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BYLAWS - BERKS COUNTY NETWORKING ASSOCIATION

Article I - Name

This organization shall be known as the Berks County Networking Association (BCNA).

Article II - Purpose

Section 1: BCNA is an organization of business professionals dedicated to the advancement of their respective careers through the exchange of information and the interchange of business / professional contacts. Each occupation is represented by one member and conflicts of interest are disallowed.

Section 2: A lead is defined as a referral between two members that could result in a business contact.

Section 3: The basic goal of the organization is to expand the business leads of the community at large.

Section 4: This organization shall not be used in any way for political purposes.

Article III - Membership and Classification

Section 1: This organization will be made up of only active members.
  (a) The Board of Directors has the right to extend a “Leave of Absence” to a member who is in compliance with all attendance, tipping and dues obligations. The member shall continue to pay dues as they become applicable.

Section 2: (a) The membership of this organization shall consist of men and women of good character and community standing residing or having other community interest within Berks County, Pennsylvania.
  (b) The membership shall be composed of occupations agreed upon by the Board of Directors. A member may only control one occupation and must derive a significant portion of their income from that occupation.
  (c) Prospective members must submit an application for membership to the Membership Chairperson. The Membership Chairperson will review the application with the applicant prior to submitting a report of their findings to the members. The members will then vote on acceptance of the applicant into the organization.
  (d) The membership shall be owned by the individual or the company which pays the initiation fee. If the owner of the membership leaves the organization for any reason, the rights to the membership are forfeited.
  (e) In event that two people apply for the same open membership category, a speak-off will be held to give the prospective members an opportunity to lobby the membership for acceptance into the organization.

Section 3: A member may be terminated from the organization, at the discretion of the Board, if they fail to attend 3 meetings during the course of a calendar quarter. Any member who fails to pay their dues within 30 days of the beginning of a calendar quarter may also be terminated in the same manner. In addition, a member may be terminated , at the discretion of the Board, for any other violation or for the failure to comply with the bylaws or “Purpose” of the organization.

Article IV - Directors and Officers

Section 1: The officers of the organization shall be President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer. These officers will be elected annually and will serve from January through December. Officers may hold the same office for not more than two consecutive terms.
  (a) The President shall serve as the executive officer of the organization, presides at all meetings of the membership, be an ex officio member of all committees, exercise general supervision over affairs of the organization, perform any other duties as are ordinarily incumbent upon a President and report to the Board of Directors.
  (b) The Vice-President shall perform such duties that are ordinarily incumbent upon the Vice-President and other duties that may be assigned by the President or the Board of Directors. The Vice-President will be directly responsible for the issue of attendance.
  (c) The Secretary shall keep and maintain the minutes of the meetings of the Board of Directors. They shall conduct all correspondence as may be required by the President or the Board of Directors and shall generally perform such duties that are ordinarily incumbent upon a Secretary.
  (d) The Treasurer shall keep and maintain records of all financial actions of the organization which shall include all records of membership, initiation fees, dues and all moneys collected and disbursed. The Treasurer shall prepare quarterly and annual statements for the organization and generally perform such duties that are ordinarily incumbent upon a Treasurer.

Section 2: Committees - The Board of Directors shall determine the number and purpose of all special and standing committees necessary to the achievement of the objectives and purposes of the organization.
  (a) The Lead Committee shall provide the forms to be used by all members at the meetings. The Lead Chair will be responsible for tabulating the leads generated by each member of the organization and will report results to the membership.
  (b) The Membership Committee shall collect and process any new Application for Membership presented to the organization. The Membership Chair will head the committee, tabulate results and report those results to the membership.
  (c) The Program / Social Committee shall be responsible for the designation of speakers for the weekly meetings. This committee will also be responsible for the coordination of Socials to be held by and on behalf of the membership. The Program Chair will oversee the committee and report to the membership.
  (d) The Ethics Committee will be headed by the Ethics Chair and will be responsible for convening members to review any questions involving the ethical conduct of an individual member or the overall organization.

Section 3: BCNA will be governed by a Board of Directors. This Board will consist of the officers noted above plus two members at large to be elected by the membership.

Section 4: The Board of Directors shall meet following the second regularly scheduled meeting of the month.

Article V - Revenue

Section 1: Each new member will tender a non-refundable Initiation Fee to BCNA in the amount set forth in the Schedule of Dues established by the Board of Directors.

Section 2: Quarterly Dues shall be assessed based upon the Schedule established by the Board of Directors.

Section 3: The fiscal year of the organization shall be from January 1 of each year until December 31 of the same year.

Section 4: BCNA will secure and maintain General Liability Insurance and Directors & Officers Liability Insurance to protect the exposures of the organization, its Directors and Officers and its members. The above forms of coverage should contain Limits of Liability of $1,000,000.

Article VI - Amendments

Section 1: Any amendment of these bylaws or the Schedule of Dues may be adopted by a two-thirds vote of the active members of BCNA. Written notice of the proposed amendment will be given to all active members two weeks prior to the scheduled vote.