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President-Elect or Vice President

Many chapters include the office of “president-elect” in their roster of council members as specified in their chapter bylaws. This provides for the orderly progression of the president-elect to the presidency when the current president’s term is over. Other chapters provide for progression from vice-president to president-elect and then to president. Both of these practices are acceptable. The presidential designee should use their time on the council prior to assuming the presidency to prepare for assuming this leadership role.

Regardless of the chapter’s system of progression, chapter bylaws should clearly provide for the individual next in line to assume the presidential duties and responsibilities if the president is unable to complete the term or is absent at a meeting of the council or chapter.