PCB Proposed Bylaw Changes 2016

The PCB Parliamentary Team submits the following proposed amendments to the PCB Bylaws. These proposed amendments will be voted on at the upcoming PCB Conference in Harrisburg. Please address any questions you have to Carla Hayes, Team Leader at 724-941-8184 or lengual@verizon.net.

Part 1: Insertion of Apostrophes (Non-Substantive Revisions)

There are several instances where an ‘ (apostrophe) was omitted. One has been inserted as follows:

Article VI, Section 3, in second sentence, chapters

Original:
… shall review whether a chapters bylaws, including all revisions, comply with the mission of the Pennsylvania Council of the Blind, …

Revised:
… shall review whether a chapter’s bylaws, including all revisions, comply with the mission of the Pennsylvania Council of the Blind, …

Article VI, Section 3, in 1., organizations

Original:
1. … whether the chapter has complied with the organizations membership reporting requirements; …

Revised:
1. … whether the chapter has complied with the organization’s membership reporting requirements; …

Article VI, Section 3, in 2., organizations

Original:
2. Whether the chapter is complying with the organizations physical accessibility policy, …

Revised:
2. Whether the chapter is complying with the organization’s physical accessibility policy, …

Article VI, Section 4 Meetings. last sentence, organizations

Original:
When meeting in person the board of directors shall adhere to the organizations physical accessibility standards.

Revised:
When meeting in person the board of directors shall adhere to the organization’s physical accessibility standards.

Article IX, Section 3, in 1., organizations
Original:
1. … shall observe the organizations membership reporting requirements;

Revised:
1. … shall observe the organization’s membership reporting requirements;

Article IX, Section 3, in 2., PCBs

Original:
2. Hold all organization functions in adherence of PCBs physical accessibility standards.

Revised:
2. Hold all organization functions in adherence of PCB’s physical accessibility standards.

Part 2: Substantive Revisions, With Explanations

Title Page, By-Laws

Original:
Pennsylvania Council of the Blind
Incorporated 1936 By-Laws
As Amended Through 2015 Convention

Revision:
Pennsylvania Council of the Blind Incorporated 1936 Bylaws
As Amended Through 2015 Convention

Explanation:
The change is to remove the hyphen between the syllables by and laws, yielding Bylaws, which is the spelling we will now use.

Article IV: Membership
Section 1. Eligibility

Original:
Any person eighteen years of age or older who is a resident of Pennsylvania shall be eligible for membership in the Pennsylvania Council of the Blind …

Revision:
Any person eighteen years of age or older shall be eligible for membership in the Pennsylvania Council of the Blind …

Explanation:
The effect of this change is to remove the residency requirement for membership.

Article IX: Chapters and Affiliates
Section 4. Members-At-Large
And
Article IV: Membership
Section 3. At-large Members

Original (Article IX, Section 4. Members-At-Large):
Any eligible member who does not wish to join a Chapter or who resides in an area where no Chapter exists may be a member-at-large.

Revision (Article IV, Section 3. At-large Members):
Any eligible member who does not wish to join a Chapter or who resides in an area where no Chapter exists may be an at-large member.

Explanation:
The effect of this change is to remove section 4 from Article IX and to insert it in Article IV as Section 3, with the current Section 3 becoming Section 4, and all subsequent sections in this Article being renumbered appropriately. In addition, the term Member-At-Large (and all its forms) has been changed to At-large Member (and its corresponding forms), which is the term we will now use.

Article IV: Membership (continued)

Original:
Section 3. Junior Membership

Revision:
Section 4. Junior Membership

Explanation:
This section has been renumbered.

Original:
Section 4. Non-Profit Agency Membership

Revision:
Section 5. Non-Profit Agency Membership

Explanation:
This section has been renumbered.

Original:
Section 5. For-Profit Corporate Membership

Revision:
Section 6. For-Profit Corporate Membership
Explanation:
This section has been renumbered.

Original:
Section 6. Honorary Membership

Revision:
Section 7. Honorary Membership

Explanation:
This section has been renumbered.

Original:
Section 7. Lifetime Membership

Revision:
Section 8. Lifetime Membership

Explanation:
This section has been renumbered.

Original:
Section 8. Dues

Dues are payable by members of chapters and special interest affiliates through these entities and by members-at-large directly to the Treasurer of PCB.

Revision:
Section 9. Dues

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.

[Insert the following text at the end of this section]

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

Explanation:
There are several changes to this section.

* This section has been renumbered to 9.
* Dues are to be paid to the PCB Office rather than the Treasurer. This recognizes the recently followed procedure.
* The language “An officer of the chapter shall submit the names of its paid members along with their dues to the PCB Office” Is a provision which must be implemented. It removes uncertainty about who is a member of each chapter and how many members each chapter has.
* With regard to special interest affiliates, the new language makes clear that individuals should pay their dues to the treasurer of that affiliate.
* The term Members-at-large has been changed to at-large members.
* at-large members, non-profit agency members, for-profit agency members, and special interest affiliates are now to pay their dues directly to the PCB Office.

Article VI: Powers and Duties of the Board of Directors
Section 3. Credentials

Original:

1. Whether the chapter has maintained a minimum membership requirement as set forth in Article IX, Section 3, whether the chapter has paid the appropriate membership dues, and whether the chapter has complied with the organizations membership reporting requirements;

2. Whether the chapter is complying with the organization’s physical accessibility policy,

Revision:

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, …

Explanation:
This section makes reference to special interest affiliates.

Article IX: Chapters and Affiliates
Section 4. Members-At-Large

Original:
Any eligible member who does not wish to join a Chapter or who resides in an area where no Chapter exists may be a member-at-large.

Explanation:
This section has been relocated with revisions, in Article IV, section 3 (see above).

Article IX: Chapters and Affiliates
Revision:
Section 3. Chapters In Good Standing
Explanation.
This section is renamed.

Insertion:

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 of PCB’s physical accessibility standards.

Explanation.
This section is new. It is similar to section 3 of article IX, except that it concerns Special Interest Affiliates.

Article X: Amendments

Original:
These Bylaws may be amended only at an annual convention of the Pennsylvania Council of the Blind. Proposed amendments must be submitted in writing to the Bylaws Committee no later than April 30. The Bylaws Committee shall review the proposed amendments to determine whether they are in conflict with any other provision of these Bylaws before referring them to the convention for final action.

A copy of all proposed amendments must be forwarded to the home/office of members of the Board of Directors and to the President of each Chapter and Special Interest
Affiliate no later than thirty (30) days prior to the convention. …

Revision:
These Bylaws may be amended only at an annual convention of the Pennsylvania Council of the Blind. Proposed amendments must be submitted in writing to the Parliamentary Committee no later than April 30. The Parliamentary Committee shall review the proposed amendments to determine whether they are in conflict with any other provision of these Bylaws before referring them to the convention for final action.

A copy of all proposed amendments must be forwarded to the home/office of members of the Board of Directors and to the President of each Chapter and Special Interest Affiliate, the head of any non-profit agency member, the head of any for-profit corporation member and At-large Members no later than thirty (30) days prior to the convention.

Explanation:
The purpose of these changes is to officially rename the Bylaws Committee and to expand those entitled to receive a copy of the proposed Bylaw revisions.

END OF proposed BYLAW CHANGES

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