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Annual Meeting 2019

 

Temple CONSTITUTION AND BYLAWS OF
OAK PARK TEMPLE B'NAI ABRAHAM ZION
AS AMENDED JANUARY 2019

Annual Meeting 2019, January 27, 10:30 am

Dear Members,

The Oak Park Temple Board of Directors has proposed several amendments to our Constitution and will present them for a congregational vote at the annual meeting on January 28, 2019.  A copy of the current Constitution with the proposed changes is posted on the website [add link]. Here are the recommended changes:

  • Reduce the number of Board members from 24 to 15.  The Board believes it will function more effectively with fewer members and with slightly different positions. Currently most committees make their own appointments. Under this proposal, nine At-Large Board members, elected by the congregation, would represent the interest of the different committees and organizations.  Six Officers would comprise the remaining Board members.
  • Retain representation of key Temple functions. The Religious School and Glasser Pre-School would be represented by At Large Board members, who would coordinate closely with the Religious School Educator and Pre-School Director. The clergy, Temple Administrator, Religious School Educator, and Pre-School Director would remain ex officio Board members.
  • Reconfigure Officer positions.  The Board currently has seven Officers: President, Executive Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary and three Vice-Presidents. Under this proposal, the responsibilities of the Finance and Building VPs would shift to the Treasurer, who would report to the Board on the work of the finance and building committees. The VP without portfolio, who has no specific area of responsibility, would be replaced by a Vice President of Membership-Development and a Vice President of Membership-Engagement. These vice presidents would report to the Board on the activities of their respective committees, and coordinate with the finance committee and Treasurer.
  • Integrate Board Changes.  If these changes are approved, the Board would transition during the FY 2019-20 fiscal year. The At Large Members would work closely with the individual committees and organizations they represent. The Board would also stagger Board terms to avoid the current situation, where almost the entire 24-person Board turns over in the same year.

One important aspect of the Constitution that will not change is that the Board is required to operate in a transparent manner.  All congregants are welcome at any Board meeting to address the Board and to hear its deliberations.

Sincerely,
Shari Schindler
President, Oak Park Temple

Mon, November 19 2018 11 Kislev 5779