December 15, 2008

 

 Amendments could affect vice president, a council, and the HOD - December 15, 2008

 
posted December 1, 2008
 

The AVMA House of Delegates will vote on five amendments to the AVMA Bylaws during the regular winter session next month.

The Executive Board, meeting Nov. 13-15, submitted two amendments that originated with the Governance Performance Review Committee. One proposed amendment would extend the term of the vice president from one year to two years (see page 1834). Another proposed amendment would sunset the Council on Communications (see page 1833). The House Advisory Committee supports these amendments.

The New Jersey VMA submitted three amendments that could change procedure for some HOD resolutions. The HOD occasionally refers a resolution to an AVMA council, committee, or other entity for evaluation. The proposed Bylaws amendments would provide for the entity to return the resolution to the HOD for review or action.

The Bylaws currently require councils, committees, and other entities to report to the Executive Board. The House Advisory Committee does not support the proposed amendments that would create an exception to the current procedure. Neither does the board, which recommended that the HOD disapprove the amendments. A two-thirds majority vote by the HOD is necessary to pass amendments that the board recommends disapproving.

The text of each proposed amendment follows.

Proposed Amendments to the AVMA Bylaws

In compliance with AVMA Bylaws Article XV, the following amendments are submitted. Type that has a continuous line through it is proposed for deletion. Proposed new wording is underlined. The 2008 AVMA Bylaws are posted on the AVMA Web site at www.avma.org by clicking on "About the AVMA" and looking under "Governance."

1 Amend Article VI—Officers, Section 13—Term, to change the term of the AVMA Vice President from a one-year term to a two-year term.

Present and Proposed Wording

Article VI—Officers

    Section 13. Term. With the exception of the Vice President, Oofficers shall serve a one (1) year term in office, or until such time as their successors are duly elected, qualified, and take office. The Treasurer may serve up to six (6) consecutive terms. and t The Vice President shall may serve up to two (2) consecutive terms. a single two (2)-year term.

2 Amend Article VIII—Committees/Councils/Task Forces, Section 1—Standing Committees of the Executive Board, subsection b—Other Standing Committees, paragraph 3—Policies and Procedures, to provide for items referred by the House of Delegates to standing committees to be returned to the House of Delegates for further review and/or action.

Present and Proposed Wording

Article VIII—Committees/Councils/Task Forces.

    Section 1. Standing Committees of the Executive Board.

b. Other Standing Committees.
3. Policies and Procedures. The Executive Board shall develop and approve policies and procedures for the operation of all standing committees. All standing committees shall report to the Executive Board, with the exception that reports on resolutions, pertinent to matters relating to veterinary medicine as defined in Article VII, Section 1 of these Bylaws, that have been referred by the House of Delegates to a standing committee shall be submitted by that standing committee to the House of Delegates, unless instructed otherwise by the House of Delegates.

3 Amend Article VIII—Committees/Councils/Task Forces, Section 2—Councils, subsection m—Policies and Procedures, to provide for items referred by the House of Delegates to councils to be returned to the House of Delegates for further review and/or action.

Present and Proposed Wording

Article VIII—Committees/ Councils/Task Forces.

    Section 2. Councils.

m. Policies and Procedures. The Executive Board shall develop and approve policies and procedures for the operation of all councils, except for the manual titled Accreditation Policies and Procedures of the AVMA Council on Education that is established by that council. All councils shall report to the Executive Board, with the exception that reports on resolutions, pertinent to matters relating to veterinary medicine as defined in Article VII, Section 1 of these Bylaws, that have been referred by the House of Delegates to a council shall be submitted by that council to the House of Delegates, unless instructed otherwise by the House of Delegates.

4 Amend Article VIII—Committees/Councils/Task Forces, Section 3—Advisory/Ad Hoc Committees and Task Forces, Subsection c—Policies and Procedures, to provide for items referred by the House of Delegates to advisory/ad hoc committees and task forces to be returned to the House of Delegates for further review and/or action.

Present and Proposed Wording

Article VIII—Committees/Councils/Task Forces.

    Section 3. Advisory/Ad Hoc Committees and Task Forces.

c. Policies and Procedures. The Executive Board shall develop and approve general policies and procedures for the operation of all committees and task forces. All committees and task forces shall report to the Executive Board, with the exception that reports on resolutions, pertinent to matters relating to veterinary medicine as defined in Article VII, Section 1 of these Bylaws, that have been referred by the House of Delegates to a committee or task force shall be submitted by that committee or task force to the House of Delegates, unless instructed otherwise by the House of Delegates.

5 Amend Article VIII—Committees/Councils/Task Forces, Section 2—Councils, Subsection g—Council on Communications, to remove the Council on Communications from the list of councils.

Present and Proposed Wording

Article VIII—Committees/Councils/Task Forces.

    Section 2. Councils.

g. Council on Communications
1. Composition. The Council on Communications shall consist of ten voting members of the Association representing the following areas of veterinary medical activity:
(i) Private practice, predominantly small animal (two individuals);
(ii) Private practice, predominantly food animal (one individual);
(iii) Private practice, predominantly equine (one individual);
(iv) Non-private practice (one individual);
(v) Public health or regulatory veterinary medicine (one individual); and
(vi) At-large (four individuals).
2. Responsibility. The Council on Communications shall:
(i) Envision and oversee internal and external communication programs that are strategic, focused, and timely;
(ii) Foster a positive public image of the AVMA, AVMA members, and veterinary medicine to AVMA's publics;
(iii) Maintain and enhance relationships between the AVMA and its publics;
(iv) Utilize marketing analysis to aid in the creation and refinement of communication programs; and
(v) Support and assist the Executive Board in developing resources to accomplish communication programs.
h.  g.  Additional Councils.
i.   h.  Qualifications.
j.   i.   Term.
k.  j.   Elections.
l.   k.  Meetings.
m. l.   Policies and Procedures.
n. m.  Quorum and Manner of Acting.