NAP Takes Care of Business at Convention
More than 300 voting members attended the daily business meetings held during NAP’s 41st Biennial Convention, September 8 through 10.
In addition to receiving reports from 2015-2017 President Mary Randolph, PRP, and Treasurer Wanda Sims, PRP, delegates elected a new board of directors and new members to the Commission on Credentialing. They also debated proposed bylaws amendments on issues ranging from how much time the board has to approve a new budget to the election and term length of members on the Commission. While 31 bylaws amendments were proposed, the assembly decided to consider only a few of them. A recap of the actions taken are as follows:
- Amendments 1 & 2 passed. These dealt with the passing and timing of the NAP budget. The amendments give the new board of directors time to thoroughly review a budget before passing it.
- Amendment 12 concerning the election and term lengths of members on the Commission on Credentialing was debated and passed. This allows members to serve staggered even-number terms, instead of odd-number.
- Amendments 19, 20, 21, 23, 24, 27 were passed on consent agenda. Many of these amendments were deemed of a technical nature.
- After much debate, amendment 16 failed. This proposed that a majority vote during convention would be required to sell the NAP Headquarters building.
- A bylaw amendment proposed by the China Association that requested that members from developing countries be required to pay the same rate as student members. The motion failed to receive the 90% required to adopt non-noticed amendments.
You can view the updated bylaws here.
The assembly also adopted a resolution that addressed the use of “chairperson” and other such terms. In short, NAP advises its members to encourage organizations to follow the guidance of the 11th edition of Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised and use the term that best fits the organization’s needs. This action rescinded a 1975 resolution discouraging the use of “chairperson.”