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    Chapter Delegates Headed to ICON for Leadership Assembly: Bylaw Amendments on Agenda

    Chapter Delegates Headed to ICON for Leadership Assembly: Bylaw Amendments on Agenda

     

    Representatives from PRSA Colorado will travel to Austin Oct. 5 ahead of PRSA’s 2018 International Conference (ICON) to attend the annual assembly delegate meeting. At this meeting, the delegation will meet with other chapter representatives to participate in strategic discussions about PRSA, the PR profession and to vote on six national bylaw amendments. 

    The six bylaw proposals are summarized below and include links for more detailed information about the rationale behind each one of them. Colorado Chapter delegates are still discussing them and have not made any final decisions on how to vote on each proposed bylaw amendment. Delegates will follow up with members prior to assembly to offer insight and gather your feedback on how to vote for each proposed bylaw amendment.

    In the meantime, for more information or if you have questions concerning the proposals, please contact any of the following representatives: Amy Sperber, APR, Elizabeth Jumel, APR, Teresa Dougherty, APR, Michelle Ellis, Heather Johnson or Nicole Yost.

    Below is a summary of the six bylaw amendments being submitted to the delegates for consideration:

    #1801: Member in Good Standing The Governance Committee has endorsed a bylaw proposal to update the definition of a “member in good standing.” The proposal states that a member in good standing will work collaboratively to strengthen PRSA and not engage in behaviors that will discredit or harm PRSA, its members or the PR profession.  Read more about the rationale for the proposal.

    # 1802: Framework for a Grievance The Governance Committee has endorsed a bylaw proposal that provides a “framework for a grievance.” The proposal outlines a three-step process that enables the Executive Committee to take action against members who act in a manner that discredits or may harm PRSA or the profession. It also provides for an appeal process should a member disagree with the decision.  Read more about the rationale for the proposal.

    #1803:  Board of Ethics-Three-part Change Two PRSA members have endorsed a three-part bylaw proposal surrounding the Board of Ethics and Professional Standards (BEPS) that includes:

    • Renaming the Board of Ethics and Professional Standards to Advisory Council of Ethics and Professional Standards and make it an independent organization from PRSA
    • Empowering Assembly and Establishing an Ethics Review Task Force
    • Adding an Independent Ethics Officer to the Board

     

    This proposal, to be assessed as a single bylaw, may counter proposal #1802 endorsed by the Governance Committee, which offers a grievance framework and includes an appeals process and specific language. Read more about the rationale for the proposal and against the proposal.

    # 1804: Ethics Representative to Serve on Nominating Committee Two PRSA members have endorsed a bylaw proposal that would add a voting ethics representative to the PRSA nominating committee. The proposal would modify the current composition of the PRSA nominating committee, which is composed of experienced leaders, including accredited members, members of the College of Fellows, past national leaders and a parliamentarian. PRSA has a Board of Ethics and Professional Standards (BEPS), which focuses on ethical issues and the Code of Ethics. Read more about the rationale for the proposal and against the proposal.

    #1805:  Eliminate the Role of the National Board in Officer Nominations Two PRSA members have endorsed a bylaw proposal that would reverse a 2016 Leadership Assembly vote that gave officer nominating responsibility to the Board. Read more about the rationale for the proposal and against the proposal.

    #1806: State “Nonpartisan” within PRSA’s Purposes  Two PRSA members have endorsed a bylaw proposal that would add the word “nonpartisan” to the PRSA Bylaws. The Board feels strongly that adding specific language such as “nonpartisan” to PRSA’s bylaws would limit the organization’s ability to advocate on behalf of our profession, particularly in today's political climate. Read more about the rationale for the proposal and against the proposal.

     

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