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Russell, Scott D. [1], Jernstedt, Judy [2], Schneider, Edward [3], Schwendemann, Andrew B. [6], Dahl, Janice M. [4], Soltis, Pamela S. [5], Haufler, Christopher H. [6], Niklas, Karl J. [7], Dahl, William [8].

Updating the BSA’s Bylaws to Meet an Ever-Evolving Business Environment.

The Botanical Society of America is evolving. Over the past six years the Society has moved from a nearly all volunteer run organization to today’s position where we have nine paid staff. We are responsible for two federal grants (NSF) and report to several other organizations providing funding for BSA lead projects. In addition to the compliance requirements of these organizations, we are moving to meet requirements outlined in the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and the updated requirements for IRS Form 990 non-profit tax reporting.
Given the evolving business environment we find ourselves in, the BSA Executive Committee appointed a Bylaws review committee to advise the Society on how we might best prepare for the future.
The Executive Committee, in light of the Bylaws Review Committee’s recommendations, would like to propose to the membership a number changes to our current Bylaws. In essence, we have taken into account current legal requirements and taken advantage of best management practices for the Society.
The members of the Bylaws Review Committee, Scott Russell, Ed Schneider, Judy Jernstedt, Andrew Schwendemann, Bill Dahl and governance expert Janice M. Dahl, CAE will present an overview of the proposed Bylaws changes, and explain the implications for the organization. BSA President Pamela Soltis, Immediate Past-president Christopher Haufler and incoming President Karl Niklas will participate as representatives of the Executive Committee.
The Committee took great care to protect the traditions of the organization. The Committee also produced a lengthy set of Policies, which house many of the BSA’s important traditions. The inter-relation between the Bylaws and Policies will be explained during the session. Participants in the session are encouraged to ask questions and explore how the organization will work and look to the membership, to ensure an informed vote on the Bylaws.


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1 - University of Oklahoma, Department of Botany and Microbiology, 770 Van Vleet Oval, Norman, Oklahoma, 73019, USA
2 - University of California Davis, Department of Agronomy And Range Science, One Shields Avenue, Davis, California, 95616-8515, USA
3 - Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, 1212 Mission Canyon Road, Santa Barbara, California, 93105-2199, USA
4 - Anchor Management Group LLC., 6336 Devonshire Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri, 63109, USA
5 - University of Florida, Florida Museum of Natatural History, Department Of Natatural Science, Gainesville, Florida, 32611-7800, USA
6 - University of Kansas, Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Haworth Hall, 1200 Sunnyside Ave, Lawrence, Kansas, 66045-7534, USA
7 - Cornell University, Department of Plant Biology, Ithaca, New York, 14853, (USA)
8 - Botanical Society of America, 4475 Castleman Ave., P.O. Box 299, St. Louis, Missouri, 63166-0299, USA

Keywords:
bylaws.

Presentation Type: Discussion Session
Session: D2
Location: Murrin/Gage
Date: Monday, July 28th, 2008
Time: 7:00 AM
Number: D2001
Abstract ID:1025


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