The RWA Board of Directors wishes to respond to chapter leaders who have voiced concerns about standard chapter bylaws that were approved in March 2013. It is often difficult to strike a perfect balance between chapters' needs and regulatory compliance, but that balance is always the Board's goal.
Leaders have expressed concern about Article 7.3, which says, “An individual may serve no more than two full terms in any such office. Nothing shall prohibit an individual from seeking a different office following two full terms in office, except no individual may serve more than two consecutive years as President.” The purpose of Article 7.3 is to encourage a regular change of leadership so that fresh ideas are presented and no one person (or group of people) gets burned out or acquires a sense of ownership. The Board acknowledges the difficulty of some chapters to attract volunteers who have the time, skills, and knowledge to provide effective leadership and sees that the provisions of Article 7.3 may place undue hardships on smaller chapters. Therefore, the Board will revisit that particular article during the next board meeting (July 13–14).
We ask members to understand that no decisions are made lightly. All decisions are made with the best interests of RWA in mind and in accordance with the fiduciary duties that require board members to comply with bylaws and any applicable state and federal laws. We thank those members who communicated their concerns, and we wish to express our appreciation to Nikki Enlow, RWA Chapter Liaison, for the time she spent answering questions and keeping the Board apprised of those concerns.
Romance Writers of America (RWA) is a nonprofit trade association, with a membership of more than 10,000 romance writers and related industry professionals, whose mission is to advance the professional interests of career-focused romance writers through networking and advocacy.