Following active service on the TCNC, a council member may select to become a Torchbearer. A Torchbearer is a non-voting member who has the chosen to continue her TCNC service in an advisory capacity or to serve on committees.
Article VII of the Amended and Restated Rules and Governing Guidelines for the American Red Cross Tiffany Circle Society of Women Leaders National Council states:
A. Torchbearers. Active members who have served on the National Council for at least three years may elect Torchbearer status by notifying the Tiffany Circle National Chair in writing at the conclusion of her service on the National Council. Torchbearers must be Tiffany Circle members in good financial standing with their local Red Cross chapter and express their desire to participate via an annual Torchbearer commitment form.
Responsibilities. Torchbearers shall encourage the long-term growth of the Tiffany Circle through such activities as participating on National Council committees, submitting nominations for National Council membership, supporting national and international events, and serving as advisors to Red Cross chapters seeking to launch or strengthen their local Tiffany Circles.
Voting. Torchbearer members may not vote at National Council meetings.
Privileges. Although not required to do so, Torchbearers may participate in summits, international meetings, National Council meetings, and National Council conference calls with voice but no vote. They will be recognized via such vehicles as the National Council membership directory, select Summit materials, social media, The Source, and The Torch.
Methods for engaging Torchbearers may include:
Recognize National Council members who were transitioning off the National Council into Torchbearer status with a special charm. A budget from National Headquarters would be devoted to this purpose.
Send letters from Tiffany Circle leadership to new Torchbearers to thank them for their service.
Include a write-up on each new Torchbearer’s service in The Torch.
Call out all Torchbearers at the Summit and create a Torchbearer ribbon to be included on their name badge. List all Torchbearers in the Summit program guide.
Invite Torchbearers to serve as ambassadors during the Summit, in which they would be assigned to a certain number of Summit attendees.
Consider hosting a private event for Torchbearers at the Summit, such as a coffee or reception. Factors such as the availability of time would need to be considered in order to make this an effective engagement.
To broaden the bandwidth of the Council, continue to include active Torchbearers in the workings of the National Council. Include them in all meetings as non-voting members, ensure that they receive meeting minutes, and invite them to serve on National Council committees.
Nominate Torchbearers for additional terms on the National Council, under the new proposed governing guidelines.
Create a Torchbearer Commitment form that all interested Torchbearers would sign each year (APPENDIX A).
Interview all Torchbearers to determine how they would like to be involved and in what capacity (APPENDIX B).
Ensure that Torchbearer contact details are accurate and up-to-date.
Determine the financial impact and contributions of Torchbearers on the Summit.
Engage Torchbearers to help the National Council implement the strategic plan by recruiting more Tiffany Circle members.
For more information, please contact: NHQ staff or TCNC Governance Chair