Notes from the Parliamentary Team

By Carla Hayes, Parliamentary Team Leader

Spring is almost here, and change is in the air! The days are getting warmer and longer. Soon, the grass will be green, the flowers will be in bloom, and the birds will serenade us with their cheerful songs. Speaking of change, are there any changes to the PCB Bylaws that you would like to propose? Is there something that you would like to see changed which might be a good topic for a resolution? If so, read on for some important information.

First, here are some important deadlines to keep in mind. The deadline for submitting proposed bylaw changes is April 30th. THIS IS A FINAL DEADLINE AND IT CANNOT BE EXTENDED! August 15th is the deadline for submitting resolutions if you want them to be presented at the PCB Convention. THIS DEADLINE WILL BE ENFORCED! Only emergency resolutions of an extremely time-sensitive nature will be considered after this date and very few resolutions would fall into this category! So, DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE TO SUBMIT YOUR PROPOSED BYLAW CHANGES AND RESOLUTIONS! If a resolution or a proposed change to the PCB Bylaws is worth considering, it is best to start working on it as early as possible so that you will have plenty of time to prepare and refine it. Thank you in advance for adhering to these important deadlines.

All resolutions and proposed bylaw changes can be submitted to me by email to You can also mail them in audio or hardcopy (braille preferred) to the following address:

Carla Hayes
230 Robinhood Lane
McMurray, PA 15317.

Second, please don’t assume that you need to be a PCB officer, board member or team leader to submit proposed changes to the bylaws and resolutions. Any individual PCB member, committee, chapter or group within PCB can submit resolutions or propose changes to the PCB Bylaws. Remember: PCB is your organization and you should have a voice in it.

Third, please do not be intimidated by the process of writing resolutions or proposed bylaw changes. The process is really not as difficult as it may seem. If you need some guidance with crafting an effective resolution or wording your proposed change to the PCB Bylaws, the Parliamentary Team is standing by to assist you. We can help PCB members, committees, chapters and other groups with the process of writing resolutions and proposed PCB bylaw changes. Does your chapter need help with its own bylaws? If so, remember that the Parliamentary Team can assist chapters with writing and revising bylaws. Even though the primary responsibility of the Parliamentary Team is to prepare all PCB resolutions and bylaw changes for presentation at the PCB Annual Conference and Convention, we can be available to assist you as needed. Help is only a telephone call away. If you have any questions or need assistance with resolutions or bylaws, please call me at 724-941-8184.

Finally, I would like to thank the members of the PCB Parliamentary Team for 2018 for agreeing to serve. They include Tom Burgunder, John Luttenberger, Fran Sine, Mike Gravitt and Tony Evancic. Again, if you have any questions or concerns regarding bylaws or resolutions, please reach out to me or another member of our team.

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