Bylaws amendment proposal to be voted on at Annual Members Meeting

May 7, 2019

To set the OSCPA up for future success, the Strategic Planning Committee and its task forces are examining all aspects of the OSCPA and determining what should be changed to better serve its members.

At the April Board of Directors Meeting, members of the Governance Task Force of the Strategic Planning Committee proposed an amendment to section 6.1 of the OSCPA’s Bylaws, which changes the selection of the Nominating Committee. 

The existing process for selecting the Nominating Committee involves only attendees of the Annual Members Meeting and may not be the most ideal way to represent all OSCPA members.

Existing Terminology:
The Nominating Committee shall consist of five members of the Society. Two of these members shall be the two most recent Past Chairmen who are available and willing to serve. The other three members shall be elected each year by a majority vote of the members present at the annual meeting from nominations made by any Society Member in attendance. The chairman shall be the most recent Past Chairman. No more than two members of the committee may succeed themselves.

Proposed New Terminology:
The Nominating Committee shall consist of five members in good standing with the Society. Two of these members shall be the two most recent Past Chairmen who are available and willing to serve, with the most recent Past Chairman serving as the chairman of the committee. Of the other three members, one shall be a member selected by the Chairman-Elect, one shall be a member with less than 25 years of membership selected by the OSCPA staff and one shall be a member with 25 years or more of membership selected by the OSCPA staff. The member selected by the Chairman-Elect shall not be a current officer or director of the Society. No more than two of the five members of the committee may serve on the committee in consecutive years. Upon selection of the Nominating Committee, OSCPA members shall be provided a 30-day period to submit comments on the proposed committee members prior to finalization.

This bylaws amendment would not be effective until the fiscal year beginning May 1, 2020.

One of the duties of the Bylaws Committee is to consider recommendations and proposed changes. In consideration of this proposal, we feel this amendment will increase inclusion of all OSCPA members in the nominations process.

If you’ve been to the Annual Members Business Meeting, you know that part of the business meeting is the nominations process. Of the five members, two are the most immediate past chairmen. The other three nominations come from the floor. Therefore, the only way to get on the Nominating Committee is if someone calls your name out during the business luncheon. That has some limitations to it. One of the questions the Governance Task Force asked was, “Do we provide adequate representation to all of our members, all over the state?” The Governance Task Force believes this proposal allows for more representation and more inclusion of all OSCPA members.

Read Q&A about the proposed bylaws amendment.

For questions or comments, call (405) 841-3800 or (800) 522-8261, ext. 3812, or email bpeterson@oscpa.com.