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PDGA Elections

Annual PDGA Elections

PDGA elections take place each year from July 1 to July 31 with the elected candidates assuming office on September 1.

Voting Procedures

During the first week of the elections, all PDGA members (1) who are current as of June 25, 2024; and (2) for whom the PDGA has a valid email address will receive online election instructions, including their individual ballot. The PDGA will send the ballot weekly to those who have not yet voted. Members who do not have internet access can contact the PDGA office at +1 (706) 261-6342 no later than July 20 to request a mailed paper ballot. 

About the PDGA Global Board of Directors

A Board of Directors is required for the organization’s 501c (4) nonprofit status and is mandated by the PDGA Bylaws. In addition to semi-annual summit meetings, the Global Board and PDGA staff conduct monthly teleconference calls and ongoing communication to coordinate and direct PDGA affairs. Some of the Board’s main activities include: 

  • Setting PDGA policies
  • Hiring and supervision of an Executive Director responsible for headquarters, staff, and ongoing operations
  • Financial management, including annual budget
  • Identification of responsible future Board members
  • Representing the membership’s vision for the future of the sport and the association

Nominating Committee

The NC consists of four to seven PDGA members. When possible, one or two should be past Directors of the Global BOD, with the remaining consisting of members with strong backgrounds matching the desired KSAs for the current election cycle. The NC selects its own members independent of the BOD and Executive Director. The NC will elect the Chair of the committee from within their current group, who will lead the committee through their charter. NC members may only serve two consecutive years on the committee before they must sit out for at least two years before being reconsidered for this committee again. The NC is charged with initial screening, vetting, and ballot selection of the candidates. The names of the NC members are posted on the Committee page on the PDGA website.  

PDGA Global Board Member Qualifications

  • Must be an active member in good standing and be at least 18 years of age as of September 1 of current election year
  • Must be an active member for at least two consecutive years as of the date of the first call for candidates (April 1, 2024) 
  • Must not have been on PDGA suspension or probation within the last three years, including violation of the PDGA Community Guidelines; Warnings within a three-year period will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis 
  • Must pass a criminal background check free of assaults, fraud, and/or other major negative indicators
  • Must have a history of conducting themselves in a positive and ethical manner as a member of the PDGA
  • Must not have a significant conflict of interest as identified in the PDGA COI Policy; Candidates must agree to sign nondisclosure and confidentiality agreements
  • Must be available to attend two in-person Board Summits per year (generally in the Spring and Fall; two days each); must be available to attend video conference meeting once per month, typically scheduled for the second Tuesday of the month from 4:00 - 7:00 pm ET. 
  • Must have access to an electronic device capable of video conferencing, opening Microsoft Office documents, accessing the internet and email, and similar general office administration functions 

PDGA Global Board of Directors Application Process

Prospective candidates must complete the requirements below. All candidate material must be submitted to the Nominating Committee no later than 11:59 p.m. EDT on April 30, 2024, by emailing [email protected].

Submit a professional cover letter and resume containing the following information:

  • Your intent to run for the Global BOD with the acknowledgement that this position comes with legal fiduciary responsibilities, and you are willing to take on those responsibilities if elected. 
  • Personal goals and priorities as a Director should you be elected. Simply explain why you are running and what you want to accomplish during your tenure. 
  • List your specific experience, background, certifications, etc., that qualify you to accomplish your goals and priorities and how they align with the PDGA’s KSAs, strategic priorities, and core competencies. 
  • Disclose any conflict of interest items as detailed in the PDGA COI Policy
  • Submit three letters of recommendation attesting to your experience, qualifications, and character, with at least one reference provided by an active PDGA member.
  • Applications will be received and initially reviewed for completeness by the NC. You will receive an acknowledgement of receipt from the NC and any follow-on instructions if required.