Revised By-laws

By-Laws of the Third Episcopal District Lay Organization

The following by-laws were approved on June 15, 2007 
during Third District Lay Organization Meeting in Worthington Ohio. 
Please amend your by-laws to include the new changes.

Please Note: Changes are in Bold.

The following shall constitute the By-laws of this Organization:

Section 1.

The Order of Business shall be:

  • Devotions
  • Roll Call of Officers
  • Report of Credentials Committee
  • Registration/Seating of Delegates
  • Reading of Minutes from Previous Annual Meeting
  • Reading of Communications
  • Appointment of Committees
  • President’s Annual Message
  • Report of Officers
  • Reports of Conference Presidents
  • Collection of Annual Dues
  • Unfinished Business
  • New Business
  • Reports of Committees
  • Adjournment

Section 2.

This Organization shall be subject to and governed by the Constitution and By-laws of the Connectional Lay Organization of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.

Section 3.

This Organization and each of its components or subordinates shall at all times be governed by the Discipline, Laws, Doctrine and Tenets of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.

The members shall conform to all the rules and regulations of this organization; any members guilty of an infraction or violation of the rules or for conduct or decorum unbecoming a member, may be removed from membership herein stated.

Section 4.

The order of business outline may be changed by a majority vote of the members present.

Section 5.

All reports of Presidents, Chairpersons, and other officers shall be in writing and submitted in triplicate copies; one to be left with the President of the Organization, one to be left with the Secretary of the Organization, and one to be retained by the officers making the report.

Section 6.

Any officers failing to perform his/her official duties shall be accountable to the Executive Board.

Section 7.

No officers, standing, or special committee shall incur any obligation, which shall be binding, unless such action was authorized in its inception, or subsequently ratified and approved by the Organization.

Any officer who contemplates expenditures during his term shall inform the President and Executive prior to making such expenditures so that organizational monies can be made possible. If notice of expenditures is not possible, the President and Executive Board shall be provided with receipts as soon as possible after the expenditure. The Treasurer shall be provided with receipts of all expenditures.

Section 8.

The President shall be authorized to appoint and deputize with sufficient authority and power, as many Marshals as may be deemed necessary to maintain order and decorum in the meetings.

It shall be the duty of the Marshals to maintain strict order, see that only members are seated within the established bounds of the meeting and perform such other duties as may be assigned to them by the President in keeping with the duties of their office.

Section 9.

In order to be elected a delegate from the Episcopal District to the Biennial, a person must have registered and attended at least two (2) Episcopal District Annual Meetings within the Quadrennium.

Section 10.

In order to be elected a delegate from the Conference Organization to the Biennial, a person must have registered and attended at least two previous Conference Annual Meetings within a three (3) year period.

Section 11.

The above requirements are waived for young adult delegates.

Section 12.

By virtue of office, the Conference Director of Lay Activities shall be a member of the Conference delegation to the Biennial.

Section 13.

Any provision or condition not expressly covered in either the Constitution or By-laws of this Organization shall be interpreted and construed in keeping with the long established policy, customs, tenets, and traditions of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, the A.M.E. Discipline, and Robert’s Rules of Order, latest edition.

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