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Angus Association implements bylaw changes

Nomination period begins April 11, reflects member-passed amendments to electoral process

American Angus Association® members will now notice a change in voting eligibility following bylaw amendments passed at the American Angus Association 2015 Annual Convention of Delegates last November.

During that meeting, Association voting delegates passed three amendments to the bylaws that affect who can serve as an “eligible voting member” and the timing of the nomination period.

Eligible voting members are those who are able to nominate, be nominated, vote or be elected in the annual election of delegates. To be considered an eligible voting member and participate in the election process, individuals must meet all of the following requirements within the preceding 12 months from when the nomination period begins:

“These changes passed by the delegates will help to ensure voting members have a vested interest in the Angus business and will also allow staff to conduct the ballot process in a timely fashion prior to the meeting at the National Angus Convention.” Chris Stallo, AAA vice president of operations

· Active regular or life membership

· 18 years of age or older

· Registered at least one animal or completed a minimum level of business with the Association or Angus Genetics Inc. (the dollar amount specified by the Board of Directors is $250, exclusive of membership fees, merchandise or other exclusions)

The nomination period for 2016 begins April 11; therefore, above criteria must be met by the end of the previous business day, Friday, April 8, to participate in the 2016 delegate process, according to Chris Stallo, vice president of operations.

Diane Strahm, executive administrative assistant, also explains delegates amended the nomination period to take place in 60 days versus the previous 90 days, and to begin no later than 210 days and end no later than 150 days before the Annual Convention of Delegates.

“These changes passed by the delegates will help to ensure voting members have a vested interest in the Angus business and will also allow staff to conduct the ballot process in a timely fashion prior to the meeting at the National Angus Convention,” Stallo said.

To learn more, see “Association Bylaw Changes” on page 18 of the February issue of the Angus Journal, or contact Strahm at the American Angus Association at 816-383-5100 or dstrahm@angus.org. Click here to access the complete bylaws of the American Angus Association available in the Member Center at http://www.angus.org, including applicable sections 2.9 and 3.5 to 3.8.

The Annual Convention of Delegates will take place Monday, Nov. 7, during the National Angus Convention, Nov. 5-7, in Indianapolis, Ind. Online registration for the convention will begin July 1, and further information will be available at http://www.angus.org.

–American Angus Association


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