Proposal to Change the Number of Board Members From 9 to 7

If you attended last year’s annual meeting on May 11th, you may remember the proposed change to our bylaws that was introduced to the congregation. If you did not attend, this proposal will be new to you and I want to make you aware of it. The proposal is to change the number of Trustees serving on the Board from 9 to 7.

The major advantage of the change is that it will free up two people to focus on other work necessary to achieve our vision. It is not uncommon for a congregation to have a seven member board.

A disadvantage might be that it would be harder to get all facets of membership represented on the board, however, people often wear more than one hat. It would also not make a significant difference in the number of people required for a meeting quorum. The difference in the number needed for a quorum would be one person less (from 5 currently to 4).

Both the Bylaws Committee and Leadership Development Committee have had input and endorsed the proposal.

In order for this proposal to be implemented, the bylaws need to be amended which requires approval by the congregation. This proposed change to the bylaws will be on the agenda at our annual meeting on May 17, 2017.

I want to bring this question to your attention now so that we can have discussions about it.

If you have any questions or comments about this proposal, contact me or another Board member.

Laurie Young, President MSUS