Article XII

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Article XII: Election Procedures

On June 24, 2009, the PEN Center USA Board of Directors unanimously adopted the “PEN Center USA Strategic Plan 2009-2011.” The strategic plan contained several recommendations that required changes to PEN Center USA’s bylaws. The changes were put before the membership for a vote and were ratified by the membership in March 2010. The revised bylaws changed the makeup of the Board and restructured the Board committee system. Subsequently, a nominating committee was formed to pursue nominees according to the new bylaws and the guidelines in the strategic plan.