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Bylaws and Rules that take will take effect at Bouchercon 2021, if approved:


A. Eliminates ability for nominations to be made during the General Members Meeting and provide that nominees for the Board will be identified and solicited no later than 90 days prior to the General Members Meeting and vetted by a standing Nominating Committee of the Board. The Nominating Committee will prepare a slate reflecting a majority endorsement vote of the Board, to be ratified by the membership. [Rules I.E.].


B. Creates a new Bouchercon Standing Rule which stipulates that all agreements with a Local Organizing Committee shall require the adopted Bouchercon Code of Conduct and Anti-Harassment Policy be read and accepted by members at the time of convention registration. [Rules III.C].


C. Allows that under a majority vote of the Board of Directors, if at the end of a General Members meeting a location for an upcoming Annual Convention has not been identified, the Board may step in, initiate, and secure an annual convention location until a Local Organizing Committee can be identified. [Rules III.F].


E. Amends Bylaws to read new proposed Bylaw amendments that receive a majority of member votes at the General Members Meeting, shall be approved and adopted at the General Members Meeting that year. This action would allow Bylaws to go into effect in the year of adoption versus the current two years. [Bylaws VIII.B.2].


F. Amends Bylaws to read that the Board may appoint its officers to two-year terms instead of one year. [Bylaws III.B].




Bouchercon 2021 Board Member Nomination


The following person(s) have been vetted and approved by the Bouchercon National Board and are presented here as the approved slate for member approval.





Rae James grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and graduated from the University of California at Berkeley. She completed the masters Public Policy Program at California State University at Hayward. From there she was recruited to join the State of California’s Legislative Analyst’s Office where she drafted legislation affecting local, regional and state issues. Later she was appointed Deputy Mayor for the City of Los Angeles. After a career of public service she focused on her first love, mystery writing. She has published eight mysteries.

James currently serves as Vice-Chair on the Bouchercon Board. In 2020, she co-Chaired Bouchercon Sacramento. She is also a member of Mystery Writers of America and Northern California Publishers and Authors. Rae lives in Northern California.




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