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Member Meeting

April 29 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Dear Sangha Members,

You are warmly invited to attend a member meeting of our sangha on Sunday, April 29 from 4-5 pm.

Please send in topics that you would like to discuss during the meeting.

In addition to the topics that you suggest, we also have two agenda items that will be presented for a vote by the membership, as both involve making changes to the bylaws:

  • Here is some background information on items that are on the agenda for discussion and/or vote.

Name change: Last year’s Sangha Board of Directors (BOD) voted to change our community’s name from the Albuquerque Vipassana Sangha to the Albuquerque Insight Meditation Center (AIMC). This vote was in response to a proposal from several Sangha members to change the name. The primary rationale was to make our community more accessible by using words that are more broadly understood; and to make our name easier to understand and our community easier to find for new-comers. After the vote, members of the BOD completed the paperwork to formalize the name change legally, and purchased a sign for the entryway. Sometime later it was brought to the attention of the BOD that, according to the organizational Bylaws, a name change requires a community vote. Therefore this 2017-2018 Board of Directors is bringing this issue to a membership discussion and formal vote.

Addition of the position of Senior Community Dharma Leader as a voting member of the Board of Directors: The AIMC Board of Directors (BOD) proposes to add the position of Senior Community Dharma Leader (SCDL) as a voting member of the BOD. The primary responsibility of the BOD is fiscal management of the organization. As a dharma organization, our decisions also need to be in accord with dharmic principles. In most dharma centers similar to ours in the US 40-50 % or more of the members of the BOD are dharma leaders/teachers. The BOD of AIMC is seeking to add dharma guidance to our decision-making, and thus we propose to add the position of SCDL as a permanent voting member of the BOD (the BOD voted unanimously to support this). This change requires a change to the organizational Bylaws, which requires a vote by the membership. Therefore the BOD is bringing this issues to a membership discussion and formal vote.

The text of the proposed bylaws change appears at the bottom of this page, with added language in bold orange type.

Items for discussion:

Diversity and Equity: The BOD has formed a committee to address issues of diversity and equity in our Sangha. Leaders of this committee will briefly describe the focus and proposed activities of the committee. The BOD and committee seek input from the Sangha on how to promote greater diversity and equity within the Sangha.

Opportunity for generosity: Our Sangha needs a Coordinator of Volunteer Efforts. You may not think of yourself as the “sort of person” who would take on such a role, but we ask that you consider it. It is a wonderful opportunity to serve the Sangha and help others to do the same. The only requirements are that you have a desire to serve and a willingness to reach out to others in order to help them to serve, too.

Please join together with our sangha community for this group discussion.

With Warm Regards,
Miriam Komaromy
Vice President of the AIMC Board of Directors

PS: We welcome and strongly urge everyone to attend the meeting. However, in order to actually cast a vote you must be an AIMC sangha member. To become a member is simple: just complete the membership form on the website or on the form on the clipboard on the sangha information table.

Membership is a great way to formalize your involvement in the community, and gives you access to the member area of the website. Membership is for one year. The renewal point is every September, before the annual meeting. If you have active membership at this time, you will have received the membership welcome letter. If you didn’t get one, you’ll know you need to fill out the form.

Thank you for all the ways you contribute to the well-being of our community!
–Miriam

 

ARTICLE IV BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Section 1. Nomination and Term. Any member who wishes to run for the Board of Directors is encouraged to notify the Secretary no later than thirty days prior to the Annual Meeting. Additionally, any member may nominate any member as a Director from the floor during the Annual Meeting. Directors shall hold office for two years. Terms of the Board of Directors will be staggered with one-half of positions, or as nearly as possible, being elected each year at the Annual Meeting. A Director may have consecutive terms if so elected.

Section 2. Senior Community Dharma Leader: One position on the Board of Directors shall be held by an individual who is chosen by a vote of at least two-thirds of the Board of Directors as the Senior Community Dharma leader (SCDL) for the Sangha. The primary purpose of this appointment to the Board of Directors is to bring Dharma guidance to the deliberations and decision-making of the Board. The SCDL will be a full voting member of the Board of Directors. The SCDL shall hold this position on the Board for as long as they serve as SCDL. The SCDL may be removed from SCDL service by a vote of at least two-thirds of the Board of Directors.

Section 2. Number. The Board of Directors shall consist of a minimum of five and a maximum of nine members,

including the position of the SCDL if the position of SCDL is filled.

The initial Board of Directors shall consist of seven members. The Board of Directors shall determine the number of director positions for the following year at the nearest meeting before the next year’s Annual Meeting. At the first Annual Meeting, four directors will be elected to one-year positions.

Section 3. Duties, Powers, and Committees. The Board of Directors, in conjunction with the membership, shall be responsible for the control and management of the affairs, property and interests of the Corporation, attending general business meetings, and for making recommendations and suggesting programs. The Board of Directors may create and appoint committees to assist the Board of Directors in the conduct of the Corporation’s affairs.

Section 4. Board Of Directors Meetings and Notice. Meetings of the Board of Directors may be held whenever necessary at any time and place. Notice of meetings may be made orally, telephonically, or otherwise. Oral notice of meetings of the Board of Directors shall constitute meaningful and adequate notice.

Section 5. Quorum. A majority of the directors shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.

Section 6. Attendance. Any Director that is absent from three consecutive meetings or does not attend at least 50% of the meetings in one (1) year may be removed from the Board of Directors.

Section 7. Removal. Any Director may be removed, for cause, by an affirmative vote of a two-thirds majority of all Directors in office. In addition, any Director shall be removed upon receipt by any Officer of the Corporation of a written petition to that effect signed by two-thirds of the current members of the Corporation.

Section 8. Resignation. Any Director may resign at any time by notifying any officer of the Corporation in writing. Such resignation shall take effect at the time therein specified.

Section 9. Vacancies. A vacancy in the Board of Directors may be filled for the unexpired portion of the term by majority vote of those members in attendance, including Directors, at any business meeting.

Section 10. Compensation. Directors shall not receive any stated salary for their services as such, but the Board of Directors shall have power in its discretion to contract for and pay to an individual, who may be a Director, compensation for rendering services to the Corporation in an amount commensurate with the value of the services. Nothing herein shall be deemed to prohibit a person from serving as a Director, or from receiving compensation commensurate with his employment for services rendered in such employment even though such employee is also a Director.

Details

Date:
April 29
Time:
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Event Category:

Organizer

Miriam Komaromy
Email:
mkomaromy1@gmail.com

Venue

Rosemont Center
200 Rosemont Ave NE
Albuquerque, NM 87102 United States
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