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District Caucus Guide

What is a caucus?

According to Merriam-Webster, a caucus is “a closed meeting of a group of persons belonging to the same political party or faction use to select candidates or to decide on policy.” In Sigma Kappa, caucuses are used to select the nominating committee members for the next biennium. There is a caucus for each district and a caucus for all past National Council members to select the chairman.

Which caucus should I attend?

All convention attendees, including alumnae and collegians, should attend their own district’s caucus. If you are a delegate representing a chapter, you should attend the caucus in the district where the chapter you are representing is located. Example, if you are the Louisville Alumnae Chapter delegate, you attend the district 4 caucus, even if you live in Indiana. Other members and delegates can attend the district caucus for where they currently reside.

Example, if you are the programming coordinator for district 4, but you live in Indiana, you attend the district 5 caucus.

What actually happens in a caucus?

The collegiate district director (CDD) and alumnae district director (ADD) chair the district caucus meeting. The only business conducted during the caucus is the election of the nominating committee member and alternate. Per the updated Bylaws, there will be a ballot for all eligible candidates that voting members can select; candidates may only be nominated during the caucus if less than two are on the ballot. Anyone eligible to vote at convention is eligible to vote in the caucus meeting; visitors may have a voice but no vote. The nominee with the highest number of votes is elected as the nominating committee member for the district; the nominee with the second highest number of votes will be the alternate nominating committee member.

What does the nominating committee do and who is eligible?

The nominating committee conducts the interview and slating process for the eight elected national council offices to be filled at the next National Convention. The nominating committee is composed of an elected member from each district and is chaired by an elected member of the past national council caucus. A member is eligible to be on the nominating committee if they meet the following qualifications:

  • Served at least two years as a Sigma Kappa volunteer appointed by national council at the national or district level during the past five years
  • Must be a current Sorority volunteer
  • Cannot be employed by Sigma Kappa
  • Must be present at the National Convention at which she is elected unless there are extenuating circumstances as determined by the Nominating Committee
  • Have attended at least two National Conventions prior to the one at which she is elected

Per the updated Bylaws approved in 2018, members that wish to serve on the nominating committee must submit applications to the nominating committee by May 1. Qualified applicants Please see Bylaws Article VII. Section 1 for further information will be put on the ballot for the district caucus; there will be no write-in candidates unless less than two applicants are on the ballot.

FAQs about Nominating Committee Eligibility

A member is eligible to be on the nominating committee if they meet the following qualifications:

  • Served at least two years as a Sigma Kappa volunteer appointed by national council at the national or district level during the past five years
    • This does not include the ABS or RS role
    • Could be non-consecutive appointments (ex. 2016 and 2018)
    • If a volunteer is currently appointed and is very close to a full two years, that is fine.
  • Must be a current Sorority volunteer
    • Must have two years as national volunteer, could be current national or local volunteer
  • Cannot be employed by Sigma Kappa
  • Must be present at the National Convention at which she is elected unless there are extenuating circumstances as determined by the Nominating Committee
  • Extenuating circumstances must be submitted prior which means they may not be approved off the floor.
  • Have attended at least two National Conventions prior to the one at which she is elected
    • It does not matter if the member attended as a voting delegate or general member
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