May 23, 2016

Vote on proposal to add new ASAS sections

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May 23, 2016Voting members of ASAS: Please note that the By-Laws vote concerning changes to ASAS governance is still open. In addition, a new ballot for a Constitution and By-laws vote has been brought forth by the ASAS Board of Directors. The proposed amendment would allow the board to continue to move forward with expansion of the ASAS Membership. In accordance with our governance, this vote is being opened more than 60 days before the business meeting. The vote will be closed down 14 days before the business meeting and reopened during the business meeting to allow final in-person voting. Therefore, both sets of Constitutions and Bylaws votes will conclude at the 2016 ASAS Annual Business Meeting in July 2016.

Reasoning for current proposal from ASAS Board of Directors: In response to one of the objectives in the 2008 to 2014 ASAS Strategic Plan, ASAS has been actively recruiting members from outside the United States to expand and diversify our membership. As a result, a full 30% of ASAS Professional Members are now from countries outside the United States. The ASAS Board of Directors would like to continue to provide services and to allow international members to fully engage in the society. Therefore, the ASAS Board would like to add language to the ASAS Constitution and Bylaws that will allow the addition of new sections. Please note, the board has been working with members of the Australian Society of Animal Production to have the Australians join us as our first international section. In order to make this partnership official, we need to add language to the Constitution and By-laws. The ASAS Board of Directors recommends a “yes” vote to the constitution and bylaws changes outlined below.

Vote 1: Change to the ASAS Constitution

Change Article V Section 1

From: The AMERICAN SOCIETY OF ANIMAL SCIENCE, INC. shall consist of four sectional divisions: Midwestern, Northeastern, Southern, and Western.

To: The membership of the Society shall consist of four US divisions: Midwestern, Northeastern, Southern, and Western, and such non-US divisions as shall be created upon petition of at least 25 ASAS members in the geographic areas to be included in the new division, and approval of such petition by a majority of the board of directors.

 

Vote 2: Change to ASAS Bylaws

Change Sections 8 – 10

From:
Section 8. The geographical sectional divisions for the United States, Canada and Mexico are:

A. Midwestern Section-United States: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin; Canada: Manitoba and Western Ontario.

B. Northeastern Section-United States: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, District of Columbia and West Virginia; Canada: Eastern Ontario, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland.

C. Southern Section-United States: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia; Mexico: Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, Zactecas, San Luis Potosi, Tamaulipas, Queretero, Hidalgo, Veracruz, Tlaxacala, Morelos, Puebla, Oaxaca, Tabasco, Chiapas, Campeche and Yucatan.

D. Western Section-United States: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming; Canada: British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan; Mexico: Baja California, Sonora, Chihuahua, Sinaloa, Durango, Nayarit, Jalisco, Aguascalientes, Guanajuato, Mexico, Michoacan, Colima and Guerrero.

Section 9. Central and South American and Caribbean countries other than Mexico are in the Southern Section.

Section 10. Members from countries other than those listed in Article I, Sections 8 and 9, will not be assigned to a specific section, but may select membership in a section. 

To:
Section 8. Unless the members vote to change the composition of existing divisions or create new ones,  the geographical sectional divisions for the United States, Canada and Mexico are:

A. Midwestern Section-United States: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin; Canada: Manitoba and Western Ontario.

B. Northeastern Section-United States: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, District of Columbia and West Virginia; Canada: Eastern Ontario, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland.

C. Southern Section-United States: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia; Mexico: Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, Zactecas, San Luis Potosi, Tamaulipas, Queretero, Hidalgo, Veracruz, Tlaxacala, Morelos, Puebla, Oaxaca, Tabasco, Chiapas, Campeche and Yucatan.

D. Western Section-United States: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming; Canada: British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan; Mexico: Baja California, Sonora, Chihuahua, Sinaloa, Durango, Nayarit, Jalisco, Aguascalientes, Guanajuato, Mexico, Michoacan, Colima and Guerrero.

Section 9. Central and South American and Caribbean countries other than Mexico are included in the  Southern Section, unless the members vote to change the composition of existing divisions or create new ones.

Section 10. Members from countries other than those listed in Article I, Sections 8 and 9, will not be assigned to a specific section, but may select membership in a section unless the members vote to change the composition of existing divisions or create new ones.