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AOA Communication  |   April 2007
Proposed Amendment to the AOA Constitution
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AOA Communication   |   April 2007
Proposed Amendment to the AOA Constitution
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, April 2007, Vol. 107, 142-143. doi:
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, April 2007, Vol. 107, 142-143. doi:
Proposed Amendment to the AOA Constitution
The following is a proposed amendment to the American Osteopathic Association's constitution. Consistent with the requirements for amending this document, this proposal has been submitted to the AOA executive director, who has arranged for its publication in JAOA—The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association prior to the next annual meeting of the AOA House of Delegates, which occurs Friday, July 20, 2007, through Sunday, July 22, 2007, at The Fairmont Chicago in Chicago, Ill. 
The following proposed amendment to the AOA constitution will be presented to the House of Delegates at its July 2007 meeting. No vote will be taken at the July 2007 meeting. The proposed amendment will be published again at the July 2008 meeting of the House of Delegates, where a vote will be taken on the proposed amendment. If the House approves the proposed amendment, it will become effective at that time. 
As part of a business reorganization completed to align the AOA's organizational structure with its strategic plan, the AOA Board of Trustees created a Department of Affiliate Affairs and changed the name of the Department of Public Affairs to the Department of Research, Quality & Public Health. These additions reflect the expanded scope of the department's oversight function. This amendment is proposed in order to add the Chair of the Department of Affiliate Affairs to the Executive Committee and change the name of the Department of Public Affairs to reflect its new name. 

CONSTITUTION

Article VIII—Board of Trustees and Executive Committee

Section 2—Executive Committee

The Executive Committee of this Association shall consist of the President, President-elect, Immediate Past President, First Vice-President, the chairS of the Departments of AFFILIATE AFFAIRS; Professional Affairs; RESEARCH, QUALITY & PUBLIC HEALTH; Business Affairs; Governmental Affairs; and the Chair and Vice Chair of the Department of Educational Affairs.

 
Proposed Amendment to the AOA Bylaws
The following is a proposed amendment to the American Osteopathic Association's bylaws. Consistent with the requirements for amending this document, this proposal has been submitted to the AOA executive director, who has arranged for its publication in JAOA—The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association before the next annual meeting of the AOA House of Delegates, which occurs Friday, July 20, 2007, through Sunday, July 22, 2007, at The Fairmont Chicago in Chicago, Ill. 
The following amendment to the AOA bylaws will be considered by the House of Delegates at its July 2007 meeting. If the House of Delegates approves the amendment by a two-thirds vote, it will become effective at the July 2007 meeting. 
The amendment is intended to specifically identify the six departments represented on the Executive Committee while preserving the flexibility of the Board of Trustees to complete structural reorganizations without requiring for bylaw amendments, except as necessary to alter the composition of the Executive Committee. 

BYLAWS

Article IX—Departments, Bureaus, and Committees

THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES, CONSISTENT WITH THE POWERS GIVEN TO IT BY THESE BYLAWS, SHALL ESTABLISH AND DETERMINE THE DUTIES OF DEPARTMENTS, BUREAUS, COUNCILS, COMMISSIONS, COMMITTEES, AND TASK FORCES NECESSARY TO FURTHER THE POLICIES OF THE ASSOCIATION. THE ASSOCIATION'S DEPARTMENTS SHALL INCLUDE THE DEPARTMENTS OF AFFIL-IATE AFFAIRS, BUSINESS AFFAIRS, EDUCATIONAL AFFAIRS, GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS, PROFESSIONAL AFFAIRS, AND RESEARCH, QUALITY & PUBLIC HEALTH. The activities of all departments, bureaus, and committees shall, so far as possible, be executed in close cooperation with the Executive Director. Upon the expiration of the terms of office of chairS and members of the departments, bureaus, or committees, all records of the same shall be delivered by the chairS to the Executive Director. All employed staff of departments, bureaus, and committees in the offices shall be under the jurisdiction of the Executive Director.