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By-Laws of

Article I NAME

The name of this organization is the Capital District Parkinson Support Group.


The object of the Group is to stimulate and motivate persons with Parkinson’s Disease and their caregivers to lead happier and more active lives and to encourage each other through activities, by listening and helping each other through difficult times.


Membership consists of those persons who have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, their caregivers, families and other interested people. The amount of dues is recommended by the officers and, after advance notice, voted upon by the members at any general meeting.


The officers shall be President, Vice President, Recording Secretary, Corresponding Secretary, Treasurer and Librarian. These officers shall be elected in November of each year.


A Nominating Committee shall be appointed by the President and shall present the slate of officers at the October meeting, with elections to take place at the November meeting.
Nominations may be offered from the floor at the time the slate is presented. A majority of the votes cast is needed for election to each office.
See attached amendment


The annual meeting shall be held in November. New officers shall assume their duties Immediately upon election and shall continue in office until their successors are elected. Regular meetings shall be held on the second Thursday of the month, except in the months of January and February. The officers shall meet semi-annually, in April and October, to discuss the status of the organization and any pertinent business. They shall meet at other times, as needed, at the request of the President.

See attached amendment


The duties of officers shall be as follows:

President—presides at meetings, appoints committees when necessary and fills any vacancies.

*Vice President presides at meetings in the absence of the president. He/she shall be responsible for the scheduling of programs for all meetings.

Recording Secretary–records brief minutes of regular meetings and more detailed minutes of officers’ meetings. He/she is responsible to see that everyone signs the
attendance sheet at each meeting.

Corresponding Secretary–handles all correspondence except memorial gifts. He/she shall notify members of meetings and events.

Treasurer is responsible for all income, pays all bills and keeps all fiscal records. He/she is responsible for acknowledging memorial gifts and for reporting, either in person at each meeting or to the President prior to each meeting, the current state of the treasury. He/she shall draw up an annual budget to be presented, and voted upon by the
members, at the March meeting. The budget shall include projected income and expenses.

Librarian—solicits suggestions for ordering new materials (with the consent of the membership). He/she shall keep track of books and tapes that are borrowed from our library and shall discard outdated materials.

The order of business at regular meetings shall be as follows:
A. Call to order and welcome
B. Introduction of new members
C. Secretary’s report
D. Treasurer’s report
E. Old business
F. New business
G. Program
H. Adjournment

These by-laws can be amended at any regular meeting by a two-thirds vote of those in attendance, provided that:
A. The amendment has been submitted in writing at the previous meeting and
B. The membership has been notified in the newsletter prior to the vote.

June, 2003
By-laws Committee
Ed Buhrmaster
Maybelle Buhrmaster
Maryalice O’Brien
Jane Schlick

Proposed Amendments to By-Laws

Present language
Article VII – Duties of Officers
Vice-President — presides at meetings in the absence of the President. He/she shall be responsible for the scheduling of programs for all meetings.

Proposed language
Article VIII – Duties of Officers
Vice-President — presides at meetings in the absence of the President. He/she shall serve on the
Program Planning Committee, but not necessarily as Chair of the committee. He/she shall provide
a list of meeting dates for the following year to the appropriate contact at the facility where the
meeting is to be held.

Proposed new Article VI – Program Planning Committee
A Program Planning Committee shall be appointed by the President in October of each year for the purpose of planning the programs for the following calendar year. The Vice President shall serve on this committee and the committee members shall select a Chair from amongst themselves. Members of the committee shall make the contacts and arrange for presentations on specific meeting dates. The committee member responsible for a particular program shall introduce the speaker and also contact the facility where the meeting is to be held regarding
seating arrangement for the room and/or any video equipment which might be needed for the specific program.

Proposed renumbering of Articles
Article VI – Program Planning Committee (new)
Article VII – Meetings
Article VIII – Duties of Officers
Article IX – Order of Business
Article X – Amendments

10 – 13 – 2005
November 11, 2005 – passed unanimously