Committees

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STANDING COMMITTEE

ADMINISTRATION COMMITTEE

  • The Executive Committee: The Executive Committee consists of the President/CEO, Executive Vice President, Public Relations Officer. Six Regional Vice Presidents, an Executive Secretary, a Treasurer, a Recording Secretary and a Financial Secretary.

  • The Board of Directors: The Board of Directors consist of a Chairman, the Executive Officers, Immediate Past President of the Association and the designated representatives of each active member organizations.

  • Public Relations Officer & Media Chair: The Public Relations Officer and Media Chair is a member of the Executive Committee and tasked with promoting NAJASO in the United States, Bermuda, Jamaica and indeed the Caribbean. The PR Officer is held responsible to maintain communications with member organizations, other organizations, governmental and non-governmental groups. Responsibilities also include preparing news releases, articles and advertising materials as needed.

AUDIT COMMITTEE

Nature & Scope

The President of the National Association of Jamaican and Supportive Organizations shall appoint an Audit Committee which shall consist of a Chairperson and two other individuals who are not officers of NAJASO.

The committee shall perform such audit of the books of account and financial records of the Association as it deems appropriate and shall present its written report to the Board of Directors Annually.”

Review and report on accuracy/delinquent/financial status of NAJASO to the President and Board of Directors.

Review and recommend revisions to NAJASO Finances as necessary.

Chair Responsibilities
  • Attend Board of Directors Meetings

  • Coordinate all work of the committee and report to the President and Board of Directors.

  • Report to the President and Board of Directors on report status of all member organizations.

  • Communicate regularly with NAJASO Treasurer and President regarding all of the above.

  • Prepare Annual Report for distribution at Annual Convention.

BUDGET & FINANCE COMMITTEE

Nature & Scope

The President of the National Association of Jamaican and Supportive Organizations shall appoint a Budget and Finance Committee annually.

The Budget and Finance Committee shall consist of at least (3) members including its Chairperson. Committee recommendations are presented to the President and Board of Directors for approval.

Committee Responsibilities
  • Overseeing the financial reporting process

  • Submitting a review and recommendation of the Annual Operating Budgets to the President and Board of Directors for its approval.

  • Oversee all fund-raising activities.

  • Fulfill other duties as may from time to time be assigned by the President.

Chair Responsibilities
  • Encourage active participation to accomplish committee goals

  • Attend Board of Directors and Executive Committee meetings.

  • Communicate regularly with the President.

  • Act as liaison between the President and the Board of Directors.

  • Prepare annual report to the President and Board of Directors any deficiencies in funding for the Association.

EDUCATION COMMITTEE

Nature & Scope

The President of the National Association of Jamaican and Supportive Organizations shall appoint an Education Committee annually.

Committee recommendations are presented to the President and Board of Directors for approval.

Committee Responsibilities
  • Recommend topics for inclusion/deletion in NAJASO programs.

  • Review and update topics outlines, materials and visuals.

  • Secure instructors and back-up instructors, and establish standards for selection and removal of instructors.

  • Assist NAJASO to develop and make available opportunities for education, self-development and leadership as meets with the stated purpose of the Association.

  • Recommend timely topics for NAJASO.

  • Recommend how to address troublesome areas of NAJASO.

  • Encourage attendance at educational programs

  • Recommend information and materials to be maintained in the NAJASO files.

  • Develop recommendations for programs/services that further Association’s goals and plans.

  • When making recommendations, provide budget/cost estimates to the extent possible.

Chair Responsibilities
  • Encourage active participation of interested members to accomplish Committee goals.

  • Attend Board of Directors meetings.

  • Attend instructor’s seminar and monitor instructor presentations.

  • Communicate regularly with the President to whom Committee reports.

  • Recommend education program budget to the President or Board of Directors.

  • Prepare report for distribution at Board meeting.

  • Act as liaison between the membership and the President.

  • Recruit members to properly comprise the Committee and assure sufficient participation to accomplish responsibilities.

HEALTH COMMITTEE

Nature & Scope

The President of the National Association of Jamaican and Supportive Organizations shall appoint a Health Committee annually.

Committee recommendations are presented to the President and Board of Directors for approval.

Committee Responsibilities
  • Recommend topics for inclusion/deletion in NAJASO programs.

  • Review and update topics outlines, materials and visuals.

  • Secure instructors and back-up instructors, and establish standards for selection and removal of instructors.

