Oct. 27, 2010  

Special Meeting to Approve Revised Bylaws


Special Meeting to Approve Chapter Bylaws Revision

SPJ South Florida Pro Chapter

Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010, 7 p.m.

Maguires Hill 16, Fort Lauderdale


A special meeting was held to approve the chapter bylaws revisions that the bylaws committee has been working on for months. All of the members of the South Florida SPJ Pro Chapter were invited to participate in the proceedings. A discussion was planned after which the membership would vote to approve the revised bylaws.

The Meeting

Chapter president Darcie Lunsford handed out a summary of the proposed bylaws changes. These included:

  1. Revision of the electoral process.

  2. Creation of a student board seat; addition of a 12th pro board seat.

  3. Purging of all outdated and conflicting articles.

  4. Financial safeguards that limit spending and contractual obligations that the president/treasurer can enter into without full board approval.

  5. Clarification of membership eligibility and expansion of categories to be in line with SPJ’s national bylaws.

ACTION: After a brief review of the changes, board member Jason Parsley made a motion to amend the chapter’s constitution. The motion was seconded by board member Lisa Lucas. Voice vote from the membership followed. The motion passed unanimously.

ACTION: Next Parsley made a motion to approve the bylaws revisions, which was seconded by Lucas. The membership cast its vote by voice, and the motion passed unanimously.

Closing Business

Darcie announced the upcoming chapter elections, which will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 9 at Maguires Hill 16 in Fort Lauderdale. The board will have its final meeting at 6 p.m. that same day. Darcie opened the call for nominations for all elected seats to the board. The positions available are:


Executive VP



VP of Programming

VP of Membership

Six at-large director seats

She explained that all terms are for one year and commence on Jan. 1, 2011. You must be a professional member in good standing to run. She said that those who are interested should contact chapter administrator Tim Dodson at tim@timdadson.com or 305.756.0735.

The meeting was then adjourned.

Click here to read the revised bylaws and amended constitution.

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