5 Petitions Requesting Bylaw Amendments on 4/27/2016

See below for all Petitions to be voted on at the April 27, 2016 meeting.

Date:  March 9, 2016

To:  EEWN Board of Directors

PETITION REQUESTING AMENDMENTS TO THE EAST END WOMEN’S NETWORK BY-LAWS PETITION 1

We, the undersigned, being members in good standing of East End Women’s Network, and pursuant to Article X of the Bylaws of said corporation, hereby petition the East End Women’s Network for a vote of the membership on the below amendments to the By-Laws of the East End Women’s Network.

1. An amendment to the title of Article I – Name and Objects of the Corporation

Current:

Name and Objects of the Corporation

Proposed:

Name and Purpose of the Corporation

Rationale:

To streamline and clarify the bylaws and make the title and content better represent the requirements of current not-for-profit law.

2. An amendment to Section 2 of Article I: Objects of the Corporation

Current:

Section 2: Objects of the Corporation

The objects of the Corporation shall be to bring together women of diverse accomplishment and experience; to participate in directing women into policy-making positions through dissemination and sharing of information regarding career opportunities; to educate members and the public concerning issues affecting women on the East End; to assist all women in attaining their career goals by serving as a resource bank of career opportunities and business networking; and to promote the interests, conditions and positions of women in the professions, sciences, business, industry, labor, government, arts, education, theology, commerce, and public service in a manner consistent with the provisions of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954.

Proposed:

Section 2: Purpose of the Corporation

The Corporation is organized and operated exclusively for educational, charitable, and/or religious purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, or to any corresponding provision of any future federal tax law, as follows:

The purpose of the Corporation shall be to bring together women of diverse accomplishment and experience; to participate in directing women into policy-making positions through dissemination and sharing of information regarding career opportunities; to educate members and the public concerning issues affecting women on the East End; to assist all women in attaining their career goals by serving as a resource bank of career opportunities and business networking; and to promote the interests, conditions and positions of women in the professions, sciences, business, industry, labor, government, arts, education, theology, commerce, and public service in a manner consistent with the provisions of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Rationale:

To streamline and clarify the bylaws, make the title and content better represent the requirements of current federal not-for-profit law, and for legal compliance purposes in order to comply with requirements for not-for-profit organization under the Internal Revenue Code and in conformity with the suggested wording provided in IRS publication 557. Also updating the name of the current Internal Revenue Code.

3. An Amendment to add Sections “3”, “4”, and “5” to Article I

Proposed:

Section 3: Earnings of the Corporation:

No part of the net earnings of the Corporation shall inure to the benefit of any trustee, director, or officer of the Corporation, or any private individual (except that reasonable compensation may be paid for services rendered to or for the Corporation), and no director or officer shall be entitled to share in the distribution of any of the corporate assets upon dissolution of the Corporation. No substantial part of the activities of the Corporation shall consist of carrying on propaganda, or otherwise attempting, to influence legislation (except as otherwise provided by Section 501(h) of the Code), or participating in, or intervening in (including the publication or distribution of statements), any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office.

Section 4: Activities of the Corporation:

Notwithstanding any other provision hereof, the Corporation shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on (i) by a corporation exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Code (or the corresponding provision of any future federal tax code), or (ii) by a corporation, contributions to which are deductible under Section 170(c)(2) of the Code (or the corresponding provision of any future federal tax code).

Section 5: Dissolution of the Corporation:

Upon the termination, dissolution or final liquidation of the Corporation in any manner and for any reason, the Board of Directors shall first pay or provide for the payment of all liabilities of the Corporation; all remaining assets shall be distributed for one or more exempt purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Code (or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code), or shall be distributed to the federal government, or to state or local government, for a public purpose.

Rationale:

These sections must be included for legal compliance purposes in order to demonstrate compliance with the requirements of not-for-profit organizations under the Internal Revenue Code and in conformity with the suggested wording provided in IRS publication 557


 

PETITION REQUESTING AMENDMENTS TO THE EAST END WOMEN’S NETWORK BY-LAWS PETITION 2

We, the undersigned, being members in good standing of East End Women’s Network, and pursuant to Article X of the Bylaws of said corporation, hereby petition the East End Women’s Network for a vote of the membership on the below amendments to the By-Laws of the East End Women’s Network.

