Andrew Eckert

Amendments to the AIA Michigan Bylaws

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Deborah Dik
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
PROPOSAL 1 - TO ESTABLISH SECTIONS:
 
Given the direction of the realignment campaign by AIA National, the establishment of Sections is important to the future structure of AIA Components in our state.  While AIA Grand Rapids will be remaining a Chapter under this new structure, other smaller Chapters in the state will likely be better served as Sections under AIA Michigan in the future, making it necessary to pass this amendment.
 
PROPOSAL 2 - TO ESTABLISH THE NUMBER OF DIRECTORS AND HOW THEY ARE ELECTED:
 
The goal of this proposal is to reduce the overall number of members on the AIA Michigan Board to be a more agile group and follows the strategy that AIA National has already implemented with the National Board.  The proposed amendment would change the number of Directors representing Chapters and Sections to a set number instead of the current model, which allows for changes in the number of Directors to be proportional to changes in membership.
 
PROPOSAL 3 - TO PERMIT ASSOCIATE MEMBERS TO SERVE AS SECRETARY OR TREASURER:
 
This proposal would encourage a commitment to serving the AIA within Michigan by affording a greater opportunity for leadership by young architects and emerging professionals in our state.
 
PROPOSAL 4 - TO ABOLISH THE USE OF PROXIES:
 
Given the vote to establish the ability for members to vote by absentee ballot, the need for proxies is no longer necessary.
 
PROPOSAL 5 - TO ALLOW FOR THE REMOVAL OF DIRECTORS FOR FAILURE TO ATTEND MEETINGS:
 
Given the importance of the agenda for AIA Board meetings, regular attendance is critical to advancing the programs and functions of the AIA in Michigan.  This proposal helps to ensure that membership receives consistent representation at the state level. 
 
Results of the vote are in, and all 5 proposals passed.  As always, contact information for AIA Grand Rapids Board members is on our website at aiagr.org, and we welcome any questions from our members.
 
Regards,
 
Dan Tyrer, AIA
AIA Grand Rapids President
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