PMI Montgomery County 2020 By-Laws (Pending Member Vote)
Article I – Name, Principal Office; Other Offices.
Section 1. Name/Non-Profit Incorporation.
This organization shall be called the Project Management Institute, Montgomery County, Maryland (MD) Chapter (hereinafter “the Chapter”). This organization is a Chapter chartered by the Project Management Institute, Inc. (hereinafter “PMI®”) and separately incorporated as a non-profit, tax exempt corporation (or equivalent) organized under the laws of the State of Maryland. All Components formed within the United States must be incorporated as 501(c) (6) organization.
Section 2. The Chapter shall meet all legal requirements in the jurisdiction(s) in which the CHAPTER conducts business or is incorporated/registered.
Section 3. Principal Office; Other Offices.
The principal office of the Chapter shall be located in the State of MARYLAND. The CHAPTER may have other offices such as Branch offices as designated by the CHAPTER Board of Directors.
Article II – Relationship to PMI.
Section 1. The CHAPTER is responsible to the duly elected PMI® Board of Directors and is subject to all PMI® policies, procedures, rules and directives lawfully adopted.
Section 2. The bylaws of the CHAPTER may not conflict with the current PMI’s Bylaws and all policies, procedures, rules or directives established or authorized by PMI as well as with the CHAPTER’s Charter with PMI.
Section 3. The terms of the Charter executed between the CHAPTER and PMI®, including all restrictions and prohibitions, shall take precedence over these Bylaws and other authority granted hereunder and in the event of a conflict between the terms of the Charter and the terms of these Bylaws, the CHAPTER shall be governed by and adhere to the terms of the Charter.
Article III – Purpose and Limitations of the CHAPTER.
Section 1. Purpose of the CHAPTER.
- General Purpose. The Chapter has been founded as non-profit, tax exempt corporation (or equivalent) chartered by PMI®, and is dedicated to advancing the practice, science, and profession of project management in Montgomery County, Maryland in a conscious and proactive manner.
- Specific Purposes. Consistent with the terms of the Charter executed between the CHAPTER and PMI and these Bylaws, the purposes of the CHAPTER shall include the following:
The objectives of the PMI Montgomery County, MD Chapter are to:
- To foster professionalism in the management of projects.
- To contribute to the quality and scope of project management.
- To stimulate appropriate global application of project management for the benefit of general public.
- To provide a recognized forum for the free exchange of ideas, applications, and solutions to project management issues among its members, and other interested and involved in project management.
- To identify and promote the fundamentals of project management and advance the body of knowledge for managing projects successfully.
- To maintain a primary focus on providing the best service and value to the CHAPTER’s members.
Section 2. Limitations of the CHAPTER.
- General Limitations. The purposes and activities of the CHAPTER shall be subject to limitations set forth in the charter agreement, these Bylaws, and conducted consistently with CHAPTER Articles of Incorporation.
- The membership database and listings provided by PMI to the CHAPTER may not be used for commercial purposes and may be used only for non-profit purposes directly related to the business of the CHAPTER, consistent with PMI policies and all applicable laws and regulations, including but not limited to those law and regulations pertaining to privacy and use of personal information.
- The officers and directors of the CHAPTER shall be solely accountable for the planning and operations of the Component, and shall perform their duties in accordance with the Component’s governing documents; its Charter Agreement; PMI’s Bylaws, policies, practices, procedures, and rules; and applicable law.
Article IV – Chapter Membership.
Section 1. General Membership Provisions.
- Membership in the CHAPTER requires membership in PMI®. The CHAPTER shall not accept as members any individuals who have not been accepted as PMI® members.
Membership in this organization is voluntary and shall be open to any eligible person interested in furthering the purposes of the organization. Membership shall be open to all eligible persons without regard to race, creed, color, age, sex, marital status, national origin, religion, or physical or mental disability.
- Members shall be governed by and abide by the PMI Bylaws and by the bylaws of the CHAPTER and all policies, procedures, rules and directives lawfully made thereunder, including but not limited to the PMI Code of Conduct.
- All members shall pay the required PMI and Chapter membership dues to PMI and in the event that a member resigns or their membership is revoked for just cause, membership dues shall not be refunded by PMI or the CHAPTER.
- Membership in the CHAPTER shall terminate upon the member’s resignation, failure to pay dues or expulsion from membership for just cause.
- Members who fail to pay the required dues when due shall be delinquent for a period of one (1) month and their names removed from the official membership list of the CHAPTER. A delinquent member may be reinstated by payment in full of all unpaid dues for PMI and the CHAPTER to PMI within such one month delinquent period.
- Upon termination of membership in the CHAPTER, the member shall forfeit any and all rights and privileges of membership.
- All active CHAPTER members are eligible to vote. Individual and retiree members are eligible to hold office.
Section 2. Classes and Categories of Members. The CHAPTER shall not create its own membership categories. PMI Component membership categories shall be consistent with PMI membership categories.
