The Optimist International Bylaws provide the terms for regulating and managing the affairs of Optimist International, primarily stating who are members, how we elect Officers and Directors at Large and how often a convention is held. With the adoption of new Bylaw provisions over the past several years, additional language has been added and sections inserted interrupting the flow of the Articles.
The Governance Committee, under the direction of the Board of Directors, was asked to perform a comprehensive review of the Optimist International Bylaws for the purpose of identifying confusing or redundant language, looking at the organization of the Articles and separate Sections, and clarifying verbiage.
Several changes have been proposed. The changes do not include any substantive changes to the Bylaws or the way we do business. The changes include removal of redundant, superfluous language, moving provisions to different Articles or Sections for better organization, improving clarity and updating the overall language of the Bylaws. These changes are being presented to the Clubs as a comprehensive Bylaw amendment called a “Restatement” as set forth in this document.
Adoption of these restated bylaws will be presented at the 2024 Optimist International Convention.
Attached please find the proposed restatement of the OI Bylaws for your review and comment. The restated Bylaws include a comment area in the right margin which will direct you to the portion of the original Bylaws which have been restated and why they have been restated or moved to a different Article or Section. No provisions of the Bylaws have been changed except Article III Section 1(A)(d) and Article IX Section 2(B)(5). Also, you will notice that Article IV, International Conventions and Elections have been divided into separate Articles: Article V deals only with Elections and Article IV only deals with Conventions.Special Rules:
For a revision of this scale, special rules are necessary to avoid significant confusion and time overruns:
If your club has questions, comments or a proposed amendment to the proposal, please contact Optimist International at: email@example.com no later than February 16, 2024.Submitted by the Optimist International Board of Directors