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Society Board of Directors amends organization bylaws, Standard Chapter Bylaws and Chapter Policy as of January 2018

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The Society Board of Directors adopted amendments to the Society Bylaws, Standard Chapter Bylaws, and Chapter License, Charter, Suspension, and Revocation Policy at their face-to-face meeting in Costa Mesa, California on January 18, 2018.

  • To download or view the current version of the Society Bylaws, please visit our Document Center: CLICK HERE
  • To download or view the current version of the Standard Chapter Bylaws, please visit our Document Center: CLICK HERE
  • To download or view the current version of the Chapter License, Charter, Suspension, and Revocation Policy, please visit our Document Center: CLICK HERE

Below is a brief summary of the amendments

Society Bylaws

Article VII Nominations and Elections

Changes were made to 7.01 (c) 2. to remove the requirement that the Society Board in the fall of each year provides the Society Nominating Committee with criteria for selecting candidates for the following year’s election to the Board.

Former Language:

7.01 (c) Nominating Committee
2. Annually the Nominating Committee shall select a pool of candidates based upon any Board member qualifications for the coming year(s) as established by the Society Board at its preceding fall Board meeting, and based also upon information on potential candidates developed by the Nominating Committee through recommendations received and inquiries made.

Revised Language:

7.01 (c) Nominating Committee
2. Annually the Nominating Committee shall select a pool of candidates based upon information on potential candidates developed by the Nominating Committee through recommendations received and inquiries made.

Article IX Society Revenue and Article XIII Associates

Changes were made to Sections 9.01 and 9.02 to shift the responsibility for setting dues and other fees from the Society Board to the Society Executive Director. Given the changes in these sections, Section 13.03 dues for Associates, became unnecessary and duplicative so it was removed.

Former Language:

9.01 Society dues
Each member of the Society shall pay dues to the Society in the amount set by the Society Board. The Society Board is empowered to provide for the payment of dues in installments, to create and designate distinct dues categories for members of the Society, and to set qualifications and dues pertaining to each such category.

9.02 Enrollment fee, service charge, and reinstatement fee
Each new member of the Society shall pay an enrollment fee, each former member who re‑enrolls within six months of his expiration date shall pay a late renewal service charge, and each former member who re‑enrolls more than six months after his expiration date shall pay a reinstatement fee, all as set by the Society Board.

13.03 Finances

The Society Board shall establish the dues for participation in associate programs.

Revised Language:

9.01 Society dues
The Society Executive Director shall set the amount to be paid as dues. The Society Executive Director is empowered to provide for the payment of dues in installments, to create and designate distinct dues categories for members of the Society, and to set qualifications and dues pertaining to each such category.

9.02 Enrollment fee, service charge, and reinstatement fee
All other fees charged by the Society shall be in amounts set by the Society Executive Director.

13.03 Finances (this section was removed from the bylaws)

Standard Chapter Bylaws

Former Language:

4.01 Initiation Fee
The initiation fee shall be set by the chapter board of directors, but in no case shall it be less than that required by the Society bylaws.

4.02 Service charge and reinstatement fee
Former members who renew their membership within six months of their expiration date must pay, in addition to the Society dues, the late renewal service charge set by the Society Board. Former members who renew their membership later than six months following their expiration date must pay, in addition to the Society dues, the reinstatement fee set by the Society Board.

Revised Language:

4.01 Initiation Fee
The initiation fee shall be set by the chapter board of directors, but in no case shall it be less than that required by the Society Executive Director.

4.02 Service charge and reinstatement fee
Other fees shall be in the amount set by the Society Executive Director.

Chapter License, Charter, Suspension, and Revocation Policy

A project team of Harmony Hall staff has been working throughout 2017 on a project dedicated to compliance & transition of our chapters. Further, Harmony Hall has shifted the processes of chapter start-up, maintenance, and closing to be led by our Education team (specifically the manager of chapter leadership & education) as the primary contact in cooperation with our BHS Membership team and our local districts. One of the goals informed by the project was to make improvements to our current Chapter License, Chartering, Suspension, and Revocation Policy. The policy itself has not been updated in quite some time and needs improvement to coincide with current practices.

To view the summary of changes and tracked changes proposed to the Society Board of Directors, please CLICK HERE. To download the amended version of the policy, please CLICK HERE.

If you have further questions or need clarity on how these changes affect your chapter, please contact Antonio Lombardi, Manager of Chapter Leadership & Education at chapters@barbershop.org or 800.876.7464