Bylwas Revision: COMMITTEES

Nils Lohner lohner at
Tue Mar 30 15:51:15 UTC 1999

This is the beginning of the discussion for the committee article of the 
bylaws.  Here are some basic principles which I feel should apply to the 

- they should take care of most of the day to day operation of SPI
  [this takes the workload off the BOD]
- their rights and responsibilities should be completely described in 
their charter
- they should be governed by the board of directors
  [what does this really mean?  I'm not sure yet... but that's who they 
should 'report' to]
- the BOD should be able to issue charters (i.e. create committees)
  [I'm thinking that if the consensus is that a new committee is needed, 
the BOD can issue a charter.  The membership should definitely have some 
input here though. how? By helping write the charter.]

- how are leaders appointed?  I'd say by the BOD, possibly the membership.
- how are members appointed?  BOD?  Leader?  Membership?
- should non-contributing members be able to serve on committees? 
[incidentally, that would automatically make them contributing 
- what do we do if a committee is no longer necessary?  disband it.  How? 
BOD vote?

I'm sure there are other issues here that I'm not addressing... please 
bring them up if you think of them!  As I think you can see, this 
discussion is one step closer to the voting discussion, as this will bring 
up a lot of issues regarding who controls what and why. I think that when 
we're done with this discussion, the voting discussion will be a lot 
easier because the political infrastructure will be in place.


Nils Lohner                         Software in the Public Interest, Inc.
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