There are several options to nominating someone for Fellowship, as identified in Article II, Section 2 of the Rules of the Academy of Electrical Contracting (Bold added for emphasis):
“A nomination for Fellowship in the Academy may be prepared and submitted at any time by:
(a) “Any two Fellows of the Academy. Each Fellow endorsing the nomination form must be well acquainted with the nominee and with the services performed by the nominee. In addition, each Fellow must write a letter of recommendation that acknowledges the history of the relationship.
(b) “By a majority of the members of the Board of Directors of any Chapter. Such a nomination must be endorsed by the Chapter President or Chapter Governor. 2
(c) “Nominations must be submitted using the forms provided by the Academy and must be forwarded to the Secretary of the Jury of Fellows, in accordance with instructions provided. Nominations submitted by March 1 will be reviewed at the next annual meeting.”
NOTE: current members of the Jury of Fellows and current NECA officers (including the NECA President, Vice Presidents and Chairman of the Academy) are prohibited from counter-signing a nomination initiated by a chapter. However, a current NECA officer may write a letter in support of someone from their chapter who is nominated for Fellowship. Such letter must meet the requirements referenced in “Letters from Academy Fellows.”
As opposed to endorsing a nominee, however, should one (or more) current NECA officers decide that an individual is worthy of Fellowship and nomination, one (or more) such officers may initiate a nomination for that individual. However, a current NECA Officer should not counter-sign a nomination initiated by another chapter.
The rationale for these regulations is that current NECA officers should not feel pressured or obliged to endorse a candidate with which they may not be familiar or feel are worth candidates for Fellowship.
Current members of the Jury of Fellows, however, do not have the same privilege and should neither initiate, nor endorse, any individual for Fellowship. However, jurors are permitted to speak to a candidate’s qualifications at the Jury of Fellows meeting.
As noted in Section (c), the forms provided are now available on the Academy website and must be submitted electronically (as further described in this document).
Importance of Confidentiality: It is strongly recommended that nominations for Academy Fellowship be kept confidential. Obviously, taking a vote at a meeting of a chapter’s Board of Directors makes secrecy difficult, especially if notice is included in the minutes of the meeting that are widely distributed. A secret ballot taken outside of a regular meeting might be a better way to achieve the requirement offered in option (b) above.
As noted above, the deadline for receiving completed nomination forms each year is March 1.
Knowing that people are often rushed trying to gather and complete all the parts of the nomination package, we allow some flexibility with the March 1 deadline. However, in order to earn this flexibility, the completed form and a draft of the distinguished service narrative must be received by the March 1 deadline in the Academy office. Any remaining information must be submitted no later than March 15, unless a specific written exemption allows for a later date.