February 2, 2016

USOPHE Bylaws

BYLAWS OF THE UTAH CHAPTER OF THE SOCIETY FOR PUBLIC HEALTH EDUCATION (USOPHE)

We, the undersigned natural persons all being of the age of eighteen years or more, acting as the incorporators under the Utah Nonprofit Corporation and Cooperative Chapter Act, adopt the following Bylaws for such Corporation:

ARTICLE I

NAME AND MISSION

The name of the corporation shall be the Utah Chapter of the Society for Public Health Education (USOPHE). The mission of the Chapter is to improve the health of Utahns by promoting the advancement of the health education/promotion profession and the employment of health educators in the public and private sector.

ARTICLE II

DURATION OF THE CHAPTER

The period of duration of this corporation is perpetual. The Chapter shall exist in compliance with the provisions of the Utah Nonprofit Corporation Act until such time as the Chapter no longer can fulfill its purposes as outlined in Article III. A majority of the Board of Directors shall be necessary to disincorporate the Chapter.

ARTICLE III

PURPOSE AND POWERS

To act and operate exclusively as a nonprofit corporation pursuant to the laws of the State of Utah, and to act and operate as a charitable organization established to provide professional development to all individuals involved with the practice of health education/promotion and to assist students and other individuals preparing to become health educators. The Chapter will carry out this mission through any of the following activities:

  1. Establishing and maintaining a registry of professional health educators
  2. Holding conferences, workshops, and seminars devoted to health education and promotion
  3. Sponsoring scientific research activities in the field of health educational and promotion
  4. Developing, conducting, and administering such activities with maximum possible cooperation with other health professionals, professional organizations, universities, and health agencies
  5. Conducting other activities determined by the Board of Directors to be consistent with the mission of the Chapter
  6. Engaging in any and all activities and pursuits, and supporting or assisting such other organizations, as may be reasonably related to the foregoing and following purposes
  7. Engaging in any and all other lawful purposes, activities and pursuits, which are substantially similar to the foregoing and which are or may hereafter be authorized by Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and are consistent with those powers described in the Utah Nonprofit Corporation Chapter Act, as amended and supplemented
  8. Soliciting and receiving contributions, spending corporate funds for corporate purposes, and engaging in any activity “in furtherance of, incidental to, or connected with any of the other purposes.”

ARTICLE IV

RESTRICTIONS

  1. Any income received by the Chapter shall be applied to nonprofit purposes and
  2. objectives of the Chapter set forth herein, and no part thereof during membership or upon termination of membership, shall insure to the benefit of any private member or individual.
  3. The Chapter shall comply with the USOPHE Conflict of Interest Policy as found in Appendix A.
  4. In the event of dissolution, the residual assets of the Chapter will be turned over to one or more organizations which themselves are exempt as organizations described in sections 501(c)(3) and 170C2 of the Internal Revenue Code, or the Federal, State or local government for exclusive public purposes.
  5. Notwithstanding any other provision of these articles, this Chapter shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on by:
  6. An organization exempt from Federal Income Tax under section 501(c)(3) or the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 or the corresponding provisions of any future United States Internal Revenue Law, or,
  7. A corporation, contributions to which are deductible under section 170C2 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 or any other corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Law.

ARTICLE V

MEMBERS

Section 1 – Membership

  1. Professional Member 
  2. Student Member 

Applications for membership are accepted and processed by the Treasurer. All members with current paid dues shall have one vote in all Chapter business.

Section 2 – Eligibility

  1. Professional Member

An individual who has an academic degree in health education from any accredited college or university, or a minor plus two years’ experience in the field of health education; an individual who has an academic degree in a field related to health education or an individual with professional experience and/or supervised responsibility in health education; CHES eligible.

  • Student Member

A full or part-time student in good standing who is currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program of study in health education or an allied health field at an accredited college or university.

Section 3 – Dues

Dues shall be established by the Board of Directors upon recommendations of the Finance Committee. Individual membership dues may be paid at any time during the year and are good for 12 months from the time the payment is made. 

Should questions arise regarding ambivalence in membership classification and appropriate dues, the case involved may be appealed to the Board of Directors for resolution.

ARTICLE VI

OFFICERS

The officers of the Chapter shall constitute the Board of Directors and their terms of office and duties shall be provided by the bylaws.

