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Re: [m-hb] MIT Guild constitution amendments

Hi everyone,
The time has come to vote on the amended constitution!  The final version
is attached.  Please cast your vote here:

I'm probably going to submit the re-recognition form tomorrow afternoon, so
let's say the vote is open until noon tomorrow (5/11).


On Fri, Apr 26, 2024 at 1:34 PM Abigail Timmel <abigailtimmel gmail com>

> 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.
> Abby
> 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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