For all of you who are members of TOS (Texas Ornithological Society), this is a
plea for you to remove the ballot from the last page of the recently-mailed
issue of the TOS Bulletin (the one with a Chachalaca on the cover), mark that
ballot "yea" or "nay," add a stamp and a return address and put it in the mail
by tomorrow if at all possible.
The officers and board of directors of TOS have spent a great deal of time over
the last year examining and discussing organizational needs, including the need
to eliminate inconsistencies in the constitution and bylaws and to update and
streamline the bylaws, and they have unanimously endorsed the bylaws revision
proposed in this ballot (a "yea" vote).
I probably speak for most of the current board when I say that I don't
necessarily like every single provision of the proposed new bylaws, but that I
am in favor of the changes because I think they will make the organization
stronger and more resilient, and bring it into compliance with current legal
and regulatory requirements.
We need a minimum number of current TOS members to vote on these changes, and
at this point, only a third of that number have voted (about 3 out of every 100
TOS members so far).
So, I will consider it a personal favor if you take the current issue of the
bulletin, go to the last page, cut or tear it out, mark the ballot yes or no,
add your return address (allowing us to validate the ballot) and a stamp and
put it in the mail today or tomorrow.
I know that some of you may not have received your bulletin yet, which is a
problem. I had understood that it would be mailed first class and would arrive
in everyone's mailbox by late February, but that obviously did not happen. So,
we may need to extend the postmark deadline by a week or so for those whose
mail has not arrived. But we still need as many of you as possible to vote now.
Please, please take out that ballot, mark it, stamp it and return address it
and put it in the mail now so that your officers and board members can go
birding and then turn their attention to other organizational concerns.
Thanks in advance and good birding ya'll,
Byron "Doc" Stone, TOS President
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