Request for comments on revised bylaw changes

Dear FITS members,

Thank you to all who commented on the proposed bylaw changes to reduce the length of time that a president serves from 6 to 4 years.

Support was mixed, but a common concern was that serving as president for 1 year instead of 2 is insufficient time on the Governing Board to adequately benefit the president, section, or society.

The ExCom met to discuss all feedback, and develop a revised proposal that preserves the 6-year term, but defines the President-Elect and Past President roles in a way that is intended to reduce the burden of service. We are proposing the following roles

 – The President Elect’s first year will be “learning year” year in which they are expected to attend ExCom meetings, but are not obligated to take on any responsibilities.

 – The President Elect’s second year will include responsibilities that are developed with guidance from the Past President.

 – The Past President’s second year will involve fewer responsibilities, and will focus on mentoring the President Elect

Please share your thoughts on this potential change via email to by 4 September 2020.

Thank you for your input!


Your FITS ExCom

Paul Venturelli, President

Tiffany Hopper, President-Elect

Rebecca Krogman, Past President

Kayla Key, Secretary-Treasurer

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