Very nice report. On first glance, I see that it is very well considered and written. An excellent work by your group.
My initial concern is with the proposed new section 504.1.8, which I'll loosely term the "Volckening-Matysek" Rule (or "V-M Rule", in honor of two people who just don't get enough good recognition).
I clearly understand the need for having employees like Bill and Jim at convention, that they may not be granted House of Delegates (HOD) membership by other means, and understand that you have to be a "delegate" to get through the front door of the convention hall. The problems I see with V-M as drafted are:
(1) An employee might not be a member of USMS, and their appointment to the HOD via V-M would be in conflict with the requirement to be a USMS member.
(2) Employees and Contractors could be eligible to vote on the floor of the HOD for issues where they would directly benefit. (e.g. contracts and salary budget items)
(3) V-M delegates might not be swim-savvy. I don't think that anyone would have a problem with Bill or Jim casting votes on things like rules changes, but what about the publisher of the magazine?
(4) Need to clarify if V-M appointments count against the president's 10% quota or not.
Thanks for your consideration.