The Houston chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists will have its annual election Sept. 25-26 to select board members, including directors at large, and is now welcoming nominations. Please let the chapter nominations chair know by Aug. 11 if you are nominating someone, which can include yourself, for office. To submit a nomination, please email Katharine Fraser, chapter nominations chairwoman, at

All members in good standing (dues paid) are eligible to serve on the board, to present nominations and to vote. For information on joining the organization, visit the SPJ website. To check if you are current on the $20 annual Houston chapter dues, please email us at

The officers positions are:

• president

• vice president

• secretary

• treasurer

• directors at large positions (minimum of two, maximum of eight)

The directors, along with the officers, serve as the decision-making body of the chapter and meet at least quarterly. Please see the bylaws for position descriptions of each board position.

Chapter elections give the chapter a chance to reflect on what activities, initiatives and educational programming it would like to enjoy and who it thinks should lead those efforts. Veterans and newcomers alike are welcome to serve as officers and board members.

The eligible candidates’ names will be published on the chapter’s website by Aug. 26, or 30 days before the start of voting. Additional nominations can be made up to 14 days before the start of voting and will be published as they are received.

The voting begins Sept. 25, and the Sept. 26 deadline calls for votes by email by 11:59 p.m. CDT sent to or postmarked by Sept. 26 mailed to SPJ Houston, P.O. Box 211, Houston, Texas, 77002.