November 16, 2021

Members Broadly Support Changes to IOA Bylaws

At a Special Meeting this morning, a quorum of the International Ombudsman Association's members approved multiple revisions to the board election process along with a collection of other governance changes. It has been four months since the Board of Directors held an unsuccessful vote on a singular proposal which incorporated all of the same changes. The vote today clears the way for Board elections, a change to a gender neutral terminology, and other changes that will bring operations into line with other professional associations.

Here is the full announcement by the IOA Board:
16 November 2021 Member Vote Results
All proposals were passed by a clear majority.
On 16 November 2021 at 8:30 AM Pacific Time, voting at the IOA Special Member Meeting concluded. After a quorum of 322 members was declared achieved, a live vote was conducted for each proposal and tallied along with the proxy votes that were previously submitted. Below are the final results of each vote. All proposals were passed by a clear majority.

Based on these results, the new IOA Bylaws are now in effect. The IOA Articles of Incorporation will be revised and filed as required by IOA's attorney, and then shared with members once available.

In alignment with these new changes, we will soon be opening the 2021 & 2022 Call for Board Nominations. Please be on the lookout for an announcement email soon. Additionally, we will roll out a new name and logo in early 2022 and implement other necessary changes to our elections process as a result of the revised Bylaws.

A recording of the Special Member Meeting will be posted and made available to members in the Online Learning Center later this week.

Thank you again to all IOA members for your continued engagement in this process!

(Independent Voice.)

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