Good governance guides our decisions and actions.
Some of the key elements of the Chamber’s Bylaws are summarized here for informational purposes. The complete Bylaws can be viewed by clicking on this link.
Any person, association, corporation or partnership having an interest in the objectives of this organization is eligible for membership. Applications are made in writing on forms provided for that purpose, and are accepted by approval of the Chairman and President/CEO or such other person(s) designated by the Board of Directors. Membership is completed once membership dues are paid.
An annual membership meeting is held in January, during which members of the Board of Directors are elected.
Board of Directors
The governance of the Chamber, the direction of its work, the control of its finances and property, and the control and direction of its officers is the responsibility of its Board of Directors. They serve two-year terms which are staggered and overlapped to ensure healthy continuity. Prospective board members are identified by a board-appointed Nominating Committee and nominees must be members in good standing. Directors may not be re-elected until after the lapse of one year following each two-year term, except for a Director who is elected Chairman of the Board for the coming year, even though he/she is a previously elected and retiring Director.
The Chairman of the Board, with Board of Directors approval appoints all committees and committee chairpersons. The Chairman may appoint such ad hoc committees and their chairpersons as are deemed necessary to carry out the programs of the Chamber. Committee members serve at the pleasure of the appointing Chairman and ordinarily serve concurrently Chairman’s term unless a different term is approved by the Board of Directors.
Monies paid to the Chamber go directly into a general operating fund unless designated for a special purpose. Upon approval of the budget, the President/CEO can makes disbursements on expenses designated in the budget. Non-budgeted items must be approved by the Board. The Chamber’s fiscal year is Jan. 1-Dec. 31. The annual budget is adopted by the Executive Committee for the coming fiscal year and submitted to the Board of Directors for approval at its regular meeting in December.