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OF
THE FLORIDA CHAPTER OF THE
ASSOCIATION OF PROFESSIONAL GENEALOGISTS

9 November 2005

ARTICLE I. NAME

  1. The name of this organization shall be the Florida Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), hereinafter referred to as the Chapter.

  2. This organization shall operate as a non-profit educational organization under the statutes of the state of Florida.

ARTICLE II. OBJECTIVES

  1. To promote awareness of, and interest in, professional genealogical services

  2. To promote professional standards in genealogical research, writing, and speaking

  3. To engage in activities which improve access, facilitate research, and preserve records used in the fields of genealogy and local history, focused on, but not limited to, Florida

  4. To promote awareness of activities and/or laws which may affect genealogical and historical research, focused in, but not limited to, Florida

  5. To educate the membership and public through publications and lectures, and

  6. To provide support for those engaged in genealogical pursuits as business.

ARTICLE III. MEMBERSHIP

  1. Members of the Chapter shall be members of the Association of Professional Genealogists.

  2. Members may be assessed annual dues as approved by the officers of the Chapter.


ARTICLE IV. OFFICERS AND ELECTION

  1. The Chapter's governing body shall be a five-member board, consisting of a President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Chapter Representative, elected by the general membership. The board may appoint members to fill vacancies on the board.

  2. Board members shall serve two-year terms, except for the initial election of Chapter officers. In the first Chapter election, the Secretary and Chapter Representative shall be chosen for one-year terms to create staggered terms; all other officers shall be selected for two-year terms. In succeeding elections, all officers shall be elected to two-year terms.

  3. All terms shall begin January first.

  4. The Chapter shall be governed by these bylaws and by the bylaws of APG and shall adhere to any changes or revisions adopted by APG after the Chapter is accepted. The Chapter shall, at all times, be bound by the Policy and Procedures as set forth in the APG Policy Manual and Procedure Manual, including changes or revisions adopted after the Chapter is accepted.


ARTICLE V. MEETINGS

  1. The Chapter shall meet at least twice a year, including an annual meeting, on dates and places determined by the board.

  2. Chapter meetings are open to the public, who may attend as guests.

  3. Only members can vote, serve as officers and be listed in Chapter directories and promotional materials.

  4. Non-members may attend Chapter meetings and participate in Chapter activities except those specified in Article V, Section 3.


ARTICLE VI. OPERATING PROCEDURES

  1. The Chapter Representative shall be responsible for sending reports at least twice yearly to the Chapter Liaison of APG, who shall act as a contact between the Chapter, the Chapter Representative and the APG Executive Committee (EC). The Chapter Representative shall prepare reports for the APGQ editor.

  2. The Chapter shall communicate its activities, concerns, and questions through the parent organization’s Chapter Liaison, who shall channel such communications to the appropriate APG entities. APG shall inform the Chapter of changes in policy and procedures through the Chapter Liaison.

  3. The Chapter shall be self-governing, except as otherwise required by its bylaws. APG cannot be held legally responsible for the actions of the Chapter beyond the bylaws.

  4. The Chapter shall conduct itself in a manner that is in keeping with the professionalism of APG. All literature, banners, posters, letters, etc. shall be professional in appearance so as to maintain APG’s image as a professional organization.

  5. Any literature, press releases or other such communication intended for the general public shall be submitted to APG’s Publications Advisory Committee at least forty-five days in advance of use or as soon as possible.


ARTICLE VII. FINANCES

  1. The Chapter’s board shall decide the amount of annual membership dues.

  2. The Chapter shall deposit all monies collected, including dues, in a bank account in the name of the Chapter.


ARTICLE VIII. AMENDMENTS

  1. No amendments can be made to these bylaws without the approval of the Executive Committee of APG.

  2. Chapter members may propose amendments or revisions of these bylaws. If approved by members at the annual meeting, the change shall be submitted to the EC for approval. APG procedures require that the Chapter Representative submit the proposed change to the Chapter Liaison, who transmits it to the EC. The EC shall notify the Chapter Liaison of its decision within 90 days of receipt of the request. The Liaison shall then notify the Chapter Representative.


ARTICLE IX. DEACTIVATION

  1. The Chapter may be deactivated by APG under provisions in the APG Procedures Manual.

  2. The Chapter may request deactivation under provisions in the Procedures Manual.

 

Last updated 25 March 2010

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