The Board of Directors of NAMI Massachusetts has adopted, and recommends that you vote to approve, amendments to the bylaws of NAMI Massachusetts. The bylaws were last amended in 2012, and the Board believes it is good practice to review and update the bylaws periodically. The changes that the Board recommends at this time are primarily intended to enable your Board to function more efficiently, or to provide additional clarity and transparency around governance matters such as conduct of the Annual Meeting and officer succession in case of a vacancy. The proposed amendments have been submitted to our national organization, National Alliance on Mental Illness, Inc. (“NAMI”) for its review and approval, and a number of the proposed amendments are in response to suggestions from NAMI.
The amendments being proposed are briefly summarized below. You may read the complete bylaws as proposed to be amended, marked to indicate every change, on this website here.
Approval of the amended bylaws requires the requires a two-thirds vote of those present and voting by absentee ballot. If such approval is not obtained at the meeting, the bylaws as last amended in 2012 will remain in effect. Results of the vote will be announced after the votes have been tabulated, on or before October 31, 2020.
The following is a brief summary of the principal amendments and where they appear in the document.