SBFD Update This month, there were three proposed bylaw changes that specialists were asked to vote on. The first change involved the new office address. When the Specialty Board Bylaws were first written, the address of the principal office was listed as Article 2.1. Because it is listed in the bylaws, ... SIG News
SIG News  |   November 01, 2009
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SIG News   |   November 01, 2009
SBFD Update
SIG 4 Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders, November 2009, Vol. 19, 106. doi:10.1044/ffd19.3.106
SIG 4 Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders, November 2009, Vol. 19, 106. doi:10.1044/ffd19.3.106
This month, there were three proposed bylaw changes that specialists were asked to vote on. The first change involved the new office address. When the Specialty Board Bylaws were first written, the address of the principal office was listed as Article 2.1. Because it is listed in the bylaws, the Board needed the members to vote in order to change said article. The vote involved removing Article 2.1 from the bylaws so that if the address changes again, we will not have to bother the members.
Outcome of vote: Proposal #1 (New Office address)—Passed.
The intents of the two remaining bylaw changes were, respectively, to eliminate confusion about how many case studies candidates are required to submit (proposed change #2) and to avoid potentially large turnovers in Board members (change #3). The latter requires additional explanation. The number of Board members has changed over the years. When this was done, little consideration was given to when individual terms would begin and end. As a result, there are years in which the terms of as many as three Board members’ terms can expire at once. The Board proposed giving current members the option of a fourth year, which will allow us to stagger terms so that fewer Board members are replaced each year. This should result in a greater degree of consistency. In addition, new Board members will be elected for a four- year term. It is hoped that if Board members serve for an additional year, they will be able to serve the membership more consistently.
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