SECTION A. SCOPE
The provisions of these AHEPA BYLAWS, together with the AHEPA CONSTITUTION, decisions, decrees, rules, regulation and mandates made pursuant to and under its authority, shall be the law by which the AHEPA and any unit thereof shall be ruled and governed.
SECTION B. PERIODIC COMPILATION OF AMENDMENTS
All amendments, revisions, changes or modifications to these AHEPA BYLAWS adopted, approved or passed by the Supreme Convention shall be -compiled and edited by a committee composed of the Supreme President, Supreme Secretary and Supreme Counselor of the AHEPA, There shall be a periodic compilation of these AHEPA BYLAWS as needed. When compiling these AHEPA BYLAWS, the Supreme Counselor is authorized to eliminate any references to dates which have expired and are no longer relevant to the applicable provision.
SECTION C. AMENDMENTS
These AHEPA BYLAWS may be amended by secret ballot by a majority vote of those present and voting at a Supreme Convention of the AHEPA.
SECTION D. PROCEDURE
1) Any proposed Amendment to the By-Laws may originate from any of the following: a Chapter Lodge, a District Lodge, a District Convention, the Supreme Lodge, the Board of Trustees, any Standing Committee appointed by the Supreme Lodge, any Supreme Convention Committee, or the delegates of the Supreme Convention, all as hereinafter set forth.
2) Any proposed Amendment to the By-Laws shall be reviewed by the Standing Legislative Committee except for any proposed Amendment that originates from a Supreme Convention Committee, which shall be reviewed by the Supreme Convention Legislative Committee, as hereinafter set forth.
3) All Proposed Amendments, originating from a Chapter Lodge, a District Lodge, a District Convention, the Supreme Lodge, the Board of Trustees, and any Standing Committee must be received by AHEPA National Headquarters and the Standing Legislative Committee no later than thirty (30) calendar days before the date that the Supreme Convention is to convene, in the following format, in order to be duly considered at the Supreme Convention:
a) Must be typed-written;
b) Must identify the Article, Section, and Subsection, as the case may be, of the By-Laws that would be amended;
c) Must set forth the current language of the Article, Section and Subsection, as the case may be;
d) Must set forth the proposed amended language of the particular Article, Section and Subsection, as the case may be;
e) Must include the reasoning and/or explanation behind or to the proposed Amendment; and
f) Any pertinent details as to the entity submitting the proposed Amendment, including the official vote tally of any Chapter or District Lodge, or Convention, if applicable, and including an original signature of the Secretary of the entity or the corresponding officer, as the case may be.
4) The Standing Legislative Committee shall review all submitted proposed Amendments and certify that such proposed Amendment conforms to the format requirements of above Subsection Three of this Section:
a) If a proposed Amendment does conform to the format requirements of Subsection 3 of this Section, the Standing Legislative Committee shall submit it to the Convention Legislative Committee for consideration, with or without comment or recommendation; and
b) If, however, a proposed Amendment fails to conform to the format requirements of Subsection Three of this Section, the Standing Legislative Committee shall, in a timely manner, return the proposed Amendment to the entity which submitted it, with an explanation as to its findings of non- conformance. Any proposed Amendment found by the Standing Legislative Committee to have failed to conform with such format and requirements may be resubmitted with appropriate correction to the Standing Legislative Committee, provided that such resubmitted proposal is received by AHEPA National Headquarters and the Standing Legislative Committee prior to the submission deadline set forth hereinabove.
5) Any proposed Amendment originating from a Supreme Convention Committee shall be submitted to the Convention Legislative Committee, for review, in accordance with the format for submission set forth in Subsection Three of this Section. The Convention Legislative Committee shall consider all proposed Amendments, be it from the Standing Legislative Committee or a Supreme Convention Committee, as the case may be, and issue a report of their doings to the Convention Delegation. For a Proposed Amendment to be included on the ballot for Convention delegates, a majority of the Convention delegates must approve such inclusion of a proposed Amendment to the ballot.
6) Proposed Amendments presented by the Convention Legislative Committee in its report to the entire Convention Delegation must have received a two-thirds (2/3) vote of approval by secret ballot of those delegates passed in the voting at the Supreme Convention, to be approved.