Section 1 – Definition

The officers of the Chapter, known as the Board of Directors, shall consist of President, President-Elect, Chapter Delegate to SOPHE, Secretary, Treasurer, Immediate Past-President, Six Chairs, and a Student Board Member. No individual shall hold more than one elected office at the same time. It shall be the duty of the Board of Directors to establish the policies, procedures, rules, and regulations of the Chapter in accordance with the Articles of Incorporation. All Board Members will adhere to and sign the USOPHE Conflict of Interest Policy as they enter their respective term of office.

Section 2 – Duties

  1. The President shall be the presiding officer of the Chapter and is responsible for the

overall administration of the Chapter. The President must be a member of the national SOPHE association.  Fees associated with national SOPHE membership will be paid for by USOPHE.  Fees associated with attendance to the national SOPHE conference may be paid for by USOPHE up to $1,000 as the budget allows.  At the conclusion of their term, they will assume the position of Immediate Past President. The President shall:

  1. Attend President/House of Delegate monthly calls.
  2. Provide resources and information from SOPHE.
  3. Support Delegate with annual report to SOPHE.
  4. Oversee all committees and receive report backs.
  5. Oversee strategic plan.
  6. Oversee annual by-laws review.
  7. Conduct all meetings.
  8. Sit on the Finance Committee.
  9. Serve for a one-year appointment.
  • The President-Elect must be a Professional Member of USOPHE (by January 1 of the year following their appointment to the board) and shall be chosen by the voting membership from a slate of candidates prepared by the Nominating Committee and approved by the Board of Directors. They will perform duties as delegated to them by the President, and in the absence of the President, assumes the duties of the President. At the conclusion of the term as President-Elect, they will automatically assume the office of the President.  The President-Elect shall:
  1. Provide support to the President on projects.
  2. Serve as co-chair on the Conference Planning Committee.
  3. Help organize the USOPHE committees.
  4. Sit on the Finance Committee.
  5. Serve for a one-year appointment.
  • The Chapter Delegate to SOPHE shall be a professional member of National SOPHE.  Fees associated with national SOPHE membership will be paid for by USOPHE.  Fees associated with attendance to the national SOPHE conference may be paid for by USOPHE up to $1,000 as the budget allows.  The Chapter Delegate to SOPHE shall:
  1. Participate in Chapter conference calls.
  2. Represent the Chapter (or identify a proxy) by attending SOPHE House of Delegates meetings.
  3. Participate in SOPHE House of Delegates and Chapter Development conference calls.
  4. Act as a channel of communication between SOPHE and USOPHE.
  5. Bring SOPHE House of Delegates deliberations to the Chapter, and Chapter issues and concerns to the SOPHE House of Delegates.
  6. Submit an article for each Chapter newsletter.
  7. Write the Chapter re-designation report for SOPHE to maintain Chapter status as required.
  8. With assistance from the President, submit a written annual report of Chapteractivities and accomplishments to SOPHE.
  9. Be excluded from the election as the Chapter Delegate to SOPHE, should the occasion arise where the Delegate is elected to serve as an officer in SOPHE.
  10. Transfer all files (written and electronic) to the incoming Chapter Delegate to SOPHE following the Annual Conference.
  11. Provide a brief orientation on the duties of the position.
  12. Serve for a two-year appointment.
  • The Secretary must be a Professional Member of USOPHE (by January 1 of the year following their appointment to the board) and shall be chosen by the voting membership from a slate of candidates prepared by the Nominating Committee and approved by the Board of Directors. The Secretary shall:
  • Keep a record of all transactions and meetings of the Chapter.
  • Carry out correspondence of the Chapter as directed by the President to the members and Board of Directors.
  • Post all ballots used in election and amending procedures.
  • Notify the Board of Directors and Executive Council of upcoming meetings.
  • Keep an updated history of Chapter events, officers, award recipients, and conferences.
  • Maintain updated records of significant activities of all USOPHE committees.
  • Ensure records are passed onto incoming/new committee chairpersons and board officers.
  • Coordinate with the Public Relations chair to update and maintain applicable historical information on the website.
  • Assure the Chapter’s historical record is maintained.
  • Serve for a two-year appointment.
  • The Treasurer must be a Professional Member of USOPHE (by January 1 of the year following their appointment to the board) and shall be chosen by the voting membership from a slate of candidates prepared by the Nominating Committee and approved by the Board of Directors. The treasurer shall:
  • Be the custodian of all monies of the Chapter and will serve as the Chairperson of the Finance Committee.
  • Collects all dues and ensures that all bills against the Chapter are paid.
  • Submit updated financial statements at all regularly scheduled Board meetings.
  • Submit all financial records to the Board of Directors for in independent audit as outlined in Article IX, Section 3A.
  • Summarize the financial status of the Chapter to the membership at the Annual Business Meeting.
  • Turn over all funds and properties of the Chapter to their successor at the end of their term.
  • 7.     Keep an accurate email list of the membership.
  • Serve for a two-year appointment.
  • The Immediate Past President is the retiring President and shall serve on the Board of

