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June & July  2019 Planning Meetings


Capital Bears 2019   Open Positions

Current Openings

We have 3 positions open for our emergency election in June for various terms. We have two positions open for our regular election in July. 


Secretary  (Officer) - Remainder of term through the Feb 2020 election.

Pride Sports League Chair  - Remainder of term through the Feb 2020 election.


Iowa Leather Weekend Chair - Remainder of term through the Feb 2021 election.


Bear Necessities Chair - Secondary for 2019 - Primary for 2020 - 2 Year Term (ending with July 2020 election)

Capital City Pride Chair - Primary for 2020 - Secondary for 2021- 2 Year Term (ending with July 2021 election)

Capital Bears Chair Nomination Application.

Please provide your information in writing to indicate your interest in a Capital Bears position.

^Qualifications - If you have questions about the qualifications or you feel you do not meet the meeting attendance requirements for any position, please let us know in the comments or email us The bylaws allow for consideration of candidates for the Officers review. 

Submit a written application requesting to be added to the ballot  to the Chair of the 2019 Election - President Chad J. Raymond. 


How? (One of any method outlined below)

  • Submit Application Form to the right.

  • Email your interest to 

  • Hand-deliver to President Chad J. Raymond.

  • Mail for receipt to our PO Box at Capital Bears, PO Box 144, Des Moines, IA  50301 by the deadline.


If your application is received, you will be invited to attend an upcoming Capital Bears Planning Meeting. At this meeting you will have the opportunity to campaign for the position. 

You are encouraged to review the bylaws and officer positions on this website.

Current Officers and Chairs whose terms are up for election need to submit an application if they want to run for an additional term.

We welcome all members of the Capital Bears who fully believe in the mission of the organization to run for any position based on bylaws. 

Officers and Chairs are expected to fulfill the following duties during their term of office:
• Ensure their schedule will allow attendance at the majority of monthly board meetings as defined by roles in the Capital Bear Bylaws. 
• Review any provided background materials provided before the meeting in preparation of meeting discussion and decision-making.  
• Volunteer at Capital Bears sponsored events, service in additional capacties on committees, or fulfill other needs as they arise. 
• Be an advocate for the organization.
• Take care of The Capital Bears by ensuring prudent use of all assets, including facilities, people, and good will; and provide oversight for all activities that advance the organization's effectiveness and sustainability.
• Make decisions in the best interest of the Capital Bears; not in their self-interest.
• Ensure that the Capital Bears obeys applicable laws and acts in accordance with ethical practices; that Capital Bears adheres to its stated corporate purposes, and that its activities and events advance its mission.

Thank you for your interest.

Chad J. Raymond
President, Capital Bears, Chair of 2019 Elections

Submit   Your Application
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I will commit to the following by submitting this application:  

  • Ensure that I can attend the majority of the monthly board meetings.  

  • Prepare for discussion at meetings by reviewing agenda and reviewing any proposed discussion items.  

  • Volunteer as as I am able to help ensure smooth operations of the organization's activities.  

  • Prepare a brief introducation and background with the Capital Bears, other LGBTQIA+ organizations, and reason for running for selected positions. 

We've received your request. Please email us at with any questions. Thank You!

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