Thank you for your hard work
Wow! Almost every section of these bylaws were changed! Since I have been involved with almost every position of the KSRC from 1988-2008 and an AARC member since 1979, I realize that over time some updates need to be done, but never was it determined that that a whole re-vamping of the bylaws needed to be done.
With the amount of revisions made, not only does some of the formatting seem to be an issue, but some of the language changes appear to be violating the AARC Bylaws as well as our own.
In review of these bylaws changes I would vote “NO” and encourage others to do the same based on the specifics listed below.
1. Article IV.Section.1.b.1.Student Member
• “hold office” has been deleted (which would allow them to hold office). Per AARC bylaws, as category of an Associate Member, a student member cannot vote or hold office. Removing this language would violate the AARC bylaws. A student member is an appointed representative on the KSRC BOD but they are not an elected officer.
2. Article V Officers and Representatives
• Multiple changes from “shall” to “should” seems to be lowering standards of the KSRC. Ex. If you don’t have anyone running for Secretary or Treasurer, new language indicates that “we should have these officers, but our bylaws don’t dictate that we must, so we just won’t have them”. This is not the intent.
3. Article V.Section.2.b.District Representation/Student Representative
• Student Representative should be a separate section.
• Mechanism of how they become “represented on the BOD” has been deleted in this revision. They are appointed and not voted into position.
• I am concerned with the adding the language of having “a minimum of one student for each district”…I don’t think, historically, this has ever been accomplished so why put it in bylaws?
4. Article V.Section.3.Delegation
• The addition of the language “one of which may be the President” gives the interpretation that the President can also be a Delegate, which is in violation of our bylaws because an individual cannot hold two elected offices at the same time (Article VII.Section5/6).
• The language that the President can fulfill the duties of a Delegate in the event of a vacancy, etc. (Article V.Section.5.d) has been deleted in this revision, as well.
5. Article V.Section.4.Term of Office
• The layout for this area is very confusing…I am assuming that other than President/P. Elect/Past P with a combined term of 6 years, the other two officers have two year terms. ..or is the Secretary three years (hard to determine change), and if so why is that different?
• Agree that term limits are necessary, but going for three consecutive gives someone 6 (9?) years in that position…that seems to be a bit too long to commit not only on a personal level, but getting time from work as well.
• There shouldn’t need to be a term of office for the Student Representative. They are an appointed position with no vote and they will be limited in their “Student” category upon graduation.
6. Article V.Section.5.Vacancies in Office
• The language for vacancy of President Elect has been deleted and needs to be re-instituted with changes addressing the Vice President role since that office has now been eliminated with the revisions to bylaws.
• Verbiage about “Special Elections” has been questioned throughout document and sometimes removed and sometimes left in. This process is somewhat addressed in Article VI.Section3.c. although changes are being made that eliminate some of the particulars in the process. This needs to be consistent throughout document. With the length in terms of office, the Special Elections need to be kept in place so that vacancies or other issues that arise can be dealt with in a timely manner.
7. Article V.Section.6.Duties of Officers
• Under “(a) President” and “(b) President-elect” the name change of “Nominations/Elections” Committee to “Elections” Committee hasn’t been addressed.
• “(f) Delegates” has been added, but Delegates are not considered “Officers” of the KSRC. This should be moved to Article V.Section3.
8. Article VI.Section.1.Elections
• Is there a reason that time frames/deadlines were removed from this process? If I remember correctly, these were established to keep committee and BOD on track to have process completed for an annual business meeting taking place in the third or fourth quarter. The AARC have established time lines in their Bylaws.
9. Article VI.Section.2.Nominations
• Majority of this section has been deleted. In doing so, there is now no mechanism to address
o Less than 2 candidates/office (Section.2.b.)
o No candidates/office (Section.2.b.)
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