Let it be known that throughout this document when the word “BPNJB” or “Network” is used, it is referring to Black Professionals’ Network of Jonesboro.
The Black Professionals’ Network of Jonesboro is a diverse group of Professionals’ established to make the Jonesboro area the ideal place for people of color to:
Live: Provide networking opportunities.
Learn: Provide and promote leadership and professional development.
Lead: Promote community service initiatives.
Link: Develop strategic partnerships that impact our community
To create networking opportunities and create community presence in the Jonesboro area.
Article I – Name
The name of this organization shall be Black Professionals’ Network of Jonesboro.
Article II – Executive Board and Committee Chairs
Section 1. Executive Board. The Executive Board of the Network shall be: President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, Director of Public Relations and Parliamentarian. Each Executive Board member shall be:
a. A financial member for at least a term of one year.
b. Nominated by self or general membership.
c. Encompass any other qualifications as stated in the BPNJB duties.
d. The Executive Board shall be empowered to recommend priorities for various projects and to plan activities.
1. All board members must attend all BPNJB board and regular meetings and events.
2. All board members must assist all BPNJB board members when needed.
3. The President’s duties shall be as follows:
3.1 To chair all meetings of BPNJB.
3.2 To call special meetings when needed.
3.3 To vote on BPNJB matters only in case of a tie.
3.4 To positively promote BPNJB around the community by maintaining an honest, fair, and trustworthy character.
4. The Vice-President’s duties shall be as follows:
4.1 To chair any committees or task forces of the organization.
4.2 To assume the President’s responsibilities in absence of the President.
4.3 To take care of special projects as needed.
5. The Secretary’s duties shall be as follows:
5.1 To record the minutes of all meetings.
5.2 To provide copies of the agenda and previous meetings of the last meeting to all officers during a board meeting.
5.3 To check the BPNJB post office box for due fees, applications, etc. weekly.
5.4 To keep a record of membership applications, activities and meetings on file.
5.5 To be in charge of sign-up sheet for each event.
6. The Treasurer’s duties shall be as follows:
6.1 To maintain records of financial transactions.
6.2 To be responsible for all BPNJB accounts.
6.3 To report on all financial transactions.
6.4 To reimburse members from BPNJB account when they use their own money to pay for event related objects.
6.5 To collect membership fees from all members.
6.6 To collect fees at events.
7. The Director of Public Relations’ duties shall be as follows:
7.1 To create flyers and distribute to Executive Board for approval a minimum of 45 day before event.
7.2. Create Brand and Organization awareness
7.3 To post up flyers.
7.4 To update the BPNJB brochure.
7.5 To represent and promote BPNJB.
8. The Parliamentarian’s duties shall be as follows:
8.1 Reports to the President.
8.2 Attend and assume the role of Parliamentarian during the meeting.
a. Sit in the designated area for visual access to the President.
b. Function in the role of the Parliamentarian as a non-interventionist, and assist and support the President in maintaining order and adhering to time schedules as approved by the Board or membership.
8.3 Be available to confer with the President as needed.
8.4 Be available to meet with the Board at meetings whenever needed, as assigned by the President.
8.5 Be available to the membership during normal conference hours or after meetings
to answer questions about the role and function of the parliamentarian and parliamentarian procedure.
8.6 Be available to work on other tasks as specified by the President.
8.7 Assist with the coordination of motions and resolutions as requested.
8.8 Assist with the election and voting procedures.
8.9 Other services as determined necessary by the President.
8.10 Provide full philosophical support for the Board in all matters related to the conference and meeting.
Section 2. Executive Committee. The Executive Committee of the Network shall consist of the members of the Executive Board and all Committee Chairs.
Section 3. Term of Office. Executive Board and Committee Chairs shall assume their duties as of January 1, of the year following elections. The Executive Board and Committee Chairs shall serve for a term of two years or until their successors are elected. No Executive Board member or Committee Chair shall serve no more than two consecutive terms in the same office.
Section 4. Nominations. The Secretary will be responsible for dispersing nomination ballots. Nominations will take place in the beginning of September to mid-October.
Section 5. Elections. The officers shall be elected by a majority of the voting members of the Network at the annual elections held in mid-November. Only financial members are able to vote.
Section 6. Vacancies of offices shall be appointed by the Executive Committee.
