Results of Voting
Council of Delegates Meeting
Westin Galleria Hotel
Houston, Texas
October 13, 2008

The following items were voted on by the ISA Council of Delegates in Houston, on Monday, October 13, 2008. A delegate from each Section represented voted YES or NO. The weight of their vote was the number of members in the Section. The voting issues were all proposed changes to the ISA bylaws and required a 2/3 majority to pass. All three voting motions were passed by a vote of more than 2/3 of the membership represented.

All Section Members were requested to let the Section President know how they would like the Section to vote no later than October 6, 2008.

1. Proposal to change the name of "ISA".
The ISA Council of Delegates voted "YES" on this item on October 13, 2008.

"At the 2008 ISA Summer Leaders Meeting, the proposal to change the legal name of the Society from the current designation of "ISA - The Instrumentation, Systems and Automation Society" to "International Society of Automation" was reconsidered. The Executive Board passed a resolution recommending that the Council of Society Delegates formally approve the name change at the upcoming CCD meeting in Houston. This FAQ has been developed to address implementation details of this proposed name change and to provide additional background information on this proposal."
Name Change FAQ (Posted at ISA on August 27, 2008) - PDF

2. Proposal to increase member dues.
The ISA Council of Delegates voted "YES" on this item on October 13, 2008.

" A dues increase beginning 1 January 2009 is proposed for full-dues-paying Members in order to meet the financial challenges of the Society and recover a greater percentage of the costs of membership. The last ISA membership dues increase was in 2003 ($72 to $85 for Members). The estimated cost to serve each Member is greater than the proposed new dues rate. ".
Dues Increase FAQ (Posted at ISA on August 27, 2008) - PDF

3. Proposal to reduce portion of dues returned to local Sections.
The ISA Council of Delegates voted "YES" on this item on October 13, 2008.

" In an effort to centralize the funding of District officer travel and base funding on need as supported by a documented business plan, it is proposed that the Section rebate be lowered from 20% to 15% and remove the optional deduction Sections can make to support District officer travel. Assuming the proposed dues increase is approved, the Section rebate for regular full dues paying members will be $15 compared to the current rebate of $17. In addition to the change in rebate rate, this proposal eliminates the 25% contribution most Sections make to support their District. The Society will fund the travel needs of the District Vice President, District Vice President elect, and District Nominator to the extent that the annual budget objectives can be met. Under this proposal, Sections that formerly contributed 25% of their rebates to support District officers would see their net rebate go from $12.75 to $15 per regular member. Sections that are not making this contribution would see their rebate go from $17 to $15 per regular member. "
Section Rebate Reduction FAQ (Posted at ISA on August 27, 2008) - PDF

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