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Important news for members about the election of the Royal Neighbors of America Board of Directors.

Outside directors serving on the Royal Neighbors of America Board of Directors are elected by the Society’s adult beneficial membership through mail-in or email ballot. Voting for the outside directors offers members a direct voice in the governance of the Society.

Election process – According to the bylaws of Royal Neighbors of America, an election will be held each year for the members of its board of directors whose terms are expiring. However, the bylaws provide that the number of outside directors may vary between 5 and 9. In 2021 only three of the available four positions will be filled. The terms of Estella Vallejo, Veronica Jordan, Ruth McGregor, and Janet Sichterman expire in 2021. Mss. Vallejo, Jordan, and McGregor have served the maximum number of terms allowed under the Bylaws and, as such, are not eligible for re‐election. Ms. Sichterman is eligible for re‐election for a three-year term.

The governance committee, with the exception of any member who is up for re-election, will act as the nominating committee, and, along with an additional board member selected to replace the board member who is up for reelection, will select a slate of candidates to be submitted to the adult beneficial members for election. The 2021 nominating committee will consist of Patricia Jones, Justice Ruth McGregor, Estella Vallejo, Suzanne Riesterer, and Curt Zeck, Rock Island, Illinois.

Nomination process - Adult beneficial members may nominate and submit a candidate to the Governance Committee. Two hundred (200) or more signatures of adult beneficial members are required to nominate each candidate by this method.

The governance committee will determine whether the candidate meets the required qualifications for inclusion on the ballot in accordance with the bylaws. Further information about candidate nominations and a nomination form also can be found on the Royal Neighbors of America website at Instructions for nominating a candidate are included on the nomination form.

Required qualifications- All outside director candidates must meet the following qualifications:

  • Must be a woman who is a beneficial member of the Society at the time of election and who has demonstrated devotion to the purposes of the Society.
  • The board maintains a mix of areas of expertise that satisfies the qualifications established by the Society and which reflects the complexity and magnitude of the business and affairs of the Society.

Information on additional qualifications as established by the Society’s Board of Directors is available at, or by contacting the Royal Neighbors of America Secretary at (800) 627-4762.

Who is not eligible to apply:

  • Current Royal Neighbors employees and sales representatives (and their current spouses or partners to a legally recognized civil union) are not eligible to serve;
  • Current corporate officers, employees, sales representatives, brokers, or directors of any other fraternal benefit society or organization issuing any line of insurance products offered by Royal Neighbors, and their immediate family members are prohibited from serving as an outside Royal Neighbors director.
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Form #: P00190; Rev. 1-2021