Just got my issue of the Rifleman with the ballot. I thought I'd pass on a few thoughts, and maybe start a discussion.
All the folks that got nominated, and whom know, are very well qualified. This is one first rate body of people.
I would suggest reading the bios carefully to spot those who have special NRA experience. Are they a current board member, head of a state association, that manner of thing? What committees have they served on?
(Sometimes you have to read carefully. For example, Col. Brown and Judge Boehm are a long term board members, but they never mention it -- you have to deduce that from a mention that they're on two committees). It's not that I have any bias for incumbents per se -- it's more that I tend to disfavor "celebrity" directors, who don't have experience with the organization and may have little time to spare for learning. You also want some people who just plain love shooting, as well as the activists (I know it's mostly overlapping, but there are people who have little interest in politics as such, but love to teach people to shoot, and you need folks who will represent that aspect of NRA).
It is a pretty remarkable slate ... oh, a biochemist working on anticancer drugs, a retired judge, a former sub officer turned police captain and then attorney, a refugee from Castro's regime.
I notice two directors who have been elected officers by the rest of the Board (1st and 2d Vice Presidents John Sigler and Ronald Schmeits) are up for election. And the always-inventive Scott Bach has established a webpage listing his qualifications, which are many. (I should also give a special mention to Don Saba, since he's vice president of Tucson Rod and Gun Club, and I spent this morning exploring new sites for its shooting range with him).
Another thing--remember the ballot, and the nominating committee recommendations, are two different things. There's a limit on the recommendations, so they didn't list some interesting people. For example, David Jones, who's been on the board since '97 and mentions a 100% attendance record -- NOT easy to accomplish, with three 3-4 meetings per year. And Amy Heath, Jeff Cooper's grand-daughter.
Chime in with your own thoughts....
Just to explain, BTW, board members are usually elected for 3 years terms, so around 25 come up for election (plus however many it takes to fill in for resignations]. If there are resigned seats to fill, the 25 top vote getters get 3 year terms, and those below them get 1-2 year terms of those who had resigned. The president and vps must be board members, but are elected by the board (rather than the members) from its own membership. Then there is also a 76th director, with one-year term, elected on the floor of the annual meeting].