Run for chapter board! Deadline is Friday

It’s election time, and it’s another chance for AAJA Seattle members to make a big difference!

Seattle chapter officers meet about once every two months, and it’s a chance to be involved directly building our community through workshops, the Northwest Journalists of Color scholarship and, of course, the annual Lunar New Year Banquet.

Our chapter board works as a team, and we support each other. These roles require a time commitment, but as any board member will tell you, the commitment is manageable. We all feel a great satisfaction in the chapter’s membership growth (up 25% over last year). Students and professionals see value in what we do — and now it’s your chance to contribute your talents, network and insights to our chapter!

Positions up for election this year are:

Vice president for member programs: This person takes the lead on Northwest Journalists of Color scholarship and workshops. This is an interim one-year position. Must be a full member.

Vice president for events: This person takes the lead on Lunar New Year Banquet & Silent Auction and networking events. This is a two-year term. Must be a full member.

Treasurer: This person is responsible for managing the chapter’s finances, processing donations and filing reports with National. This is a two-year term. Must be a full or associate member.

The deadline to nominate yourself or another person is this Friday, Oct. 15.

Contact Venice Buhain at venicebuhain[at] for more information or to make a nomination. You can also contact Sanjay Bhatt, chapter president, at sbhatt[at]

After nominating deadline has passed and candidates’ eligibility is confirmed, the chapter Secretary will send members their ballot via e-mail using Survey Monkey.

Chapter members must cast their votes by Oct. 29. The chapter will report the names of newly elected officers to National by Nov. 4.

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