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Bylaws Updates & Membership Vote

Announcement  |  July 3, 2018

On June 6, 2018, SoWH led a Bylaws Town Hall moderated by SoWH President, Carrie Pagliano (video is available to view below).  After the town hall, SoWH HQ opened the vote for the proposal presented during the June 6th town hall. The member voting period began on June 7, 2018 and ended on June 29, 2018.

The voting results are as follows: of the 3,010 eligible voters, 172 voters participated (5.71% of eligible vote).  146 (84.9%) votes were cast to approve the proposal, 23 (13/4%) votes were cast against the proposal and 3 (1.7%) votes were in abstention.  Having met voting quorum, the Bylaws proposal is approved and the new governance structure in relation to the President role is now in effect.

Beginning immediately, the President role now is manifested in three different transition.  A President-Elect will be elected every year.  Each President-Elect will serve for one (1) year as President-Elect.  During the next year, that leader will serve as President for one (1) year.  During the next year, that leader will serve as Past-President for one (1) year.

What are the immediate implications?

  • President-Elect = A President-Elect will be elected in a special election during the Fall 2018 timeframe.  SoWH HQ in coordination with the Nomination Committee will make an announcement in the very near future regarding this election/nominations calendar.  The President-Elect will begin service in 2019 (after CSM) and will have an orientation on October 21-22, 2018. 
  • President = Carrie Pagliano will continue to serve as the SoWH President until a successor is available.  Therefore Carrie Pagliano will serve a two-year term as President in 2018 and 2019.  In 2020, she will transition into the Past-President role for one (1) year.
  • Past President = Pat Wolfe will be re-instated to the SoWH Board in the new role of Past-President.  Like Carrie Pagliano, Pat Wolfe will serve a two-year term as Past President in 2018 and 2019.  In 2020, she will transition off of the SoWH Board.

Did you miss out on the live SoWH Virtual Town Hall?

We recorded the session for our members! Watch it below!
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Bylaws Proposal Update  |  for June 6, 2018 Town Hall

On June 6, 2018, the SoWH President, Carrie Pagliano, will lead a SoWH Town Hall on the remaining two amendments the SoWH Membership requested for the SoWH Board of Directors to address by August 2018.  The SoWH Town Hall is scheduled for Wednesday, June 6, 2018 from 7pm-8pm EST.  The following documents are provided to provide reference material and support for all SoWH Members.

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Bylaws Update from CSM 2017

Bylaws update from CSM!  During our SoWH Business Meeting at CSM, the membership in attendance held a vote and approved 4 out of 6 proposed amendments.  They advised for SoWH to present an updated proposal for the remaining two amendments in the next six months (by August 2018).

RESULTS

APPROVED AMENDMENTS
These are the 4 Amendments that were approved:

#1 – ARTICLE IV.  COMPONENT MEMBERSHIP 
Section 2 = gives PTs and PTAs equal votes at 1 vote each

#2 –   ARTICLE VI.  MEETINGS
Sections 1(Annual), 3(Special), 4(Regional) = empowers SoWH Board + Members to hold in-person and virtual (electronic) meetings.  Eases restrictions for Board + Members to call special and regional meetings.

#3 – ARTICLE VI.  MEETINGS
Section 5 (Voting) = confirms equality of PT and PTA voting. Permits electronic voting at virtual (electronic) meetings and at in-person meetings.

#4 – ARTICLE X.  NOMINATIONS AND ELECTION OF BOARD OF DIRECTORS 
Confirms electronic voting.

AMENDMENTS TO BE REVIEWED AND RESUBMITTED BY AUGUST 2018

These are the 2 Amendments where the members in attendance wanted more review and revisions:

#1 – ARTICLE VII. BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Section 1 = Two new board roles are created: President-Elect and Past President. The board size increases to 12 (between 10-15).

#2 – ARTICLE VII. BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Section 2 = President-Elect/President/Past President terms are each 1 year in length. President-Elect automatically succeeds President role.

We will continue to be in dialogue with you our members on this exciting and transformative time, as now our next vote on the remaining two amendments will be an electronic vote by ALL of our eligible SoWH voting members through a virtual/digital meeting.

In the interim, your resource to all resources on the Bylaws Amendments is available here.
*New version of the Bylaws is available to view here.


Bylaws Proposal Update  |  Jan. 22, 2018

On January 22, 2018, the SoWH Leadership sent an official letter confirming the bylaws change and announcing the membership vote on these proposed changes is scheduled for Friday, February 23rd at the SoWH Business Meeting during the 2018 APTA CSM conference in New Orleans.

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