Directors as a consultant for one year and shall serve as Chair of the Nominating Committee. This is a one-year appointment.

  • The Advocacy Chair must be a Professional Member of USOPHE (by January 1 of the year following their appointment to the board) and shall be chosen by the voting membership from a slate of candidates prepared by the Nominating Committee and approved by the Board of Directors. This is a two-year appointment.
  1. Plan the annual Advocacy Academy to provide training and hands-on experience for participants interested in working with the legislature during the session.
  2. Track legislation around USOPHE priorities.
  3. Host monthly advocacy committee meetings.
  • The Conference Planning Chair must be a Professional Member of USOPHE (by January 1 of the year following their appointment to the board) and shall be chosen by the voting membership from a slate of candidates prepared by the Nominating Committee and approved by the Board of Directors. This is a two-year appointment.
  1. Serve as co-chair on the Conference Planning Committee.
  2. Plan USOPHE’s annual conference.
  3. Form a committee and recruit members for the Conference Committee.
  1. The Membership Chair must be a Professional Member of USOPHE (by January 1 of the year following their appointment to the board) and shall be chosen by the voting membership from a slate of candidates prepared by the Nominating Committee and approved by the Board of Directors. This is a two-year appointment.
  1. Form a committee and recruit members for the Membership Committee.
  2. Plan and coordinate one annual networking meeting with students and professionals.
  3. Provide one presentation and/or table presentation at each university.
  4. Improve the value of USOPHE membership and communicate to potential members.
  5. Increase membership among professionals.
  • Professional Development Chair must be a Professional Member of USOPHE (by January 1 of the year following their appointment to the board) and shall be chosen by the voting membership from a slate of candidates prepared by the Nominating Committee and approved by the Board of Directors. This is a two-year appointment.
  1. Supervise USOPHE interns.
  2. Provide professional development opportunities for members and students.
  3. Oversee CHES Credentialing Chair and CHES credits.
  • The Public Relations Chair must be a Professional Member of USOPHE (by January 1 of the year following their appointment to the board) and shall be chosen by the voting membership from a slate of candidates prepared by the Nominating Committee and approved by the Board of Directors. This is a two-year appointment.
  1. Form a committee and recruit members for the Public Relations Committee.
  2. Prepare, edit, and publish USOPHE newsletters quarterly and special editions as the need arises.
  3. Update and maintain electronic media to disseminate information via the website as feasible.
  4. Write timely news releases regarding USOPHE activities.
  5. Prepare appropriate articles for periodicals and/or trade journals, (i.e., National Center for Health Education, State or County Health Departments newsletters).
  6. Coordinate with the committee chairs to update and maintain applicable committee information on the website.
  7. Serve as the USOPHE Public Information Officer (PIO).
  • The Special Projects Chair must be a Professional Member of USOPHE (by January 1 of the year following their appointment to the board) and shall be chosen by the voting membership from a slate of candidates prepared by the Nominating Committee and approved by the Board of Directors. This is a two-year appointment.
  1. Explore opportunities to integrate social determinants of health and other special projects.
  • One Student Board Member must be a Student Member of USOPHE (by January 1 of the year following their appointment to the board) and shall be elected by the voting membership from a slate of candidates prepared by the Nominating Committee and approved by the Board of Directors. The student board member shall: 
  • Represent the voice of student members.
  • Attend board meetings.
  • Coordinate student projects.
  • Solicit nominees for the Shelley Fuller Health Education Scholarship.
  • Lead the University Ambassador Program with support from the Membership Chair
  • Sit on the membership committee.
  • Assist in recruiting additional student members.
  • Serve for a one-year appointment.

