At the ACNM 60th Annual Meeting & Exhibition, held June 27-July 1, 2015, ACNM members voted to approve comprehensive revisions to the ACNM Bylaws via a single amendment. At the same meeting, they rejected a separate amendment to impose a 5-year limit on how often an amendment to change the name of the organization may be brought to the membership for a vote. Click here for a copy of ACNM's current Bylaws.
Beginning in 2014, the ACNM Bylaws Committee completed a thorough review of ACNM's Bylaws, which included input from members, volunteer leadership, and a full legal review.
Two Bylaws Amendments were presented to members for a vote in conjunction with the 2015 Board election: a general revision of the full bylaws document (Amendment #1), and new language proposing a 5-year provision on how frequently an amendment to change the name of the organization may be brought to ACNM members for a vote (Amendment #2).
Article XVII Section B of the Bylaws requires that at least 20% of Active Members return ballots in order for an amendment to be adopted, and only 18.05% of Active Members submitted valid ballots. As a result, these amendments were presented for a vote at the Annual Business Meeting at ACNM?s 60th Annual Meeting & Exhibition at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center. In order to pass at the Business Meeting, ACNM bylaws require that amendments be approved by a 2/3 affirmative vote of the voting members present.
Amendment #1 was brought to the floor for debate at the Opening Business meeting on June 29. The Bylaws Committee brought forth an amendment to Article II Section A, which involved revising a new mission statement to match the most recent mission statement developed by ACNM as part of its recent strategic planning process. This amendment to update the mission statement passed with a voice vote.
A second amendment to the mission statement in Article II Section A was brought forth by an ACNM member, but was not voted on at the Opening Business Meeting as the meeting ran out of time. Debate on Amendment #1 continued at the Closing Business Meeting on July 1, beginning with the proposed language changes to Article II Section A. This amendment also passed with a voice vote.
Following these 2 new amendments to the mission statement, Amendment #1, the entire general revision of the ACNM Bylaws, passed on the floor by a voice vote.
There was considerable debate on Amendment #2, which proposed to limit the frequency of amendments to change the name of the organization to once every five years. This amendment was rejected by a voice vote at the Closing Business Meeting on July 1.