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Re: [m-hb] MIT Guild constitution amendments

Thanks Cally!  I wasn't particularly worried about that since as you noted
we don't actually have to do any member removal if we choose not to.  I
have edited it to more closely follow the ASA guideline.


On Fri, Apr 26, 2024 at 12:57 PM Cally Perry <cally perry gmail com> wrote:

> Wow, great job!   This is particularly brilliant:
> Members and those who have attended at least three tower or handbell
> sessions in the preceding year are eligible to vote.
> The membership revocation stuff is problematic and very restrictive.
> Luckily, we don't have to say that we actually will remove a member for
> non-participation, because heck would freeze over.   Maybe this?
> A member can be recommended for removal by a two-third vote of other
> members. Before the vote, they will be given a warning by the 
> organization.
> The member to be removed will be given the opportunity to speak at the
> meeting at which the vote takes place. If a member is recommended for
> removal based on non-participation, they will be given at least until 30
> days into the following term to resume participation based on review. A
> member recommended for removal for any behavior-related matters will be
> referred to the appropriate channel(s) for resolution, including, without
> limitation, Institute Discrimination & Harassment Response Office,
> Committee on Discipline and Student Organizations, Leadership, and
> Engagement.
> On Fri, Apr 26, 2024 at 10:43 AM Abigail Timmel <abigailtimmel gmail com>
> wrote:
>> Hi everyone,
>> Here is a proposed amended version of the constitution:
>> https://docs.google.com/document/d/1TEe8EecQLFn5ERn7YDGm6aqHNqxHp31gT2bfkrbSpDo/edit?usp=sharing
>> The current constitution and the list of requirements we have to satisfy
>> for re-recognition are attached.
>> The main change is of course the "membership must be more than half
>> students" line, which is required.  I removed the "non-active member"
>> category which is a bit superfluous when we can't have that many
>> non-students and lowered the bar for student membership from three
>> practices to one practice.  To avoid disenfranchising most of our 
>> ringers,
>> I am also proposing that anyone who has attended at least three tower or
>> handbell sessions be eligible to vote.
>> It would probably work just to make the required changes on paper and
>> carry on as we are, but having most Old North ringers not be members of 
>> the
>> guild running Old North seems like possibly not the best long-term plan.
>> We could consider forming another guild for those ringers, which can be 
>> as
>> symbiotic with the MIT Guild as we want it to be (options ranging from
>> non-student faction of the same organizational structure to a splitting 
>> off
>> of Old North from the MIT Guild.)  This can be something else to 
>> discuss at
>> the meeting.
>> We'll schedule an online vote two weeks from today, which will be 5/10,
>> two days before the re-recognition deadline.  Please make comments and
>> suggestions before then, and we'll keep ironing this out.  Since the
>> current constitution does have a clause about abiding by ASA rules, in 
>> the
>> event that we don't reach an agreement by 5/12, I think we reserve the
>> right to minimally edit the current constitution to meet the 
>> requirements
>> for re-recognition.
>> Let me know if there are any questions!
>> Abby
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