The Board of Directors of the North American Catalysis Society has discussed, edited, and accepted the proposed changes to the bylaws. Our bylaws also require that any changes to them be voted on by the membership of the NACS, which we shall do at the beginning of the Cancun meeting. These changes are mainly proposed to reflect modest changes in the operations of the NACS since the last bylaws were adopted (1995). The Board of Directors is responsible for the management of the NACS and the President of the NACS is the CEO of the NACS. Provisions exist for making procedural changes to the way the NACS operates, but these often don’t get added to the bylaws; this new set of bylaws reflects the way the Society is currently operating. The entire set of bylaws (10 pages with 25 Articles) is posted on the web site for all to review; I will only discuss the procedural changes made to the 1995 bylaws.
- Article II, section 6 describes the status of Associate (non-voting) members.
- Article II, section 7 and Article XI, section 3 defines the legal and tax status of the NACS and its clubs.
- Article VII, describes financial bonding of the officers and the trustees
- Article VIII, section 1 extends the number of voting members of the Board of Directors, while Article XV, sections 2 and 3 define voting procedures at the Board meetings.
- Article XIII, section 1 and Article XVII, section 1 describe the appointment of a Nominating Committee for election of officers. Section 5 elaborates the line of ascension in the event the President can no longer serve.
- Article XVII, sections 3 and 4 describes the composition and operation of the Executive Committee.
- Article XVII, section 5 and Article XXII describes the composition and selection of the Awards Committee.
- Article XXIII describes the Keith Hall Educational Fund.
- Articles XXIV and XXV are added at the suggestion of our attorney to meet laws of incorporation.
Prepared by John Armor, President
Originally posted on 3/18/2003
At the Board of Director’s meeting in Cancun on June 1, 2003, the Board of Directors approved one additional change in wording to Article XVII, section 4, so it now reads: The President may call a meeting of the Executive Committee to seek its advice.
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