Members to Review Proposed League Bylaw Changes at AGM

Members of the League will review proposed bylaw changes at the McCauley Community League Annual General Meeting on Saturday, March 21.

In total, 26 changes to the bylaws are being proposed by the current MCL Board. The bylaws were last updated in January, 2009.

Most of the proposed changes are designed to clarify existing bylaws, streamline how the board operates, and make clear how the board is accountable to members. For example, proxy voting would no longer be allowed at board meetings, but the board could vote via email if a timely decision between board meetings was necessary. Another proposed change would spell out in detail how members access League financial documents and the member disciplinary and termination process.

Some of the key proposed changes include: requiring individual members to purchase their own memberships; setting a maximum of 12, minimum of 9 board members; electing 12 board members for two-year terms, for a maximum of three terms; and increasing the quorum at Special Meetings, General Meetings, and AGMs from 6 to 20 members.

As many residents live in shared housing, the membership category “Individual” would be reworded to enable people who share space in a household (for example in a rooming house or a co-op) to each be entitled to vote.

In order to assist with the transition from one board to another, previous board members would be required to fully cooperate with the newly elected board.

By mid-February, the proposed changes to the bylaws will have been posted on the League website as well as a brief rationale for each of the changes. At the AGM, members will be given this information as well. Members will also have an opportunity to discuss the proposed changes at the AGM before a vote is held.

Phil is a board member of the McCauley Community League.Members of the League will review proposed bylaw changes at the McCauley Community League Annual General Meeting on Saturday, March 21.

In total, 26 changes to the bylaws are being proposed by the current MCL Board. The bylaws were last updated in January, 2009.

Most of the proposed changes are designed to clarify existing bylaws, streamline how the board operates, and make clear how the board is accountable to members. For example, proxy voting would no longer be allowed at board meetings, but the board could vote via email if a timely decision between board meetings was necessary. Another proposed change would spell out in detail how members access League financial documents and the member disciplinary and termination process.

Some of the key proposed changes include: requiring individual members to purchase their own memberships; setting a maximum of 12, minimum of 9 board members; electing 12 board members for two-year terms, for a maximum of three terms; and increasing the quorum at Special Meetings, General Meetings, and AGMs from 6 to 20 members.

As many residents live in shared housing, the membership category “Individual” would be reworded to enable people who share space in a household (for example in a rooming house or a co-op) to each be entitled to vote.

In order to assist with the transition from one board to another, previous board members would be required to fully cooperate with the newly elected board.

By mid-February, the proposed changes to the bylaws will have been posted on the League website as well as a brief rationale for each of the changes. At the AGM, members will be given this information as well. Members will also have an opportunity to discuss the proposed changes at the AGM before a vote is held.

Phil is a board member of the McCauley Community League.

More in this issue

TONYS PIZZA PALACE
Janis Irwin MLA

Neighbourhood Views

Around the Neighbourhood

Volunteer With Us!

We are always looking for new writers and photographers, as well as ideas for future stories. We also regularly need block carriers to help with the delivery and distribution of the paper. Email Paula with your submissions, feedback, ideas, and availability. We also ask that contributors read our Editorial Guidelines and that all volunteers read and agree to our Code of Conduct.

Next Issue . . .

Volume 40, Issue 6 will be published September 15. Articles and photos concerning community news, events, and opinions are welcome. We also accept submissions of poetry and cartoons. Deadline: August 22, 2019. Send submissions to: editor@bmcnews.org. Articles should be 400 words or less and accompanied by photographs (JPG, in high resolution) when possible.