At the February 2013 meeting of the OPS Board of Directors, the BOD voted to accept the recommendations of the OPS Bylaws committee which included proposed amendments to the OPS bylaws.
The bylaws amendment procedure requires that any proposed amendments be posted or distributed to the OPS membership for public comment for a period of no less than thirty days. The BOD will conduct a vote on these proposed amendments after the comment period has closed and all comments concerning the proposed amendments have been considered. Any comments should be submitted in writing to the OPS Secretary or the Executive DIrector.
The public comment period will close on April 15, 2013.
All proposed additions are in blue text. All proposed deletions are displayed in red strike-through.
The bylaws currently list "Fellow” as an OPS Member type, which implies permanent membership in the OPS by virtue of being elected a fellow. It has been this way in all versions of the bylaws going back to 1976. This is a little confusing and competes with the honorary life member recognition.
To address this issue, the following amendments have been proposed:
Strike Fellowship as an OPS member type (remove Article III, Section 3):
SECTION 3: Fellowship Members: Any Active Member who has maintained active membership for five consecutive years and has completed ten consecutive years in ophthalmic imaging may be eligible for consideration or recognition as a Fellowship Member.
Add this wording to the Fellowship Committee description.
ARTICLE IX: COMMITTEES
SECTION 1: The Fellowship Committee shall be composed of all Past-Presidents and all Fellows. It shall be the duty of the Committee to elect Fellows. Any Active Member who has maintained active membership for five consecutive years and has completed ten consecutive years in ophthalmic imaging may be eligible for consideration or recognition as a Fellowship Member.
The HLM Committee has recently done work to clarify the distinction & criteria for both the Honorary Life Member designation and the Outstanding Contribution to Ophthalmic Photography Award. The HLM committee recommends the following wording change to HLM.
ARTICLE III: MEMBERS
SECTION 5: Honorary Life Membership: Any person who has made an outstanding contribution to the field of ophthalmic imaging shall be eligible for consideration for Honorary Life Membership. Honorary Life Membership status in the Ophthalmic Photographers' Society may be awarded to select individuals who, through long term dedication, have made significant and lasting contributions to the Society. These efforts are recognized for educational participation, professional expertise and the support and nurture of Society goals in the ophthalmic community. Honorary Life Members shall have none of the obligations of membership, but shall be entitled to all of the privileges except those of making motions, voting and holding office. Honorary Life Members may simultaneously be Active Members by meeting the qualifications for Active Membership.
Another bylaws issue with recommended changes.
Article VII, Section 1, C states:The President shall, with approval of the Board of Directors, appoint Chairs of the standing and ad hoc committees, and shall be an ex-officio member of all Committees, except the Nominating Committee.
That wording has been in place for all versions of the bylaws. The Bylaws Committee recommends that the President also be excluded from serving on the ballot committee. To address this issue, the following amendment has been proposed:
Add wording to Article VII, Section 1, C. Duties of the President
ARTICLE VII: DUTIES OF THE OFFICERS
SECTION 1: Duties of the President
C. The President shall, with approval of the Board of Directors, appoint Chairs of the standing and ad hoc committees, and shall be an ex-officio member of all Committees, except the Nominating and Ballot Committee s.
Additionally the committee recommends that any member of the Nominating Committee be excluded from simultaneous service on the Ballot Committee. To address this issue, the following amendment has been proposed:
Add wording to Article IX: Committees, Section 5:
ARTICLE IX: COMMITTEES
SECTION 5: The Ballot Committee Chair shall be appointed by the President. It shall be the duty of this Committee to act as tellers of the official ballots. No member of the Ballot Committee shall be a member of the Nominating Committee.
Please send any comments on these proposed amendments to the OPS Secretary
or Executive Director
by April 15, 2013.
For reference, the current complete OPS Bylaws can be found here.