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House of Delegates



The NAHU House of Delegates provides chapters and their members with the formal opportunity to shape the direction of their association. Exercising this right, by sending delegates to the convention, is one of a chapter's greatest responsibilities.

Who is represented in the House of Delegates?

NAHU's bylaws (Article XI) specifically identify the groups below as being represented in the House of Delegates (HOD). NAHU Board of Trustee members and former NAHU Presidents are not eligible to serve as chapter delegates. Lists of the NAHU Board and past NAHU Presidents are posted below. 

Delegates and Alternate Delegates

How to Appoint a Delegate and Alternate Delegate

  • Delegate Numbers by Chapter - Lists the number of delegates to which a chapter is entitled.

  • Who Can Be a Delegate? - Details the specific requirements about who can serve as a delegate as well as the special privileges of state chapter presidents. 

  • Delegate Appointment Form - Form required to appoint chapter delegates and alternate delegates. Complete it and email it to chapters@nahu.org no later than May 28, 2021.

How Chapter Delegate Numbers are Determined

Each NAHU chapter is entitled to a minimum of three voting delegates. One additional voting delegate is allowed for each additional fifty (50) active members over 100 members listed on NAHU's roster on March 31, 2021. State chapters are eligible to send up to a maximum of eight (8) delegates to the House of Delegates. Local chapters have no such maximum.

Chapters may designate an alternate delegate for each one of its appointed delegates. An alternate delegate is used to replace a delegate who is unable to fulfill his or her voting duty. This transition occurs onsite at the Annual Convention during credentialing hours. The details of this process can be found below in the Credentialing Information section. All alternate delegates must be appointed by the May 28 deadline. 

A sample of how delegate numbers are assigned. State chapters are limited to eight delegates. 

  • Membership of 1-149 = 3 Delegates
  • Membership of 150-199 = 4 Delegates
  • Membership of 200-249 = 5 Delegates
  • Membership of 250-299 = 6 Delegates
  • Membership of 300-349 = 7 Delegates
  • Membership of 350-399 = 8 Delegates
  • Membership of 400-449 = 9 Delegates
  • Membership of 450-499 = 10 Delegates
  • Membership of 500-549 = 11 Delegates
  • Membership of 550-599 = 12 Delegates

Credentialing Information 

How to Get Credentialed

How to Credential an Alternate Delegate - An alternate delegate does not get credentialed unless they are replacing an appointed delegate. The chapter leadership is responsible for communicating with the alternate delegate to let them know if they need to be credentialed. 

Being appointed as a delegate is not the same thing as being a credentialed delegate. You must be credentialed in order to be eligible to participate in the House of Delegates.

House of Delegates Information

The House of Delegates will take place on Tuesday, June 29, 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. (ET)

House of Delegates Handbook

Voting and Election Process for the House of Delegates - To be posted

2020 House of Delegates Minutes

2021 - 2022 NAHU Board of Trustees Candidates

Only contested races are subjected to a vote. Regional Vice Presidents serve a two year term. This year the odd regions are up for election.  

President – Eugene Starks 
(Delegates do not vote for the President, the President-elect automatically assumes this position.)
President-elect – Kelly D. Fristoe, LUTCF, SGS
Vice President – Eric Kohlsdorf
Treasurer – Alycia Riedl
Secretary (contested) – Patrick Burns, CEBS, Susan Rider, MS, REBC, GBHR  
Region I Vice President – Michele Gentile
Region III Vice President – Catherine Cooper
Region V Vice President – Mychal Walker, Sr.
Region VII Vice PresidentRobert Tierney, HDHP

Voting for all contested races will occur in the House of Delegates.

Proposed Bylaws Amendment 

The Board of Trustees recommends this bylaws change effective July 1, 2021, to allow alternative dues payment models. This bylaws amendment is being proposed based on the results of a pilot project. The tested pilot project is the Agency Dues Model. You can see details about this program here. 

An online meeting to discuss the proposed bylaws amendment was held on June 9. David Smith, NAHU Membership Council chair, and Janet Trautwein, NAHU CEO, talked about the bylaws amendment and answered questions. You can view a video of this session here

The deadline for delegate appointments is Friday, May 28, 2021.

 Note: Delegate appointment is a separate process from convention registration. You must complete a convention registration form, and pay all applicable fees, to register for convention.

Please contact Brooke Willson with any questions.