i agree that the bylaws need a chunk of time, however they've been available for 3 weeks now, and generated comment on (more or less) one item, which has been explained, and not countered. one thing that came up at the constitution meeting was that we did NOT want to do a line by line edit of the by laws in general meeting, but that committee would author them, for general approval. i would LOVE to see more discussion on them in case the meeting missed a major item, but not a lot has come up.
unless we choose to close nominations well before a meeting we're by necessity going to have nominations up to elections, and then have a period of time to campaign, and politic, which i'm not sure is conducive to generating consensus.
in theory, an email went out to all members of the forum this morning, but the forum has choked on it, so it's being manually done, including instructions for absentee balloting. it's not ideal notice, but should be well over 24 hour notice.
in no way do elections or bylaws directly impact our future attempts to become a NFP or even a tax exempt charitable group. in order to file those items we need bylaws, however we, as a group, need bylaws in order to have a board able to function and consider legal incorporation. if the board, or the groups legal counsel finds that we need to amend our constitution or bylaws we'll have the medium by which to do that. until we *are* a legal entity, our "club" by-laws would only serve as structure for ourselves in order to progress.