2015 summary for proposed BSC bylaw amendments
    October 9 2015 by BSC Communications

    The Board of Directors (Board) proposes three amendments to the bylaws of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (Convention). The Board brings no recommended amendments related to the Convention’s Articles of Incorporation.
     
    The first two motions share similarity in focus, specifically terms of service for individuals elected and/or appointed to serve on the Board and committees of the Convention. The final motion addresses the duties of the Committee on Convention meetings.
     
    The focus of the first motion is upon the expectations of members of the Board regarding their attendance at meetings of the Board.
     
    Currently, individuals have a minimal attendance requirement and absences are excused when an individual Board member simply gives notice of their absence. If members meet this minimal requirement, they will not be terminated as members of the Board. Low expectations have resulted in low commitment on the part of a few members of the Board. This low commitment impacts the work of the Board and its committees on behalf of North Carolina Baptists and increases the workload of other Board members. Therefore, the proposed amendment increases the expectations for Board members regarding their attendance at the meetings of the Board.
     
    Failure to meet these proposed expectations will result in termination of Board membership.
    The second motion proposes to establish criteria for the termination of Convention committee membership; at present there are no criteria.
     
    Over the years, some individuals have been elected to serve on Convention committees and have failed to attend the meetings and participate in the committee’s work. Just as poor attendance affects the work of the Board, poor attendance impacts the work of Convention committees and increases the work of other members. The proposed amendment establishes attendance expectations and the criteria for termination from committee membership should members fail to meet these expectations.
     
    Motion three addresses one particular aspect of the duties of the Committee on Convention Meetings. This committee has found it increasingly difficult to secure commitments from potential Convention preachers for the annual meeting due to the restriction that the Committee on Convention Meetings may only make preliminary plans for the next annual meeting (one year in advance) of the Convention. Many of the individuals contacted by the Committee on Convention Meetings to bring the annual sermon fill their calendars in advance and the current restriction on the committee has made its task more difficult to complete. The proposed amendment authorizes the committee to propose Convention preachers for two years in advance.
     
    Contact Brian Davis, associate executive director-treasurer, at bdavis@ncbaptist.org or (800) 395-5102.
     
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    Proposed amendments to bylaws of Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, Inc.
     
    Motion 1
    The Board of Directors moves that Article II. A. 1. b. of the Bylaws be deleted in its entirety and replaced with the following language:
     
    Current Reading:
     
    1. At-Large Members
                . . .
                b. In the event at-large members of the Board move from the region from which they
                    were elected, their membership shall continue through the remainder of the
                    calendar year.  The membership of those moving from the state shall be
                    terminated upon the date of the move from the state.  In the event an at-large
                    member fails to attend at least one (1) meeting of the Board in a calendar year,
                    without giving due notice of the absence, the membership shall immediately
                    terminate.
     
    Proposed Reading:
     
    1. At-Large Members
                . . .
                b. In the event at-large members of the Board move from the region from which they
                    were elected, their membership shall continue through the remainder of the
                    calendar year.  The membership of those moving from the state shall be
                    terminated upon the date of the move from the state.  In addition, the
                    membership of an at-large member shall immediately terminate in the event
                    that either (1) the member fails to attend at least one (1) meeting of the Board in
                    each full calendar year of the member’s term; or (2) after the first full calendar
                    year of the member’s term, the member fails to attend at least fifty percent (50%)
                    of the regular meetings of the Board measured from the beginning of the
                    member’s term.
     
    Motion 2
    The Board of Directors moves that Article I. C. 2. of the Bylaws be amended by adding the new sub-paragraph e., which reads as follows:
     
     
    Proposed Reading:
     
    2. Membership
                . . .
                e. The membership of members of Convention committees moving from this
                    state shall be terminated upon the date of the move from this state.  In addition,
                    the membership of a member of a Convention committee shall immediately
                    terminate in the event that either (1) the member fails to attend at least one (1)
                    meeting of the Convention committee in each full calendar year of the member’s
                    term; or (2) after the first full calendar year of the member’s term, the member
                    fails to attend at least fifty percent (50%) of the meetings of the Convention
                    committee measured from the beginning of the member’s term.
     
    Motion 3
    The Board of Directors moves that Article I. C. 6. b. (ii) of the Bylaws be deleted in its entirety and replaced with the following language:
     
    Current Reading:
     
    b. The Committee on Convention Meetings shall consist of eighteen (18) members
         serving three (3) year terms, six (6) of which shall rotate off each year. The
         committee’s duties shall include:
         . . .
         (ii) Recommending to the Convention the preacher for the next annual meeting of
                        the Convention;
     
    Proposed Reading:
     
    b. The Committee on Convention Meetings shall consist of eighteen (18) members
         serving three (3) year terms, six (6) of which shall rotate off each year.  The
         committee’s duties shall include:
         . . .
         (ii) Recommending to the Convention the preacher for the next annual meetings
               of the Convention (if one has not been previously approved).  In addition, the
               committee may recommend the preacher, if desired, for the annual meeting of
               Convention scheduled two years in the future;

    10/9/2015 11:52:56 AM by BSC Communications | with 0 comments
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