NOBCChE Constitution and Bylaws

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The NOBCChE constitution contains the fundamental principles which govern the organization’s operation. The bylaws establish the specific rules of guidance by which NOBCChE is to function. Our policies are the official statement of intent, and is implemented as a procedure or protocol. Our standard operating procedures describe the regular recurring activities appropriate to organizational operations.

Amendments to this Constitution may be effected by a three-fourths majority vote of the regular membership. The Executive Board is empowered to propose amendments to the Constitution by a simple majority vote of all Executive Board members. The proposed amendment will be presented for adoption at any national meeting of the Organization, or at any special election called by the Chairperson of the Executive Board, but requires at least two months prior notices in writing to the regular membership.

If you would like to submit a petition for amendment to the constitution to the committee, please click here.


Constitution and Bylaws Committee

The role of the NOBCChE Constitution and Bylaws committee is to review, interpret or initiate appropriate actions on petitions to amend the Organization’s constitution. The NOBCChE Constitution and Bylaws Committee responsibilities include:

  • Reviewing and making recommendations to the Executive Board concerning desirable changes in the Constitution to ensure that current operations are aligned
  • Review, interpret, and/or initiate appropriate actions on petitions to amend NOBCChE governing documents
  • Interpret and initiate such action as may seem appropriate to eliminate conflicts in the Constitution and/or bylaws
  • Review proposed amendments to bylaws, standard operating procedures, policies, local chapter rules
  • Prepare analyses on various issues and guideline documents.

Committee Members

The composition of the Committee is open to any member of the Organization. Preference is for those who have a background in law, but is not mandatory. The committee is comprised of 5 members the chair will be appointed by the Chair of the Executive Board. Constitutional review meetings are held once a year at the NOBCChE national conference and is open to all members.

  • Melvin Poulson, Committee Chair
  • Dr. Racquel Jemison
  • Dr. Sharon Barnes
  • Open Position
  • Open Position

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