|Sent on:||Thursday, June 13, 2013 9:52 AM|
Our draft by-laws have been approved by a 15-to-0 vote of the members who voted. (If you didn't vote, you missed your chance, but you can still propose amendments or resolutions.) With a few minor corrections and trivial modifications,
they are now in effect with interim acting officers Jay Shachter, Rene Rivera, and John Welch, who, along with a few other volunteers, have been managing our organization for the past couple of years.
As provided by section 4-a, we can elect permanent officers immediately after our next meeting, which is June 24. Members who wish to volunteer as officer candidates should post their interest and qualifications in a message to the whole membership. Members who want to nominate other members, should secure the permission of the nominee before doing so.
Although these roles are not particularly time-consuming, Board members should be able to attend most of our meetings over the coming year. If you have to spend a lot of your time with out-of-town clients, you shouldn't serve on our Board, but you're always welcome to contribute and participate in short-term activities.
As soon as the permanent Board is formed, it will have to confront the long-deferred issue of finances. A modest annual dues or a small meeting fee is likely.
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One more thing: Some of our members have joined under pseudonyms or incomplete names. A professional organization like the Chicago C/C++ Users' Group has no need to conceal the identities of its members. We're not a pornography club! I plan to introduce a resolution or a by-laws amendment limiting officers and voting members to people who use their real full names and provide outside contact information.