August 14, 2014, deadline
The future of CIRI lies in the hands of the next generation of shareholders and descendants. One of CIRI’s priorities is to find new and exciting ways to engage young people and make the business and management of the company relevant to their lives.
To demonstrate to young people the importance of choosing the leaders they believe will best represent CIRI shareholders, CIRI Shareholder Participation Committee (SPC) members staff a youth voting booth at each year’s Annual Meeting of Shareholders. Participating youth are eligible for prize drawings and receive one of two mock ballots: a simplified ballot for children from kindergarten to sixth grade, or a ballot patterned after CIRI’s actual proxy form, available for teens aged 13 to 17. This year, 26 young shareholders and descendants participated in the mock election.
Based on discussions with the SPCs, in 2013, three youth representative positions were added to the SPC committees. CIRI is currently seeking applications from CIRI shareholders and descendants who are 13 to 17 years of age to fill the 2014 positions.
For younger CIRI shareholders and descendants who are 5 to 12 years of age, we are pleased to host an annual art contest.
Through these and other activities, young shareholders and descendants can take the first steps to playing an active role in CIRI’s success today, tomorrow and beyond.
Youth Representative Applications
The role of the SPC Youth Representative is to provide input to the SPC as it works with the corporation on issues or activities identified by the SPCs, the shareholders or the corporation. Any youth interested in serving as an SPC Youth Representative must be a CIRI shareholder or descendant and 13 to 17 years of age, and must submit (a) an application, (b) a letter of introduction, (c) a reference letter and (d) a short essay explaining why he or she wants to serve as a youth representative and what he or she knows about his or her Alaska Native heritage and about CIRI.
Youth representative applications must be received by CIRI by 5 p.m. Alaska Daylight Time on Aug. 14 to be considered. The application can be downloaded and printed at ciri.com or is available in the Shareholder Relations Department.
Completed packets received by the Aug. 14 deadline will be reviewed by a selection committee and winners will be contacted. Youth representatives will participate in a two-day October 2014 SPC meeting, which is when new SPC members – brought on after the Annual Meeting of Shareholders – receive general information about CIRI and its affiliated nonprofit organizations. CIRI believes it will be useful for the youth representatives to hear this information and to have an opportunity to meet CIRI Board members and executive staff. In turn, CIRI leadership hopes to learn more about what is important to the next generation of shareholders.
Youth Art Contest Submissions
An interested CIRI shareholder or descendant who is 5 to 12 years of age may submit original artwork interpreting the theme “Cultural Diversity” and a completed entry form to CIRI to be entered in the 2014 Youth Art Contest. Winning entries will be displayed at the CIRI and The CIRI Foundation Friendship Potlatches this fall.
Youth Art Contest entry forms can be downloaded and printed at ciri.com and are also available in the Shareholder Relations Department. Completed art contest entry forms and submissions must be received by CIRI on or before 5 p.m. Alaska Daylight Time on Aug. 14. 2013