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Alpine Club of Canada - Calgary Section Bylaws

The ACC has bylaws written at the National level; however in practice they have at times been too vague to provide clear direction on how to consistently manage the Calgary Section's activities.  To address this, the Calgary Section has written a set of bylaws to better direct how the Section is governed. In addition, we have drawn up and posted a schedule for electing Board positions

The Bylaw Committee formulated, argued, debated, edited, agonized, synergized and drank homemade gin while poring over the format and content of the document. Correcting grammatical errors is the pinnacle of any alpinist's career, so to have this opportunity arise multiple times throughout two snow/rock/ice cycles really bulked up our tick lists.  If you believe there are sections of the bylaws that are ambiguous, grammatically incorrect, easily misinterpreted, or frankly not how our club should be run, we absolutely want to hear from you.  Of course if you love the bylaws and think we did a great job we'd like to hear that too, but we especially welcome constructive criticism. Here are the relevant documents:

* The Bylaws

* Board Structure and Voting schedule

* AGM AFM Schedule

This is where you, dear Calgary Section Member, come in.  We need your review and input on the bylaws.  It's your club, and you have a say in how it is run.

Some questions to consider while reading the bylaws may be (but are in no way limited to):

- Do these bylaws protect the Section and its members from the decisions and actions of a misguided board (regardless of how good the intentions of the board may be)?

- Do these bylaws empower the board to carry out the business of the Section without unnecessary hindrance?

- Do these bylaws ensure the fair treatment of all ACC Calgary Section members?

- Do these bylaws appear to be enforceable?

- Is the language of the bylaws simple to understand?

- Do these bylaws provide a proper governance structure for the Section, and allow for fresh perspectives?

- And for those sticklers out there; are there any grammatical errors in these bylaws?  Did we pick your least favourite font?

The process to review and adopt the bylaws will be as follows:

1) The by-laws will be posted for comment until January 10, 2016.  Please email all questions and comments to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

2) The bylaw committee will post, track and respond to comments in an online comment tracker.  All comments made by members will be visible on the website, along with the response from the bylaw committee.

3) Once the review period is over, the bylaw committee will revise the bylaws incorporating & addressing comments.

4) The final version of the bylaws will be presented to the membership, and the adoption of the bylaws will be put to a vote by the general membership (providing at least 21 days for the membership to review the final draft prior to the vote). If quorum for the vote is achieved, and two thirds vote to adopt the bylaws, they will be considered adopted and in force.  If the vote does not pass, we'll go back to the drawing board for a re-write. (Please don't make us do that, let us know about any issues you may have with the bylaws that would lead you to not vote to adopt them in advance so we can address them now!)