National Space Society Committees

Index (Table of Contents)

Common Committee Information
Archives Committee
Awards Committee
Bylaws and Corporate Policies Committee
Chapters Committee
Conferences Committee
Development Committee
Education and Outreach Committee
Finance Committee
International Committee
Marketing Committee
Membership Committee
Policy Committee
Projects Committee
Public Affairs Committee
Publications Committee
Roadmap Committee
Social Networking Committee
Space Settlement Advocacy Committee
Strategic Planning Committee


Common Committee Information  |  Index

  • Appointment
    • (i)Within 30 days after the Officers election is completed, each Officer shall nominate, for the approval of the Executive Committee, the persons to constitute the voting members of each Committee that reports to that Officer.
    • (ii)To the extent reasonable, these nominees should be persons with experience in the area of responsibility of the specific Committee to which nominated.
  • Additional Appointees
    • (i)  From time to time thereafter an Officer may appoint additional persons to be a non-voting member of such Committee and, if the appointment of such a person is thereafter approved by the Executive Committee, such person shall become a voting member of the Committee.
    • (ii)  At any time, a Committee Chair may appoint additional persons to be non-voting members of such Committee.
  • Committee Chairs
    • (i)  Within 30 days after the Officers election is completed, each Officer shall nominate, for the approval of the Executive Committee, the person to serve as the Committee Chair of each Committee that reports to the Officer.
    • (ii)  Each Chair, which could be the overseeing Officer, shall have the same rights and privileges as the other voting members.
    • (iii)  A Committee Chair will be responsible for the following:
      • Scheduling of Committee meetings
      • Notification of Committee meetings
      • Conduct of Committee meetings
      • Any recording of meeting minutes (especially decisions)*
      • Any recording and tracking of actions*
      • Overseeing the timely completion of Committee activities and actions
      • *(could be delegated to a Committee Secretary)
    • (iv)  A Committee Chair may appoint committee-level officers (e.g., Secretary) and create lower-tier groups (e.g., sub-committees, task forces, etc.) to assist in the performance of such duties and ensure the efficient operations of the Committee.
  • Term of Service
    • (i)  A member of a Committee shall serve from the time of the Appointment until the Officer’s group nominations are approved by the Executive Committee after the next Officer’s election.
    • (ii)  This is a period of up to approximately two years.
  • Meetings and Operations
    • Each Committee should meet face-to-face at least once per year.  Opportunities include:
    • Each Committee should hold other meetings at least once per month.  Options include:
      • Telephone meetings
      • Voice-over-IP (VoIP) meetings
      • Web Chat Room meetings
      • Web Virtual World meetings
      • Web Forums*
      • Email Exchanges*
      • *(these are more conducive to correspondence than real-time discussion)
    • Each Committee will work as necessary with NSS Headquarters (HQ) staff, NSS volunteers, NSS local chapters, and contract services as directed by the overseeing Officer.
    • Each Committee shall provide a report on its activities for the Board of Directors.
      • Prior to the annual ISDC
      • Prior to the NSS Fall Board of Directors Meeting
  • For More Information

Archives Committee  |  Index

  • General Responsibilities
    • Responsible for the long term preservation of NSS physical and electronic records.
    • Reports to the NSS Secretary
  • NSS Website Responsibilities
  • Current Committee Officers

Awards Committee  |  Index


Bylaws and Corporate Policies Committee  |  Index


Chapters Committee  |  Index


Conferences Committee  |  Index


Development Committee  |  Index


Education and Outreach Committee  |  Index

  • General Responsibilities
    • Responsible for the planning and execution of outreach to and education for the general public, and
    • for enhancing the value that the Society delivers to the general public.
    • Standing committee reporting to the Vice President for Public Affairs
  • NSS Website Responsibilities
  • Current Committee Officers
  • For More Information

Finance Committee  |  Index

  • General Responsibilities
    • Responsible for assisting the Treasurer in the performance of the Treasurer’s duties.
    • Reports to the Treasurer
  • NSS Website Responsibilities
    • NSS Public Finance Documents
  • Current Committee Officers
  • For More Information

International Committee  |  Index


Marketing Committee  |  Index

  • General Responsibilities
    • Provide a forum to coordinate with, and deconflict the various NSS marketing activities
    • Provide an overall NSS marketing strategy
    • Identify and implement various forms of marketing in support of NSS
    • A subcommittee of the Public Affairs Committee
    • Reports to the Vice President for Public Affairs
  • Current Committee Officers
    • Chair, Todd Kapp

Membership Committee  |  Index


Policy Committee  |  Index

  • General Responsibilities
    • Responsible for for determining the general positions of the Society on legislative issues
      and the strategy and program through which the Society shall promote these positions.
    • Has authority for expenditures for the Society’s legislative program, including
      contracting for lobbying services, from funds set aside by the Executive Committee for
      such purposes in a duly approved budget.
    • Responsible for legislative action on behalf of the Society including a phone tree,
      letter writing, and other types of legislative campaigns.
    • Responsible for developing and maintaining a phone tree and other procedures, including
      appointment and removal of volunteer legislative action coordinators.
    • Reports to the Executive Vice President
  • Composition and Operations
    • Legislative program funds shall be budgeted for staff salaries as appropriate where staff
      personnel are assigned to legislative program tasks.
    • Shall not engage in any activities which are prohibited to nonprofit corporations pursuant to
      either the Laws of the District of Columbia or the applicable provisions of the Internal Revenue Code.
    • Conducts group meetings with members of the U.S. Congress.
    • Coordinates local meetings with members of government and industry.
    • Operates and maintains the Political Action Network of volunteer activists.
    • Operates and maintains the NSS Phone Tree, in conjunction with email Alerts.
  • NSS Website Responsibilities
  • Current Committee Officers
  • For More Information

Projects Committee  |  Index


Public Affairs Committee  |  Index

  • General Responsibilities
    • Responsible for the positioning of the Society relative to the media,
    • for the timely writing and dissemination of press releases and other media-focused documents, and
    • for enhancing the value that the Society delivers to the media.
    • The Committee works closely with the Executive Director in order to coordinate media contacts.
    • Standing committee reporting to the Vice President for Public Affairs
  • NSS Website Responsibilities
  • Current Committee Officers
  • For More Information

Publications Committee  |  Index


Roadmap Committee  |  Index


Social Networking Committee  |  Index


Space Settlement Advocacy Committee  |  Index


Strategic Planning Committee  |  Index

 

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