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.
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