New bylaws approved by membership

Posted July 21, 2021

Kansas Press Association members have voted overwhelmingly in favor of fine-tuning and modernizing the association’s bylaws.

Included in the changes approved is a streamlined board of directors, reducing the number from 13 to 9.

“Most of the changes were initiated to reflect our entire membership and to align with nonprofit best practices, including smaller, more agile boards,” said Emily Bradbury, KPA executive director.

One reason for the reforms: the association no longer owns a building in Topeka and all staff members now work from home. While many staff meetings are conducted using Zoom, the staff also meets together periodically at locations in Topeka and Lawrence.

Other changes include:

• Each newspaper that holds an active or associate membership in the association is entitled to one vote at all regular and special meetings. Eligibility to serve on the KPA board is now open to both active and associate members, although no more than two associate members may serve on the board at one time.

• While it is the board’s intent that each of the four districts in the state always be represented on the board, it’s no longer a requirement, although the board will make a good faith effort to reach that goal.

• A nominating committee will be appointed by March 15, consisting of the past four KPA presidents and up to two additional members selected by the president. Nominations for the board, including both recommendations and self-nominations, will be reviewed by the nominating committee and submitted to the board by April 15. The executive director will then circulate the slate of candidates at least two weeks prior to the annual business meeting.

• The board of directors will now be nine voting members and include one ex officio member, the KPA executive director.

• The membership shall elect to two-year terms a legislative director and three district directors.

• The principal office of the association shall be #351, 4021 SW 10th Ave., Topeka, KS 66604. This address is a UPS store and is used for mail delivery purposes.

• Friend membership status may be granted to any business, organization, association or other entity that wants to support the activities of the association

• Individual membership may be granted by the board of directors to any retiree and/or former employee of a Kansas newspaper.

The new board of directors includes nine members, a reduction from the previous 13.

You may read more about the newly elected directors and officers here.