Proposed Changes to the NCB Constitution and Bylaws

Please review the proposed changes to the NCB Constitution and Bylaws. These proposed amendments will require a positive vote of at least 2/3 of those casting votes. Voting will take place electronically.  The changes noted here have been approved by the NCB Executive Committee prior to submission to the general membership for a full vote. If you have any questions, please contact NCB President, Mark Boetel.

Proposed Changes to ESA-NCB Constitution and Bylaws

Modification #1 - Constitution Article IV Executive Committee

Current Version:

SECTION 1. The Executive Committee shall consist of President, President-Elect, Past President, Secretary-Treasurer, Representative to the Governing Board of the parent society, three Members-at-Large, and one Student Member-at-Large (the current Chair of the Student Affairs Committee) with full voting privileges. The Chair-Elect of the Student Affairs Committee shall also be afforded a position as a non-voting member with the ability to vote when the Chair of the Student Affairs Committee in unable to be present or capable of doing so. The function of the Executive Committee shall be to conduct the business of the Branch, subject to decision by vote of the membership when matters of policy are involved.

Proposed Change (in italics):

SECTION 1. The Executive Committee shall consist of the following nine members with full voting privileges: President, President-Elect, Immediate Past President, Secretary-Treasurer, Representative to the ESA Governing Board, Chair of the Student Affairs Committee, Chair of the Early Career Professionals Committee, and two Members-at-Large.

Reason for Change:

This constitutional change will ensure that ECP members of our Branch have ongoing representation in governance and other activities conducted by the NCB Executive Committee. This corresponds with the approach that was informally taken in the last nomination/election cycle.

This amendment also eliminates the proxy procedure allowing the SAC Chair-elect to vote in place of the SAC Chair when he/she is absent. As currently written, a proxy vote is only in place for the SAC representative. The Executive Committee feels it should either be consistent for all Executive Committee representatives or eliminated. For simplicity, the Executive Committee prefers eliminating proxies.


Modification #2 - Bylaws Article IV Committees

Current Version:

SECTION 10. The NCB Early Career Professionals (ECP) Committee shall consist of at least four ECP elected by the ECP membership of the NCB. The NCB ECP Committee develops programs of interest to early career professionals such as relevant symposia, professional development activities, and networking socials. Members of the NCB ECP Committee will encourage ECP participation and retention within the Branch and Society.

Proposed Change (in italics):

SECTION 10. The NCB Early Career Professionals (ECP) Committee shall consist of the following three officers:  Chair, Chair-Elect, and NCB Representative to the ESA Early Career Professionals Committee. The ECP Committee Chair shall also represent ECP membership within the Branch as a voting member of the NCB Executive Committee. The Chair-elect and the NCB Representative to the ESA ECP Committee shall be elected by the ECP members within the NCB. The NCB ECP Committee develops programs of interest to early career professionals such as relevant symposia, networking and professional development activities, and social events. Members of the NCB ECP Committee will encourage ECP member participation and retention within the Branch and Society.

Reason for Change: This bylaws change defines ECP Committee officers and associated roles of those positions, as well as how the individuals are selected to serve. It also empowers ECPs to develop programming activities for the benefit of ECP members within our Branch.

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