One of the most valuable benefits of NEAR membership is the opportunity to participate on one or more of the Association's committees. Serving on a NEAR committee furthers your professional development by providing leadership experience, expanding your professional network, and strengthening your ties within the local industry. What's more, committee members are directly involved in identifying new opportunities, guiding projects, and offering their expertise, so you will have a direct hand in helping us achieve our goals and advance our mission. NEAR members are encouraged to complete the Committee Preference Form for consideration.
Note: Committees do not set policy or make policy decisions, but instead make recommendations to the Board of Directors.
Annual Awards Committee
Community Service Committee
Political Involvement Committee
Young Professionals Committee
Professional Standards Committee
Many NEAR Committees work on the same programs every year, such as the Political Involvement Committee’s oversight of the Annual Legislative Meet & Greet Reception. In cases such as these, Committees must notify the Board of Directors of any significant changes they would recommend for a new year’s program.
When Committees are developing new programs or activities, they must submit their plan to the Board of Directors in the form of a recommendation. In cases such as these, Committees must notify the Board of Directors before they undertake any action or communicate their plans to others.
Budgeted & Unbudgeted Expenses
Anticipated income and expenses for standing events have been included in the Annual Budget. Committees planning functions or events should review the event budget before beginning work on the event. Committees are expected to meet or exceed the bottom line on their events. Should a Committee propose a new event to be added to the schedule, an event budget with at least a break even bottom line must be submitted with the proposal. The budget will be reviewed by the Finance Committee prior to the Board of Directors considering the proposal.
Consideration of Proposals
Committees also consider proposals made to the Board of Directors for a recommendation. For example, if a member proposes a new government affairs policy, the Political Involvement Committee would be asked to review the suggestion and make a recommendation to the Board of Directors before the Directors consider the request. Likewise, if a Committee proposes spending money, that request will be forwarded to the Finance Committee for a recommendation to the Board of Directors before the Directors consider the request. Please note that timing should be carefully considered in cases where another committee will be asked to make a recommendation to the Board of Directors.