It’s said that you never want to see how sausage is made. But just like Dorothy and Toto, many of us can’t resist looking behind the curtain. The inner workings of any professional society are a mystery to most members. The bedrock of our societal rules is the “Bylaws.” These are the “Stone Tablets.” While not unchanging, bylaws are (by design) very difficult to alter. In fact, they can only be changed by the House of Delegates. It’s great to have a firm foundation of instructions. It guides our basic processes, how we run the society and how we conduct ourselves. However, it’s a fast-moving world out there, and many decisions and actions must be made rapidly and the guidance governing these choices must be highly malleable. Just as it would be challenging to re-chisel the stone tablets, one can imagine the degree of difficulty involved in trying to interpret...

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