Newly Adopted Standing Rules

This year United Methodist Women celebrated our 150th birthday! What started with a gathering of eight women has become an organization of 800,000 women around the globe. Traditions and rules guide our large organization. Over time, these traditions and rules must evolve and adapt to current programs, what works for the women involved and current technology. These changes need to be reflected in our bylaws.

A complete review of the bylaws has been done and officers and members have given their input. We voted on these changes at the Annual Meeting on October 19, 2019.

The proposed changes either clarify or update our bylaws to how we handle our business. Examples are:

  • paying mileage expense at “the current IRS business mileage rate”
  • removing events or committees that no longer exist at the national level
  • updating our elections to include national leadership opportunities
  • notification requirements to use email and posting on our website
  • removing requirements that our budgets cannot support

As stated in our bylaws, the Standing Rules Committee may adopt clerical corrections that make no substantive changes to the Standing Rules without a vote. So some language has been simplified and “Conference Mission Team” has been updated to be “Conference Leadership Team.” Sections now have topics in bold to make it easy to find what you need.

If you have questions or concerns, please direct them to Wendy Campbell