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Changes to S-USIH Constitution

I have sent out a message to members of S-USIH regarding proposed changes to the constitution. For this particular situation, we will use the blog as one way to discuss these proposed changes and answer questions. The constitution in its current form can be found here.

We intend to use the website for communication regarding the society in the future.
So we invite you to ask questions here or you can email me directly at [email protected]
Thank you.

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  1. Just had a chance to look at the proposals, many of which seem sensible and expected: I am all in favor of a “living constitution” and there are inevitably things to be worked out as the organization starts to function. The proposal to eliminate the checks on the president’s authority (proposal 6) goes along with the general tenor of the Constitution, which maximally empowers all officers. (I’m in favor of checks and balances, but that’s history….) The office of the president is somewhat weak in the current Constitution. On proposal 4, I stand in favor of the venerable “not only…but also” formulation formulation and will vote no! Proposal 5, which creates language allowing the Executive Committee to revoke membership seems somewhat unusual and unnecessary. I don’t recall seeing this in any other constitutions we surveyed…and why would it be necessary?

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