Proposed Bylaws Update, 2017 Annual Meeting

Empower Missouri

Formerly: Missouri State Conference of Charities and Corrections [1901]

Missouri Conference for Social Welfare [1914]

Missouri Association for Social Welfare [1933]


~ BYLAWS ~

Proposed Updated


VOTE 1: 

Current Section 2. The management of Empower Missouri shall be vested in the Board of Directors composed of: the Officers of Empower Missouri; twelve directors-at-large, to be elected by the membership to terms of two years, six to be elected each year; the chairpersons or a designee of the chapters; the chairpersons or a designee of all standing committees; and the chairperson or a designee of the task forces.

(Suggested changes are bolded and italicized)

Proposed Section 2. The management of Empower Missouri shall be vested in the Board of Directors composed of: the Officers of Empower Missouri; ten directors-at-large, to be elected by the membership to terms of two years, five to be elected each year. the chairpersons or a designee of the chapters; the chairpersons or a designee of all standing committees; and the chairperson or a designee of the task forces.

Rationale for the Change: The Board of Directors of Empower Missouri sometimes has as many as 30 members, and, with successful formation of additional chapters, could grow even larger. Such a large board can cause challenges to efficient functioning (the time needed for decision-making and communication, expenses for meetings, etc.). A smaller board that focuses on governance, evaluation, and financial stability would serve our organization best as we build capacity to be effective in achieving our mission.

Chapters and task forces with their issue area focus are part of our programming. A committed Board will make sure effective communication is occurring and resources are provided to each part of our programming. Seats at the table by chapter chairs or issue area chairs are not necessary to ensure such coordination occurs.


VOTE 2:

Current Section 3. The officers of Empower Missouri shall be President, First Vice-President, Second Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and Immediate Past President. Together these officers will comprise the Executive Committee.

Proposed Section 3. The officers of Empower Missouri shall be President, First Vice-President, Second Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and Immediate Past President. Together these officers will comprise the Executive Committee.

Rationale for the Change: The Second Vice President position is redundant in that duties had been same as for the First Vice President.


VOTE 3:

Current ARTICLE XI: AMENDMENTS

These bylaws may be amended by a majority vote of the members present at any annual meeting provided that notice of such amendments has been electronically distributed to the members of Empower Missouri not less than fifteen days prior to the date of the annual meeting.

Proposed ARTICLE XI: AMENDMENTS

These bylaws may be amended by a majority vote of the members present at any annual meeting provided that notice of such amendments has been electronically distributed to the members of Empower Missouri not less than fifteen days twenty-one (21) days prior to the date prior to the date of the annual meeting.

Rationale for the Change: Making all distribution notices the same amount of days – 21 – is a simplification and allows one notice to serve multiple functions.

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