2020 – 2021
With the cancellation of the IOKDS Conference 2020 due to COVID-19, the question of how to replace those officers whose terms were ending was forefront. As you know, our bylaws state that the members at the annual conference elect the officers. With guidance of the International Parliamentarian, Phoebe McLelland, and under the authority of Robert’s Rules of Order, the following steps were taken.
Board members whose term would have ended at the IOKDS Conference 2019 were asked if they wished to continue to serve or if they wished to resign. This was an important first step as each had the choice to remain in place until the IOKDS Conference 2021’s election. All chose to resign and indicated such in writing.
That allowed the Board to declare those positions as “vacant” and therefore the Board was able to enact the bylaw that indicates how a vacant position is to be filled. Since the Nominating Committee had completed their work and had a list of qualified candidates for the vacant positions, those candidates were offered the positions. All accepted.
Given that the term of office is 3 years, the Board determined that the year 2020-2021 would count as one of those 3 years for these appointed officers. This maintains the existing Board rotation plan.