Message from AAUW President Garfein
AAUW staff members are currently developing an One Member, One Vote tutorial video that will show members how easy it is to propose bylaws and Public Policy Program amendments and resolutions. This video will be posted on the OMOV site in the Member Center of the AAUW website and will complement the posted user guide and FAQ. Members can also access the OMOV site directly through the AAUW website home page, and the link to the video will be published in the September 20 issue of Mission & Action.
Once this link is available, I would very much like all branch leaders to direct members to the video, which will remain available throughout the OMOV proposal and comment period that ends Nov. 15.
There are no changes to the OMOV process from two years ago. Members can read the AAUW Bylaws on the site and propose bylaws amendments and resolutions. They can also comment on particular proposals and discuss the comments of others. The Public Policy Program will be posted for comment on Oct.1, 2012.
As a reminder, applications are open for AAUW Board of Directors candidacy until Oct. 1, when they go to the Nominations Committee for review. Candidate announcements will be posted on the website in January and will be announced in the Winter issue of Outlook, along with the proposed bylaws and Public Policy Program amendments and any resolutions.
Voting will open April 15, 2013, and members can vote online or at convention until June 10, 2013. Please note that although a voter guide will be included in the Spring/Summer issue of Outlook, paper ballots will not be distributed. Members who want a paper ballot must request one through Connect2AAUW between April 1 and May 2, 2013. Because of the expense and unreliability of postal delivery, we encourage branches to help members vote online and to consider bringing a computer to a meeting during the online voting period and providing that assistance.
Again, I thank you for your leadership and for your help to ensure that our One Member, One Vote process is inclusive and successful.