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CONSIDER THE BYLAWS AMENDMENTS

This year, two amendments to NAMI National's bylaws have been proposed. Bylaws amendments may be proposed by NAMI affiliates, state organizations, or by a member of the NAMI board of directors. Bylaws changes require a two-thirds majority of those voting to pass.

Text proposed for removal is struck through; text proposed to be added is bolded and underlined. For a complete copy of the current NAMI bylaws click here.

Bylaws Proposal #1 - Addition of Non-Discrimination Provisions to NAMI Bylaws

ARTICLE I Membership, Section 2. Voting Members, (1) Members

(c) Non-discrimination: NAMI shall not discriminate against any person or group of persons on the basis of race, ethnicity, culture, language national origin, geographic origin, age, disability, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, education, religion, faith, socio-economic status or lived experience.

ARTICLE I Membership, Section 2. Voting Members, (3) State Organizations, (f) Bylaws

(viii) Non-Discrimination - The Bylaws of each Organization shall provide that neither it nor any member Affiliate shall discriminate against any person or group of persons on the basis of race, disability, creed, sex, religion, or age in the requirements for membership, its policies, or actions. race, ethnicity, culture, language national origin, geographic origin, age, disability, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, education, religion, faith, socio-economic status or lived experience.

Submitted by Sheila Amdur, Member, NAMI Board of Directors

The NAMI Board of Directors supports this proposal.

Rationale: This change to the bylaws confirms that NAMI is an inclusive organization, welcoming people of all backgrounds, and intolerant of any form of discrimination. This amendment is consistent with NAMI's proposed Standards of Excellence which express NAMI's values and desire to be a fully inclusive organization.

Bylaws Proposal #2 - Amendment to Process for Filling Board Vacancies

ARTICLE IV Board of Directors

Section 5. Vacancy. (a) In case of any vacancy of one or more regular members of the Board of Directors not elected in accordance with subsection (b) of this section, the Board of Directors shall elect the person or persons who shall fill the vacancy or vacancies until the next annual meeting, at which meeting the voting members the voting members shall elect the person or persons for the ten remaining for the unexpired term or terms. In the event of a vacancy that occurs after the 90-day nomination period prior to the annual meeting, but prior to the annual meeting, the Board of Directors shall elect a replacement to serve until the subsequent annual meeting (that is, the annual meeting that takes place after the next cycle of the nominating period).

(b) In case of any vacancy of the Consumer Council member of the Board of Directors, the Executive Committee of the Consumer Council shall elect a Consumer Council member to fill the vacancy for the unexpired term.

Submitted by Kevin Sullivan,, Member, NAMI Board of Directors

The NAMI Board of Directors supports this proposal.

Rationale: The proposed bylaws amendment improves continuity, reflects best practices for non-profit board governance and is consistent with the current bylaws provision for Consumer Council vacancies on the Board of Directors.


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