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Proposed TAPPI Bylaws amendment.

In accordance with the TAPPI Bylaws, notice of proposed amendments to the Bylaws must be provided to the membership for comment 30 days prior to action by the board of directors. Publication in Solutions! and on the Association's website constitutes formal notice. Notice is hereby given that the board of directors, at its March 3, 2003 meeting or as soon thereafter as the board elects to act, will deliberate on the following amendments to the TAPPI Bylaws to allow electronic balloting in annual Association elections, to be effective for the 2003-04 board election.

Current all Association balloting is done by letter ballot mailed to all active members. The proposal before the Board would allow members the option of casting ballots electronically in future elections. Electronic balloting would not take the place of traditional letter ballots but would simply be an economic, convenient option for those members who might prefer to cast their ballots electronically. Advantages of electronic balloting include convenience for members, especially those outside North America, as well as potential cost savings and an increased response rate.

The proposed changes to the TAPPI Bylaws are on page 73. If you would like to view the Bylaws in their entirety, please visit www.tappi.org or call TAPPI's Member Connection Center at 1 800 332-8686 (US), 1 800-446-9431 (Canada) or +1 770-446-1400 for a printed copy. Comments regarding these Bylaws changes should be directed either in writing or electronically to the TAPPI Executive Director, 15 Technology Parkway S., Norcross, GA, 30092 USA, +1 770-209-7317 (fax), or bylaws@tappi.org. Comments should be received on or before Monday, February 3, 2003.

Current Bylaws

ARTICLE V--OFFICERS

Section 2. The President and Vice President shall be elected for two-year terms by a plurality vote of the voting members taken by letter ballot. Neither the President nor the Vice President shall be eligible to succeed themselves in the same offices.

ARTICLE VIII--NOMINATION AND ELECTION OF OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS

Section 5. On or before August 1 of each year the Nominating/Honors Committee shall have made at least two nominations for each vacancy on the Board and secured the written consent of each nominee to such appointment. On or before October 1 announcement of the nominations shall be mailed to all voting Members of the Association.

Section 6. Other nominations, if signed by at least one percent of the voting Members, may be submitted to the Executive Director in writing on or before November 1, and if each nomination so made is accepted in writing by the nominee, the name of such nominee shall be placed on the official ballot.

Section 7. An official ballot reflecting all duly made and accepted nominations for contested positions shall be issued and mailed to the voting Members no later than December 1.

Section 8. The letter ballot shall close on January 15.

Section 9. A public auditing firm shall be engaged to count the ballots and record the results of the election on the first weekday following January 15.

Proposed changes

ARTICLE V--OFFICERS

Section 2. The President and Vice President shall be elected, in the manner provided in Article VIII, for two-year terms by a plurality vote of the voting members. Neither the President nor the Vice President shall be eligible to succeed themselves in the same offices.

ARTICLE VIII--NOMINATION AND ELECTION OF OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS

Section 5. On or before August 1 of each year the Nominating/Honors Committee shall have made at least two nominations for each vacancy on the Board and secured the written consent of each nominee to such appointment. On or before October 1 announcement of the nominations shall be published in Solutions/magazine and posted on TAPPI's website.

Section 6. Other nominations, if signed by at least one percent of the voting Members, may be submitted to the Executive Director in writing on or before November 1, and if each nomination so made is accepted in writing by the nominee, the name of such nominee shall be placed on the election ballot.

Section 7. In conducting elections pursuant to Article VIII, the Association is authorized to use any combination of electronic and paper voting options that the Board of Directors shall approve in advance as reasonable and appropriate, provided that Members eligible to vote must be given the option to vote by paper ballot. Notice us to the composition of the election ballot and the manner in which to exercise the options to vote electronically or by paper ballot must be provided in Solutions! magazine and on TAPPI's website no later than December 1. Such notice may also be supplemented by other written or electronic forms of notice that are approved in advance by TAPPI's Board of Directors.

Section 8. Voting shall close on January 1 5 and no votes received after that date shall be counted.

Section 9. An independent consulting or professional services firm with appropriate experience shall be retained by the Association to assist with the voting process, to independently tally the votes, and to record the results of the election during the week following January 15. The winners of the election shall thereafter be announced to the membership on TAPPI's website, in Solutions! magazine and by such additional methods as TAPPI's Executive Director may deem appropriate.
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Date:Jan 1, 2003
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