First, I want to thank the committee members for all their work this year. It has been a “short season” and we had a lot to try to accomplish. This year’s committee includes:
- Dan Billman, chair (Eastern Section)
- Bill Houston, past chair (Asia Pacific Region)
- Sigrunn Johnsen (Europe Region)
- Rusty Riese (Gulf Coast Section)
- Don Lewis (Pacific Section)
- Jerry Cuzella (Rocky Mountain Section)
- Kristen Frederick (Gulf Coast Section)
- Hunter Lockhart, YP observer (Gulf Coast Section)
Given the Constitution and Bylaws rewrite/simplification of last year we had numerous typos, spacing issues, grammatical errors and numbering errors that have been identified and that have no significance to the intent of the passages where the error was found. Those changes will be made and will be included in the next official version of the Constitution and Bylaws, published after the 2017 House meeting.
The committee has discussed numerous potential proposals to bring to the House floor. Those that we settled on and are bringing to the floor include, first, the redundancy of the editor replacement clauses and, second, the addition of “and university” after the word college in three places in the bylaws. Why? Because “college” does not always mean the same level of education across the world, and so clarifying that seemed prudent.
The third proposal is to help clarify an issue that has been misinterpreted in the past; this proposed change will help clarify how the international Regions have their delegate counts tallied.
The remaining four proposals all center around the Advisory Council, how the number of councilors is decided, how and when the council picks its leadership, and how previous members of the council can, under their own free will, choose to leave the council. These proposals came to the committee from a variety of sources. Thorough internal committee discussions and compromises were amalgamated into this set of proposals.
If Delegates have questions about these proposals, please send them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll be able to address those questions in an upcoming Delegates’ Voice.
Look forward to see you all in Houston – Texas, that is, although all are certainly invited to visit me in Houston, Pa.
Review the Proposed Bylaws Changes now.