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ANA recommends elimination of member-elected president

ana logo.jpgThe member-elected American Numismatic Association presidency would be terminated under changes to the bylaws of the ANA being recommended by a task force chaired by Gov. Remy Bourne.

Areas of recommended change, though not actual bylaw language, have been posted online at the ANA Web site, www.money.org. Member feedback is being sought online.

Changing the name of the president to chairman and the vice president as vice chairman and having other board members choose them instead being elected by the membership are among the most important modifications to the structure of the board of governors.

Other changes would include adoption of three-year staggered terms so that board members would not all be up for re-election at once and a reduction in the years that a board member can serve from the current 10 to 9 years.

In addition to giving the board of governors the power to select the chairman and vice chairman, it would also give the power to name a board treasurer from among their number.

Creation of a nominating committee to select persons to run for the board and not requiring them to go through the club and individual nominations process is also recommended. The rationale is to broaden the experience on the board.

Other recommendations would define three classes of membership: individual, club and business members; spell out mediation procedures, authorize online member voting in the board elections, deepen ethics requirements; and create standing audit, nominating and personnel committees.

Posting this information comes with the request by ANA for member feedback. Member feedback can be posted at the ANA Web site, www.money.org.

The ANA is going through a step-by-step process of posting bylaw revision information, getting feedback from  members by the middle of December, posting revisions in January and arriving at a decision at the March board meetings in Charlotte, N.C.

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