Notice of Bylaw Changes to Members

July 26, 2021

Aloha Members,

Please be advised that the Board of Directors of the HAWAI‘I ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® will be voting on three bylaw changes at their meeting scheduled for August 31, 2021 at 10 a.m. The meeting will be held via Zoom. If you would like to attend, please register for this meeting here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email and information on joining the meeting.

*Blue text indicates added language.
*Strikethrough red text indicates language that was removed. 

Change #1: Article X – Election of Officers. Recommendation to amend Section 3.

Section 3 will read as follows:

Section 3. Eligibility. Only members licensed as real estate brokers and licensed or certified appraisers in good standing who meet the HAWAI‘I ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® criteria for Officer Positions shall be eligible for election as elective officers. Except as otherwise provided in these Bylaws, the eligibility of members of the Association for nomination and election as elective officers or for recommendation as National Director shall be determined by the Board of Directors, or a committee designated by the Board of Directors, whose determination shall be final.

To view a copy of the criteria for Officer Positions referenced above, click here. Please note that the Qualifications & Criteria for Officer Positions was approved by the Board of Directors as a policy at their April 22, 2021 meeting.

Change #2: Article X – Election of Officers. Recommendation to amend Section 4.

Section 4 will read as follows:

Section 4. Board Development Committee. There shall be a Board Development Committee consisting of the following members. There shall be nine (9) voting members. The Immediate Past President shall serve as the Chair of the Board Development Committee. The balance of the committee shall consist of the Immediate Past President from the past two (2) years and the President-elect; as well as the following Members who shall be recommended by the President after consultation, with the Board Leadership Team, and shall be approved by the Board: three (3) Past Directors (who served within the past three (3) years) and three (3) Members-at-Large. The Board Development Committee shall recruit, interview and recommend qualified individuals to serve the Association in the capacity of President, President-elect, First Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. In the event the members of the Board Development Committee cast votes for an officer position whereby there is just one (1) vote separating the candidates, a four (4) to five (5) vote for example, the Board Development Committee shall recommend both candidates to be on the ballot. However, the Board Development Committee has the discretion to submit more than one (1) candidate for nomination to be on the ballot. The Board Development Committee shall also be responsible for the annual Board of Directors training, recruitment, orientation, succession and Board evaluation.

Change #3: Article X – Election of Officers. Recommendation to amend Section 5.

Section 5 will read as follows:

Section 5. Nomination by Petition. Except for offices for which election is automatic, additional candidates may be nominated by petition signed by not less than one hundred (100) Board Members of the HAWAI‘I ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®, including at least one (1) Member from each of the five (5) REALTOR associations throughout Hawaii, and submitted to the Chief Executive Officer no less than thirty (30) days prior to the date of the annual membership meeting. No candidate shall be nominated for more than one office and each candidate must signify in writing a willingness to serve if elected.

To view a copy of the bylaws, click here. In accordance with the existing Bylaws (2020), Article XIII – Notices and Amendments, Section 2. Amendments by the Board of Directors:

These Bylaws may be amended at a meeting of the Board of Directors by the affirmative vote of two-thirds (2/3) of the Directors present and qualified to vote at any meeting at a quorum is present, the substance of the such proposed amendment or amendments shall be published at least thirty (30) days in advance of the meeting. Unless a petition is received five (5) days prior to the Board of Directors meeting, bearing the signature of five percent (5%) of the membership, requesting that one or more of the proposed amendments be brought for vote before the membership, the Directors action shall be final.

Notice of adoption of any amendments to these Bylaws by the Board of Directors shall be published in official publication and/or on the official website of the Association.

Should you have any questions or need additional information, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Nancy Donahue-Jones