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ARTICLE III. Membership
Section 5

Current
Retired professional membership shall provide the same rights and privileges as those for Professional membership. This membership status will be available as long remains eligible by meeting the standards for this category established by AMTA.

Proposed 
Retired professional membership shall provide the same rights and privileges as those for Professional membership. This membership status will be available as long as the member remains eligible by meeting the standards for this category established by AMTA. 

Rationale
The bylaw is fine as-is, but is missing a few words that make the sentence readable. 

ARTICLE IV. Officers
Section 2

Current
The elective officers of the Region will be President, President-Elect, Immediate Past President, Vice-President, Vice-President-Elect, and Secretary. The President-Elect is elected to serve two (2) years as President-Elect, two (2) years as President and two (2) years as Immediate Past President. The Vice-President Elect is elected to serve two (2) years as Vice-President-Elect and two (2) years as Vice-President. Elected officers shall assume their office on June 1 of odd numbered years and will continue in office for two (2) years or until the next election, unless otherwise stated.

Proposed
The elective officers of the Region will be President, President-Elect, Immediate Past President, Vice-President, Vice-President-Elect, and Secretary. The President-Elect is elected to serve two (2) years as President-Elect, two (2) years as President and two (2) years as Immediate Past President. The Vice-President Elect is elected to serve two (2) years as Vice-President-Elect and two (2) years as Vice-President. Elected officers shall assume their office on June 1 of odd numbered years and will continue in office for two (2) years, ending on May 31, or until the next election, unless otherwise stated.

Rationale
This addition clarifies the end date of board service. We already adhere to this date, and adding it into the bylaws will minimize possible confusion. 

ARTICLE XII. Amendments
Section 1 

Current
These Bylaws may be amended at any general membership business meeting held at the Annual Regional Conference by a two-thirds (2/3) affirmative vote of the members present, with students receiving 1/3 vote. The proposed amendments must be submitted in writing to that membership at least twenty-four (24) hours prior to the meeting.

Proposed
These Bylaws may be amended at any general membership business meeting held at the Annual Regional Conference by a two-thirds (2/3) affirmative vote of the members present, with students receiving 1/3 vote. The proposed amendments must be submitted either electronically or in writing to that membership at least twenty-four (24) hours prior to the meeting. All approved bylaw amendments will take effect immediately unless a proviso is presented as a motion and approved. 

Rationale
This option provides an additional avenue for the Board of Directors to disseminate to members proposed bylaw amendments. Including the option of presenting written proposed bylaw amendments allows those members without electronic access (or who prefer written communication) the opportunity to review the proposed changes. Adding the statement about when approved bylaw amendments take effect provides clarity regarding the approval process timeline. 

Section 2 

Current
The Bylaws may be amended by a mail vote solicited from the total membership of the Region, the amendments having been submitted to that membership in writing at least four (4) weeks before the vote is due, as necessary for changing, adopting, or repealing an amendment, with students receiving one-third (1/3) vote. 

Proposed
The Bylaws may be amended by a U.S. mail, electronic mail, or electronic survey vote solicited from the total membership of the Region, the amendments having been submitted to that membership in writing at least four (4) weeks before the vote is due, as necessary for changing, adopting, or repealing an amendment, with students receiving one-third (1/3) vote. All approved bylaw amendments will take effect immediately unless a proviso is presented as a motion and approved.

Rationale 
Our region recently began implementing electronic survey voting for Board of Director positions and would like to extend electronic voting to include bylaw amendments proposed outside of general membership business meetings. Including the option of mailing ballots provides those members without electronic access the opportunity to vote. Adding the statement about when approved bylaw amendments take effect provides clarity regarding the approval process timeline.

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