& Bylaws Committee
George Eynon has identified five pieces of possible legislation
for our consideration. We should expect others to arise in the ensuing
The Constitution & Bylaws limit membership dues to US $75.00.
Currently our dues are US $72.00. Anticipating a need for flexibility
in the future, the ceiling needs to be raised. Some members may
be alarmed by the prospect of higher dues, so a rationale needs
to be developed for this change. Our Executive Director has been
asked to provide pertinent information, such as; when was the ceiling
last raised, to what level does it need to be raised, how do AAPG
dues compare to our sister societies, and when might the Association
anticipate an increase in dues.
Two issues, so far, are being considered:
(1) Should we increase the period permitted for a member to maintain
Student status? Currently it is set at six (6) years of Student
(2) Should we change the requirement for sponsors from three to
two, with an additional reference?
• EC Meetings
C&B's currently allow the Executive Committee to only conduct
face-to-face meetings and votes. The EC routinely conducts meetings
or votes by conference calls, fax, e-mail or other means that could
be in violation of the C&B's. The committee is being asked to
research changes necessary to obviate this problem and to permit
the EC to conduct the Association's business effectively and legally.
• EC and
AC Comments on Issues
EC and AC must be sent notice of any items that might effect them
and "may comment" back to the House. We would like to change that
to "shall comment". Would not the word "will" be more assertive
At-Large Membership Rights.
a House At-Large member make amendments on the floor of the House?
AAPG bylaws exclude only the right to vote, all other membership
rights (attend meetings, make motions, speak in debate ) are extended
to At-Large members. Our parliamentarian, Mary Bahde, has researched
this question in accordance with Roberts Rules and advised accordingly.
Unless the HoD wishes to limit other rights of At-Large members,
no action appears to be required on this question.
The Committee will seek the advice of delegates to the House, the
EC, the AC and headquarters staff on these and any other issues
that might arise in order to bring recommendations to the House