Our Board of Directors and staff reviewed OASIS' Bylaws for updating, as the current version has been in force since 2010.Â We identified a set of proposed amendments to update the document, and our Board has approved the attached draft, as a discussion draft for your review and comment.Â This email starts a 30-day member comment period.Â When the review is completed our Board will review the comments, and then propose a finalized amendment for approval by a member vote.
As a member-run, legally-registered corporation with a formal governance structure, our Bylaws matter.Â They are the core rules that establish our governance and operating methods.Â It is our membership, not just a small group of officers or directors, who ultimately own the corporation and have the right to determine how we organize ourselves. Â
A brief summary of our intended changes is included below.Â Please review the proposal, and then share your comments by September 24, 2020 to our archived discussion list atÂoasisemail@example.com
.Â If you prefer not to post your comments to a public list, feel free to communicate them toÂmemberfirstname.lastname@example.org
Âor any OASIS board member.
SUMMARY OF PROPOSED 2020 BYLAWS AMENDMENTS
This update of our Bylaws preserves most of the current 2010 document, using current clauses wherever adequate, but updating those that are out of date.Â The structure of our corporation works fine: Âwe are not proposing to change the basics at all.Â That said, the text of our Bylaws is ten years old in spots, and more than 20 in others, so the Board has decided to bring it up to date with respect to current corporate laws, and to simplify and clarify where possible. We used current models provided by our outside Pennsylvania counsel, Duane Morris LLP, to sync those provisions with current applicable law in that state, where we are a registered nonprofit corporation.
Other than corporate law updates, generally speaking, the proposed amendments do the following:
- Â Â Clean up, shorten and make more clear some of the document's long lists of duties and functions.
- Â Â Bring methods for notices, meetings, quorums, agendas and record inspection up to modern standards.
- Â Â Delete a few long-unused obsolete provisions.
- Â Â Update indemnification provisions
- Â Â Clarify and enhance provisions related to possible director vacancies.
- Â Â Correct typos.
We look forward to your review and comments!