By-Laws

Branch By-Laws – [Charleswood 100] – 2018 – CURRENT

Proposed Amendments
~ to be delivered by Notice of Motion at General Meeting 28 Feb 2019.
Amendments below are subject to change when delivered by Notice of Motion at the General Meeting 28 Feb 2019. Changes to proposed amendments will appear here for review after the meeting date. These amendments are subject to approval at the General Meeting currently scheduled for 23 May 2019, and subsequent approval by Provincial Command.

Amendment 1 to [Part 4 – Para 1., e.]
from:

A member shall hold membership in the Branch for a period of one year to be eligible for election to the Branch Executive, and a Member is required to have served two years on the Branch Executive to be eligible to be elected President.

to:

A member shall be a member in good standing within the Branch to be eligible for election to the Branch Executive.  The member need not be a Branch member to be nominated, but shall be a Branch member before being installed into the elected position.

Reasoning:

It is getting harder and harder to find quality volunteers for Executive positions.  It should be up to the membership to decide through the voting process who it wants on its Executive.  Stipulating archaic timelines to determine who could sit on the Executive was useful when there were several people who wished to hold a position.  This is no longer the case, and these timelines artificially tie our hands and potentially could be used against the better interest of the membership and the Branch.

If there is argument as to the requirement of timelines from this General Meeting, I reason that you could also bring these same arguments to any future vote and use your vote to leverage against the nominee that doesn’t meet ‘your’ criteria for installation.

Para 13, c. originally read:

A Member is required to have served one year on the Branch Executive to be eligible to be elected President and a member shall hold membership in the Branch for a period of one year to be eligible for election to the Branch Executive.

Amendment 2 to [Part 4 – Para 2., c.]
from:

The Executive Committee shall be installed in office immediately following the Elections held at the General Elections Meeting and shall assume office immediately.

to:

The Executive Committee shall be installed in office immediately following the Elections held at the General Elections Meeting and shall assume office on the 1st day of January of the following year.

Reasoning:
Para 14, b. of the previous By-Laws dated February 2017 was inadvertently changed when the current By-Laws underwent extensive formatting changes in 2018. When delivered for acceptance of amendment at the General Meeting (24 May 2018), branch members were informed that there were no procedural content changes, but changes to the formatting and some wording in paras for readability, grammar and flow.

Para 14, b. originally read:

The Executive Committee shall be installed in office immediately following the Elections held at the November General Meeting and shall assume office on the First Day of January of each year.

Amendment 3 to [Part 3 – Para 4.]
Add Paragraph at Para c. 
(renumbering following paragraphs)

Add Para 4., c. to read:

At minimum, a notice of a Special General Meeting shall be posted on the Branch notice board. Beyond this, social media, and/or electronic distribution (website, e-mail, etc) may also be utilized to notify members of the Special General Meeting. However, due to the possible sensitive natures of some meetings, details of the meeting may be omitted from social media and website posts.

Reasoning:
Part 3 doesn’t clearly lay out how members are to be notified of a Special General Meeting. There is currently a consensus that members need to be notified by mail, which would incur a significant cost to the Branch if the entire membership is notified utilizing this method. Adding the above para to the By-Laws clearly lays out how Special General Meetings will be advertised to the membership at zero cost to the Branch.

Mike Purll
2nd Vice President
Branch #04-100 Royal Canadian Legion
Charleswood, Winnipeg, MB