Amendments to the Bylaws

Amendments of 2006

The League unanimously elected to amend the bylaws as proposed at the 2006 Convention.

From the October 2006 Enigma:

PROPOSED BYLAW AMENDMENT — by Kray

The following bylaws amendment (with minor changes in wording) was authorized by the business meeting at the 2006 convention for placement on the fall ballot. It has two principal functions.

  • It brings the bylaws in line with current practice for selecting convention sites. Several years ago, the convention business meeting voted to begin selecting sites two years in advance rather than one; under the old wording, it was then necessary to formally ratify the choice one year in advance. The new version removes this formality, by making two-year advance selection obligatory (with the usual exception: the Board may be authorized to make a selection later, or to replace a site already selected if it becomes unavailable).
  • It fixes a couple of logical problems with the site selection process. Under the current wording, one can bid for any year arbitrarily far into the future, and as soon as one bid is placed for a given year, it becomes obligatory to immediately select a site for that year by a plurality vote. (E.g., at the 2007 convention, where the 2009 site will be picked, I can “poach“ the 2010 convention by prematurely bidding for it.) The new wording removes the obligation to choose (except for the “normal” selection of a site two years into the future); it also removes the specification of a voting mechanism. In each case, the proposal is to replace the underlined text with the prosed text in quotes.

CURRENT BYLAW 4: A business meeting shall be held each summer at the annual convention. The order of business at the meeting shall be as follows: reading of the minutes of the previous meeting; reading of the names of members who have died since the previous meeting, and a moment of silence in their honor; reports from the treasurer, and from other officers, individuals, and committees, as appropriate; unfinished business; new business, including presentation of offers to host the following summer's convention, and election of the same; miscellaneous announcements; adjournment.

PROPOSED REPLACEMENT: “new business, including presentation of offers to host future conventions, and election of the same;”

CURRENT BYLAW 6(A): A convention of the membership shall be held each summer. The sites of future conventions shall be decided at the annual business meetings, and a business meeting shall not be adjourned if no site for the following year's convention has been elected, unless the assembly has authorized, by majority vote, a committee to select the site at a later date.

PROPOSED REPLACEMENT: “and a business meeting shall not be adjourned if sites have not been elected for both of the two subsequent years' conventions, unless the assembly has authorized, by majority vote, a committee to select the site(s) at a later date.”

CURRENT BYLAW 6(B): At a business meeting, any member may present to the assembly an offer to host a future convention. When all offers have been presented, and after appropriate debate, the assembly shall vote, and the offer receiving the plurality of votes shall be elected.

PROPOSED REPLACEMENT: “When all offers for a particular year's convention have been presented, and after appropriate debate, a motion may be entertained to vote to select a convention site from among the offers presented.”