Charter, Constitution & Bylaws
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Gregory Sossaman, MD, Chair

Members - The Committee on Charter and Bylaws shall be composed of six members, who must be delegates to the House of Delegates. The members of the committee are appointed by the President. The Speaker and Vice-Speaker of the House of Delegates shall serve ex-officio without the power to vote.

Term - Committee members are appointed for a term of three years, serving from the time of their appointment until the appointment of their successor. A committee member may be reappointed for succeeding terms at the discretion of the President. One third of the members of the committee are appointed each year. The chair is appointed for a term of one year, serving from the time of his or her appointment until the appointment of his successor. The chair may be reappointed for succeeding terms at the discretion of the President. A committee member with more than two unexplained absences during his or her term will be dropped from the committee roster. A committee member not in attendance at the HOD will be presumed to have resigned unless he or she has a valid excuse, subject to the approval of the committee. A vacancy, whether due to death, disability severe enough to prevent fulfillment of duties, resignation, or removal, shall be filled by an appointee of the President.

Organization - The President designates the chair of the committee.

Meetings - The committee shall meet at the call of the chair. Three members shall constitute a quorum.

Duties - To serve as a fact-finding and advisory committee on matters pertaining to the Charter and Bylaws of the LSMS, to evaluate and recommend to the House of Delegates and the Board of Governors the guidelines and rules that establish the authoritative direction or control of the conduct and affairs of the corporate and policy-making bodies of the Society, to periodically review the Charter and Bylaws, and other adopted rules of the LSMS and initiate the process of amending such when indicated, to receive all proposed amendments to the Charter and Bylaws for review and perfection of language to implement the actions of the House of Delegate, to issue interpretations of meaning of the Charter and Bylaws and other adopted rules when requested by the President, the Board of Governors or the House of Delegates, and to review the bylaws of Chartered Parish Societies as to compliance with the Charter, Bylaws,or other adopted rules of the LSMS.