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Actions from the LLLI Board of Directors Meeting: October 2008 - Schaumburg, Illinois, USA

From: Leaven, Vol. 44, No. 4, 2008, pp. 19 & 21

Abstract: The LLLI Board took the following actions at its October 25-26, 2008 meeting. New members were elected. The Board approved the audit for the year ending March 31, 2008 and authorized retaining the same auditors for the audit ending March 31, 2009. There was a second reading of a change to the Bylaws Article VI Board of Directors Section 2. Members a. Members and a first reading on Article VII, Section I, Officers. We affirmed LLLI support of the new World Health Assembly (WHA) WHA Resolution. [Editor's note: The WHA is the general assembly organized every two years by the World Health Organization (WHO).] We made changes to the LLLI Policies and Standing Rules Notebook on "Leader Accreditation: Removal" and "Appendix 22: Reimbursement Policy." A new global business model for LLLI was approved and will be implemented by Barbara Emanuel, LLLI Executive Director.

The next LLLI Board meetings are February 26-March 1, 2009, and October 22-25, 2009, in Schaumburg, Illinois, USA.
Nominating Committee
Newly Elected Members:
Eastern USA Zone: Mario Barbiere
Member at Large: Maria Grant

Bylaws Committee

1. The following proposed Bylaws change had its second reading:

Article VI Board of Directors Section 2. Members a. Members, which reads:

The Board shall be comprised of members of the LLLI geographic Zones and members at large. Founders may also serve as members of the Board. A minimum of two-thirds (2/3) of the Board members shall be Leaders.

Was amended to:

The Board shall be comprised of members of the LLLI geographic Zones and members at large. Founders may also serve as members of the Board. A majority of the Board members shall be Leaders.

Rationale:

This Bylaws change makes it possible to recruit Board members with specific skills and enhance Board effectiveness, in accordance with best board practices, while recognizing the importance of Leader participation and perspective on the LLLI Board. Changes to the Bylaws take two readings. This was the second reading and becomes effective immediately.

2. The following proposed Bylaws change was presented for its first reading. Article VII – Officers Section 1 – Officers, which reads:

Officers shall be elected from and by the Board. Officers shall be the Chairman, 1st Vice Chairman, 2nd Vice Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, and any other officers deemed necessary and elected by the Board. A candidate for Chairman or Vice Chairman shall have been a member of the Board for a minimum of two years. A candidate for Chairman shall be an accredited Leader.

Was amended to:

Officers shall be elected from and by the Board. Officers shall be the Chairman, 1st Vice Chairman, 2nd Vice Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, and any other officers deemed necessary and elected by the Board. A candidate for Chairman shall have been a member of the Board for a minimum of two years and a candidate for Vice Chairman shall have been a member of the Board for a minimum of one year. A candidate for Chairman shall be an accredited Leader.

Rationale:

This Bylaws change broadens the field of candidates for the Vice Chairmen positions. Changes to the Bylaws take two readings. This was the first reading.

3. The following change was made to the LLLI Policies and Standing Rules Notebook "Leader Accreditation: Removal."

A Leader's accreditation may be removed for philosophy discrepancy, discrediting LLL, and/or behavior that continually causes conflict or interferes with her effectiveness as a Leader. Before removal of a Leader's accreditation is considered, that Leader must be informed of the Grievance Procedure.

Was amended to:

A Leader's accreditation may be removed for philosophy discrepancy, discrediting LLL, and/or behavior that continually causes conflict or interferes with her effectiveness as a Leader.

Rationale:

The LLLI Board of Directors recognizes that there can be concerns about a Leader's behavior that are significant enough that they may result in removal of a Leader's accreditation. The opportunity for mediation by means of the Grievance Commission needs to be offered early in the dialogue. The goal is that the concerns will be resolved and there will be no need to remove accreditation. Board members also recognize that there may be situations that warrant immediate Leader accreditation removal and mediation is not appropriate. The sentence offering the Grievance Commission in this policy was counterproductive and thus removed.

Audit Committee

The LLLI Board accepted the audit of La Leche League International finances for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2008.

The LLLI Board engaged Desmond & Ahern, Ltd. to prepare the audit of La Leche League International finances for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2009.

Action Committee

LLLI fully supports the WHO International Code of Marketing of Breast-Milk Substitutes and subsequent World Health Assembly Resolutions relevant to the International Code passed before October 2006.

Was changed to:

LLLI fully supports the WHO International Code of Marketing of Breast-Milk Substitutes and subsequent World Health Assembly Resolutions relevant to the International Code passed before October 2008.

Rationale:

LLLI has fully supported the WHO International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes from the beginning.

The 2008 World Health Assembly resolution reaffirms the central place of breastfeeding in infant and child nutrition, and the necessity to promote, protect and support it. It also contains a recommendation about the safe use of artificial breast milk substitutes, pointing out the risk of contamination of powdered infant formula by pathogenic microorganisms. It also deals with the safe use of donor milk through human milk banks. We are updating our commitment to this Code. (PSR, Appendix 33 – WHO International Code of Marketing Breast-milk Substitutes)

Personnel Committee

A change to the LLLI Policies and Standing Rules Notebook Appendix 22: Reimbursement Policy was made to exclude employees and change the time limit for reimbursement from one year to 90 days.

Rationale:

The change was made to remove reference to employees in this reimbursement policy as they are covered in the Employee Handbook. There was a change to the time limit for reimbursement from one year to 90 days, in line with standard business practice.

Global Business Model

With a changing LLLI and a changing world, it is important that LLLI have a changing business model. We are calling it the Global Business Model to ready LLLI to move ahead in becoming a truly global and international organization. It is one that clearly defines what activities impact all of the organization, which will continue to be overseen and managed by the International office under the direction of current Executive Director Barbara Emanuel, and which are serving just one entity or another and could be better managed by those entities. It is one that welcomes a USA entity and facilitates its creation as soon as possible.

If you have questions, please contact the LLLI Board at LLLIBOD@llli.org.

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