Brussels Agricultural Society seeking new president - Jan. 24, 2019
BY SHAWN LOUGHLIN
The presidency of the Brussels Agricultural Society is still up in the air after the organization held its annual meeting on Friday night as there were no takers for the top position.
Dorothy Cummings is the current president, serving in the second year of a two-year term. This is the third time she has been president, once serving as president for seven years in what was supposed to be a two-year term.
Jeff Cardiff, another past-president of the organization, called for nominations, reaching back to last year’s nominations to try and continue the lineage of presidency of the organization.
The vacancy goes back to last year’s election, when Cummings took on the presidency from outgoing President Matt Cardiff, but no one stepped up to fill the vice-president role. (The role has historically been used to groom the vice-president to become the president for the following two-year term.)
Without anyone in that position, Cardiff asked for nominations for someone to be the vice-president for one year under Cummings and then, in 2020, move into the president’s role for the 2020 and 2021 Brussels Fall Fairs.
Though many were nominated, no one accepted the nomination and the position remains vacant.
Cardiff, who has been president twice, said it’s an excellent organization with many volunteers willing to give their time, it just needs a leader and the position does take some time.
Finding no success in asking for nominations for the vice-president role, he went so far as to ask for nominations for a second vice-president, who would then be on track to be president for the 2022 and 2023 Brussels Fall Fairs. There were no takers for that position either.
Cardiff then dropped the nominations, but said that the presidency of the organization would have to be addressed soon, as it would be unfair to Cummings to stay on for a third year with all of the time she’s dedicated to the society.
The next meeting of the Brussels Agricultural Society is set for Wednesday, March 6 at 7:30 p.m. at the Brussels Library.