Section 3 – Vacancies and Terms

  1. If any office of the Chapter, except that of the President-Elect, becomes vacant, the Board

of Directors shall appoint an officer to fill such vacancy. The officer so appointed shall serve until the next election by the voting membership. If the office of President Elect becomes vacated, a special nomination and election will be conducted by the voting membership and supervised by the Board of Directors.

B. The terms of office shall be as follows:

  1. The President and President-Elect shall be one year
  2. The Chapter Delegate to SOPHE shall be two years
  3. The Secretary and Treasurer shall be two years
    1. The Secretary and Treasurer shall be elected on alternating years. The Secretary shall be elected on even numbered years and the Treasurer shall be elected on odd numbered years
  4. The Chairs shall be two years
    1. The Advocacy Chair, Public Relations Chair and the Professional Development Chair shall be elected in the odd numbered year
    1. The Conference Planning Chair, the Membership Committee Chair, and the Special Projects Chair shall be elected in the even numbered year

5.    The Student Board Member shall be one year and elected each year

Section 4 – Compensation

Officers, as such, shall not receive any monetary compensation for their services but may be reimbursed for actual expenses incurred by the performance of service rendered for the Chapter.

Officers will receive one free year of their USOPHE membership for each year of their service on the board.

ARTICLE VII

NOMINATION AND ELECTION OF OFFICERS

Section 1 – Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee shall consist of a minimum of three members: The Nominating Committee Chairperson (Past-President) and at least two current USOPHE members. This Committee shall solicit nominations from the membership for President-Elect, Secretary, Treasurer, Chapter Delegate to SOPHE, Board members (including Student Board Member), Catherine Summerhays Award, Shelly Fuller Health Education Scholarship Fund, and Rookie of the Year Award, determine eligibility and present to the Board in writing the nominations. The Board will submit these names to the membership no less than 30 days prior to the Annual Business Meeting. All nominees for President-Elect must be a Professional Member with a minimum of three years’ professional health education experience. All other officers, with the exception of the student representative, must be a current Professional Member by January 1st of the year following their appointment to the board. In the event that an individual is nominated for more than one office, then they must select one office.

Section 2 – Elections

The officers shall be elected by the voting membership of the Chapter prior to the Annual Business Meeting by online ballots made available at least 30 days prior to the Annual Business Meeting.  The Secretary and Nominations Committee Chairperson shall count the ballots to determine the election outcome. If the Secretary is on the ballot, the President shall appoint a member(s) of the Board of Directors to assume this duty.  Voting results shall be announced at the Annual Business Meeting.

Section 3 – Installation of Elected Officers

The person(s) elected to their position(s) shall be installed January 1 and will receive materials, budget expenditures, and instructions from the outgoing officers after the Fall Annual Business Meeting.

ARTICLE VIII

MEETINGS

Section 1 – Regular Chapter Membership Meetings

  1. There shall be an Annual Conference of the membership planned and conducted by the Conference Planning Committee and Board of Directors, and sponsored by the Chapter.
  2. There shall be an Annual Business Meeting planned by a member(s) of the and conducted by the President, wherein elections, amendments of the bylaws and other committee reports will be made.

Section 2 – Additional Chapter Membership Meetings

With thirty days’ written notice additional meetings of the membership may be called by the Board of Directors as needed.

Section 3 – Time Place and Notice of Chapter Membership Meetings

The time and place for each meeting shall be fixed by the Board of Directors in consultation with the appropriate committee chairs. Notice of the Annual Business Meeting shall be sent to each member of the Chapter at least 45 days prior to the date of the meeting. Special meetings may be called with less notice upon the approval of the Board of Directors.

Section 4 – Meetings of the Board of Directors

The Board of Directors shall have a minimum of six meetings each year. Additional meetings shall be called by the President alone or by the written request of three members of the Board. At all such meetings of the Board, a majority of the Board shall be necessary and sufficient to constitute a quorum (five members). Action of a majority of the members shall constitute the act of the Board. Notice to Board members of all Board meetings shall be given electronically or by other means at least ten (10) days before the meeting. Special (emergency) meetings may be called with shorter notice upon verbal approval of a majority of the Board.

Section 6 – Meeting Attendance

Any members of the Board of Directors (See Article IX, Section 1) failing to attend two consecutive Board or Council meetings unexcused, shall be considered as vacating the position and will be asked by a unanimous vote of the Board, to step aside. The Board shall have authority to appoint a person to fill the vacancy until the next general election of officers.