1. An amendment to add Definitions to Article II – Membership and delete Section 2 e. of Article II

Current (Section 2):

a. Active

An active member is a charter, general, junior or woman of the year member who has attended at least four (4) general meetings in the current program year.

Proposed (after title):

Definitions:

Active Member in Good Standing: An Active Member in Good Standing is a charter, general, junior, associate or woman of the year member who has attended at least four (4) general meetings in the current program year.

Rationale:

To make clear the definition of an “Active Member in Good Standing” and clarify that it is not a separate category of membership

2. An amendment to Section 2b. of Article II: Membership Categories b. General

Current:

b. General

Proposed:

b. General

General members shall include all members who have paid their annual membership dues for the membership year pursuant to Section 4 of Article II of these Bylaws. Each member shall be entitled to cast one vote with respect to those matters submitted to the members for action or approval.

Rationale:

Under the current bylaws, the membership category of “General” was not defined. This amendment clarifies and defines what a “General” member in line with current practices of the corporation.

3. An Amendment to section 2c. of Article II: Membership Categories c. Junior

Current:

A separate category of membership shall be established for one half the cost of the regular fee for young women between the ages of 16-23. They will have the rights and responsibilities of full membership and will be known as Junior Members.

Proposed:

A separate category of membership shall be established for one half the cost of the regular fee for young women between the ages of 18-23. They will have the rights and responsibilities of full membership and will be known as Junior Members.

Rationale:

To increase the age of membership to the age of majority in NY.

4. An Amendment to section 2d. of Article II: Membership Categories d. Woman of the Year

Current:

Women of the Year shall be deemed honorary members for life and shall not be require to pay yearly membership dues to remain members in good standing.

Proposed:

Women of the Year who received their award prior to 2016 shall be deemed members for life and shall not be required to pay yearly membership dues to remain members in good standing and shall have the same rights and responsibilities as a general member.

Rationale:

To eliminate free for life membership category in order to encourage women of the year to stay invested in the organization and to help cover costs of membership.

5. An Amendment to sections 4a. and 4b. of Article II: Dues: a. Annual Dues b. Time for Payment

Current:

a. The annual dues of members for each year shall be fifty (50) dollars per person. Individual dues may be reduced or waived at the discretion of the Membership Committee on a showing of good cause.

b. Time for Payment

The annual dues shall be payable by all members on July 1st each year and shall be paid to the Treasurer of the Network. Invoices shall be sent to the past year’s members by June 1st.

Proposed:

a. Annual Dues

The annual dues of members for each year will be determined by the board of directors at its annual meeting in June. Individual dues may be reduced or waived at the discretion of the Membership Committee on a showing of good cause.

b. Time for Payment

The annual dues shall be payable by all members on August 1st each year and shall be paid to the Treasurer of the Network. Invoices shall be sent to the past year’s members by July 1st.

Rationale:

To provide greater flexibility to the board and future board to set dues based on changes in costs over time and other relevant factors. Also to adjust the due date to correspond to the beginning of the membership year.


 

PETITION REQUESTING AMENDMENTS TO THE EAST END WOMEN’S NETWORK BY-LAWS PETITION 3

We, the undersigned, being members in good standing of East End Women’s Network, and pursuant to Article X of the Bylaws of said corporation, hereby petition the East End Women’s Network for a vote of the membership on the below amendments to the By-Laws of the East End Women’s Network.

1. An amendment to Section 1 of Article III – Board of Directors

Current:

The general management of the affairs of the Network shall be vested in a Board of Directors, which shall consist of not fewer than eight (8) and not more than twelve (12) members and will include the elected officers and chairpersons of all standing committees.

Proposed:

The general management of the affairs of the Network shall be vested in a Board of Directors, which shall consist of not fewer than nine (9) and not more than fifteen (15) members and will include the elected officers and chairpersons of the following committees: Membership Committee, Publicity Committee, Program Committee, Nominating Committee, Newsletter Committee, and the E-Media Committee.

Subject to such minimum, the number of Directors may be increased or decreased from time to time, by resolution of the Board which shall require a vote of a majority of the entire Board and no decrease shall shorten the term of any incumbent Director. As used in these bylaws, the term “entire Board” shall consist of the number of directors that were elected as of the most recently held election of directors.

Rationale:

To bring the board positions in line with the current needs of the organization, for instance an e-media chair was not anticipated by the founders of EEWN in 1981. Additionally, to increase the number of directors to better distribute the growing responsibilities of the board and provide more opportunities to members for board service.

