Engaged House of Delegates

Fully Engaged House of Delegates

Desired Outcomes

The House of Delegates will assume a more advisory role for the Board of Directors; a segment of its meeting will be dedicated to open discussion of strategic issues chosen by HOD representatives.  A new position, Speaker of the House, will be added to the Board of Directors to serve as a liaison between the Board and the members.

Actions to Be Taken

  • The Speaker of the House position will be created; this position will be elected from within the HOD and will serve as a full member of the Board. The Speaker will chair all HOD meetings and serve as the liaison between the Board and the House.
  • The HOD will be empowered to discuss issues of functional and strategic importance to the association and the profession. Its recommendations must be addressed by the Board; the Board may choose how to respond, but it must report back to the HOD, through the Speaker.
  • The House of Delegates will strive to make decisions and take positions by consensus. If a consensus cannot be reached, decisions will be made by majority vote, with representatives from every member eye bank afforded one vote.
  • The HOD will continue to elect Board members and to discuss and vote on bylaws amendments. In these instances, proportional voting will be used.

Implementation

  • The House of Delegates will meet during the Annual Meeting; sufficient time in the agenda will be allocated for HOD discussions.
  • The HOD’s agenda will be established by the Speaker, following consultation with members of the House, with the Chair and with the President-CEO. Any issue on the Board’s agenda may be discussed by the HOD, which may also initiate topics independent of the Board’s agenda.
  • The Speaker of the House will prepare reports to HOD representatives following each Board meeting to share the substance and outcomes of all Board discussions. These will accompany the official minutes of each meeting.
  • The Speaker will actively seek HOD member perspectives on issues being considered by the Board of Directors, and will share them during Board meetings.

Practical Implications

  • The Board will be better informed of EBAA members’ views. The Speaker will actively seek and present members’ opinions and perspectives during Board deliberations.  Similarly, HOD resolutions will provide another avenue for member input.
  • Members will be better informed of Board actions. The Speaker will report on both the outcomes and processes of Board deliberations, providing context to the Board’s decisions.
  • Unaccredited members will have a voice in EBAA governance. The HOD’s deliberative session will include representatives from unaccredited members, who will be permitted to vote on HOD resolutions, but not bylaws amendments or Board elections.  This will give a voice to all dues-paying members and will introduce new perspectives into the HOD.