Remeber to continue to practice your Stations and Duties between Meetings
Voting During Elections!
EVERYONE gets a vote, even the Honoured Queen.
Don't forget that you can vote for yourself. No electioneering allowed!
Electioneering: "to seek to persuade voters"
Hello to all my fabulous Bethel Guardians and Deputy for each
Gab Session – NO ELECTIONEERING or ‘steering’ the girls in the
right direction. However, do be sure they understand the process – especially
the new ones. I am referring to all new girls not just BRAND new
Please be sure that you are all familiar with the elections
process. Have the paperwork ready for the Associate Bethel Guardian – yes he
reads it during the last meeting in November and again at Elections. Pencils
ready for secret ballot and pieces of papers for the girls to write the names
on. Your secretary should prepare a list of all girls eligible for election…
the ones that have never been ABSENT from a meeting ; girls that have been
excused are included. The names should be read in ALPHABETIC order (first or
last name it does not matter) , if you have time to copy this list it would be
helpful for the girls to have the spelling of the girls name
Please go over the election process with your Honoured Queen
before the meeting and a day or two ahead of time as well. Please be sure she
is comfortable and feels confident with what will happen during elections.
Remind the girls that everyone votes every time.
If you feel there is
going to be a split in the Bethel over a daughter being elected, predetermine
how many ballot rounds you are to allow the ballots to go if it is stalemated.
It takes about 3 (at the most) to see that there is an issue… at this point the
BETHEL GUARDIAN should say (something like) “It is encouraging to see that
there are a couple of you that see the bright future for this Bethel and want to
lead us onto great and exciting times. At this point we will only be able to go
X number of times more and then the Bethel Guardian Council will be required to
make the decision for the next term”
Have the Honoured Queen ask the
Deputy to be the head scrutineer and a couple of other adults (not parents of
potential line officers) to help.
ONLY give out one ballot at a time.
Once the ballot is taken and the daughter is seated she can be given another
piece of paper for the next potential ballot.
DO NOT count the ballots
out loud. Only a final numbers go on the sheet that is then given to the