Hello Region J! The Senate is kicking off 2017 with the Winter Senate Meeting! The Region J senators will be traveling to Austin,TX in a few days to meet up with the rest of the Regions. As the Senators are preparing for the meeting, we are interested in knowing if you have any questions or concerns we can bring with us to Austin? After all, we are there to represent Region J. Leave a comment here to let us know! As we get answers to your questions we will post them here!
On a side note, have you seen this webinar yet? It contains a quick background of the governance change objective and the latest updates from the task force. Let us know what you think!
Hello Region J,
Here’s the outcome of the WE16 Senate meeting. Tamaira represented our Region and brought in the feedback from the Region J membership. Thank you to those that had filled out the online survey and/or emailed us with feedback.
As always, please feel free to reach out to us if you had any questions regarding the Society governance changes or simply want to chat about SWE. We look forward to hear from you!
Region J Senators
(Stephanie, Tamaira & Anna)
|Bylaws Amendment||Current State||Proposed State||As Passed State|
|S1615: Authority for Setting Dues||Senate||Board of Directors||passed|
|S1616: External Policy Responsibility||Senate||Board of Directors||passed|
|S1617: Trademarks and Emblems Responsibility||Senate||Board of Directors||passed|
|S1611: Vacancies, Filling Office Responsibility||Senate||Nominating committee & Membership||passed|
|S1704: Region Council||1 section rep. per 100 members (≤ 4)||1 section rep. per section or MAL||passed|
|S1702: Collegiate Director Eligibility A||Be a collegiate member of the Society in good standing previous year||Be a collegiate member of the Society in good standing at the time the nomination is submitted. At the time of taking office, Have at least 2 years experience.||Not considered in lieu of 1703|
|S1703: Collegiate Director Eligibility B||Be a collegiate member of the Society in good standing immediately previous to submission of the nomination||Be or have been a collegiate member of the Society in good standing within 3 years; for the immediately previous to submission of the nomination||Within 2 years rather than 3|
|S1707: Collegiate Director Term||1 yr. term||2 yr. term||passed|
|S1706: Director of Regions Eligibility||No req’m. for deputy director of regions||Candidates for director of regions and deputy director of regions must have been region governor||passed|
|S1613: Honorary Members||Unused membership grade||Eliminate the grade||passed|
Hi Region J,
We need your inputs on the following bylaw amendments the Senate will vote on at WE16. There are two ways to submit your inputs: (1) fill out the doodle poll or (2) leave us a message with your thoughts and concerns!
S-1615 Dues – BoD, instead of Senate to setting dues and assume allocations responsibilities.
S-1704 Region Councils – Eliminate proportional representation by membership.
S-1617 Trademarks & Emblems – BoD, instead of Senate, to assume SWE trademark and marketing responsibilities.
S-1616 External Policy – BoD, instead of Senate to assume external policy and position responsibilities.
S-1608, 1610, 1702, 1703 – Collegiate Director Eligibility and Collegiate Director Term
Besides the motions highlighted above, the Senate will also vote on a few other issues (11 motions total, please find the complete list below). You can find more details regarding these motions here: http://senate.swe.org/amendments-and-motions.html
Motion S-1609 – Director of Regions Eligibility
Motion S-1611 – Vacancies
Motion S-1613 – Honorary Members
As the Society moves forward with the governance changes in FY17, we would like to maintain close contact with the Region J membership. We plan to utilize Facebook (Region J page) and this Blog for communication and encourage checking monthly for new updates. We will also post on Newsletter(s) to announce updates. Your feedback is very important to us and the Society!
Region J Senators
(Stephanie, Tamaira & Anna)
Below are the motions that were voted on at the WE15 Senate Meeting.
- S1602: Bylaws Amendments by Electronic Ballot –PASSED –
- This proposed change to the bylaws would allow electronic voting, with an amendment needing to get a 90% approval rate in order to pass. Allowing electronic ballet will allow the Senate to be more agile, and allow more time for discussion on controversial items during in-person meetings. It will be important however, for Senators to ensure their Region is informed on amendments that are being voted on electronically.
- S-1603: SWE-EFI – PASSED –
- This proposed change will add two members of the board of trustees, clarify wording in the SWE-EFI bylaws and clarify that the chair will not vote except during elections for officers or to break a tie. This change will lessen the workload on the BOT members, while having a negligible effect on the SWE EFI budget. This change will not directly impact the Region.
- S1604: Approval of Strategic Initiatives Small Business Recommendations – REMOVED FROM AGENDA
The motion passed. SWE now has a new logo.
At JCON15, the senators presented the proposed branding updates and asked for feedback. The senators have been asked to vote on the branding to either accept or reject the branding as whole, with no edits to specific sections, such as the logo. A Facebook event has been created for Region J to serve as a forum to provide both positive and constructive feedback. Please review the attached branding presentation and add your comments to the Facebook event page by April 17. Thanks!
At the Spring Senate Meeting in Chicago this weekend your 3 region senators will be voting on the proposed bylaws amendments listed below. As such, we need YOUR feedback. Please read through the descriptions of each proposed amendment (located here) and then e-mail us and/or the region governor with your thoughts ASAP. Thank for your help!
i. S1403 – International Member Coordinator
ii. S1405 – Bylaws Amendments Electronic Voting
iii. S4106 – Collegiate Region Representatives
iv. S1407 – Nomination Chair Election by BOD
v. S1408 – Nominating Committee Deputy Chair