Proposed Sakai Foundation By-law Changes

The Sakai Foundation Board of Directors is proposing two changes to the existing by-laws. To change the by-laws we need to circulate the proposed changes to the community for 30 days of commentary. In addition, for one of the changes we need approval of the Sakai Foundation Membership.

You can read all about the changes and the process for approving them on our wiki.

To briefly summarize:

  • Change 1: To stop requiring that the board to approve/appoint the conference program chair. Even if the Board wants to do this it is an operational issue and shouldn’t be in the bylaws.
  • Change 2: To allow the Board to appoint up to 2 individuals to the board. Today, every Board member is elected. We’d like to flexibility to recruit expertise from outside the community (e.g. financial expertise).
  • Process: After a 30-day period of commentary, the Board and the Membership would officially approve these changes and new by-laws would be filed with the State of Michigan.  The particular details of Membership voting will be announced at a later time.  The goal is to have this completed by the end of October in time for the next round of Sakai Board elections.

Feel free to add your comments to the wiki page or discuss this on the management email list.  You can join the management list here.


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