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Proposed Bylaws Amendment

Janet L. Barnes-Farrell
Secretary

The Executive Committee has recommended that an amendment to the Bylaws be enacted to reflect changes in the governance and operations of the Society. The amendment recommended for consideration revises the membership of the Long Range Planning Committee to be consistent with current practice.

SIOP Bylaws call for an announcement of proposed changes at least 2 months prior to the actual voting (See Article IX, Amendments). Voting on the proposed changes will take place in the fall of 2001. Ballots will be mailed to all Society Members. A majority vote of those voting by mail is required to adopt any amendments.

Proposed changes are detailed below. For convenience, both old and new language is indicated. Language to be deleted is indicated by strikethrough characters and new language is underlined. 

Proposed Amendment: ARTICLE III: OFFICERS

3. It shall be the duty of the president to preside at all meetings of the Society, to act as chair of the Executive Committee and as a member of the Long Range Planning Committee, to exercise general supervision over the affairs of the Society, and to be an ex-officio member of all committees.

5. It shall be the duty of the secretary to issue calls and notices of meetings, of nominations, and of other necessary business, to prepare minutes of Executive Committee and Society business meetings, to maintain archival records of documents that pertain to Society business, to maintain liaison with relevant professional societies (e.g., APA, APS), and to be contact person for Society Members, Associates, and Affiliates and those who want information about the Society. He or she shall serve as a member of the Executive Committee and the Long Range Planning Committee

6. It shall be the duty of the financial officer to have custody of all Society funds, collect dues, authorize disbursements, maintain financial records, prepare financial statements, and do financial planning in conjunction with the Long Range Planning Committee. He or she shall serve as a member of the Executive Committee and the Long Range Planning Committee.

ARTICLE VII: COMMITTEES

12. The Committee on Long Range Planning shall review the affairs of the Society and make recommendations to the Executive Committee and the Society Members concerning ways and means by which the Societys purpose given in Article I can be met. The president-elect, the past-president, the president, the secretary, the financial officer, and the Society Members-at-Large of the Executive Committee shall be its members. 

Rationale: Based on a Sunset Review of the Long Range Planning Committee, it was recommended that the membership of the Long Range Planning Committee be expanded to include the president, secretary, and financial officer. Because the input and advice of these officers is often important to the deliberations of the Long Range Planning Committee, they are regularly expected to participate in the meetings and activities of this committee. The proposed amendment to the ByLaws includes language that revises the membership of the Long Range Planning Committee to be consistent with current practice.

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