Alliance of WNY
  • Member of the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County Advocacy Committee and Impact Council

PAT BAGINSKI  

  • WNY FCU Supervisory Committee member 1980 – 1991
  • WNY FCU Supervisory Committee Chairperson 1991 – 1995
  • WNY FCU Board of Directors member 1992 – 1999
  • WNY FCU Board of Directors Vice President 1995 – 1996 and 2004 – 2013
  • Currently serving as Secretary of the WNY FCU Board of Directors