The leadership team this year, and in particular Dave Velzy, has spent substantial time and effort this year discussing and refining our bylaws to be clearer, more concise, and to reflect the way in which Hive13 operates. Dave Velzy cannot be thanked enough for leading this charge, including having the bylaws, and all proposed changes reviewed by a team of lawyers through the Pro Bono Partnership of Ohio.
The legal review brought many minor changes to the bylaws, making them clearer and consistent with legal standards. In addition to the minor changes, the following notable changes were made:
- The separate membership and warden addendums have been combined into the bylaws.
- Member rights added a linked complementary ‘family’ membership. This ratifies and makes public a long standing Hive13 practice.
- Assured the bylaws comply with US and Ohio law.
- Require the support of five (5) members to propose a bylaw revision. In July 2019 there were fifteen often conflicting revisions submitted. We feel a speed bump is warranted.
The current bylaws can be found here: https://wiki.hive13.org/view/Bylaws
The proposed changes can be found here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/18dOdjMCDqhPvtZJfyWELFOw4KON_53Zj/view
These changes are presented for vote by unanimous endorsement by the current Board of Directors and Elected Officers. The changes will be up for vote alongside this year’s leadership elections for the Annual Meeting. We hope you will vote to enact the change.