Most of us find legal forms impenetrable or opaque. Most often, however, it is important that readers understand exactly what they mean. Therefore, when the IASP Executive Committee and Council decided to review the association’s bylaws—a task last done in 2010—we took the job seriously, knowing that certain bylaws and polices required clarification or updates.
Over the last year, the Executive Committee, Council, staff, and legal counsel thoroughly reviewed the bylaws and identified a number of areas that needed changes. During the review, we wanted to ensure that the bylaws reflect current organizational practices; comply with current laws in Washington, D.C., where IASP is officially registered; align with best practices in association management; and present our organization’s rules of governance in clear, transparent, and unambiguous language.
The Council has reviewed and approved amendments to the bylaws and now requests members’ approval of the revised document. As an IASP member, you soon will have an opportunity to cast your vote to approve or reject the revised bylaws in conjunction with voting in the upcoming election of Officers and Councilors. The three-week voting period will occur next month, so please look for an email reminder in early May.
In the meantime, please visit the IASP website to review the revised bylaws and a memo summarizing the changes and their rationale. I hope you will take the time to consider the documents and vote to support these changes. If you have any concerns or questions, I invite you to submit your comments at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your membership in IASP and your support of our professional society!
Judith A. Turner, PhD