IAHCSMM Bylaws Vote
2018 Proposed Bylaws Revision
In an ongoing effort to more effectively serve the interests of the Association and its members, IAHCSMM’s Executive Board determined a comprehensive review of IAHCSMM’s Bylaws was in order, along with a review of the Association’s current policies and procedures. As such, the IAHCSMM Bylaws Committee recently performed a complete revision of the IAHCSMM Bylaws, which will be voted on by membership.
IAHCSMM’s Bylaws were adopted many years ago and certain sections underwent several revisions over the years. Without performing a comprehensive review and revision of the complete Bylaws, changes to certain portions of the Bylaws sometimes lacked clarity and practical relevance regarding important governance issues. Some of the language currently included in the IAHCSMM Bylaws is more consistent with a policy and procedure manual as opposed to a true bylaws definition. IAHCSMM’s proposed Bylaws revisions address those concerns and are better positioned to provide the operational framework for a more effective governance system.
A Lengthy Process
A comprehensive bylaws review and revisions process requires ample time and focus. In August 2016, the IAHCSMM Executive Board requested that the IAHCSMM Bylaws Committee conduct a complete revision of the Bylaws. In November 2016, the IAHCSMM Bylaws Committee began meeting monthly to complete the draft of the new Bylaws. The revised Bylaws contain elements that are standard in most non-profit bylaws.
Association Policies and Procedures and Nominating Policies were also drafted to ensure all the information in the current Bylaws was effectively captured in the new Bylaws and Policies and Procedures. These Policies and Procedures will be completed once the vote of the Bylaws revisions has concluded.
A proposed change was made to a key element in IAHCSMM’s governance structure. This change would allow more members to become eligible to serve on the IAHCSMM Executive Board. Currently, in order to serve on the IAHCSMM Executive Board, a member must have served as a Chapter Representative or Committee Chairperson within the last four years. The newly-proposed structure under the revised Bylaws would no longer require committee or chapter experience as a condition of eligibility; this allows those with other association experience to be nominated.