JCO Bylaws Committee

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. The Bylaws Committee consists of David Cohn, Debby Finley Delamore, Margo Haas and John Allen.

3. We have met on five occasions since its inception and have exchanged multiple emails.

4. Our assignment is to identify the issues inherent in changing our Bylaws and to identify the multiple options associated with those issues. Our job is not, nor has it ever been, to draft new Bylaws.
5. As one result of our work, member voting was identified as an important issue to be explored.

6. Never in its history has the congregation had member voting. Previous presidents served quite happily and successfully within that system.

7. 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.

8. A draft of new Bylaws by a group of "concerned members," although well intentioned, was premature.

9. The work we have been doing addresses many issues in addition to member voting. They are complex. I think this will be clear to anyone who takes the time to examine our report. We have given it our best effort.

10. We will make a presentation to the Board at a special meeting after they have had sufficient time to study the material.

11. 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.

12. Community meetings will be scheduled to gather member input.

13. Revisions as necessary will be made.

14. 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.

15. The Board will review this document.

16. The Board will vote to approve new Bylaws.

17. Although work should move swiftly, the deadline for this process should be sufficiently in advance of the Annual Meeting, which will be scheduled close to the end of our Fiscal Year on May 31