Officers and Duties


  • President - Grace Hampton
  • Immediate Past President - Leslie Laing
  • President-elect - Iyunolu F. Osagie
  • Secretary - Michael Blanco
  • Treasurer - Edgar Farmer

Officer Duties


The President shall (a) preside at regular meetings of the Forum and serve as chair of the Executive Committee; (b) appoint chairs and members of all committees, except the Nominating Committee, not directly elected by the membership or by the Executive Committee; (c) exercise general executive authority on behalf of the Forum subject to approval of the membership and the provisions of the Constitution and Bylaws; (d) countersign all requisitions for disbursements from the Forum treasury; (e) perform such other functions and exercise such further duties as may be voted from time to time by the Forum membership or the Executive Committee; and (f) serve as an ex officio member of all committees except the Nominating Committee.

Past President

The Past President shall serve as an ex officio member of the Executive Committee for a one-year term immediately following service as President. The Past President will assist in Executive Committee deliberations and shall chair the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Banquet and Nominating Committees.


The President-elect shall perform all the duties of the President in the event of the President's absence or disability. The President-elect shall become President at the end of the one-year designated term of office. The President-elect is responsible for coordinating the affairs and activities of all committees and for coordinating meetings between committee chairs.


The Secretary shall (a) give advance notice of all regular and Executive Committee meetings, take full and accurate minutes at these meetings, present these minutes for approval at the next meeting, and maintain a permanent record of the minutes; (b) maintain Forum listserves; (c) submit to the Forum at its annual meeting an annual report of the status and activities of the Forum; and (d) serve as an ex officio member of all committees except the Nominating Committee.


The Treasurer shall (a) receive all monies of the Forum and promptly deposit these monies in the name of the Forum in a separate account or accounts in a designated bank, trust company, or financial institution. No money shall be withdrawn from any such account except by check signed by the Treasurer and countersigned by the President; (b) make authorized disbursements on requisitions signed by the Treasurer and counter-signed by the President. Each requisition shall cite the amount and purpose of the payment requested. Any requisition of $50 or more must be approved by the Executive Committee; (c) submit financial reports at all regular and Executive Committee meetings or whenever required by either body, showing receipts and disbursements and outstanding accounts unpaid since the last report; (d) submit an annual financial report at the annual meeting of the Forum to which shall be appended a statement signed by the President and the Secretary that indicates concurrence with the report; and (e) work closely with the Membership Committee in the collection of annual dues.



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