2015 Bylaws Revision and Member Vote
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.
ACNM Bylaws Committee
The ACNM Bylaws Committee reviews all proposed changes to ACNM and ACNM Affiliate bylaws, as well as Standing Rules of Procedure (SROPs) for the volunteer structure of ACNM (divisions, committees, task forces, and caucuses). Upon their review, the committee makes a recommendation to the Board of Directors for approval at quarterly Board meetings.
The current chair of the Bylaws Committee is Connie Swentek, CNM, MSN, FACNM; Region V Representative Lynne Himmelreich, CNM, MPH, FACNM, is the Board Liaison to the committee; and national office contacts are Chief Executive Officer Lorrie Kaplan and Executive Assistant Cari Ross.
Committee members include: Dawn Durain, CNM, FACNM; Elizabeth Hill-Karbowski, CNM, PhD; Deborah Kaiser, CNM, RN-C; Linda Nanni, CNM, MSN, FACNM; and Katrina Wu, CNM.
Please send any inquiries or comments about ACNM Bylaws to Bylaws Committee Chair Connie Swentek.