Proposed Seattle NOW By-Laws Changes

Vote to be taken at membership meeting on September 27, 2011

 

The Seattle NOW Board is proposing two changes to the chapter’s by-laws.  The first is in regards to Membership meetings and the second is in regards to terms of office for the executive officers of the chapter.  Please join us at our September 27 Membership meeting at the Seattle NOW Office to give your input and vote on the proposed bylaws changes.

Seattle NOW Meeting

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

6:30 PM

Seattle NOW (SEIU Building)

3720 Airport Way S.

Seattle, WA 98134-2217

PROPOSAL 1

In regards to the membership meetings, we are recommending three changes in order to change:

  1. The number of required membership meetings and
  2. What constitutes a quorum as we have are currently not meeting the set number of membership meetings per year as in our current bylaws and we periodically are not getting our current quorum minimum at out meetings.
  3. The other change is to fix a typographical error in the current version of the bylaws.

Bylaw as it currently exists:

Section 4.  Membership Meetings

Seattle NOW shall hold at least eleven regular membership meetings each year, on of which shall be designated the annual meeting. The annual meeting shall be held in December. A quorum at the membership meeting shall be established by twenty members.

Bylaw proposal (Deleted words are shown with a struck out fontAdded words/letters are underlined)

Section 4.  Membership Meetings

Seattle NOW shall hold at least eleven regular membership meetings each year, one of which shall be designated the annual meeting. The annual meeting shall be held in December. A quorum at the membership meeting shall be established by twenty members. Ten members shall establish a quorum at the membership meeting.

Bylaw if passed:

Section 4.  Membership Meetings

Seattle NOW shall hold regular membership meetings each year, one of which shall be designated the annual meeting. The annual meeting shall be held in December. Ten members shall establish a quorum at the membership meeting.

PROPOSAL 2

The second proposal would eliminate the cap on the number of terms an officer can serve in the same position.

Bylaw as it currently exists:

Section 5. Governing Structure

B. Officers

II.  All officers shall be elected at the Annual Meeting and shall hold office for one year or until their successors take office.  No officer shall be eligible for more than two consecutive terms in the same office. Officers shall take office upon election.

Bylaw proposal (Deleted words are shown with a struck out font. Added words/letters are underlined)

Section 5. Governing Structure

B. Officers

II.  All officers shall be elected at the Annual Meeting and shall hold office for one year or until their successors take office.  No officer shall be eligible for more than two consecutive terms in the same office. Officers shall take office upon election.

Bylaw if passed:

Section 5. Governing Structure

B. Officers

II.  All officers shall be elected at the Annual Meeting and shall hold office for one year or until their successors take office. Officers shall take office upon election.