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2018 Bylaws Review

The draft of the new ISMAA bylaws has been approved by the MAA Committee on Sections. All members of the Illinois Section of the MAA are invited to vote on the proposed revisions in March at the Trisection meeting.

Process Overview

As outlined in the Guidelines for Bylaw Revisions and the Policy for Assuring Section Bylaws Review and Revision, the MAA requires that all sections review, and revise if necessary, their bylaws at least once every ten years. According to Guidelines for Bylaw Revisions the Illinois Section is required to review and revise its bylaws in 2017 and 2018. These guidelines also specify the procedures to be followed.

At the January 2017 ISMAA Board meeting Tim Comar, then ISMAA Chair, appointed an ad hoc committee consisting of Tony Bedenikovic, Tim Comar, Scott Harrod, Jon Johnson, Pat Kiihne, and Sharon Robbert to review and revise the ISMAA bylaws. The committee presented a rough draft of the changes at the March 2017 ISMAA Board meeting. Although most of the committee's work was via e-mail, it did meet in person during MathFest in Chicago.

At the September 2017 ISMAA Board meeting, the board approved a draft of the revised bylaws to be sent to the MAA Committee on Sections for Review. At the January 2018 ISMAA Board meeting, the board made edits based on responses from the MAA Committee on Sections for Review. On February 3, ISMAA received word that the latest draft of the ISMAA bylaws had been approved and are ready for membership vote. Once ISMAA membership approves the new bylaws, they go to the MAA Board of Directors for approval.

Summary of Changes

Most of the changes are relatively minor and were made to conform to the latest version of the MAA Section Bylaws Template and to account changes in the MAA governing structure. There are no significant changes to the ISMAA governing structure.