Bylaws Committee

Screenshot of first page of BylawsDPHMD is governed in accordance with the DPHMD Bylaws.  The most recent version of the document was approved via electronic vote of the membership that concluded on August 1, 2017.  The document is located here: DPHMD_Bylaws

The Bylaws committee advises the Executive Board regarding issues having to do with the Bylaws and assists the Executive Board with the process of addressing proposed changes to the Bylaws document.  If you are interested in serving on the Bylaws committee, contact the committee chair, Mari Beth Coleman

The duties of the Bylaws Committee are:
  1. To receive and review all proposed amendments to the Bylaws and refer recommendations to the Executive Board;
  2. To solicit input from the Executive Board regarding changes which may be needed in the Bylaws;
  3. To communicate with CEC headquarters regarding proposed amendments to the Bylaws;
  4. To coordinate with officers to hold a vote of the Executive Board for approval of recommended changes to the Bylaws. If approved by the Executive Board, the committee shall coordinate with officers to hold a vote of the DPHMD membership body for approval of changes; and
  5. To provide CEC with the most recently-approved Bylaws after amendments are made.

The process for making amendments to the Bylaws, as stated in the document, is:  


Section 1. Proposed Amendments

Proposed amendments to the Bylaws should be addressed to the chair of the Bylaws Committee or the president.  Upon receiving suggestions for amendments, the chair or president must present the proposed amendments to the Executive Board within one month for discussion and revisions.  After a period of discussion and feedback lasting no longer than one month, the chair or president will submit proposed amendments to CEC for feedback. After communicating with CEC, revisions will be submitted to the Executive Board for a vote.  Upon approval by the 2/3 of the voting members of the Executive Board, amendments will be submitted for a vote of the membership body within one month.

Section 2. Voting

The Bylaws may be amended by mail, voice, or electronic vote and must pass by a two-thirds majority of the members who place votes.