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SFS Society Business is archived by year.  Society Business from 1992-2012 is archived in The Bulletin.

2016

Constitutional Revisions 2016

Archived 1/17/2017

The Board of Directors has prepared revisions to SFS By-laws to make them align better with SFS practice. These include language establishing an SFS Fellows program, an Endowed Publication Fund and Journal Endowment Committee, and renaming the "Assistant to the President" position to the more accurate title of "Vice President." These proposed revisions were approved by the SFS Board of Directors, and will be put to a vote of the membership at the upcoming annual meeting in May, as per the amendment process specified in the SFS By-laws.

Read more and view the proposed changes.

2015

Constitutional Revisions 2015

Archived 1/17/2017

Proposed changes are (1) providing more authority to the President to sign routine contracts associated with the annual meeting, (2) anonymous voting by the Board or Executive Committee, and (3) allowing the Board or Executive Committee to vote by email between regular meetings. These proposed changes will be put to a vote of the membership at the upcoming annual meeting in May, as per the amendment process specified in the SFS By-laws.

Read more and view the proposed changes.

2014

Constitutional Revisions 2014

Archived 4/9/2015

Proposed changes are recognizing the role of the Newsletter within the Society for Freshwater Science and restructuring the Elections and Place Committee. These proposed changes will be put to a vote of the membership at the upcoming annual meeting in May, as per the amendment process specified in the SFS By-laws.

Read more and view the proposed changes.

2013

Constitutional Revisions 2013

Archived 2/23/2014

Changing the Name of the Society for Freshwater Science’s Graduate Resources Committee (GRC) to the Student Resources Committee (SRC), and establishing a SRC subcommittee for Undergraduate Student Awards. Each of these proposed changes has been favorably reviewed by the Constitutional Revisions Committee, the Board of Directors, and the Executive Committee. These proposed changes will be put to a vote of the membership at the upcoming annual meeting in May, as per the amendment process specified in the SFS By-laws.

Read more and view the proposed changes.

SFS Presidential Election Results 2012

Archived 2/23/2014

David Strayer will serve as President (2014-2015), Chris Robinson and Michael Paul will serve as the Non-North American and Non-Academic Delegates to the Board (2013-2016), respectively, and Susan Norton will serve another three-year term as Secretary. We thank them for their willingness to serve and guide our Society. We also thank Chuck Hawkins, Carol Couch, and Stuart Findlay for their willingness to serve as candidates for these positions.

2012

SFS Publishing Partnership with The University of Chicago Press for Freshwater Science

Archived 4/6/2013

The SFS Board of Directors has charged the Publications Committee to identify a publishing partner for Freshwater Science (FWS). This charge originated from the Society’s 5-year Strategic Plan. The goals of this arrangement are to move FWS to the next level by ensuring its continued financial health, improving visibility, accessibility, and services to authors and users while retaining the Journal’s editorial independence, quality, personal service to authors, and reasonable cost.  On December 20, 2012, the Board of Directors accepted the recommendation from the Publications Committee to partner with University of Chicago Press.

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Regional and International Chapters Proposal

Archived 11/11/2012

The Executive Committee and the Board of Directors of the Society for Freshwater Science (SFS) propose to allow members to form regional/international chapters. The formation of chapters will help SFS build a more responsive, diverse, multidisciplinary membership, and to facilitate gatherings of scientists and others at a smaller, regional scale. The SFS 5-year Strategic Plan is to grow the Society in a manner that fosters a global “voice” in addressing water resource issues. The formation of and membership in a Chapter would be optional and developed from a bottom-up, local level process.

Read more and view the proposal.

Constitutional Revisions 2011

Archived 11/11/2012

As part of the normal review and improvement process for running our Society, three separate changes are being proposed for our By-laws. The proposed changes are: 1) clarifying and re-defining how the President of the Society is replaced, should s/he become incapacitated; 2) renaming the International Profiles Committee; and 3) creating a new permanent committee, the Sponsorship and Development Committee. Below is a rationale and a detailed description for each of the proposed changes. Each of these proposed changes has been favorably reviewed by the Constitutional Revisions Committee, the Board of Directors, and the Executive Committee. These proposed changes will be put to a vote of the membership at the upcoming annual meeting in May, as per the amendment process specified in the SFS By-laws.

Read more and view the proposed changes.

SFS Presidential Election Results 2011

Archived 11/11/2012

Randy Fuller was elected by the membership to serve as our next SFS President. Randy will step into the President-Elect position at the spring 2013 SFS annual meeting, and will serve as President of the Society during the 2013-2014 year. He will be the presiding president at the Joint Aquatic Science meeting in Portland. Al Steinman was elected as the first Academic Delegate to the Board of Directors, and David Costello was elected as the first Early Career Delegate. Special thanks to Sherri Johnson, Caryn Vaughn, and Michelle Greenwood for their willingness to run as candidates for these positions. The election was very close, and in each case the candidates were clearly excellent choices.

2011

Name Change Voting Results 2011

Archived 5/17/2012

SFS members voted by a majority of 78 percent to change the society’s name to the Society for Freshwater Science (SFS) at their annual meeting held May 22–26, 2011 in Providence, RI. The new acronym is pronounced letter-by-letter as ‘S, F, S’. Eighty-one percent of members also voted to change the society’s journal title from the Journal of the North American Benthological Society to Freshwater Science. Implementation of the name change for both the society and the journal should be complete before the 2012 annual meeting in Louisville, KY.

View the press release.

NABS Presidential Election Results 2010

Archived 3/15/2012

We are pleased to announce that Dave Penrose has been elected by the S membership to serve as our next SFS President. Dave will step into the President-Elect position at the spring 2011 SFS annual meeting, and will serve as President of the Society during the 2012-2013 year. Special thanks to Stuart Bunn for his willingness to run as a presidential candidate, and serve the society in this important role. The election was very close, and both candidates were clearly excellent choices.

Constitutional Revisions 2010

Archived 6/15/2011

As a result of changes in IRS regulations governing non-profit corporations, advice from our attorneys and in response to the Society’s Strategic Plan, a broad set of changes is being proposed to the Society’s Constitution and By-laws. Below is the rationale and the proposed changes, and the proposed strategy for discussing and voting on these changes at the upcoming annual meeting in May. These changes are being proposed to increase the transparency, accountability, and efficiency in conducting the business of our Society.

View proposed constitutional revisions.

Revisiting NABS Name

Archived 6/15/2011

A re-evaluation process for the Society name and Journal title was initiated at the Annual Meeting in Santa Fe, June 2010. Members have been asked to rank key words and phrases describing our society mission and activities and now are ranking possible alternative society names and journal titles. At the Annual Business Meeting May 2011, members will be asked to select either the existing name and journal title or the top ranking alternate name and journal title identified during this year-long process.

Please participate and review background information.

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