Members of the Naval Institute receive with this issue proposed changes to the Constitution and Bylaws. Chairman of the Board of Directors Rear Admiral Pat Stillman and Chairman Emeritus Vice Admiral Al Konetzni provide a compelling rationale for making these changes at this time. Read their cover letter and review the side-by-side comparison of the old document and what is proposed. From its creation in 1873 this has been an organization led by representatives elected by the membership. Please cast your vote and commit to becoming more active as a member in 2005—not for the Naval Institute, but to strengthen the nation’s defense and the profession of arms. Participate in the independent forum the Naval Institute provides for those who dare to read, think, speak, and write in order to advance the professional, literary, and scientific understanding of sea power and other issues critical to national defense. Members will receive ballots for the election of officers in late January or early February.