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Editing your association’s genetic code

Bylaws changes can be big or small, but either way member input is critical for success

DNA strand

March 1, 2019
By Walt Williams

Bylaws are the DNA of every association, spelling out how each is structured, but different groups have different strategies about how to tinker with their foundational documents.

One of the most recent groups to take an ax to its bylaws is the International Dairy Foods Association, which announced in January it was folding three constituent organizations into the main association. That meant creating a single set of bylaws that covered the new, broader organization, CEO Michael Dykes said.

“They had different bylaws,” he said. “There were different bylaws in different states. … They weren’t the same and they weren’t filed under the same legal jurisdictions.”