2018 Proposed Bylaw Amendments

The following document of proposed bylaw amendments has been compiled by the PCB Parliamentary Team, based on suggested revisions received from the PCB Executive Team. Please review each proposed amendment to be presented for approval by the 2018 convention body in Pittsburgh.

Current Bylaw:
Article IX: Chapters and Affiliates

Section 1. Chapters
Any group of not less than eight (8) persons residing in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the majority of whom are blind or visually impaired and who are in agreement with the purposes and objectives of the Pennsylvania Council of the Blind, may form a Chapter and shall be granted a charter upon the approval of the Board of Directors. They shall adopt bylaws which are not in conflict with the Bylaws of the Pennsylvania Council of the Blind.

Section 2. Special Interest Affiliates
Any special interest group having at least ten (10) voting members, the majority of whom are blind or visually impaired, may apply for affiliation with the Pennsylvania Council of the Blind. Application for membership must be approved by a majority of the members at an annual convention.

Section 3. Chapters In Good Standing
1. Maintain a membership of at least eight (8), the majority of whom must be blind or visually impaired, unless otherwise determined by the board of directors; shall submit to the PCB office the chapter membership’s appropriate membership dues.
2. Hold all organization functions in adherence to PCB’s physical accessibility standards.

Section 4. Special Interest Affiliates In Good Standing
1. Maintain a membership of at least ten (10), the majority of whom must be blind or visually impaired, unless otherwise determined by the board of directors; shall submit to the PCB office the special interest affiliate appropriate dues.
2. Hold all organization functions in adherence to PCB’s physical accessibility standards.

Revision:
Article IX: Chapters and Affiliates

Section 1. Chapters
Any group of not less than eight (8) persons residing in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the majority of whom are blind or visually impaired and who are in agreement with the purposes and objectives of the Pennsylvania Council of the Blind, may form a Chapter and shall be granted a charter upon the approval of the Board of Directors. They shall adopt bylaws which are not in conflict with the Bylaws of the Pennsylvania Council of the Blind.

Explanation:
no change; included to aid understanding of subsequent proposed Revisions.

Revision (continued):
Section 2. Special Interest Affiliates
Any group of not less than eight (8) persons, the majority of whom are blind or visually impaired, having an interest in a topic broadly related to vision loss or an issue impacting individuals with vision loss, and whose purposes and objectives are in agreement with those of the Pennsylvania Council of the Blind, may apply for affiliation with the Pennsylvania Council of the Blind as a special interest affiliate. The affiliate will be granted a charter upon the approval of the Board of Directors. The applying affiliate shall adopt bylaws which are not in conflict with the Bylaws of the Pennsylvania Council of the Blind.

Explanation:
The section provides for the establishment of special interest affiliates similar to that for chapters, including: the number of members (eight rather than ten), and assigns approval of the affiliate’s charter as a responsibility of the board of directors rather than the convention.

Revision (continued):
Section 3. Chapters and Special Interest Affiliates In Good Standing
1. Maintain a membership of at least eight (8), the majority of whom must be blind or visually impaired, unless otherwise determined by the board of directors; shall submit to the PCB office the chapter or special interest affiliate membership’s appropriate membership dues and; shall observe the organization’s membership reporting requirements;
2. Hold all organization functions in adherence to PCB’s physical accessibility standards.

Explanation:
Since section 3 defines identical standards of good standing for both chapters and special interest affiliates, section 4 is removed.

Current Bylaw:
Article IV: Membership

Section 9. Dues
The annual membership dues for the Pennsylvania Council of the Blind shall be an amount recommended by the Board of Directors and approved by the membership at an annual convention. Dues are payable in advance and credited to the first day of January of each year. Dues are payable by members of chapters to their chapter treasurer. An officer of the chapter shall submit the names of its paid members along with their dues to the PCB Office.
Members of special interest affiliates shall pay their dues to the treasurer of their special interest affiliate.

Dues for junior members shall be fifty (50) percent of dues paid by adult members.

