The Constitution committee receives proposals for amending the Constitution and the International Standing Rules, makes recommendations for changes to the Administrative Board and presents approved proposals to the international convention for vote. Notification of proposed changes to the Constitution and the International Standing Rules must be published no later than the March/April issue of the DKG NEWS. Following the international convention, the committee will confirm that the Constitution, International Standing Rules and Handbook are in concordance. The parliamentarian serves as a consultant.


Goals for 2016 - 2018

Correlation to the 2015-2025 Strategic Plan appears in the parentheses following each goal.

  1. Encourage members and committees to submit proposed amendments to the Constitution and International Standing Rules, no later than, October 1, 2017.
    (SP 1.C.3.a. State Organization sustainability; SP: 1.C.4. Define the organization: Structural and Cultural elements (internal and external); SP: 1.C.5. Promote the use of Society resources available to members; SP: 4.A.1.b. Publicize message through media venues: DKG News, website, Collegial Exchange)
  2. Receive, prepare, and present proposed amendments to the Constitution and International Standing Rules.
    (SP 1.C.3. a. State Organization sustainability; SP: 1.C.4. Define the organization: Structural and Cultural elements (internal and external); SP: 1.C.5. Promote the use of Society resources available to members)
  3. Provide guidance to state organizations as they develop amendments to state bylaws and policies.
    (SP: 3.B.3. Offering mentoring opportunities; SP: 4.A.2.b. Review governing documents; SP: 4.A.1.b. Publicize message through media venues: DKG News, website, Collegial Exchange)
  4. Support state organizations with tools to conduct Society business.
    (SP: 2.C.2. Provide opportunities for interaction and engagement between and among diverse member populations; SP: 3.B.3 Offering mentoring opportunities; SP: 4.B.3.a. Regular communications with all members; SP: 4.A.1.b. Publicize message through media venues: DKG News, website, Collegial Exchange.)

Dr. Gwen Simmons
Parliamentarian
SE


Carolyn Pittman
2016-2018 International President

Dr. Judith R. Merz
Interim Executive Director
NE

Deadlines

  • October 1, 2017
    Amendments to Constitution and International Standing Rules
  • October 1, 2019
    Amendments to International Standing Rules

FAQs

 Note: Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th ed.) is referenced as RONR (11th ed.) 

  • As a chapter member, I do not understand why my local DKG chapter rules are called rules. Aren’t the rules of the chapter really the bylaws of the chapter? Yes, chapter rules are chapter bylaws; however, because we have the three levels of DKG bylaws, i.e., chapter, state organization, and international to avoid confusion in the level of bylaws we name them differently:
    • bylaws at the chapter level are referred to as rules;
    • bylaws at the state organization level are named the bylaws;
    • bylaws at the international level are named the Constitution.
  • What is the difference between an amendment to or a revision of either the chapter rules, the state organization bylaws or the DKG Constitution?
    • A revision of bylaws (whatever the name) must be authorized by the membership assembly the bylaws represent. A revision substitutes an entirely new set of bylaws for the previous document.
    • An amendment, with the process of amendment outlined in the bylaws, is a proposal to amend by inserting, striking, or inserting and striking words or combinations of words; the proposed action—if adopted, is to modify something previously adopted as a bylaw (or standing rule) by the assembly it represents. [Robert’s Rules of Order (11th ed.) pp. 569-570, 593.]
  • Is it necessary to formally vote on the approval of the minutes of a previous meeting? Taking a formal vote to approve the minutes isn’t necessary; time can be saved by a parliamentary procedure named unanimous consent [RONR (11th ed.), p. 54]. For example, the presider may ask: “Are there any corrections to the minutes of …?” After any corrections are resolved, the presider could ask: “Is there any objection to approving the minutes? After a pause (listening for an objection and hearing no objection), she would simply say: “Hearing no objection, the minutes are approved.” [Unanimous consent is appropriate—even if—someone offered a formal motion, i.e., to move the approval of the minutes.]