 ARTICLE IX

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Section 1 – Types of Committees

The following standing committees may be established:

         A. Advocacy

         B. Conference Planning

         C. Finance

         D. Nominating

         E. Membership

         F. Public Relations

        G. Professional Development

        H. Special Projects

Section 2 – Membership of Committees

  1. The Business and affairs of the Chapter shall be guided and coordinated by the Board of Directors.
  2. Voting rights at all meetings shall be limited to the Board of Directors. Consultation may be sought from other members of the committees.
  3. The number of members serving on each standing committee shall be determined by the Chairperson of the committee with recommendation by the Board of Directors. The exception to this is the Nominating Committee (See Article VII, Section 1), and the Finance Committee (see Article IX, Section 3A).
  4. Ad hoc committees may be appointed from time to time by the President with approval of the Board of Directors, which shall specify their purpose.

Section 3 – Duties of the Committees

  1. The Treasurer will chair the Finance Committee. The Finance Committee shall consist of

the following members: President, President-Elect and up the Credentialing Chair and Secretary as needed. The committee shall:

  1. Provide updated financial information to the Board of Directors at all regularly scheduled meetings.
  2. Verify membership database system is sending email notifications out 15 days and 1 day before membership renewals are due.
  3. Study and suggest the financial policies of the organization.
  4. Prepare a financial report of the year’s business and report to the membership at the Annual Business Meeting.
  5. Recommend membership dues, CHES credit fees, and other dues or fees as they may arise for approval by the Board of Directors.
  6. Prepare a budget proposal containing the expected revenues and expenditures for the next fiscal year. This is submitted to the Board of Directors for review and approval no more than 60 days after the first Board meeting of the year beginning January 1.
  7. Submit the financial records to an independent auditor by July 1st for an independent audit of the USOPHE financial records.
  8. Coordinate with the public relations chair to update and maintain applicable committee information on the website.
  9. Update and maintain an accurate mailing list of the membership.
  • The Advocacy Chair will oversee the Advocacy Committee. A minimum of at least two USOPHE members will serve on the committee. The Advocacy Committee shall:
  1. Recommend a position for the Chapter to the Board of Directors on legislative matters.
  2. Monitor local, state, and federal legislation to identify health education issues which should be brought to the attention of the Chapter for possible action.
  3. Propose, when appropriate, legislation relating to health education.
  4. Submit a proposed budget to the Finance Committee of anticipated yearly revenues/expenditures no more than 60 days after the first Board meeting of the year beginning June 1.
  5. Coordinate with the public relations chair to update and maintain the applicable committee.
  • The Nominating Committee shall:
  1. Carry out the procedures described in Article VII of the bylaws.
  2. Submit a proposed budget to the Finance Committee of anticipated yearly revenues/expenditures no more than 60 days after the first Board meeting of the year beginning June 1.
  3. Coordinate with the public relations chair to update and maintain applicable committee information on the website.
  • The President Elect and the Conference Planning Chair will co-chair the Conference Planning Committee. Members of USOPHE will be invited to join the committee as well. The Conference Planning Committee shall:
  1. Plan and conduct the program of the Annual Conference.
  2. Submit a proposed budget to the Finance Committee of anticipated yearly
  3. revenues/expenditures no more than 60 days after the first Board meeting of the year
  4. beginning June 1.
  5. Coordinate with the public relations chair to update and maintain applicable committee
  6. information on the website.
  • The Public Relations Chair will oversee the Public Relations Committee. A minimum of at least two USOPHE members will serve on the committee. The Public Relations Committee shall:
  1. Prepare, edit and publish USOPHE newsletters quarterly and special editions as the need arises.
    1. Coordinate with the appropriate committee chairs regarding the publicity of workshops, conferences, and training opportunities.
    1. Update and maintain electronic media to disseminate information via the website as feasible.
    1. Write timely news releases regarding USOPHE activities.
    1. Prepare appropriate articles for periodicals and/or trade journals, (i.e., National Center for Health Education, State or County Health Departments newsletters).
    1. Submit a proposed budget to the Finance Committee of anticipated yearly revenues/expenditures no more than 60 days after the first Board meeting of the year beginning June 1.
  • The Professional Development Chair will oversee the Professional Development Committee. The Credentialing Chair will oversee all CHES credentialing and will serve on the committee with at least one other USOPHE member on the committee. The Professional Development Committee shall:
  1. Facilitate the professional development of health educators through continuing education efforts.
  2. Coordinate with USOPHE committees and others in an effort to promote integrated, effective sharing of knowledge and information.
  3. Ensure representation on the USOPHE conference planning committee and

adequate offering of CHES credits.