Section 7. Any officer, including the President/Chairperson, may be removed from office or suspended from office by a vote of two-thirds of the members at an Executive Board meeting. Removal or suspension may be with or without cause. The person under consideration shall be given an opportunity to be heard at the Executive Board meeting with sufficient notice of the proposed removal or suspension, the person under consideration shall not be counted in determining the presence of a quorum. Upon a vote of removal or suspension of the President, the Vice-President shall preside at the meeting.
Article III – Membership
Section 1. Any person who supports our mission shall be eligible for membership in The Black Professionals’ Network of Jonesboro Membership is open to all adults without regard to gender, race, color, age, disability, religion or national origin. Membership shall be consistent with all applicable federal and state laws.
Section 2. Member considered to be in “good-standing” with the network must:
- Pay annual dues.
- Participate in Network events and actively recruit members.
- Actively be involved in the planning/involvement of at least 2 community development projects per year.
- Support the organization by offering ways to help accomplish the Network’s mission and goals.
- Help promote and provide information that helps advance professional and personal objectives of people of color in the Jonesboro Community.
- Continually present themselves as an upright member of their community with no representation that would have a negative impact on the Network.
Section 3. Voting members, in addition to Section 1, shall be designated as those persons who are financially active for the current fiscal calendar year.
Article IV – Dues
Section 1. Network membership dues shall be set by mutual agreement of the Executive Board and Network members.
Section 2. Members shall also pay dues annually to cover network expenses including professional development seminars, community development projects and general meeting expenses. These dues are payable in December of each year to be an active member by January of the corresponding year. Members paying dues after December will be given a prorated amount depending upon date of enrollment.
Article V – Finance
Section 1. Transaction. Expenditures in any amount greater than $50.00 must be pre-approved by the Executive Board.
Article VI – Committees
Section 1. Standing Committees. The standing committees shall be the Community Service Committee, Events Committee, Professional Development, Membership Committee and Public Relations Committee.
Section 2. Composition. Chairpersons will be elected by financially active members. Members of standing committees must be an active member of the Network.
Section 3. Duties. Committees shall perform the duties provided in the BPNJB duties.
Section 4. Other Committees. Other committees, standing or special committees shall be created as the Executive Committee shall from time to time deem necessary to carry on the work of the Network, the chairpersons and members of special committees should be appointed by the Executive Committee.
Section 5. Committee members may be appointed at any time by the Executive Board.
Article VII – Parliamentary Authority
Section 1. The rules contained in the current edition of Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised shall govern the proceedings of the Network in all cases to which they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with the bylaws of the Network, these bylaws, any special rules of order the Network may adopt, and any statuses applicable to the Network that do not authorize the provisions of these bylaws to take precedence.
Article VIII – Meetings and Activities
Section 1. Executive Committee Meetings. The Executive Committee will meet at least once per month. The committee consists of the Executive Board and the Committee Chairs. Executive Committee meetings shall be called by the President.
Section 2. Sub-committee Meetings. Sub-committee meetings will be determined by the chairs and members availability.
Section 3. Executive Committee Retreats. Retreats will be determined by the President. Retreats will focus on the strategic and global movement of the Network.
Section 4. Special Meetings. Special meetings shall be called by either the Executive Board; it shall consist of the Executive Committee.
Section 5. Quorum. Each voting member in good standing shall have one vote at any meeting of the members. A quorum shall consist of 60% percent of the total voting members present either in person or by proxy or 60% of the Executive Board when at Executive Board meetings. A majority of the votes cast at a meeting at which a quorum is present shall constitute the action of the members.
Article IX – Amendments
These bylaws may be amended by a vote of two-thirds of the Executive Committee of the Network present at any regular meeting or at a special meeting called for that purpose. The membership shall be notified of adopted bylaw amendments by the most feasible means.
Article X – Limitations
No part of the net earnings of the Network shall inure to the benefit of, or be distributable to, any of its members, officers or other private persons, except that the Network shall be authorized to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered and to make payments and distributions in furtherance of the exempt purposes.
No substantial part of the activities of the Network shall be the carrying on of propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, and the Network shall not participate in, or intervene in any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office.
Notwithstanding any other provision of these articles, the Network shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on (a) by an organization exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code, or (b) by an organization, contributions to which are deductible under section 170(c)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code.
Article XI – Dissolution
In case of the dissolution of this Network, after providing for the debts and obligations of the organization, the remaining assets shall be distributed for one or more exempt purposes within the meaning of section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code.