Bylaws Revisions Overwhelmingly Approved

We are pleased to announce that the proposed revisions to the DignityUSA Bylaws have been approved with over 84% of the total votes submitted. We are thankful to the many members, former DignityUSA leaders, board members and other experts who helped us thoughtfully develop the proposed revisions, beginning with the drafting process, and through the multiple rounds of editing, then member communications and, finally, the balloting process.

In particular, we thank Lewis Speaks-Tanner and Alice Knowles, past national President and Vice-President, who made the commitment to undertake this important and challenging work three years ago and provided the leadership and diligence needed to get us to this positive conclusion, to the great benefit of DignityUSA and our members.

As we have communicated throughout this process, as well as during the 2019 Membership Meeting at our national Conference, our objectives were to provide needed updates that allow us to act more efficiently and responsively to changing member needs and expectations, as well as to external conditions. We believe we are now well-positioned to continue our mission and work, while also planning for the ideal future that was envisioned during the visioning session at the Chicago Conference.

Thanks again to all who invested in this process. You can expect to see a new strategic plan in the next few months and other programs for taking us “Forward from 50”.

Christopher Pett, President and Lauren Carpenter, Vice President


EDITOR’S NOTE: This is Lauren’s final communication as the outgoing Vice President of DignityUSA. Lauren has been an effective and visionary leader these past two years and is credited with helping us achieve our many successes over this period of time, notably the July 4 joint Forum with the Global Network of Rainbow Catholics, and the 2019 Conference. We wish her well as she pursues other challenges, and we welcome Meli Barber as our new Vice President.