Old System

Current System

Proposed System

Key Factors and Reforms

 

 

 

 

No

Yes

 Yes

The Executive Board is vested with the management of the affairs of the corporation.

No

No

Yes

Making the Executive Board more accountable to the membership.

No

No

Yes

All Executive Board members being elected directly by the membership.

No

No

Yes

Any Executive Board member can be removed directly by the membership.

No

No

No

Accountability that can be ultimately enforced by the membership.

No

No

No

Conflict of interest and ethics guidelines being provided for all Executive Board members.

No

No

No

The organization clearly stating its mission and purpose, articulating the needs of those being served, explaining how its programs work, how much they cost, and what benefits they produce.

No

No

No

The organization freely and accurately shares information about its governance, finances and operations. It is open and inclusive in its procedures, processes, and programs, consistent with its mission and purpose.

No

No

Yes

Helping make it easier for qualified individuals to run for the Executive Board.

No

No

No

Attracting and supporting new blood in the Executive Board.

No

No

No

Encouraging a better qualified pool of candidates to run for the Executive Board.

No

No

No

Improving the balance in the representation and diversity on the Executive Board.

No

No

Yes

Allowing all members to have the same opportunity to run for the Executive Board, without requiring support from any special group, board or committee.

No

No

No

Providing a common message that stands or falls in the public arena, rather than private campaigning in the election of the Executive Board.

No

No

Yes

Having a basic mechanism for a public message to voting members which provides an equal starting point for information from all candidates.

No

No

Yes

Access to more electoral information publicly available to all voting members.

No

No

Yes

Each full dues paying member getting one vote for an Executive Board member regardless of how many memberships they buy.

No

No

No

Maximizing membership participation in selecting the Executive Board.

No

No

Yes

Reducing patronage, horse-trading, and the influence peddling to a small electorate for the Executive Board.

No

No

Yes

The entire membership nationally elects its Executive Board. They are not regionally elected.

No

No

No

The membership elects the organizations President.

No

No

Yes

Not having a special set of electors who vote for the national officers who sit on the Executive Board.

No

No

No

Full Adult type memberships receive voting rights for the Executive Board. Highly discounted memberships such as Youth or Scholastic are not considered full shareholders and cannot hold office.

No

No

No

Members receive useful information about the running of the company including Board member performance and voting records

No

No

No

Members ask questions of management and receive satisfactory answers

No

No

No

Members may submit special proposals for consideration by other members

No

No

No

Members vote on special proposals presented by the company and other members

No

No

No

Members may request change in the way the company is being managed

No

No

No

Members approve or disapprove the selection of auditors, certain rights amendments, and most importantly bylaw changes

No

Yes

Yes

Members may file lawsuits when members believe they have not been properly informed or have been misinformed, misled, or had their rights violated in a material way

No

No

No

Term limits for Board members

No

No

No

Yes or No votes to elect Board members

No

No

No

An external evaluation of the Board every few years

No

No

Yes

Elections certified by independent agency