Bylaws Discussion: Next Steps

of the Governance Review Task Force

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Continuing the discussion about recommendations from the Governance Review Task Force

The Governance Review Task Force (GRTF) has been leading conversations related to their recommendations with Council, Executive Committee, and members since Spring 2010, and led two Town Hall sessions during the recent AAA Annual Meeting to gather input.  These conversations have been supported here in the AAACommons with a Bylaws discussion space continuing to collect comments until September 15, 2010.  Click here to view those earlier discussions.

After collecting this input, the GRTF is working on a revised draft for consideration for next steps by the Executive Committee during their fall meeting (November 13-14). Updates, new drafts, and plans for next steps will be posted here in the AAACommons.

You may be surprised to learn that the AAA Bylaws have not changed significantly in nearly thirty years (when the council was created in 1981). Over that time, the association and its environment have changed, creating a need for both more effective and efficient participation in governance from members and for more flexibility in the governance structure. Our AAA Bylaws are not synchronized with the current realities faced by the Association. In connection with the recent strategic planning process, over a year ago the AAA Executive Committee decided to initiate a bylaws revision process by establishing a Governance Review Task Force (GRTF).

Ideas and recommendations for the discussion

I believe the AAA is Open and Inclusive0282Julie Smith DavidDecember 19, 2010

For information about the Task Force and the process to date, you can click the links under "Supporting Documents" (at top, right) for the committee charge, timeline, and current and proposed governance organizational structures.

Major bylaws changes being proposed are related to the composition and duties of both the Executive Committee, the Council, and to a lesser extent, the AAA standing committees.