Originally Posted by Parks
Changing the title of the Board position "Steward" to "President".
They've talked to the Board about some things that need attention, but nailing down definite language and exactly how to fix a problem is not a trivial task.
According to the Charter, it is a vote by current members at a scheduled member meeting requiring 2/3 of the total vote to enact a change. The Board cannot change the Charter alone, unless there is a scheduled member meeting where a quorum of Board members show and no one else.
I think that Lyle is correct on all points.
We have a President instead of a Steward as the only recent Charter change.
Looking at changes to an existing Charter is an amazingly difficult process. We have had fits and starts at this for well over a year-maybe two. Leslie, Bob, myself and others have gathered information on how to do the deed, including many examples of other entity Charters/Bylaws, "how to guides" and what we might want to reference. Other folk think it is good enough in its current state with a couple of possible tweaks. Looking at what we need in a Charter depends on where we think we are as an association (now there you'll find some differences in opinion!) and where we think we are going. Perhaps the incoming Board can give some direction. Then you need to ask; is it time to look at issues of non profit status directly, position ourselves to do so in the future, stipulate what we need to do to operate under another entites umbrella or continue our current business model? It would be far easier to start over from scratch than to amend what we have...not suggesting that, but it would be easier. Hard messy work ahead.
Lyle points out how I read the current Charter. If one member shows up for a Members Meeting and you have a Board Quorum, you can pass a Charter amendment. I am hoping that this issue gets on the agenda at a Member meeting some time in the near future.