Dues for non-profit agency members shall be two (2) times the dues paid by adult members.

Dues for for-profit agency members shall be (3) three times the dues paid by non-profit agency members.

Dues for special interest affiliates, currently fifty (50) dollars, shall be an amount recommended by the Board of Directors and approved by the membership at an annual convention.

Dues are payable by at-large members, non-profit agency members, for-profit agency members, and special interest affiliates directly to the PCB Office.

Revision:
Article IV. Membership

Section 9. Dues
The annual membership dues for the Pennsylvania Council of the Blind shall be an amount recommended by the Board of Directors and approved by the membership at an annual convention. Dues are payable in advance and credited to the first day of January of each year. Dues are payable by members of chapters and special interest affiliates to their chapter or affiliate treasurer. An officer of the chapter or affiliate shall submit the names of its paid members along with their dues to the PCB Office.

Dues for junior members shall be fifty (50) percent of dues paid by adult members.

Dues for non-profit agency members shall be two (2) times the dues paid by adult members.

Dues for for-profit agency members shall be (3) three times the dues paid by non-profit agency members.

Dues are payable by at-large members, non-profit agency members, and for-profit agency members directly to the PCB Office.

Explanation:
The amount of dues and method of collection of dues from each member of PCB, regardless of the type of affiliation, are identical. The language establishing dues of fifty dollars per special interest affiliate has been removed. In the final paragraph, “special interest affiliates” has been removed.

Current Bylaw:
Article VI: Powers and Duties of the Board of Directors

Section 3. Credentials
The Board of Directors, in consultation with the president, at the beginning of his/her term, shall appoint a Credentials Committee, comprised of at least two members of the Board of Directors and one member from among the membership. The Credentials Committee shall have the authority to determine whether a newly formed chapter is eligible for affiliate status, shall review whether a chapter’s bylaws, including all revisions, comply with the mission of the Pennsylvania Council of the Blind, and is authorized to rule whether a member, chapter or special interest affiliate is in good standing.

In determining whether a chapter or special interest affiliate is in good standing, the Credentials Committee shall consider the following:

  1. Whether the chapter or special interest affiliate has maintained a minimum membership requirement as set forth in Article IX, Sections 3 and 4, whether the chapter or special interest affiliate has paid the appropriate membership dues, and whether the chapter has complied with the organization’s membership reporting requirements,
  2. Whether the chapter or special interest affiliate is complying with the organization’s physical accessibility policy, and;
  3. Any member, chapter or special interest affiliate negatively impacted by a decision of the Credentials Committee may appeal this decision to the entire Board of Directors, and as a last resort the assembled convention.

Revision:
Article VI: Powers and Duties of the Board of Directors

Section 3. Credentials
The Board of Directors, in consultation with the president, at the beginning of his/her term, shall appoint a Credentials Committee, comprised of at least two members of the Board of Directors and one member from among the membership. The Credentials Committee shall have the authority to determine whether a newly formed chapter or special interest affiliate is eligible for affiliate status, shall review whether a chapter or special interest affiliate’s bylaws, including all revisions, comply with the mission of the Pennsylvania Council of the Blind, and is authorized to rule whether a member, chapter or special interest affiliate is in good standing.

In determining whether a chapter or special interest affiliate is in good standing, the Credentials Committee shall consider the following:

  1. Whether the chapter or special interest affiliate has maintained a minimum membership requirement as set forth in Article IX, Section 3, whether the chapter or special interest affiliate has paid the appropriate membership dues, and whether the chapter or special interest affiliate has complied with the organization’s membership reporting requirements,
  2. Whether the chapter or special interest affiliate is complying with the organization’s physical accessibility policy, and
  3. Any member, chapter or special interest affiliate negatively impacted by a decision of the Credentials Committee may appeal this decision to the entire Board of Directors, and, as a last resort, the assembled convention.

Explanation:
Tightens up language ensuring that all provisions are identical for chapters and special interest affiliates

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