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ISA Headquarters posted on May 12, 2015 11:53
At the most recent meeting of the ISA Governing Council this past February in New Orleans, the Governing Council approved a proposal to the ISA Constitution that would change the requirement on the number of signatures needed to establish a new Section. Instead of having a fixed number of signatures (100 signatures), the proposal would require a percentage (3.5%) of ISA members’ signatures. Any changes to the ISA Constitution must be confirmed by a vote of its members.

Under Article IV, section B, the current language reads as follows:

Sections may be established upon petition of 100 or more ISA members to the Governing Council via the Executive Director. The petition shall include a statement of purpose, organization and activities. Sections may establish their own dues. The Executive Office will disburse the funds to the activities of Sections.

If adopted, that part of the ISA Constitution would read as follows:

Sections may be established upon petition of 3.5 percent or more of ISA members to the Governing Council via the Executive Director. The petition shall include a statement of purpose, organization and activities. Sections may establish their own dues. The Executive Office will disburse the funds to the activities of Sections.

Please indicate whether or not you approve of this change by casting your vote.

Please be sure to cast your vote on the proposed amendment by June 15, 2015.
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Susanne Zwingel
# Susanne Zwingel
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 10:34 AM
So this seems to increase the number of signatures necessary for a new section significantly. Why is that deemed a good idea?

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