This November marks the 36th anniversary of NASIG’s Bylaws! To commemorate, we’re highlighting the history of the committee as well as how members can get involved.
History of the Committee
NASIG’s original Bylaws were approved in November 1986 during the organization’s first round of elections, held just a few months after the first annual conference at Bryn Mawr College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. The Bylaws Committee was formed two years later with original members Tina Feick, Elaine Rast, Sylvia Martin, and Marty Gordon, with the goal of keeping the Bylaws up to date to reflect NASIG’s organizational activities.
The current members of the Bylaws Committee are Maria Aghazarian, Christian Lear, Emma Heet, Elisa Nascimento, and Kristy White. In addition to their work in receiving and notifying members about proposed amendments, the Committee reviews the Bylaws annually to keep them up to date in our changing times. Recent revisions include incorporating language about virtual meetings (2021) and clarifying that the annual business meeting is not required to take place at the annual conference, as long as one is held annually (2022).
Revisions and Amendments
Minor revisions to the Bylaws may be made by the Committee during review or as requested by the Board. These may include typographical and grammatical corrections, reflecting current organizational practices, and committee name changes.
Any changes that are more substantial should be drafted as an amendment to be voted on by membership. Any NASIG member in good standing may submit an amendment to the Bylaws. Amendments should be submitted in writing to any Bylaws Committee member or presented during the annual business meeting. Members may also present amendments during the biannual open sessions hosted by the Bylaws Committee; all members are invited to attend these meetings.
Amendments should include the proposed change(s), the rationale for the change(s), and any implementation that would be necessary should the amendment be approved by voting. Amendments do not need to be in a particular format, as long as all of these requirements are met.
Get in touch!
Have questions or interest in serving on the Committee? Members can contact the Bylaws Committee any time by emailing email@example.com. We are happy to address any questions about the Bylaws and hear your ideas for revisions or amendments. The Committee also holds an open session once every semester that is open to all NASIG members. Be on the lookout for our open session in Spring 2023, and drop by if you are interested or have any questions.