2. An amendment to Section 2 of Article III – Management of the Network

Current:

The Board of Directors shall have general charge and management of the affairs and funds and property of the Network. The Board of Directors shall have full power and it shall be the Board of Directors’ duty to carry out the purposes and objectives of the Network according to the Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws.

Proposed:

The Board of Directors shall have general charge and management of the affairs and funds and property of the Network. The Board of Directors shall have full power and it shall be the Board of Directors’ duty to carry out the purposes and objectives of the Network according to the Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws and Policies.

Rationale:

To include a mention of the policies as adopted by the board of directors.

3. An amendment to Section 5 of Article III: President – A Committee Member

Current:

The President shall be a member ex-officio (non-voting) of all committees except the nominating Committee. As the Past President, she shall be a member of the Board of Directors in the year following her term of office.

Proposed:

The President shall be a non-voting member of all committees except the Nominating Committee.  As the Past President, she shall be a member of the Board of Directors in the year following her term of office.  The President, as chair of the Board, shall not be an employee of the Corporation.

Rationale:

To provide clarity regarding the President’s role and responsibility, and assure that the language of this section meets current legal requirements.

4. Delete Section 6 of Article III: Advisory Board

Current:
An Advisory Board shall consist of members functioning in an advisory capacity. The members will be appointed from time to time.

Proposed:

Delete

Rationale:

Legal requirements for defining committees have changed since the East End Women’s Network was established. An advisory board will be renamed task group and established as needed through provisions established in the East End Women’s Network’s policy manual.

5. An amendment to Section 3 of Article IV: Special Meeting of Members

Current:

Special meetings of members may be called by the President or upon the request of five (5) members made to the President or the Secretary in writing. Notice of the meeting shall be mailed to each member at least ten (10) days previous to the meeting and at such special meeting, there shall be considered such business only as is specified in the notice of the meeting.

Proposed:

Special meetings of members may be called by the President or upon the request of five (5) members made to the President or the Secretary in writing. Notice of the meeting shall be mailed or e-mailed to each member at least ten (10) days previous to the meeting and at such special meeting, there shall be considered such business only as is specified in the notice of the meeting.

Rationale:

Update the bylaws to provide for notice by e-mail.

6. An Amendment of Section 7 of Article IV

Current:

Robert’s Rules of Order, Revised shall govern at the proceedings of all meetings mentioned in Sections 1-6.

Proposed: (the current language will be moved to a proposed new Section 8)

Meetings and votes of the Board of Directors may be conducted in full or in part through electronic methods that are available and reliable, at the discretion of the President.  Such methods include,

but are not limited to, email for voting, online video or tele-conferencing, and other similar methods that may be available, as permitted by applicable State and/or Federal law and provided that all members can hear each other at the same time and each director can participate in all matters before the board. E-Mail voting may only be conducted upon unanimous written consent of the directors or as otherwise permitted by applicable State and/or Federal law.

Rationale:

Update to provide for the Board of Directors to meet via available teleconferencing technology and to vote by email when a quorum cannot be physically present in one place. (i.e. inclement weather.)

7. Add a new Section 8 to Article IV to make room for new language in Section 7 of Article IV: Section 8 Robert’s Rules of Order

Current:

Robert’s Rules of Order, Revised shall govern at the proceedings of all meetings mentioned in Sections 1-6.

Proposed:

Robert’s Rules of Order, Revised shall govern at the proceedings of all meetings mentioned in Sections 1-7.

Rationale:

Section moved to make room for new language in Section 7 pertaining to meetings.

8. An amendment to Section1 of Article VII: President.

Current:

The President shall preside at all meetings of the Network and the Board of Directors and shall appoint the heads of any ad-hoc committees. She shall appoint such ad hoc committees as the President and Board of Directors shall consider expedient or necessary.

Proposed:

The President shall preside at all meetings of the Network and the Board of Directors.  She shall participate in the preparation and delivery of the annual year-end report to the membership at the annual membership meeting.

Rationale:

To omit the use of ad-hoc committees and ensure the Network remains in compliance with not-for-profit laws, rules and regulations.

9. An Amendment to Section 2 of Article VII: Duties of Officers – Vice President

Current:

In the absence of the President, the Vice President shall perform the President’s duties.  The Vice President shall serve as the Chair of the Woman of the Year Event.

