Amend Article IX by removing the final two sentences in section (2) and adding a new section (8) at the end of the article. The revised text(deleted text, added text) is as follows:
(2) Every member shall be obligated to:
(a) Pay annual dues in such amount as may be fixed by the American Mensa Committee.Members shall be given due notice that a change in dues is being considered, either through publication in the journal or publication in the Agendas of two consecutive American Mensa Committee meetings. At least 60 days shall pass between first publication and any vote.
(b) Permit his/her name and address to be published in membership lists.
(8) Annual dues may only be changed by the adoption of a motion passed by the American Mensa Committee at two consecutive regular meetings. At the first meeting, the AMC shall adopt a motion in the form “Effective (date), the dues rate for single-year memberships shall be $(amount) per year” with the date and amount specified. The motion shall be published in the meeting agenda at least 30 days prior to the first meeting, may not be contingent on other conditions, shall specify a date at least 90 days and not more than one year in the future, and shall be accompanied by a description of the financial impact of the motion. At the second regular meeting, held not less than 60 days after publication of the motion as passed at the first regular meeting, an identical motion shall be adopted, provided that it is listed in the meeting agenda published at least 30 days prior to the second meeting. The motion shall not be subject to amendment or modification, shall not be tabled nor referred to committee, and shall not be subject to the provisions of Section VII(2)b.
Explanation: The text specifies the procedure for adopting a change in the dues which permits the membership to be fully informed about the motion.
Note: This amendment is about improving visibility into the dues change process, and giving members more information sooner. I believe this is in the spirit of the motion made years ago, to publish the changes in dues amount with enough lead time to give members to contact officers with their opinions. This does not guarantee that dues increases will not occur, just that they won't occur in the dark.
My vote is "yes" on Amendment #13.