[NANOG-announce] Amendments to the NANOG Bylaws

NANOG members (and other interested people),

The NANOG bylaws provide an opportunity each year to amend them, if needed. Bylaw amendments may be enacted by a majority vote of eligible voters (in other words, NANOG Members), during NANOG's annual election. The election is scheduled to take place during NANOG 53, from October 9-11, with voting open to all NANOG members (http://www.nanog.org/membership_main.html).

The current bylaws are posted at http://www.nanog.org/governance/documents/By-Laws_20110104.pdf

An amendment may be put on the ballot by the Board of Directors or by petition. A petition must be signed by at least 30 eligible voters, or 1 percent of eligible voters, whichever is greater.

In addition, the Board had the power to make bylaw amendments during NANOG's first year as an independent corporation, subject to ratification by the voters in the next election. The Board used that procedure to amend the bylaws and institute the current membership structure, so that amendment will now need to be accepted or rejected by the membership.

Accordingly, there will be a proposal on the ballot to ratify the current membership structure (Section 5 of the bylaws). The board has also discussed submitting a proposal to modify the committee structure called for in the bylaws (Section 9), to reflect that some of the committee functions are now being handled by staff.

Any other changes people want to suggest may be discussed on the nanog-futures@nanog.org mailing list. Anybody wishing to put a bylaw amendment on the ballot without board action may do so by submitting a petition to nominations@nanog.org no later than September 26.

Thank you,
Steve Gibbard
NANOG Membership Chair