Proposed:

In the absence of the President, the Vice President shall perform the President’s duties.  The Vice President is responsible for archiving and safekeeping the official documents of the East End Women’s Network and shall serve as the Chair of the Woman of the Year event.

Rationale:

Archiving responsibilities added to ensure safe keeping and archiving of documents and leadership information. Clarify that the Woman of the Year is an event, and the Vice President is responsible for organizing it.

10. An Amendment to Section 3 of Article VII: Duties of Officers – Secretary

Current:

The Secretary shall be responsible for the taking of minutes at board meetings and the annual meeting, in addition to any other general meetings where business is being conducted and the President asks her to do so.

Proposed:

The Secretary shall be responsible for the taking of minutes at board meetings and the annual meeting, in addition to any other general meetings where business is being conducted and the President asks her to do so. She shall be responsible for receiving the annual disclosure statements pursuant to the Networks Conflicts of Interest Policy and shall provide copies of the completed disclosure statements to the President of the Board.

Rationale:

To add the duty of receiving the annual disclosure statement in compliance with current NY State not for profit laws.

11. An Amendment to Section 4 of Article VIII: Terms of Office – Presidential Exception

Current:

A person elected to the Presidency of the Board of Directors at the close of her fourth (4th) year of Board Membership is eligible to serve a sixth (6th) year on the Board as President. The following year she may serve on the Board as President Emeritus.

Proposed:

A person elected to the Presidency of the Board of Directors at the close of her fourth (4th) year of Board Membership is eligible to serve a sixth (6th) year on the Board as President. The following year she may serve on the Board as Past President.

Rationale:

Renames President Emeritus to Past President to keep definition consistent with other sections of the Bylaws.


 

PETITION REQUESTING AMENDMENTS TO THE EAST END WOMEN’S NETWORK BY-LAWS PETITION 4

We, the undersigned, being members in good standing of East End Women’s Network, and pursuant to Article X of the Bylaws of said corporation, hereby petition the East End Women’s Network for a vote of the membership on the below amendments to the By-Laws of the East End Women’s Network.

1. An amendment to the title of Article IX – Committees

Current:

Committees

Section 1: Standing Committees

There shall be the following standing committees:

Membership Committee

Publicity Committee

Program Committee

Nominating Committee

Newsletter Committee

Proposed:

Committees

Section 1. Committees of the Corporation

a. There shall be the following Committees of the Corporation:

Membership Committee

Publicity Committee

Program Committee

Nominating Committee

Newsletter Committee

E-Media Committee

b. Duties of Committees of the Corporation

Each committee chairperson of a Committee of the Corporation shall report regularly on its activities and present recommendations to the Board of Directors for consideration and approval. At the end of the chairperson’s term on any committee, she shall submit all documents and relevant materials to the Network archive, and provide to her successor all documents, relevant materials, and instructions that may be required a smooth transition for the new Chairperson. A committee of the corporation does not have the power to enter into any contracts or otherwise bind the board or the corporation on any matter without approval of the board.

c. Other Committees of the Corporation

The Board, by resolution, may appoint from time to time any number of members as advisors of the Corporation to act either individually or as a Committee of the Corporation. The Board, by resolution adopted by a majority of the entire board, may establish and appoint any additional Committees of the Corporation consisting of at least three members in good standing with such powers and duties as the board may prescribe.  The chairpersons of such committees shall be appointed by the President of the Board, subject to the approval of the Board unless the chairperson is to become a member of the board of directors pursuant to their position as a chairperson of a Committee of the Corporation. In which case the additional board of director’s position shall be created and the director shall be elected pursuant to Articles III and V of these bylaws. All committees shall consist of a chairperson and at least two additional members of the general membership as selected by the chairperson.

Section 2. Committees of the Board

a. Committee of the Board

A committee of the Board is one that shall have the authority to bind the corporation and shall be comprised solely of Directors. The Board, by resolution adopted by a majority of the entire board, may establish and appoint any committees of the board consisting of at least three Directors with such powers and duties as the board may prescribe.  The members of such committees shall be appointed by the President of the Board, subject to the approval of the Board.

b. Duties of Committees of the Board

Each committee chairperson of a Committee of the Board shall report regularly on its activities and present recommendations to the Board of Directors for consideration and approval. At the end of the chairperson’s term on any committee, she shall submit all documents and relevant materials to the Network archive, and provide to her successor all documents, relevant materials, and instructions that may be required a smooth transition for the new Chairperson.

