Summer 2017 Ecesis, Volume 27, Issue 2
SERCAL is working on a slight restructuring of the Board of Directors (Board) to better represent and serve its membership — stay tuned for a vote on a updated bylaws that reflect this, and some general updating. First, we are planning to transition from 9 regions down to 3 — a northern, central, and southern region — we believe this will create more flexible regional representations to better serve our members. Each region would have at least two representatives and ideally three, making the total number of board members the same. The representatives’ terms would be extended to three years from the existing two, allowing some overlap of representatives in a region by staggering the elections and re-elections of the representatives. We have also opened the Board to including up to three Directors At Large.
Second, we are separating the Conference Chair and the President positions so that we can have general leadership and energy to serve the members and think about the future in a position that is not consumed by conference organization. The Conference Chair position would be a one-year term, while the term for President is essentially two year — the first year as President Elect, and the second as Acting President. This allows not only for continuity and smooth transitions in leadership, but also new ideas and energy. Third, we are re-organizing our committee structure so that SERCAL members can participate with the Board in organizing with our annual conference, regional events, fieldtrips, communications (Facebook, Ecesis, etc.), and more.
Some of these changes require some bylaw changes, so while we were at it we did a little document review, and proposed clean-up and updating. Stay tuned for an upcoming vote on the changes once we have finalized the language and details, and then the organizational transition. We hope all these changes will ultimately make the organization stronger and better able to represent and serve its members. So, if you are interested in getting involved, or have thoughts or concerns about the proposed changes, please drop us a line. — Allegra Bukojemsky