As of its meeting of April 16, 2014, the Executive Committee recommended to the Board an amendment to the Bylaws for immediate action. On April 19, the Board completed its voting, which was unanimous. Members submitted their votes on May 25, 2013 and the amendment was passed.
As NCIS grows and changes, the need for new executive positions grows as well. With the participation of the voting membership who approved a new amendment to the Bylaws, NCIS has created its first Membership Officer.
THE TEXT OF THE AMENDMENT READS:
"The Board shall from time to time create a new officer position as needed."
OFFICER, EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE, BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Every Officer, either appointed or elected, is a member of the Executive Committee.
The Executive Committee is the leadership group that manages the daily activities and business of NCIS between Board meetings
Officers and Board Members comprise the Board of Directors.
REASONS FOR THIS PROPOSAL
The Membership Chair is one of the most important positions that any Board member can hold. Currently the position is managed by a Board member. We feel it is important to elevate the position of Membership Chair to that of Membership Officer, a position on the Executive Committee. This is a position that now exists broadly throughout the nonprofit sector. The Membership Officer would, by default, chair the Membership Committee.
The Membership Officer would work on issues and policies that affect NCIS and would be in charge of membership recruitment and retention. In addition, and just as important, this officer would be working closely with the Communications Officer and continue to collaborate with the Benefits Committee and other committees, as needed.
Membership Officers are far more important positions today than in the past when their responsibilities were far fewer and their positions of seemingly lesser importance. That has changed, and we need to move forward with an outreach campaign to grow the numbers of NCIS members. The Board needs the Membership Chair to play an important role in the management of the daily activities of NCIS, one whose overall responsibility will be the membership, work to spearhead the outreach, and work collegially with the Board to accomplish our very needed expansion.
We have reached the point where we require such an officer for the present and future growth of NCIS.