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Please review the proposed amendments to the bylaws and vote using the survey below by friday, 10/20 . if passed, the proposed amendments to be voted on by the membership at large.


ARTICLE V Board of Trustees - Section 3. Number and Term

Current Article:

The Board shall consist of the five (5) elected Officers (President, Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer, Vice Secretary/Treasurer, and Immediate Past President), the Editor of the Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance and ten (10) ordinary Trustees, one of whom shall be a technologist.   All Officers, the Editor, and ordinary Trustees in good standing have full voting rights.  The Annual Scientific Sessions Chair and the Webmaster shall be ex-officio members of the Board, without voting rights. “The President may also appoint up to two (2) additional members as ex-officio members of the Board, without voting rights. [for representation from larger geographic groups].  Ordinary Trustees will take office at the conclusion of the annual meeting following their election, serve on the Board for three years, and cannot be re-elected to serve as a Trustee for two years.  An officer cannot be elected by the membership to serve as a Trustee until at least 2 years after leaving office. Elections will be held annually.  The Trustees shall have a staggered term such that approximately 1/3rd of the Trustees will be elected each year.

Proposed Article:

The Board shall consist of the five (5) elected Officers (President, Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer, Vice Secretary/Treasurer, and Immediate Past President), the Chair of the Program Committee and a minimum of eight (8) ordinary Trustees, one of whom shall be a technologist.   All Officers, the Program Chair, and ordinary Trustees in good standing have full voting rights.  ”The President may also appoint up to three (3) additional members as ex-officio members of the Board, without voting rights. Ordinary Trustees serve on the Board for three years, and cannot be re-elected to serve as a Trustee for two years after leaving the Board.  An officer cannot be elected by the membership to serve as a Trustee until at least 2 years after leaving office. Elections will be held annually.  The Trustees shall have a staggered term such that approximately 1/3rd of the Trustees will be elected each year.

Rationale:

The proposed amendment is to reduce the minimum Board size from 10 to 8, and increase the number of trustees the standing President may appoint from 2 to 3. These changes are being proposed to provide flexibility on both the size of the Board and the specific positions composing the Board. If passed, these changes will allow the Board to be more efficient and flexible to address strategic initiatives on an annual basis. 


ARTICLE VIII Committees - Section 1. Standing Committees

Current Article:

The Society shall have the following standing committees: Executive Committee, Nominating Committee, Membership Committee, Publications Committee, Annual Scientific Sessions Program Committee, and Technologists Committee.

Standing Committees:

The Executive Committee shall consist of the President, Vice-President, Secretary/Treasurer, Vice-Secretary/Treasurer, Immediate Past President and the Program Chairman.  The Executive Committee shall be chaired by the President.

The Nominating Committee shall be chaired by the Immediate Past President and shall be composed of a minimum of 5 members, selected by the Immediate Past President from among members in good standing who are not currently on the Board and who reflect the diverse aspects of the Society in geography and discipline.

The Membership Committee shall identify and solicit members for the Society and make recommendations to the Board regarding membership benefits.

The Publications Committee will oversee the Society’s Journal, including relations with the publisher.

The Technologist Committee will participate in the identification and solicitation of technologist members for the Society and coordinate the Technologists program at the Annual Scientific Sessions.  They will also recommend educational and other programs relevant to technologists to the Board and/or appropriate Committee.

Proposed Article:

Section 1. Standing Committees.  The Society shall have the following standing committees: Executive Committee and Nominating Committee

Standing Committees:

The Executive Committee shall consist of the President, Vice-President, Secretary/Treasurer, Vice-Secretary/Treasurer, and the Immediate Past President.  The Executive Committee shall be chaired by the President.

The Nominating Committee shall be chaired by the Immediate Past President and shall be composed of a minimum of 5 members, selected by the Immediate Past President from among members in good standing who are not currently on the Board and who reflect the diverse aspects of the Society in geography and discipline.

Rationale:

The purpose of this revision is to decrease the number of standing committees and thus provide SCMR flexibility to form or disband committees on an annual basis to meet strategic initiatives. At this time, none of the listed committees are being disbanded. The Technologist Committee has been expanded into a “Section” to allow more inclusivity, and is led by a steering committee. 


ARTICLE IV Membership - Section 1. Members.

 

Current Article:

 

There shall be four (4) classes of membership: Regular Member, Trainee Member, Technologist/Allied Health Member, Emeritus Member. All membership classes shall have full voting privileges. Membership in the Society shall be available to individuals interested in cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR), having an interest in the Society, supporting its purpose, or otherwise qualifying for membership under criteria established by the Board from time to time. Members shall be entitled to elect the Trustees and Officers as provided for in Articles V and VI of these Bylaws.

 

Proposed Article:

There shall be five (54) classes of membership: Regular Member, Trainee Member, Technologist/Allied Health Member, Emeritus Member, and Associate member. All membership classes shall have full voting privileges except for the Associate member. Membership in the Society shall be available to individuals interested in cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR), having an interest in the Society, supporting its purpose, or otherwise qualifying for membership under criteria established by the Board from time to time. Members shall be entitled to elect the Trustees and Officers as provided for in Articles V and VI of these Bylaws.

  

Rationale:

The SCME Board of Trustees approved and introduced the Associate membership category in 2014, after the last revision of the bylaws. Inclusion in the bylaws makes the membership class an officially recognized component of the membership.

 

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