Members: Don’t Forget to Vote on Proposed Bylaws Change

At their 18 Feb 2022 meeting, the WSGS Board approved a change to the bylaws allowing all Board members, regardless of election status, to vote. The change must be approved by the WSGS membership to become official.

Currently, the president, vice president, secretary, treasurer and past president are the only members allowed to vote on board matters, while appointed chairs of the standing committees (web master, blog master and Pioneer Certificate program) are expected to attend and participate in Board business, but not allowed to vote. After a discussion about the value of all those who participate on the Board, the Board voted unanimously to allow chairs of standing committees to vote.

All WSGS members received an email with a link to vote on the bylaws change on 20 Mar 2022. If you are a member of WSGS and need a reminder email, please email and put “Bylaws Link” in the Subject Line. Balloting will close at 11:59 p.m., 20 Apr 2022.

The proposed change affects Articles V and VI:


Section 1. The Board of Directors shall consist of the elected officers, and the immediate past president and heads of the Standing Committees. The Board shall:

  1. Conduct the business of the Society, referring major decisions and unusual expenses to the membership for approval or ratification.
  2. Meet at least three (3) times a year, the dates and places to be determined by the Board members.
  3. Potential Board of Directors Conflicts of Interest shall be addressed annually.

Section 2. Members of the Board are expected to attend all meetings, called by the President or three members of the board.

Section 3. All elected Board Members shall be current members of the Society.

Section 4. Notice of all board meetings shall be given to each member not fewer than five (5) days prior to the meeting.


Section 1. The Standing Committees will be: Web master, Blog master, and Pioneer Certificate.

Section 2. The heads of Standing Committees or other Appointed Positions are expected to attend meetings of the Board of Directors and contribute to the deliberations, but are non-voting members of the Board.