  • Assist NAJASO to develop and make available opportunities for health, self-development and leadership as meets with the stated purpose of the Association

  • Recommend timely topics for NAJASO.

  • Recommend how to address troublesome areas of NAJASO.

  • Encourage attendance at health programs.

  • Recommend information and materials to be maintained in the NAJASO files.

  • Develop recommendations for programs/services that further Association’s goals and plans.

  • When making recommendations, provide budget/cost estimates to the extent possible.

Chair Responsibilities
  • Encourage active participation of interested members to accomplish Committee goals.

  • Attend Board of Directors meetings.

  • Attend instructor’s seminar and monitor instructor presentations.

  • Communicate regularly with the President to whom Committee reports.

  • Recommend education program budget to the President or Board of Directors.

  • Prepare report for distribution at Board meeting.

  • Act as liaison between the membership and the President.

  • Recruit members to properly comprise the Committee and assure sufficient participation to accomplish responsibilities.

MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE

Nature & Scope

The President of the National Association of Jamaican and Supportive Organizations shall appoint a Membership Committee annually.

Committee recommendations are presented to the President and Board of Directors for approval.

Committee Responsibilities
  • Encourage and motivate membership to promote NAJASO membership to non-members.

  • Recommend and review membership promotional ideas and materials.

  • Work with the President to facilitate better service to membership, appropriate welcoming, motivational letters, phone calls, etc.

  • Advise NAJASO of potential members.

  • Recommend information and material to be maintained by NAJASO.

  • Develop recommendations for programs and services that further NAJASO goals and objectives.

  • Identify members’ needs and concerns and bring them to the President’s attention.

Chair Responsibilities
  • Encourage active participation of interested members and accomplish Committee goals.

  • Attend Board of Directors meetings.

  • Communicate regularly with the President to whom Committee reports.

  • Act as liaison between the President and the Board of Directors.

  • Hold seat on the Nominating Committee for NAJASO Annual Award Service.

  • Prepare report for distribution at Board meetings.

  • Recruit members to properly comprise the Committee and assure sufficient participation to accomplish responsibilities.

AD HOC COMMITTEES

PROGRAM AD HOC COMMITTEE

Nature & Scope

The President of the National Association of Jamaican and Supportive Organizations shall appoint an “Ad Hoc” Program Committee as deemed necessary.

Committee recommendations are presented to the President and Board of Directors for approval.

Committee Responsibilities
  • Review and recommend methods for encouraging members to participate in NAJASO programs.

  • Review and recommend programs that can be used to motivate members.

  • Encourage and assist the President in effective program scheduling through the Association.

  • Determine elements of effective notices.

  • Monitor member attendance to meet objectives and goals.

  • Attend regular scheduled and emergency committee meetings.

Chair Responsibilities
  • Coordinate regular scheduled committee meetings.

  • Attend Board of Directors meetings.

  • Communicate regularly with the President to whom Committee reports.

  • Recommend program budget to the President and Board of Directors.

  • Prepare report for distribution at Board meetings.

  • Act as liaison with the President and Board of Directors.

  • Develop committee members to serve as replacement as needs occur.

CONVENTION ADHOC COMMITTEE

The President with the approval of the Board of Directors, appoint a National Convention Chair on an Annual basis along with a Convention Committee comprised of all the Officers of NAJASO. The National Convention Chair is held responsible to work closely with the President and Chairman of the Board to ensure a productive and financially viable convention.

YOUNG PROFESSIONAL AD HOC COMMITTEE

The NAJASO Young Professionals committee was designed to ensure the longevity of NAJASO and the Diaspora movement growth in the United States, Jamaica and the Caribbean by engaging a strong group of Young Professional leaders aged 21 t 40 to contribute and assist in nation building in the regions NAJASO serves.

Programs of the Young Professionals Committee

NAJASO Young Professional Conference

The Young Professional program caters to a target group of young adults between the ages of 21 to 40. This annual gathering occurs every July in conjunction with the NAJASO annual convention and Awards gala. It is an opportunity for the NAJASO Young Professionals to socialize and discuss matters of importance to the United States, Jamaica, and the Caribbean region at large. It also serves as an opportunity for personal and professional growth and an occasion for community building and development to thrive.

