Bylaw Changes and New Board Structure Proposed for August TGWA Meetings
Last year, TGWA staff reported to the TGWA Boards of Directors that the lack of proper overarching governing board bylaws presented significant organizational, insurance, and legal risks to the Association. In response, the Division presidents created a Bylaws Committee, chaired by Bob Hill, to propose new bylaws and a new TGWA Board structure that would ensure compliance with the Association’s Articles of Incorporation and insurance policies. The TGWA Division Boards adopted the Bylaws Committee’s recommendations at their March 9th meeting.
See the Proposed TGWA Bylaws.
Highlights of the Proposed Bylaws, Including the TGWA Board. The proposed bylaws combine concepts from current TGWA operations, the TGWA division bylaws, NGWA bylaws, and other sample association bylaws, and will simplify the governance of TGWA and give the board more flexibility in how it operates. The proposed bylaws provide for a large board, consistent with our current board structure, with a strong executive committee, providing broad opportunity for involvement of all divisions as well as efficiency in decision making for the Association. Divisions will still exist and will elect a chair and vice-chair to manage division affairs, meeting as needed to discuss division-specific topics.
Why does TGWA have to amend its bylaws?
How will the proposed board differ from the current board?
The proposed board includes the same number of positions from each division as the division boards have now. In many ways, the proposed board simply consolidates all three division boards, which ensures the same opportunities for board membership as exists now.
How will the changes impact divisions?
Divisions will be led by a chair and vice-chair, instead of a full board. Each division will elect representatives to the TGWA board. Divisions will still meet, provide updates, and discuss issues specific to their division membership.
How can I participate in TGWA?
Members of TGWA can participate by serving on a committee or running for a leadership position in a committee, division, or the association board. All of the same responsibilities and activities that TGWA engages in now will continue. TGWA welcomes active, motivated members to engage with TGWA to keep the association going strong.