Board Proposes Bylaw Changes
The Society of Mayflower Descendents in the State of Illinois is working on getting a commemorative coin made for the 400th anniversary of the pilgrims landing in Plymouth. To get a commemorative coin issued, a bill has to be passed in the House of Representatives and in the Senate. We need your help in getting these bills passed. Please ask your Representative and Senators to co-sponsor a bill that Congressman Foster will be introducing next Congress to commission a commemorative coin in celebration of the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the pilgrims. Your Representatives and Senators can contact Gary Timmins in Congressman Foster’s office regarding any additional information. You can look up who your Representative is by going to www.house.gov and entering your zip-code. If you have any questions, please contact me. I thank you in advanced for contacting your Representative to co-sponsor this bill.
At its regularly scheduled meeting on August 6th the Board of Assistants approved certain amendments to the Bylaws of the Society of Mayflower Descendants in the State of Illinois. In accordance with Article X, Section 2 of our Bylaws these amendments must be submitted to our membership for approval at an annual or spring meeting of the Society. The amendments approved by the Board of Assistants will be submitted for approval at our upcoming annual meeting on November 22nd in Springfield. The same Article allows for posting of any changes on our website.
A red-lined version of the proposed amendments to the Bylaws is here. Please review all of the changes.
You will note that many of the changes are relatively minor, "housekeeping-type" changes. The more significant changes include the following: 1) deletion of position of Junior Associate Secretary (as these duties have been taken over by the Membership Secretary); 2) clarification of the duties of Treasurer (to enhance financial transparency and responsibility); 3) providing Board of Assistants with authority to set dues and fees (to provide more flexibility in adjusting fees); 4) adding the first year's annual dues to the initial application fee (to stabilize budgeting and required payments to the General Society); and 5) removing the dues schedule from the Bylaws (necessary for internal consistency of the Bylaws).
I want to assure you all that even though these changes permit the Board to set fees and dues we do not foresee the need of making any changes in dues for current members.
If you have any questions concerning these changes do not hesitate to contact me.
Illinois Mayflower Society
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