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Subject: OASIS Bylaws revision ballot now open


The OASIS Bylaws has been revised [1] by the Board and is presented to the voting members for your final approval. Eligible voters will receive a separateÂmessage from the balloting system for a 30 day ballot. With your vote,this revisionÂwill go into effect on 1 January 2021.

This board approvedÂrevision is the result of several months of effort by the Board, staff and outside counselÂto update and modernize the language in this core governance document. Following the Member Review in August.[2] several members provided useful feedback which is reflected in this final version.which is therefore ready for your final vote of approval.


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preserves most of the current 2010 document, using current clauses wherever adequate, but updating those that are out of date.

The structure of our corporation works fine: we are not proposing to change the basics at all. 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 Clean up, shorten and make more clear some of the document's long lists of duties and functions.
-Â Bring methods for notices, meetings, quorums, agendas and record inspection up to modern standards.
-Â Delete a few long-unused obsolete provisions.
-Â Update indemnification provisions
-Â Clarify and enhance provisions related to possible director vacancies.
-Â Correct typos.

Thanks to all who took time to review and comment on the previous version. Thanks in advance to those voting to adopt this document,


Scott McGrath

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