Constitution

Proposed changes to the constitution

A number of changes have been proposed to the constitution of the Down Syndrome Association of New South Wales. A marked up draft of the changes is attached below.

The key change is to split up the terms of Board members, so that only half come up for election each year or ‘term’. This will create greater continuity in the Board’s activities from one year to the next.

In addition most Board members will now serve a term of 2 years or ‘terms’ as opposed to one, again to help the Board with continuity issues and to help maintain appropriate skills on the Board.

A few additional minor consequential amendments have also been proposed, to formalize the previous change in process whereby Board members are elected by postal ballot prior to an Annual General Meeting, as opposed to at the AGM. Some sections still referred to election of Board members at the AGM.

Key Changes

  • Most Board members will now serve 2 ‘terms’ or years as opposed to one.
  • The election cycle of Board members will be split such that only half come up for election each year.
  • Where there are a number of resignations etc., the 2 and 1 year terms will be able to be re-set so that only half the Board changes each year.
  • Some sections still referred to election of Board members at the AGM. This has been updated to fit with the postal ballot system prior to the AGM.
  • The constitution states that the President of the Up!Club is an automatic Board member. Some past presidents have chosen not to participate however. The constitution has therefore been changed to allow for this choice.

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