2024 Ruritan National Convention Program

Ballot Items

Ballot Item One The caption of the National Bylaws ARTICLE I currently reads: “Name/Emblem/Politics”. The Board approved striking the word “Politics” and inserting the word “Principles”. They further moved that the heading politics be replaced with prin ciples in all bylaws and publications. Reason for the motion: The word politics is too narrow of scope as we are non-sectarian and non-partisan in both poli tics and religious affiliations. Principles is a more inclusive word and portrays how we want to present ourselves to our communities. Will take effect immediately upon approval by a 2/3 vote of the delegates at the national convention. Ballot Item Two The National Board approved a motion for a $1 per quarter dues increase ($4 per year) for all adult/business org mem berships (not including youth) to take effect April 1, 2024. Reason for the motion: To maintain the solvency of the orga nization. The 2023-2024 Ruritan National operating budget of $1,133,204.00 income and expenses of $1,124,900.83 is based on an anticipated dues increase of $1/quarter, to take effect April 2024, pending convention delegates' approval at the 2024 Ruritan National Convention. If there is no ap proved dues increase, the proposed operating budget for 2023-2024 would be $1,095,226.00 income and expenses of $1,120,904.83, reflecting a deficit budget of -$25,678.83. Will take effect on April 1, 2024, upon approval by a 2/3 vote of the delegates at the national convention.



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