Rationale:

To incorporate changes in NY Not-for-Profit Revitalization Act that eliminates standing committees and instead requires that committees be designated as either Committees of the Board or Committees of the Corporation.  The definition of Committees of the Corporation more closely aligns with the how the Network’s Board currently assigns tasks to and receives recommendations from the currently existing committees in that Committees of the Corporation must submit recommendations to the Board of Directors for further action and authorization. It also provides for the ability for the board to create committees of the board as necessary.

2. An amendment to Section 2 of Article IX: Ad Hoc Committees

Current:

Ad Hoc committees may be appointed at the discretion of the President with the approval of the Board of Directors.

Proposed:

Section to be deleted

Rationale:

To ensure compliance with the NY Not-for-Profit Revitalization Act, reference to Ad Hoc committees should be removed.

3. An amendment to Section 3 of Article IX: Membership Committee

Current:

The Membership Committee shall consist of an elected chairperson and up to four (4) members of the general membership as selected by the chairperson with the approval of the Board of Directors.  The committee shall be responsible for recruiting new members, receiving applications for new membership and publishing and updating the annual membership directory.

Proposed:

The Membership Committee shall consist of an elected chairperson and at least two additional members of the general membership, as selected by the chairperson.  The committee shall be responsible for recruiting new members, receiving applications for new membership and publishing and updating the annual membership directory.

Rationale:

Updating of language to reflect the current activities and responsibilities of the committee.

4. An amendment to Section 4 of Article IX: Publicity Committee

Current:

The Publicity Committee shall consist of an elected chairperson and up to four (4) members of the general membership as selected by the chairperson with the approval of the Board of Directors.  The Publicity Committee shall be responsible for publicity and public relations.

Proposed:

The Publicity Committee shall consist of an elected chairperson and at least two additional members of the general membership as selected by the chairperson.  The Publicity Committee shall be responsible for publicity and public relations. The Chairperson will work in close cooperation with the E-Media Chairperson and Newsletter Chairperson.

Rationale:

Updating of language to reflect the current activities and responsibilities of the committee.

5. An amendment to Section 5 of Article IX: Program Committee

Current:

The Program Committee shall consist of an elected chairperson and up to four (4) members of the general membership as selected by the chairperson with the approval of the Board of Directors.  The Program Committee shall be shall be responsible for developing and presenting programs of topical interest to the membership and establishing and maintaining a resource bank of contact persons.

Proposed:

The Program Committee shall consist of an elected chairperson and at least two additional members of the general membership as selected by the chairperson.  The Program Committee shall be shall be responsible for developing and presenting programs of topical interest to the membership and establishing and maintaining a resource bank of contact persons.

Rationale:

Updating of language to reflect the current activities and responsibilities of the committee.

6. An amendment to Section 6 of Article IX: Nominating Committee

Current:

The Nominating Committee shall consist of an elected chairperson and up to four (4) members of the general membership as selected by the chairperson with the approval of the Board of Directors.  The Nominating Committee shall be responsible for selection of a slate of candidates for all elected offices and committee chair positions.  The Committee shall report their recommendations to the general membership at least two (2) weeks in advance of the annual meeting.  The slate of candidates so recommended shall be presented at the Annual Meeting.  Nominations may also be made from the floor at the time of the election with the prior consent of the candidates so nominated.

Proposed:

The Nominating Committee shall consist of an elected chairperson and at least two additional members of the general membership as selected by the chairperson.  The Nominating Committee shall be responsible for selection of a slate of candidates for all elected offices and committee chair positions.  The Committee shall report their recommendations to the general membership at least two (2) weeks in advance of the annual meeting.  The slate of candidates so recommended shall be presented at the Annual Meeting.  Nominations may also be made from the floor at the time of the election with the prior consent of the candidates so nominated.

Rationale:

Updating of language to reflect the current activities and responsibilities of the committee.

7. An amendment to Section 7 of Article IX: Newsletter Committee

Current:

The Newsletter Committee shall consist of an elected chairperson and four (4) members of the general membership as selected the by the chairperson with the approval of the Board of Directors.  The Newsletter Committee shall be responsible for the newsletter production and distribution and supervision of website updates.

