The JCO Bylaws Process
1. The Bylaws Committee was created as a result of the Board's four-point agenda during 2015, one of which was a thorough review of the Bylaws. David Cohn was serving as President at that time.
2. Never in its history has the congregation had member voting. Previous presidents served quite happily and successfully within that system.
3. Member voting has become a hot button issue for some since a board transition in January. Other individuals will have to explain how and why that is.
4. The work done by the Bylaws Committee addressed many issues in addition to member voting. They are complex and inter-connected. This will be clear to anyone who takes the time to examine the report “Issues and Options.”
5. A presentation was made to the Board at a special meeting after they had sufficient time to study the material. Two study sessions have been held thus far.
6. The Board will discuss the issues and options for as long as necessary to reach consensus on a draft of what should be presented to the Membership.
7. Community meetings will be scheduled to gather member input.
8. Revisions as necessary will be made.
9. The draft will be sent to either a qualified member of the congregation or an independent attorney specializing in bylaws for non-profit organizations, particularly religious congregations, for him/her to prepare formal Bylaws.
10. The Board will review this document.
11. The Board will vote to approve new Bylaws.
12. Although work should move swiftly, the deadline for this process will be sufficiently in advance of the Annual Meeting, which will be scheduled close to the end of our Fiscal Year on May 31.