Pool Club Bylaws Amendments Proposed by the Board of Directors

At the last General Membership Meeting in February 2014, members considered a series of amendments to the pool’s bylaws that would have altered membership requirements and delineated new responsibilities for the club’s Board of Directors. In the debate surrounding those amendments, much focus was put on the current state of the bylaws, which appeared in places to be internally inconsistent, needlessly vague, or grammatically incorrect. (The current bylaws are available on the pool website.) As a result, the board embarked this year on an effort to clean up the language in the bylaws. The board established a Bylaws Committee comprised of interested club members and board members, chaired by Board Secretary Kevin Corcoran, and tasked with recommending technical changes to the bylaws to make them more clear and consistent.

In December, the committee presented their recommendations to the Board of Directors. The board endorsed the proposed changes. That packet of bylaw amendments is available here. Thanks to committee members Michelle Lackey, Tim Metzinger, Patti Powers, Laura Reynolds, Karen Schofield, and Christopher von Simson for their work on the recommendations.

The Board of Directors proposes these amendments to clarify and simplify the bylaws. Most of the changes are simply administrative in nature and reflect the use of new technology (such as the use of e-mail for submission of bylaws amendments, notices to members, etc.), correct typographical errors or remove unnecessarily formal language.

Where more substantive changes are proposed, such as the statement of purpose (Article II) or the definition of Family Unit (Article V, Section 1), our intent is to foster greater equity among all members of the pool community, whether distinguished by where they live or the makeup of their households. The attachment notes each proposed change and includes a rationale for each.

These amendments, along with an amendment proposed by member Bart Brown and printed in the February Newsletter, will be up for approval at the General Membership meeting on Wednesday, February 18, 2015, at 7 pm at Greenbriar East Elementary School.

We hope to see you there!

Download the Bylaws Amendment Packet

General Membership Meeting and February Newsletter

The annual General Meeting of the Membership for the club will be Wednesday, February 18, 2015, at 7 pm in the library of Greenbriar East Elementary School. All pool members are welcome and encouraged to attend. Members are invited to run for open pool board positions, elect new board members, accept or reject proposed club bylaws amendments, and/or join in the discussions.

There are three open positions available on the pool board. If you would like to run for one of the open positions, please submit a short bio to the pool email address (pool@greenbriar.org) so that you can be added to the ballot. Members are permitted to run from the floor at the meeting as well.

We value your input and participation! Whether you choose to run for a board position or not, your input and participation are important to the continued success of the pool!

The February Newsletter is also out! It includes important information about your membership and the club, including information about bylaws amendments that will be up for approval at the General Meeting.