Congress of Delegates

2016 Congress of Delegates Reference Committee Report

Report for GAFP Members – Thursday, November 10th at 8:00 am – Buckhead Westin, Woodruff Ballroom

Congress of Delegates will debate and vote on each policy reviewed by the general membership from the first session of the Congress of Delegates that was held by conference call/webinar on October 20th.

The Congress of Delegates (COD) sets policies that impact members of the Academy and the public. District delegates are elected by their colleagues to represent them at the GAFP Congress of Delegates. Delegates or alternate delegates are responsible for setting the policies of the Academy for the coming year. It is also their responsibility to:

a) Read the Delegates Handbook, located here: 2016-cod-handbook, paying special attention to reports with recommendations; and,
b) Talk with colleagues about the recommendations presented.

Credentialed Delegates vote on the recommendations presented by the Reference Committees. If approved, these recommendations will then become policy for the Academy.

The Congress of Delegates typically holds two sessions every year, the first via a webinar/conference call in October or early November, and the second during the GAFP Annual Scientific Assembly in November.

2016 COD Documents

Proposed Bylaws Changes for the 2016 GAFP Congress of Delegates

Pursuant to Chapter 14 of the Bylaws, all proposed changes must be presented at least one hundred (100) days prior to any regular or special meeting of the Congress of Delegates. Publications of proposed amendments in the official publication of the Academy shall be sufficient to constitute notice to the members.

The following link is for the 2016 Bylaws with changes marked: 2016 Bylaws with Revisions

The current version is also posted on the website at:  2015 Bylaws

Please review the proposed revisions, and submit any questions to: Alesa McArthur for the Bylaws Committee via email ( or fax 404.321.7450.

These revisions will be voted on during the November 10 Congress of Delegates.