By June Davis, F158928
What an exciting time to be involved in FMCA. Many opportunities have been presented to us as an association. On September 29 and 30 in Hutchinson, Kansas, FMCA’s Governing Board will meet prior to the official opening of our 68th premier international motorhome extravaganza. During this two-day meeting, we will hold our first-ever Committee of the Whole session to consider amending our proposed Constitution and Bylaws. Much time and effort have gone into these recommended revisions of our Constitution and Bylaws documents.
No decisions have been made regarding these documents. In the case of the Constitution, that responsibility belongs to the membership. Upon approval of the Governing Board in Hutchinson, a mail ballot and a copy of the proposed Constitution will appear in a future issue of Family Motor Coaching magazine. Each FMCA family can cast a ballot (one vote per member number) regarding the Constitution.
The Governing Board has the responsibility of approving the Bylaws. After a thorough discussion by the Committee of the Whole, where amendments can be made, members of the Governing Board will be sent mail ballots after the meeting to record their support or opposition to the proposed Bylaws revision. Again, as of now, recommendations have only been proposed, and no decisions have been made yet.
If you are the national director or alternate national director of your chapter (i.e., a Governing Board member or a potential one), please take the time to read the proposed documents and related material FMCA sent to you in March, if you haven’t already. Don’t be too shy to ask questions about this, so you can be an informed voter. Discuss the issues with fellow chapter officers and chapter members. FMCA’s national vice presidents also are available to answer your questions, as are members of the Constitution and Bylaws Committee.
Most of the proposed changes are simple updates that delete redundant material, move sections from one document to the other for comprehension, and make the Constitution and Bylaws more coherent. There will be a few sections, maybe four or five, that will need to be discussed in depth during the Committee of the Whole. Please don’t hesitate to let us know of your concerns.
So, to the 400 or so Governing Board members, it’s going to be a great two-day meeting. Bring your smile, your good common sense, your material, and come prepared to enjoy a healthy discussion of the pros and cons of every element of FMCA’s foundational documents. Your ideas and input are not only welcome — they are needed! Thank you in advance for taking the time to prepare and participate in this opportunity to make our great association even better.