SPECIAL SECTION
2016 AIHA ELECTIONS
Two amendments to the AIHA bylaws will be submitted to the membership for approval on this year’s ballot. Bylaws amendments must be approved by two-thirds of the voting members. LOCAL SECTION OFFICERS Having dedicated and committed individuals willing to serve in a leadership capacity at the local level is crucial to the success of the local sections. Based on current AIHA bylaws governing local sections, only individuals who are members in good standing of the local section and are a Full, Associate, or Affiliate member of the association may hold any elective office in that local section. At this time, local sections are finding it a challenge to secure individuals who are willing to serve at the leadership level based on the current criteria. In an effort to recruit young professionals and to encourage volunteer activities throughout the membership, a proposed amendment to the bylaws will appear on this year’s ballot. The proposed amendment would grant all classes of AIHA membership—including student members and retired members—eligibility to hold elective office in local sections.
The current text of Article XI, Section 3 of the AIHA bylaws reads:
Any person who is a member in good standing of the local section and is a Full, Associate, or Affiliate member of the association may hold any elective office in that local section.
The proposed amendment to Article XI, Section 3 reads as follows (language to be deleted is marked in strikethrough; new language appears in bold):
Any person who is a member in good standing of the Local Section and is a member in good standing a Full, Associate, or Affiliate member of the Association may be elected as an officer in that local section subject to the bylaws of hold any elective office in that Local Section.
LOCAL SECTION BYLAWS Article XI, Section 4 of the AIHA bylaws currently states that AIHA’s Board of Directors shall approve amendments to the bylaws of local sections. The AIHA Board of Directors has proposed to delegate approval of routine Local Section bylaws amendments to staff. This change is reflected in a proposed amendment to Article XI, Section 4 (new language appears in bold):
The Bylaws of a Local Section shall be approved by the Board of Directors of AIHA or the Board’s designee.
Bylaws Amendments: Local Sections Governance
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What Kind of Near-miss Was Ebola? As I write this in mid-October 2014, Americans are still getting used to the new and scary risk of Ebola. Ebola fears led to a number of airline passengers being yanked off planes because they exhibited flu-like symptoms and had some connection, however remote, to Africa. So far they’ve all tested negative for Ebola. If that remains true, the number of such disruptions will soon decline precipitously. 
Are these events warnings that we should continue to take seriously, “casting a wide net” to reduce the odds of missing an actual Ebola case onboard? Or are they false alarms that we should learn to stop worrying about? Most experts, officials, and journalists say they’re false alarms. But that answer will change in hindsight if a traveler from West Africa ever infects some fellow passengers with Ebola.
Ebola also offers an object lesson in learned overconfidence. The discovery that two nurses were infected with the virus while treating an Ebola sufferer at a Dallas hospital raised many questions. Did the nurses breach PPE protocols? Were the protocols insufficiently protective in the first place? Is it realistic to expect healthcare workers to be 100 percent meticulous in following such protocols? 
One relevant fact: every nurse has considerable experience with breaches of infection control protocols that didn’t end in infection. And all too often the lesson learned isn’t that “We need to be more meticulous.” It is that “Infection control is pretty forgiving. Even when we mess up, it doesn’t usually do any harm.” Then along comes a much less forgiving pathogen, Ebola, and learned overconfidence becomes life-threatening.
Peter Sandman