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Consitutional Changes Proposed for 2008/2009

 

CONSTITUTION REVISION 1: MEMBERSHIP CHANGES

CURRENT:

ARTICLE I - MEMBERSHIP

Section 1 REGULAR MEMBERS Such persons shall be entitled to membership privileges including receipt of the monthly association’s mailings, use of the associations property subject to controls established by the Board of Directors, and attendance at the membership meetings or other scheduled membership activities. a) Family membership - A husband and wife each of whom shall be entitled to one vote in the affairs of the association and to whom mailings of the association will be sent to the “family” under one cover. b) Single membership - A man or woman who will be Entitled to one vote in the affairs of the organization.

Section 2 ASSOCIATE MEMBERS Persons who own or operate businesses which sell or
produce beer, alcoholic beverages, beer making supplies and/or equipment but who otherwise meet the requirements of regular membership may become associate members.

Section 3 CHARTER MEMBERS The rights of charter members shall be determined from their membership status as regular members or associate members.

Section 4 HONORARY MEMBERS No payment of dues or fees shall be required and honorary membership shall be conferred for life unless rescinded by the Board of Directors. Such members shall be entitled to receipt of the monthly mailings and attendance at the membership meetings but they shall not have voting status. The number of such memberships awarded shall be limited to two per year.

Section 5 LIFE MEMBERS No payment of dues shall be required of such members and they shall retain the same rights of membership. The number of such memberships awarded shall be limited to two per two year period.

Section 6 SUBSCRIPTION MEMBERS No additional rights of membership are granted to subscribing members and they shall not have voting status.

Section 7 RULES PERTAINING TO MEMBERSHIP Rules and qualifications governing membership rights not previously specified will be as set forth by the Board of Directors. Election to membership shall require the affirmative vote of the Board.

Section 8 DUES The Board of Directors by resolution shall adopt the membership dues schedule to be imposed for each category of membership. All dues shall be payable in advance. Members may be separated from membership for non-payment of dues.

PROPOSED:

ARTICLE I - MEMBERSHIP

Section 1 REGULAR MEMBERS Such persons shall be entitled to membership privileges including receipt of the monthly association’s mailings, use of the associations property subject to controls established by the Board of Directors, attendance at the membership meetings or other scheduled membership activities, and shall be entitled to one vote in the affairs of the association . a) Family membership – A husband and wife couple living together each of whom shall be entitled to one vote in the affairs of the association shall have all rights of a regular member and to whom mailings of the association will be sent to the “family” under one cover. Dues for the family membership will discounted as set forth by the Board of Directors. b) Single membership - A man or woman of legal drinking age who will be Entitled to one vote in the affairs of the organization shall have all rights of a regular member.

Section 2 ASSOCIATE MEMBERS Persons who own or operate businesses which sell or
produce beer, alcoholic beverages, beer making supplies and/or equipment but who otherwise meet the requirements of regular membership may become associate members. Associate Members shall have the right to attend meetings and participate in club functions but no voting rights shall be conferred except by other membership status.

Section 3 CHARTER MEMBERS The rights of charter members shall be determined from their membership status as regular members or associate members.

Section 4 HONORARY MEMBERS No payment of dues or fees shall be required and honorary membership shall be conferred for life unless rescinded by the Board of Directors. Such members shall be entitled to receipt of the monthly mailings and attendance at the membership meetings but they shall not have voting status. The number of such memberships awarded shall be limited to two per year.

Section 5 LIFE MEMBERS No payment of dues shall be required of such members and they shall retain the same rights of membership. The number of such memberships awarded shall be limited to two per two year period except if approved by majority vote of the membership. Life Membership is issued at the discretion of the Board of Directors.

Section 6 SUBSCRIPTION MEMBERS No additional rights of membership are granted to subscribing members and they shall not have voting status.

Section 7 TRIAL MEMBERS shall have all rights of a regular member except they shall not have voting status. Trial members can attend only three meetings without becoming a regular member. An individual may only have one trial membership period for life.

Section 8 GUESTS No rights of membership are granted to guest members and they shall not have voting status. Guests must be attending with a Regular Member. Meeting and event fees for Guests may be set at a higher fee than for Regular Members as set forth by the Board of Directors.

Section 9 RULES PERTAINING TO MEMBERSHIP Rules and qualifications governing membership rights not previously specified will be as set forth by the Board of Directors. Election to membership shall require the affirmative vote of the Board. The board shall have the right to refuse or terminate membership at any time.

Section 10 DUES The Board of Directors by resolution shall adopt the membership dues schedule to be imposed for each category of membership. All dues shall be payable in advance. Members may be separated from membership for non-payment of dues.