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Committee Chair: Cassandra Chase

GOODWILL AMBASSADOR AD HOC COMMITTEE

The President with the approval of the Board of Directors, appoint a Goodwill Ambassador on an Annual basis as deemed necessary. The Primary focus of the Goodwill Ambassador is to act as Liaison with the Member Organizations, The Ambassador to the United States, The Consul General of Miami and New York as well as the Honorary Consuls in the United States to share Goodwill and promote NAJASO.

HISTORIAN AD HOC COMMITTEE

The President with the approval of the Board of Directors, appoint a Historian on an annual basis as deemed necessary. The Historian is held responsible to capture the History of NAJASO since its inception to present.

PARLIAMENTARIAN AD HOC COMMITTEE

The President with the approval of the Board of Directors, appoint a Parliamentarian on an Annual basis as deemed necessary. The Primary function of the Parliamentarian is to advise the Board on parliamentary procedures guided by Robert Rules of Order newly revised.

NATIONAL FUNDRAISING AD HOC COMMITTEE

The President with the approval of the Board of Directors, appoint a National Fundraising Chair and a committee on an Annual basis as deemed necessary. The Primary focus of the committee is to raise funds for the organization.

AWARDS AD HOC COMMITTEE

The President with the approval of the Board of Directors, appoint a National Awards Chair and a Committee on an Annual basis. The Awards Committee shall, upon evaluating an award candidate, submit its choice as recommendations to the Board of Directors for final approval.

NAJASO NATIONAL AWARDS NOMINATION INFORMATION

Background

  • Candidates will be considered for an award on the basis of extraordinary effort, leadership, professional skills, support, contributions, patriotic and economical development of Jamaica.

  • All nominations must be completed in one package when submitted.

  • The Awards Committee shall, upon evaluating an award candidate, submit its choices as recommendation to the Board of Directors for final approval

CRITERIA
LIGNUM VITAE AWARD

This award criteria is initiated by the National Association of Jamaican and Supportive Organizations, to honor Jamaican Nationals who have made distinguished contributions to the economic development of Jamaican, lifestyle and culture. The award derives its name from the inscription of the National Flower “Wood of Life”.

The Lignum Vitae Award is an annual award based on the following set of standards and qualifying factors.

The candidate:

  • May or may not be a member of NAJASO member organization

  • Must be a Jamaican National or nationalized citizen of the United States.

  • Must have served in a leadership role benefiting the economic development, lifestyle, and culture of Jamaica.

DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD

This award shall be given to a bona fide member or a supporter and contributor of NAJASO who meets the qualification stated below. Candidate may be submitted from any active NAJASO member organization or officer for consideration for this award.

Only two Distinguished Service Awards may be given in any one year. All candidates must meet
the following criteria:

  • Must have been an officer of NAJASO for a period of four years or more.

  • Must have held at least two committee chairs during a 5-year period.

  • Must have contributed time and effort over and beyond expectation of NAJASO through their contribution, an improved program, created a new activity, developed a better public relations image for the organization or increase membership or financial earnings and contribution for the organization.

DISTINGUISHED CITIZEN AWARD

This award shall be given to a candidate who meet the following criteria:

  • Must be a citizen of the United States by nationalization.

  • Must have contributed outstanding service to the community, within his/her professional field, with documented public recognition such as City Council, State Officials, hospitals staff, directional leader of corporation or organization.

OUTREACH SERVICE AWARD

This award shall be given to a candidate who meets the following criteria:

  • Must be of foreign birth, and or a nationalized citizen of the United States.

  • Must have contributed outstandingly to the community within their outreach area as well as to the United States for at least five years.

  • Organizations nominating candidate for this award must be a bona fide active member of NAJASO.

GROUP LEADERSHIP AWARD

This award shall be given to a candidate who meets the following criteria:

  • Candidate for this award must be bona fide group member of NAJASO and must have held membership for at least four years (officer, committee chair, special projects, etc.)

  • Must have initiated development projects affecting the advancement and esteem of cultural, educational or social group within their community.

  • Must be an effective group leader.

CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION

This certificate shall be given to a candidate who meets the following criteria:

  • Must serve in a meaningful volunteered capacity within the organization

  • Candidate may or may not be member of NAJASO.

  • Candidate must be a volunteer or supporter of NAJASO for at least two years.

PROFESSIONAL ADVISORY AD HOC COMMITTEE

The President may from time to time with the approval of the Board of Directors, establish a Professional Advisory Committee to seek advisory opinions on relevant issues from individuals or corporations who may be members or non members of the Association.