Bylaws/Resolutions Committee

About the Committee

The purpose of the Bylaws/Resolutions Committee is to gather proposed amendments and resolutions from members according to the guidelines established in the MCB Bylaws.

The committee consists of a Chairman and a member appointed from each affiliate.  The committee holds an open meeting before the annual convention to discuss the proposed amendments and make a recommendation as to whether the amendments should be adopted or defeated by the convention.  The amendments are then read, discussed and voted on during the convention.

MCB members must send their proposed amendments and resolutions to the Committee Chairman by July 15 of each year.  The MCB office circulates the proposed amendments and resolutions to the membership by August 20 of each year.  The pre-convention meeting is generally held on the Friday morning before the annual convention held in October.

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Bylaws/Resolutions Report :: June 2016

By Janelle Edwards, Bylaws/Resolutions Committee Chair

ARTICLE XI COMMITTEES Section 5 of our bylaws includes the following: "Amendments to the Bylaws and Resolutions to be presented to the convention shall be sent to the Chairman with the names of two members, an MCB committee, a Regular Affiliate, or a Special Interest Affiliate supporting that amendment no later than July fifteenth."

If you have questions or submissions, my contact information is in the Chronicle insert.

Bylaws/Resolutions Report :: June 2015

By Janelle Edwards, Bylaws/Resolutions Committee Chair

ARTICLE XI COMMITTEES Section 5 of our bylaws includes the following: "Amendments to the Bylaws and Resolutions to be presented to the convention shall be sent to the Chairman with the names of two members, an MCB committee, a Regular Affiliate, or a Special Interest Affiliate supporting that amendment no later than July fifteenth." If you have questions or submissions, my contact information is in the Chronicle insert.

Bylaws/Resolutions Report :: June 2013

By Janelle Edwards

ARTICLE XI COMMITTEES Section 5 of our bylaws was revised last year and includes the following: "Amendments to the Bylaws and Resolutions to be presented to the convention shall be sent to the Chairman with the names of two members, an MCB committee, a Regular Affiliate, or a Special Interest Affiliate supporting that amendment no later than July fifteenth."

If you have questions or submissions, my contact information is in the Chronicle insert.

Bylaws/Resolutions Report :: June 2012

By Janelle Edwards

Submission of bylaw changes and resolutions is easier this year. Article XI Committees, Section 5, includes the following revised language: "Amendments to the Bylaws and Resolutions to be presented to the convention shall be sent to the Chairman with the names of two members supporting that amendment no later than July fifteenth." Signatures are no longer required, but I will confirm that both people listed on each submission support the amendment or resolution and are MCB members.

If you have questions or submissions, my updated contact information is in the Chronicle insert.

Resolutions and Amendments :: June 2009

by John Weidlich

What would an MCB Convention be without a whole bunch of controversial Amendments to the Bylaws to debate and vote on?  Quiet, you say?  I say it would be dull, indeed.  I will be chairing the Bylaws and Resolutions Committee this year, so here is a reminder that I need any amendments or resolutions that you would like to be considered at the convention by July 15.  As the bylaws state, they must be sent to me in Braille and large print and signed by two members no later than July 15 so that they can be prepared and sent to the office for circulation to the members.

People sometimes wonder why amendments need to have two signatures.  Our Parliamentarian once explained that amendments are like motions except that they are in writing.  Motions have to be made and then seconded in order to be considered and so amendments and resolutions need two signatures to be considered.  Think of it as making a motion and then having someone second the motion.

So get your amendments and resolutions ready and get them to me as soon as you can.  My address is:

John Weidlich
5736 Bancroft Avenue
St Louis, MO 63109

If you have any questions or need help in  writing an amendment, you can call me at 314 752-3031 or email me at weidlich@swbell.net.  Just don't get too controversial.  There is a limit as to how much excitement we can handle and you know, conventions only last three days.

John Weidlich

Bylaws/Resolutions Update :: November -0001

By Janelle Edwards, Bylaws/Resolutions Committee Chair

During our 2016 convention, two relevant standing rules were adopted. By September 1, regular affiliate presidents must notify the office which member will represent their affiliate on the Bylaws/Resolutions committee. The representative may be changed later in some circumstances.

"Standing Rule 2016-01:

The bylaws/resolutions committee chair shall be authorized to correct article and section designations, punctuation, and cross-references and to make such other technical and conforming changes as may be necessary to reflect the intent of this organization.

Standing Rule 2016-02

Each regular affiliate president shall notify the office of the name and contact information for the affiliate’s bylaws/resolutions committee member immediately after appointment--no later than September 1. If the designated committee member must be changed after September 1, the office shall be notified no later than two weeks before the opening of the convention. A committee member substitution may be allowed after that time at the discretion of the MCB president."

ARTICLE XI COMMITTEES Section 5 B of the bylaws has been updated but the intent remains unchanged.

"Amendments to the bylaws and resolutions to be presented to the convention shall be submitted to the bylaws/resolutions committee chair no later than July 15 along with supporting documentation from

1. the names of two members, or

2. an MCB committee, or

3. a regular affiliate, or

4. a special interest affiliate."

Regular affiliate presidents please contact the office regarding your representative if necessary.

If you have questions, or bylaw or resolution submissions, my contact information is in the Chronicle insert.