The Results Are In! Your 2020 YDWA Executive Team Is….
A Quick Word on the Process
Hey there, Mike DeVine here, now-former Vice President of Operations. I’d like to take a moment to thank the entire membership of YDWA for their tremendous patience, flexibility, and resilience during what has to have been one of the most tumultuous years in YDWA’s history- a year where “swarm of murder hornets” somehow barely registered as a blip on the radar.
This virtual election process has necessitated what may be the single greatest concentration of power placed in the hands of an Executive Vice President and Vice President of Operations in our history, and on mine and Josie’s behalf I’d like you all to know that we have considered it an honor and a privilege to have been trusted with such a crucial function of our organization. I hope that in your eyes we have fulfilled that duty honorably.
Though we’ve had our share of hiccups and glitches along the way, I’ve been continually inspired by our members’ willingness to adapt to meet these challenging times. Some of you may have noticed we had issues rolling out emails to members in a timely fashion, and I’d like to take this chance to again take responsibility for that and apologize. Meeting capacity for sending emails to large groups is a lesson we’ll need to learn for next year, although it brings with it an incredible statistic:
If we go by Convention attendance to measure election turnout, our numbers typically range between 150-200 eligible voters. But this year? We had a staggering 360 voters receive ballots, nearly double our previous record going back at least a decade.
By this metric, this has been the most accessible election in recent YDWA history, which gives me faith that these results show us the most accurate representation of YDWA’s membership in recent history.
This process has also given us the most data to comb through of any election in recent history, and I’ll be sharing that data with you all as we prepare it (excluding personally identifiable info, of course!) So look forward to an exciting, no-holds-barred smackdown of pie charts and bar graphs!
In the meantime, and without further ado, I’m happy to share the final results below. Congratulations to our new team, and I’m looking forward to passing the baton to (spoiler alert) our new VP of Operations Nicole Palczewski, who I have no doubt will knock it out of the park with our very first virtual Convention, coming later this summer!
Former Vice President of Operations