Proposed:

The Newsletter Committee shall consist of an elected chairperson and at least two additional members of the general membership as selected by the chairperson.  The Newsletter Committee shall be responsible for the newsletter production and distribution and supervision of website updates. This Chairperson will work in close cooperation with the Publicity Chairperson and E-Media Chairperson.

Rationale:

Updating of language to reflect the current activities and responsibilities of the committee.

8. An amendment to Section 8 of Article IX to add E-Media Committee and move current Section 8 to Section 10: Committee Action to E-Media Committee

Current:

Action by a majority of a committee shall be deemed to be action of the whole committee. Each member shall have one (1) vote only at a meeting of the Committee.

Proposed:

The E-Media Committee shall consist of an elected chairperson and at least two additional members of the general membership as selected by the chairperson. The E-Media Committee shall be responsible for all aspects of electronic communications, including updating and maintaining the website, social media accounts, and other online methods disseminating information, with the exception of the Newsletter, which will be produced by the Newsletter Committee.  The E-Media Chairperson will work in close cooperation with the Publicity Chairperson and Newsletter Chairperson.

Rationale:

Current language is moved to Section 10. The new language in Section 8 now defines and describes the newly added E-Media Committee.

9. An amendment of Article IX to add a new Section 10 – Committee Action

Current (found in Section 8 of Article IX):

Action by a majority of a committee shall be deemed to be action of the whole committee. Each member shall have one (1) vote only at a meeting of the Committee.

Proposed:

Action by a majority of a committee shall be deemed an action of the whole committee. Each committee member shall have one (1) vote only at a meeting of the committee.

Rationale:

Moved section to make room for additional committee to be defined under Article IX, and clarified the language.


 

PETITION REQUESTING AMENDMENTS TO THE EAST END WOMEN’S NETWORK BY-LAWS PETITION 5

We, the undersigned, being members in good standing of East End Women’s Network, and pursuant to Article X of the Bylaws of said corporation, hereby petition the East End Women’s Network for a vote of the membership on the below amendments to the By-Laws of the East End Women’s Network.

1. An amendment to Section 2 of Article XI: Qualifications of Applicants

Current:

Members who have been active for at least one (1) year immediately prior to applying for grants or scholarships and whose objectives in applying for grants or scholarships fall within the purpose of the East End Women’s Network, Inc. as described in the Bylaws, Article 1, Section 2, will be considered.

Proposed:

a) Members who have been active for one (1) year immediately prior to applying for grants or scholarships and whose objectives in applying for grants or scholarships fall within the purpose of the East End Women’s Network, Inc. as described in the Bylaws, Article I, Section 2, will be considered.

b) a graduating high school senior from a public or private school district operating within Suffolk County, New York will be considered.

Rationale:

To provide scholarship opportunities for members of the East End Women’s Network as well as high school seniors.

2. An amendment to Section 3 of Article XI: Funding of Scholarships or Grants

Current:

The grant or scholarship will be funded from contributions, dues, profits from meetings and fundraising events and by any non-member guest fees.  Maximum grant or scholarship will be one per member in any two (2) year period up to a maximum of $300.  The funds will be distributed upon proof of completion of the source or sooner at the discretion of the board.

Proposed:

The grant or scholarship will be funded from contributions, dues, profits from meetings and fundraising events and by any non-member guest fees.  Maximum grant or scholarship will be one per member in any two (2) year period for an amount determined by a resolution of the board.

Rationale:

To reflect budgetary considerations and constraints (currently EEWN provides scholarships in the range of $2000-3000 annually)

3. Addition of Article XII – Fiscal Year

Current:

This is a new section. There is no current language in the Bylaws

Proposed:

The fiscal year of the Network shall be from August 1st to July 31st of each year.

Rationale:

To clearly define the fiscal year of the East End Women’s Network.

The undersigned members representing at least three (3) members in good standing hereby petition the Board of Directors of the East End Women’s Network to set the earliest reasonable date to present a vote at an East End Women’s Network general meeting after announcing said vote in the preceding newsletter pursuant to Article X of the Bylaws of the East End Women’s Network

Five Petition Documents each signed by, and submitted to the EEWN Board of Director on March 9, 2016:

Judith B McCleery, 430  Main Bayview Road, Southold, NY 11971

Annelle Lewis, POX 427, WHB, NY 11978

Kathleen Hendrickson, 76 Jennings Ave., Southampton, NY 11968

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