At the core of Foresters membership is our member-governed Branch network which focuses our efforts where they are needed most – on our members and their communities.
All Foresters members belong to a local Branch and have the opportunity to elect local leaders or to even stand for election themselves. There are three levels of governance:
When you join Foresters, you become a member of one of 50 Branches across the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States. As a Branch member, you can vote and hold office. Branches are led by a Branch Council comprising 10 elected member leaders called Branch Councillors. Branches help support and provide oversight for Foresters local community activities, volunteer projects and member activities.
We have five Regional Assemblies – three in the U.S., and one each in the U.K. and Canada. Each Branch belongs to one of these five Regional Assemblies. The Regional Assemblies bring together member leaders from across the region to collaborate and oversee the activities of the Branches within their area. The Regional Assemblies elect a Regional Council of 10 Regional Councillors and one Regional Council President. Regional Assemblies meet every two years to hold elections for Regional Councillors and Regional Council President, provide educational and leadership development opportunities for delegates and holding elections for Regional Councillors and Regional Council President.
Every four years, our highest governing body, the International Assembly, meets to review Foresters financial results, fraternal activities and governance highlights and vote on changes to the Constitution. In June 2017, member leaders gathered in Atlanta for a successful and productive International Assembly. They elected the Board of Directors, including a new International Fraternal President, Chris Stranahan. The 190 delegates left with a renewed commitment to our purpose and ideas for bringing this purpose to life in their own roles and communities.