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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

At the Annual Meeting, the Bylaw Amendments passed with a 60-1 vote. The updated Bylaws are available for download.

Summary of the Changes

SWANA instituted new bylaws effective July 1, 2019, that altered the governance structure of the organization. SWANA is now governed by a 21-member Board of Directors from across North America. This group is responsible for setting strategic direction and overseeing the association’s operations and policy positions. The SWANA Board of Directors receives input from an Advisory Board made up of delegates from all SWANA chapters, technical divisions, private sectors, and youth professional members. SWANA is requiring all state chapters to update their Chapter Bylaws to conform with SWANA’s new governance structure.

State chapters were required to have their bylaws amended and filed with SWANA prior to October 15, 2019. A summary of the key revisions are as follows:

  • Existing references to "International Board" have been changed to "SWANA Board."
  • Existing references to "Chapter Director" have been changed to "Advisory Board Delegate" and provide for his/her election for a two-year term (beginning July 1 and ending June 30). Rights and responsibilities of the Advisory Board Delegate shall be governed by the SWANA Policy Manual.
  • Added Article X that acknowledges the regional Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which is a key part of SWANA’s governance for the foreseeable future.

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