CONSTITUTION REVISION 2: SERGEANT – AT – ARMS

It’s time for our next round of constitutional changes. This time the proposed change is for an additional board member. As the club grows and becomes more involved in outside events, it is important to have a central point of contact with who club members and outside people can communicate. There is a lot of confusion about who to contact and the process for the club’s involvement in homebrew competitions, beer festivals, etc. The club needs a consistent way to communicate with outside people who ask for Beer Barons participation. Members also need a consistent way to communicate their willingness and desire to participate in outside events.

In addition to a point of contact, we also need a keeper of the club equipment, banners and other things which the Beer Barons owns and are necessary when the club has a booth at events. Over the years, with no one coordinating who has the equipment, some equipment has been lost. We need someone who can allocate and keep track of the items as necessary. This will allow better tracking of club-owned items and provide members with a single person to speak to when the equipment or banners are needed.

Another potential problem the board has noticed is that there is currently an even number of board members. The possibility of a tied vote exists. The current constitution states that the past president is a board member. So, in years that we have a past president attending board meetings we have an odd number. However, so far, this does not happen very often. Therefore, the new board position will have voting rights when there is no past president attending the board meetings. The proposed constitution changes for this new position are below. The current constitution wording is listed for reference. The changes in the proposed sections are underlined.

SERGEANT AT ARMS DESCRIPTION: CHANGE #1

CURRENT: None.

PROPOSED:

ARTICLE III - OFFICERS AND BOARD MEMBERS

Section 7 DUTIES OF THE SERGEANT AT ARMS
The following are the Sergeant At Arm’s duties:
a) keep order at membership and board meetings
b) safeguard any equipment the club may possess
c) safeguard club signage and display materials
d) coordinate the allocation and delivery of equipment, signage and display materials
e) provide guidance and act a point of contact for members who wish club participation in an external event
f) monitor the club’s potential participation in external events and can decline or withdraw club participation in events if club resources are not adequate

CHANGE #2

CURRENT:


ARTICLE IV - BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Section 2 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The Board of Directors shall consist of the officers, immediate past president, and two members-at large of the association. Members-at-large shall be elected to serve a one year term, with their election taking place in the same month as the officers.

PROPOSED:

ARTICLE IV - BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Section 2 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The Board of Directors shall consist of the officers, the sergeant at arms and two members-at-large of the association. The Sergeant at Arms and the Members at Large shall be elected to serve a one year term, with their election taking place in the same month as the officers.


CONSTITUTION REVISION 3: REVERSION TO PREVIOUS DESCRIPTION OF NEWSLETTER EDITOR TO SECRETARY AND RESTORATION OF DUTIES.

CURRENT:

CONSTITUTION
ARTICLE III
OFFICERS

Section 1 OFFICERS The officers of the association shall consist of the (1) President, (2) Vicepresident, (3) News Letter Editor, and (4) Treasurer

BY-LAWS
ARTICLE III
OFFICERS AND BOARD MEMBERS

Section 4 DUTIES OF THE NEWS LETTER EDITOR The following are the News Letter
Editor’s duties:

a) maintain the official current roll of the membership and provide all officers as well as the
Membership Committee with the same
b) maintain copies of the Constitution and By-Laws
c) conduct all official membership and Board correspondence, except as otherwise directed by
the Board
d) send out proper notices of all meetings, elections and other official business as directed by the
Board
e) keep and accurate roll of the membership
f) serve as Chairman of the Newsletter Services Committee
g) keep an accurate file of all correspondence conducted by all officers and all committee
chairmen in the name of the association as well as any correspondence conducted by any
other members in the name of the association
h) publish and distribute the newsletter


PROPOSED:

CONSTITUTION
ARTICLE III
OFFICERS

Section 1 OFFICERS The officers of the association shall consist of the (1) President, (2) Vice-president, (3) Secretary, and (4) Treasurer

BY-LAWS
ARTICLE III
OFFICERS AND BOARD MEMBERS

Section 4 DUTIES OF THE SECRETARY The following are the Secretary’s duties:

a) keep complete and accurate minutes of all general membership, Board and special meetings, and shall report the same to the general membership or on request
b) maintain the official current roll of the membership and provide all officers as well as the Membership Committee with the same
c) maintain copies of the Constitution and By-Laws
d) conduct all official membership and Board correspondence, except as otherwise
directed by the Board
e) send out proper notices of all meetings, elections and other official business as directed by the Board
f) keep an accurate roll of the membership
g) serve as Chairman of the Secretarial Services Committee
h) keep an accurate file of all correspondence conducted by all officers and all committee chairmen in the name of the association as well as any correspondence conducted by any other members in the name of the association
i) publish and distribute the newsletter

Non-Discrimination Clause

Beer Barons of Milwaukee Cooperative, it's Directors, Officers and Membership is prohibited to discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, disability, religion, creed, ancestry, veteran status, marital or parental status, or sexual orientation as a prerequisite for membership.  The Cooperative will comply with appropriate State laws governing minimum age to serve and consume alcohol.