Bylaw Changes and New Board Structure ADOPTED AT THE August TGWA CONVENTION
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 and the membership voted to adopt the new Bylaws at the 2021 TGWA Annual Convention.
See the Adopted TGWA Bylaws.
Highlights of the Proposed Bylaws, Including the TGWA Board.
The proposed bylaws simplify governance and provide flexibility by merging the three existing division boards and maintaining current participation. The strong divisions that make up the backbone of the Association (C&D, M&S, and GWS) still exist. An executive committee will assist with governance in between board meetings only as needed, and TGWA’s current operations will change very little. The board will still meet quarterly, and division-specific business can still be conducted.
Board & Division Structure
See the Current TGWA Board Member List.
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.