Ballots for the election of the 1997 Nominating Committee were sent to all active and emeritus fellows of the Academy in August. Each ballot contains the names and biographical information of 17 individuals who are candidates for the committee. Fellows are asked to vote for six individuals on the list. The Academy's Board of Directors has appointed Robert N. Hensinger, MD to serve as the chairman of the 1997 Nominating Committee along with six fellows receiving the largest number of votes. The committee will present a slate of nominees for officers and other positions during the first business meeting, Friday, Feb. 14, at the Annual Meeting. At the first business meeting, a list of nominees for the offices of second vice president, secretary, treasurer, at-large members of the Board of Directors, nominees to the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and a member of the National Membership Committee (Western region) will be reported by the Nominating Committee. All fellows are encouraged to participate in the election. Completed ballots must be returned before Oct. 1 to the independent agency responsible for tabulating the results.