Over the last few years, we have heard from members and leaders regarding questions and/or concerns about National Bylaws and policies. As a result, we have taken a hard look at the bylaws and policies to determine a path forward to help streamline and clarify items.
An organization's bylaws are intended to be a governing document that includes only the highest level of governing issues such as: organizational purpose and structure (i.e., members, chapters, etc.), eligibility, selection, terms, responsibilities, board authority, official meeting requirements, voting rights, and how bylaws are amended. Bylaws should not contain so much detail that they become a policy and procedure manual.
At the August 2017 convention, delegates provided valuable input through committee work on sorority bylaws and policies. Based on that input, in late fall, the National Sorority Board reviewed the National Bylaws and determined that our current bylaws had a number of sections that should be part of the Sorority's standing rules. (policies and procedures document).
The National Sorority Board contracted with a Certified Parliamentarian to guide us in identifying which sections of our existing bylaws should be included in the bylaws and which sections should be moved to the standing rules and to clear up any ambiguous language or inaccurate/inconsistent terminology.
Next, the Bylaws Committee undertook an intensive review of the revised draft to ensure that it remained true to the original intent of our Founders.
To help make sure that members and delegates are fully informed and have all their questions and/or concerns addressed, the National Sorority Board will host three informational webinars during the month of July to explain the changes and answer delegate, chapter, and member questions.
Bylaw Informational Session Dates
|July 10, 2018||7:00pm CST|
|July 18, 2018||1:00pm CST|
|July 22, 2018||4:00pm CST|
Each delegate, alternate delegate, and chapter president are strongly urged to attend a session, and all sisters are invited to attend. During the Chapter Congress, delegates will vote on the proposed bylaw revision.
Your National Leadership Team fully endorses this revision and hopes that you will attend one of the information sessions to learn more. You can also reach out to Kelly Lawler at email@example.com with any questions.