February 2018: CMAA Bylaw Changes – Your Voice and Vote Count!

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The World Conference on Club Management and Club Business Expo is almost upon us and with it, a time of transition at CMAA. Transition comes in the form of leadership changes that includes new Board officers and directors, and new member volunteer committee assignments. Before we arrive at the month of March, I first want to look back. I am amazed and grateful to the hundreds of CMAA volunteers and all the work they did in 2017. I can’t wait to share more with you during my State of the Association address, and the soon to be released CMAA 2017 Annual Report. Still, one important 2017 member volunteer action needs your attention! 

At the request of CMAA National Board and Bylaws Committee, CMAA professional members have the opportunity and responsibility to consider and vote on five (5) CMAA National Bylaw amendments/propositions on this year’s national ballot. I want to ensure you are aware of these and understand the roots for the recommended changes as you consider each one.

In early 2017, CMAA’s Bylaws were comprehensively studied by the Association’s legal counsel; as such, several legal recommendations and housekeeping items were brought to the attention of the CMAA Board of Directors and the 2017 Bylaws Committee. These Bylaw proposals are now presented for the membership’s consideration and vote. Each has the full support and approval of the National Board and the Bylaws Committee.

2018 National Bylaw Propositions:

  1. Consideration to implement the thorough legal review/recommendations of the CMAA National Bylaws.
  2. Consideration to change the official name of the Association.
  3. Consideration to remove the membership classification of Surviving Spouse.
  4. Consideration to update the titling of CMAA’s elected Executive Officers.
  5. Consideration to add Professional members to two national Standing Committees.

#1, Complete Legal Review and Overhaul of CMAA’s National Bylaws. The National Bylaws have not had a legal review in more than a decade. The 2017 Bylaws Committee worked extensively with legal counsel to make the proposed Bylaws consistent with association best practices while preserving CMAA’s historical integrity and intent.

#2, Proposed official name change of the Association. This proposal marks a change of our organization’s name to The Club Management Association of America, still maintaining the acronym of CMAA. Please take the time to review the rationale behind this proposal. A good place to start is re-reading CMAA President Bob James’ explanation from 2017. This change recognizes that CMAA is becoming an umbrella organization for many of the professional staff within clubs as well as indicates that a new name will be even more credible in understanding and delivering content to club boards.

#3, Proposed removal of Surviving Spouse membership classification. Due to diminishing interest, this national membership classification is no longer relevant. CMAA currently has one Surviving Spouse member.

#4, Proposed titling updates to the Association’s elected Executive Officers. This change is an association best practice, and eliminates confusion with CMAA staff and committee/chapter volunteer titles. President to Chairman; Vice President to Vice Chairman.

#5, Proposed additions of Professional members to Standing Committees. CMAA’s Board is adopting best practice by recommending changing the composition of the Budget & Finance Committee and the Audit Committee to allow for up to two (2) additional Professional members beyond the current named CMAA National Officers.

I hope these CMAA National Bylaw changes make sense to you. If you have questions, please feel reach out to me or any of your National Board members with your questions. If you are not attending World Conference and are eligible to vote, you can do so online at https://www.cmaa.org/vote/ no later than 12:00 noon EST, Monday, February 26. If you’ll be joining us at Conference in San Francisco, eligible voters will have three days to vote on site.

As I end this month, I want to express my sincere thanks to all the CMAA volunteers at both CMAA National and in our 43 Chapters for your efforts over the past year. I am looking forward to many of you continuing your involvement as we turn the CMAA calendar with new national leadership. Speaking of CMAA National leadership, my thanks to Bob James, CCM, CCE, CHE, for his leadership as CMAA National President this past year as well as to Jill Philmon, CCM, CCE, and Bill Langley, CCM, CCE, for their Board leadership and tenure. Each has contributed at the highest level for CMAA and has made a big difference for your organization. 

Until next month,

Posted by Karen Woodie at 02/16/2018 03:57:17 PM