It is time for AANR Elections. Please take the time to vote. It will be as simple as logging into the voting site and pushing a few buttons. Or filling in a ballot and mailing it. Easy to do. Worth the effort. The voter’s guide for this election is at http://www.aanr.com/blog/welcome-to-the-2016-aanr-voters-guide/. ===========================================================
AANR By-Law Amendments
by Karen Lahey
There are four bylaw amendments. These are my interpretations of them.
A “yes” vote on this motion would move the province of Ontario, Canada, to the Eastern Region. A “no” vote would support leaving this Section of the Bylaws as it is currently. This bylaw moves the clubs in the province of Ontario from AANR-Midwest to AANR-East. The rationale for this bylaw is that the clubs are physically closer to AANR East. The PRO statement was written by the president of AANR East. There is no CON statement.
A “yes” vote on this motion would support specifying that only a plurality (as opposed to a majority) is required in selecting a convention site. A “no” vote would support leaving this Section of the Bylaws as it is currently. This bylaw will change how conventions will be voted on. For example, suppose three clubs are bidding for an election, Club A gets 45% of the votes, Club B gets 35% of the votes and Club C gets 20% of the votes. Currently, there would have to be a revote until a compromise could be reached and one of the clubs received more than 50% of the vote. This amendment would change it so that Club A would be awarded the convention after the first vote.
A “yes” vote on this motion would support changing the existing wording regarding tie votes and when the president is allowed to vote. A “no” vote would support leaving these sections as they are currently. This change allows the president to cast a ballot when it would affect the result rather than just in the case of a tie. For example, the president’s vote could force a tie. This change in wording brings our ruling documents into accordance with Robert’s Rules or Order.
A “yes” vote on this motion would support the appointment of an interim Executive Director in the event of a vacancy. A “no” vote would support leaving this Section of the Bylaws as it is currently. This bylaw will allow a sitting president to appoint an interim executive director when necessary. Currently, the president must take on the responsibilities of both the executive director and the president.
Northwest Folklife is Coming
Northwest Folklife is a four day music festival in Seattle Center. AANR-NW is one of the sponsors and has a booth there, usually at the southeast corner of the fountain area. So, if you are a member of a club, please be sure to get your brochures and pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org so that they can be distributed. if you want to come by the booth and help out, please do. It is a lot of fun getting to know people. You get to practice your ’30 second elevator speech’ about why you are a nudist. I always learn something new about myself. Or just stop by and say hi.
Staten Island High School Art Students Told to Clothe their Anti-Rape Artwork
Susan E. Wagner High School in Staten Island, NY, censored students’ art work that was speaking out against our rape culture simply because it included photographs of the nude female back. In doing so, an online petition against this censorship was started that is still gathering support at http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/spreading-feminism-in-wagner/ .