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Proposed By-Law Changes

In accordance with the Airlift Tanker Association by-laws dated 25 October 2018 found here, the following seven changes will be presented to the general membership for a vote at our annual business meeting scheduled for 23 October 2019 at the 51st annual convention and symposium in Orlando, Florida.

We ask all our members to review, consider, and send any comments to Mike Cassidy at secretary@atalink.org using the subject line “ATA By-Law Comment” no later than 16 October 2019.  The By-Law changes below consider all proposals submitted by our membership and those generated by our Board of Officers.  A/TA bylaws are reviewed annually, and all changes made in accordance with Article I, Section 4.

The A/TA Board of Officers, Advisors, and a group of committed volunteers work diligently on your behalf to support the Association’s priorities: Supporting Mobility Airmen, Preserving Our Culture, and Strengthening Our Bonds. We believe these proposed By-Law changes will help improve the way we operate and keep us relevant in our tireless efforts to support you, the members!  Please take a few moments to review these proposals, and we look forward to seeing you at our 51st Convention in Orlando, Florida, 23-26 October 2019.

Thank you again for your membership and commitment to “our” Airlift Tanker Association!

ArticleProposed Change
Art II (Sec 2a)
Board of Officer Composition
Add A Vice President for Strategic Planning and Development to the Board of Officers
Art V. (Sec 4.a.(3)
Nominating Committee
Change sentence to read: “The Nominating Committee will present a slate … normally consist of (delete “only”) “one “vetted and qualified” nominee for each available position…”
• Board supports a one-page “nomination worksheet” to gain relevant/consistent information [See Worksheet]
• Board supports new “nomination process” with assumption candidates meet Article III, Sec 4 eligibility requirement [See Nomination Process]
Art V. (Sec 4.c.(5)
Programs Committee
Move responsibility for the Business/Board meeting agenda development to the Association Secretary. (Assuming position approval, Board supports new VP, Strategic Planning/Development presenting a “state of A/TA” report as the first agenda item at the annual business meeting.
Art V. (Sec 4.d.)
Membership Committee
Expand duties and job description of the Membership Committee:
• Association Secretary is currently the “chair” of the membership committee. Replace with Senior VP and align chapter outreach actions to overall membership recruiting efforts
• Assuming position approval, the Board supports new VP, Strategic Planning/Development playing a key role on the committee
Art II, Section 2(c)
Board Meetings
Add the Chairman’s authority to conduct “executive” Board of Officer sessions to conduct specific business such as pre-board meeting agenda discussion, out of cycle decisions, Hall of Fame selections, etc.
Art III, Section 1(b)
Officer Responsibilities
Update all Board of Officer job descriptions. [See Job Descriptions] Create job descriptions for VP, Strategic Planning and Development, Board of Advisor and Deputy Board of Advisor positions.
Article V, Sec 4(3)
Nominating Committee
Delete the sentences “The Nominating Committee Chairman will also solicit nominations from the floor. Any delegate may so nominate provided the nominee is eligible and agrees to serve.” to prevent an un-vetted individual from being nominated at the annual business meeting (Supports new proposed nomination process)

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