Board & Committees

2013 AGM: About the motions that we'll be discussing and voting on

This year the AmSAT AGM assembly will have a record number of motions to discuss and vote upon at the Chicago meeting.

Click here to download the fifteen motions for the 2013 Annual General Meeting.  (PDF will open in a new window.)

These motions are presented with the rationales and backgrounds that were submitted by the motion makers. Rationales and background are the individual opinions of the motion makers and in effect constitute the motion makers' debate on the motion. These rationales and background do not necessarily reflect the views of the Board.

The Board is preparing statements regarding the motions to share with you the benefit of their research and views.  Once these statements are published online the membership will be notified through an e-UPdate that will include a link to the statements.

Many of the motions have been submitted in the standard form of “Whereas....be it resolved” as recommended by Robert’s Rules of Order.*

Whereas statements constitute the reasons for the motion and also express the individual opinions of the motion makers. An important distinction of Whereas statements is that they are part of the motion and subject to debate and amendment.

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* Robert’s Rules of Order, 11th Edition, is widely recognized as the standard for facilitating discussions and group decision-making effectively and fairly.  Our use of it will strengthen AmSAT's democratic process, determining the direction and actions of our society through discussion, reason and persuasion.

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