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The Section's Bylaws were last revised in 1977. There have been many changes in the national bylaws in that time period so we really need to update our bylaws. Updating our bylaws could open up the possibility of electronic ballots. Also, ACS has changed things related to student members so we need to address how the Section wants to address any local issues related to that. There are many other things that need to be updated.
A subcommittee of the Executive Committee has started the process. It would appear that we need to essentially throw out the old bylaws and draft a new set based on the model bylaws provided by the ACS Constitution and Bylaws Committee. A draft of the proposed new bylaws has been prepared. At this point the subcommittee needs feedback from members of the Section so that we can prepare a proposed set of bylaws for submission to C&B for approval. Once we have approval from C&B we will need to have a vote of the members of the Section. The model bylaws provided by C&B include explanations of why some things have to be done certain ways. The draft that has been prepared includes language that would allow electronic balloting, student members serving as section officers, and would provide a mechanism that might make it possible to get more people involved in Section governance. A version of the draft proposal that shows changes from the existing bylaws.
Please look over the proposed bylaws draft. Please send any questions, comments, suggestions for improvement, etc to Gary Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org by December 31. Once we have a draft that seems to be generally acceptable to the members of the Section we will clean up any formatting issues and submit the proposal to C&B as the first step in the process of getting the new bylaws approved.
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