by Ray Campbell

As we approach the ACB national convention in Las Vegas, there will be many important items of business to handle. One very important thing which we get to do at each convention is revisit the most important of documents which governs how we do business in ACB, the constitution and bylaws.

Convention time is your chance to look over the constitution and bylaws and, if you feel so inclined, propose amendments to them. You can obtain a copy of the constitution and bylaws by going to the ACB web site, www.acb.org, then clicking on the "Helpful Resources" link. Select the "Constitution and bylaws, resolutions adopted at ACB national conventions and other organizational documents" link, and finally click on the "ACB Constitution and Bylaws" link. You can either read the constitution and bylaws online or download a zipped copy. If you need a large print or braille copy, call the ACB national office at 1-800-424-8666 Monday through Friday between 2 and 5 p.m. Eastern time to request one.

All amendments must be submitted to the constitution and bylaws committee by 5 p.m. on Monday, July 4, 2005. All amendments must be submitted in writing with the current language as well as how the language will read once amended. The committee plans to meet four times during convention, so even if you don't have any amendments, you are invited and encouraged to drop by and see how we do business. Meeting dates and times are: Saturday, July 2, 2 to 4 p.m.; Monday, July 4, 5 to 7 p.m.; Tuesday, July 5, 5 to 8 p.m.; and Wednesday, July 6, 5 to 8 p.m.

Check the convention program when you arrive in Las Vegas for the exact meeting location. You can submit amendments anytime until 5 p.m. on Monday, July 4. Either bring your amendments with you to convention, or you can send them to me via e-mail at [email protected]. I will have e-mail access at convention, so if you don't get them sent to me before you get there, don't worry.

Thank you, and I look forward to seeing many of you in Las Vegas.

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