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Executive Order #34

Governor Christine Todd Whitman

See EO #79, #99, and #107 Whitman and EO #71 Florio.

WHEREAS, Governor Kean established the Governor's Advisory Committee on Public/Private Volunteer Partnerships ("Advisory Committee"); and

WHEREAS, Executive Order No. 71 of Governor Florio renamed the Advisory Committee the Governor's Advisory Council on Volunteerism and Community Service ("Advisory Council"); and

WHEREAS, thousands of citizens of the State from every age group and from all walks of life continue to volunteer countless hours of service in order to help others in their communities; and

WHEREAS, the promotion, support, and recognition of volunteerism in New Jersey is best achieved by the activities of the Advisory Council; and

WHEREAS, the National Service Trust Act of 1993 encourages Americans to join and serve together for the common good; and

WHEREAS, the notion "New Jersey - One Family" reflects a sense of common purpose among the State's diverse communities; and

WHEREAS, encouraging young people to be involved in volunteerism and community service will develop an underutilized source of leadership in communities throughout the State;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, CHRISTINE TODD WHITMAN, Governor of the State of New Jersey, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and by the Statutes of this State, do hereby ORDER and DIRECT:

1. The Advisory Council shall consist of not more than 42 members. The Commissioners of the Departments of Commerce, Community Affairs, Education, Health, Human Services and Labor, the Attorney General, the Chairperson of the State Employment and Training Commission, the Executive Director of the Administrative Office of the Courts and the Executive Director of the New Jersey Commission on Community Service, or their designees, as well as one representative of a federal volunteer program, shall serve on the Advisory Council as ex officio members.

2. The public members of the Advisory Council shall be appointed by the Governor and shall consist of representatives from volunteer associations or organizations, youth-serving organizations, the non-profit sector and the State's business and education community. The Governor shall designate a Chairperson from among the public members of the Advisory Council.

3. Members of the Advisory Council shall serve without compensation. Public members shall serve for terms of three years and, upon a recommendation by the Executive Director of the Advisory Council, can be removed by the Governor for cause. Advisory Council vacancies shall be filled by the Governor for the remainder of the unexpired term.

4. The Advisory Council shall:

a. encourage the expansion of volunteerism and community service in the State by advising and supporting the Governor's Office of Volunteerism;

b. identify and prioritize community needs and identify the resources to meet those needs through volunteerism and community service;

c. recognize and reward successful examples of community partnerships, service projects, and volunteerism;

d. involve New Jersey's youth, senior citizens, businesses, individuals and groups in efforts to work together to strengthen and meet the needs of the State's communities through volunteerism and community service; and

e. advise the Governor on volunteerism and community service issues.

5. The Advisory Council shall set its own operating procedures and meeting schedule, except that it shall meet not less than four times each year, and one of these meetings shall give the public an opportunity to express views concerning volunteerism and community service.

6. The Advisory Council is authorized to solicit funding from private entities through donations supporting its activities as described in this Executive Order.

7. The Governor's Youth Advisory Council ("Youth Advisory Council") is hereby established as an ancillary body of the Advisory Council.

8. The Youth Advisory Council shall:

a. serve as an advisory body to the Advisory Council to identify and prioritize urgent social problems that can be addressed by youth through volunteerism and community service;

b. serve as an advocate for youth services throughout the State on behalf of the Governor and the Advisory Council;

c. recommend service programs to the Advisory Council; and

d. present recommendations to the Advisory Council for promoting youth service and related programs at the end of each of its terms.

9. The Youth Advisory Council shall be comprised of twenty-five members appointed by the Governor. The members shall serve for terms of three years, except that of those first appointed, eight shall serve for a term of one year, eight shall serve for a term of two years and the remainer shall serve for a term of three years.

10. The Youth Advisory Council shall include:

a. youth between the ages of 12 to 22 years old;

b. youth with demonstrated leadership abilities in the area of community service; and

c. youth reflecting the diversity of the State.

11. The Governor shall select annually a member of the Youth Advisory Council to serve as its Chairperson.

12. The Youth Advisory Council shall annually select two of its members to serve as public members on the Advisory Council.

13. The Youth Advisory Council shall set its own operating procedures and meeting schedule, except that it shall meet not less than three times per year.

14. The Advisory Council and the Youth Advisory Council shall receive administrative support from the Governor's Office of Volunteerism, but shall not obligate any funds of that office or of any other department, office, division or agency of the State.

15. The Governor, upon a recommendation by the Executive Director of the Advisory Council, may remove a member of the Youth Advisory Council for cause.

16. This Order shall take effect immediately.

GIVEN, under my hand and seal
this day of in the Year of Our Lord,
One Thousand Nine Hundred and
Ninety Five, and of the Independence
of the United States, the Two Hundred
and Nineteenth.

/s/ Christine Todd Whitman
GOVERNOR

Attest:

/s/ Margaret M. Foti
Chief Counsel to the Governor

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