During the ADF Elections candidates provide short biographies, which are helpful, but by necessity too short to truly convey the things the membership would like to know before casting their votes.
In past years folks have asked questions of the candidates, but they’ve been scattered across various email lists and social media threads. In order to make these types of things easier to find, I’ve been trying to gather all the information in the same place so that the Folk of ADF can be better informed when choosing our leaders.
Additionally, sometimes it’s hard to know what all these leadership positions actually entail, so I’ve summarized the basics of them below. To see the full list of descriptions for the Mother Grove officer positions, look here: https://www.adf.org/members/org/mg/index.html (you will need to be logged in as a member)
The Arch Druid is the President/CEO of the organization, as well as the Spiritual Leader of the organization and Head of the Clergy Council. Please note that the Arch Druid is a paid position. They are an employee of ADF and receive a monthly stipend, making it especially important that our funds are spent on a qualified person. Arch Druid is a 3 year term, with a 3 term limit, and is a voting member of the Mother Grove. They also must be a member of the clergy.
Vice Arch Druid:
The Vice Arch Druid is the Vice President of the organization, and serves as a support person to the Arch Druid, and is able to take over in case the Arch Druid can no longer carry out their duties. Vice Arch Druid is a 2 year term, with no term limit, and is a voting member of the Mother Grove. They also must be a member of the clergy.
The Secretary helps organize the agenda for Mother Grove meetings, takes notes for those meetings, and ensures that those notes are distributed out to the membership in a timely manner. For a more detailed list of what the secretarial job looks like, visit here: https://www.adf.org/members/org/mg/secretary/duties.html. The Secretary is a 2 year term, with no term limit, and is a voting member of the Mother Grove.
The Non-Officer Director is elected to represent the membership at large. They are not given any specifically defined duties, but are often the heads of various subcommittees as determined by the Mother Grove. There are 4 NOD positions on the Mother Grove, with 2 up for election each year. The Non-Officer Director is a 2 year term, with no term limit.
The Members Advocate is the organizational ombudsperson. They represent individual members of ADF to the Mother Grove, especially minority members that are otherwise not well represented. The Member’s Advocate manages compassionate memberships as well as handling complaints that are both interpersonal and inter-organizational. They are expected to mediate these complaints before they reach the Mother Grove. The Member’s Advocate is a 1 year term, with a 3 consecutive year term limit, and is a non-voting member of the Mother Grove, though they are expected to attend all Mother Grove meetings.
The Regional Druids represent the membership of their region, both solitaries and groves. They are expected to welcome new members to their region, help prospective and new protogroves with challenges they may face, and stay in contact with the members in their region (often by physically traveling). They are also in charge of mediating complaints that arise in their region before escalating them to the Member’s Advocate. The Regional Druid is a 2 year term, with no term limit. They are eligible to run for Chief of the Council of Regional Druids (a voting Mother Grove position) after having served as RD for 1 year.