  • Communicate with professional organizations to encourage submission of internship

opportunities to maintain the online USOPHE internship directory. The Professional Development Chair will conduct potential intern interviews and perform supervision of all intern activities.

  • Evaluate event applications according to The National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc., guidelines for criteria of meeting Category I Continuing Education Contact Hours for educational conferences sponsored by the Chapter.
  • Encourage members of the Chapter to become Certified Health Education Specialists

(CHES).

  • Work with potential continuing education providers to get CHES approved and set up for events.
  • Make suggestions to the Board of Directors pertaining to other member services that might be provided by this committee and respond to the Board’s wishes.
  • Carry out procedures for the Annual Conference as described in Article VIII, Section lA.
  • Promote the advancement of the health education profession and the employment of

health educators in the public and private sector.

  1. Extend health education efforts to private, community and non-traditional setting through cooperative planning, sponsorships, and dissemination.
  2. Submit a proposed budget to the Finance Committee of anticipated yearly

revenues/expenditures no more than 60 days after the first Board meeting of the year

beginning June 1.

  1. Coordinate with the public relations chair to update and maintain applicable committee information on the website.
  • The Membership Chair will oversee the Membership Committee. The Student Board Member and at least one USOPHE member will serve on the committee. The Membership Committee shall:
  1. Form a committee and recruit members for the Membership Committee.
  2. Plan and coordinate one annual networking meeting with students and professionals.
  3. Provide one presentation and/or table presentation at each university.
  4. Improve the value of USOPHE membership and communicate to potential members.
  5. Increase membership among professionals.
  • The Special Projects Chair will oversee the Special Projects Committee. At least one USOPHE member will serve on the committee. The Special Projects Committee shall:

1.Explore opportunities to integrate social determinants of health and other special projects.

ARTICLE X

AWARDS

At the discretion of the Board of Directors, awards may be presented during the Annual Business Meeting or Annual Conference, or whenever the officers deem appropriate.

ARTICLE XI

AFFILIATION

By vote of the membership, the Chapter may affiliate with selected national or state organizations.

ARTICLE XII

FINANCES

Section 1 – Fiscal Year

Fiscal year of the Chapter shall begin on January 1 and end on December 31.

Section 2 – Expenditures and Deposits

The Board of Directors shall approve all expenditures of Chapter funds when the expenditure is not pre- approved in Executive Council budgets. All monies received by the Chapter shall be deposited to the account of the Chapter.

Section 3 – Disbursements

All disbursement of funds shall be through a checking system. Checks in the amount of $150 or above require countersignatures of any two of the following: President, President-Elect, or the Treasurer on each check. Checks below the amount of $150 may be signed by any one of the above mentioned officers. Any officer receiving reimbursement cannot sign their own reimbursement check. Receipts are required for reimbursement in any amount.

Section 4 – Accounting

The financial records of the Chapter shall be audited in a manner determined by the Board of Directors as outlined in Article IX, Section 3A, and a report shall be submitted to the membership by the Finance Committee Chairperson (Treasurer). (See Article VI, Section 2D).

ARTICLE XIII

PUBLICATIONS

  1. The Chapter may publish or sponsor the publication of periodicals, newsletters, monographs, or books. Such publication or sponsorships shall be authorized by the Board of Directors.
  2. Any committee of the Chapter may publish a report, provided that publication has been approved by the Board of Directors.

ARTICLE XIV

AMENDMENTS

Section 1 – Initiation

Proposed amendments to the bylaws may be initiated by any voting member or by the Board of Directors and presented through the Board of Directors to the membership, in writing, at least thirty (30) days before the Annual Business Meeting or any called meeting of the Chapter during which the amendment will be voted upon.

Section 2 – Voting

The bylaws may be amended by a majority of the members present at the Annual Business Meeting and those submitting absentee ballots.

ARTICLE X

PARLIAMENTARY PROCEDURES

Sessions of the Chapter and all other business shall be conducted in accordance with the Articles and Bylaws and in accordance with the Robert’s Rules of Order, Revised.