Article V – Chapter Board of Directors:
Section 1. The CHAPTER shall be governed by a Board of Directors (Board). The Board shall be responsible for carrying out the purposes and objectives of the non-profit corporation (or equivalent).
The CHAPTER shall have 8 elected officers to serve in the following Board positions.
- Vice President of Special Projects/Secretary
- Vice President of Treasury and Finance
- Vice President Membership
- Vice President of Education and Certification
- 2 Vice President(s) of Programs
- Vice President Communications
Section 2. The Board shall consist of the officers of the CHAPTER elected by the membership and shall be members in good standing of PMI and of the CHAPTER. Terms of office for the Officers shall be for two years, beginning January 1st and ending December 31st, with a second and third 2 year term(s) permissible (with elections). For the President role and the Vice President of Treasury and Finance role, the candidate(s) must have served for at least 2 years in a Vice President role. Board positions will be staggered so that half of the positions are elected each year to insure continuity, operational support as well as guidance to the new Board members
Section 3. The President shall be the chief executive officer for the CHAPTER and of the Board, and shall perform such duties as are customary for presiding officers, including making all required appointments with the approval of the Board. The President shall also serve as a member ex-officio with the right to participate and vote on all committees except the Nominating Committee.
Section 4. The Vice President of Special Projects/Secretary shall keep the records of all business meetings of the CHAPTER and meetings of the Board.
Section 5. The Vice President of Treasury and Finance shall be the Chief Financial Officer to oversee the management of funds for duly authorized purposes of the CHAPTER.
Section 6. The Vice President of Membership will be responsible for the development and maintenance of the CHAPTER membership plan that assures continued growth through aggressive recruiting and partnering with major Montgomery County, MD employers. The VP Membership will also be responsible for the development and implementation of a retention plan.
Section 7. The Vice President of Education and Certification will be responsible for promoting Project Management Professionalism through the development of educational publications, seminars, and workshops designed to help Project Management Professionals achieve and maintain PMI certification such as the Project Management Professionals (PMP’s).
Section 8. The 2 Vice President(s) of Programs are responsible for the development and delivery of programs relating to project management for each scheduled CHAPTER meeting. The content of these programs is to be consistent and in accordance with the objectives of the CHAPTER and with approval of the CHAPTER Board. Due to the work involved, and the critical need for this work in order for the CHAPTER to be successful, it has been determined best to have two VPs of Programs working together as a team.
Section 9. The Vice President of Communications is responsible for the CHAPTER’s web site, LinkedIn communications network, Chapter Facebook Page, Chapter Twitter Account and other chapter communications as needed.
Section 10. Additional Vice Presidents can be added as determined by the Board and the requirements of the CHAPTER. All Vice Presidents must be elected by a vote from the members.
Section 11. The Board shall exercise all powers of the CHAPTER, except as specifically prohibited by these bylaws, the PMI Bylaws and policies, its charter with PMI, and the laws of the jurisdiction in which the organization is incorporated/registered. The Board shall be authorized to adopt and publish such policies, procedures and rules as may be necessary and consistent with these bylaws and PMI Bylaws and policies, and to exercise authority over all CHAPTER business and funds.
Section 12. The Board shall meet at the call of the President, or at the written request of three (3) members of the Board. A quorum shall consist of no less than one-half of the membership of the Board at any given time. Each member shall be entitled to one (1) vote and may take part and vote in person only. At its discretion, the Board may conduct its business by teleconference, facsimile or other legally acceptable means. Meetings shall be conducted in accordance with parliamentary procedures determined by the Board.
Section 13. The Board may declare an officer position to be vacant where an officer ceases to be a member in good standing of PMI or of the CHAPTER by reason of non-payment of dues, or where the officer fails to attend two, unexcused, consecutive Board meetings. An officer may resign by submitting written notice to the President. Unless another time is specified in the notice or determined by the Board, the resignation shall be effective upon receipt by the Board of the written notice.
Section 14. An officer may be removed from office for just cause in connection with the affairs of the organization by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the members present and in person at an official meeting of the membership, or by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the Board.
Section 15. If any officer position becomes vacant, the vacated role will be filled by an appointee nominated by the President and voted on by a majority of the Board for the remaining one year. The Board also has the option to fill any vacant position by having a special election by the CHAPTER’s membership. This time is not counted toward the three 2 year terms if they chose to stand for election during the next election cycle. In the event the President is unable or unwilling to complete the current term of office, the VP of Treasury and Finance shall assume the duties and office of the presiding officer for the remainder of the term.
Article VI – Chapter Nominations and Elections:
Section 1. The nomination and election of officers shall be conducted annually in accordance with the requirements contained in these Bylaws, including Article IV, Section 1 and Article V, Section 2 and this Article VI. All voting members in good standing of the CHAPTER shall have the right to vote in the election. Discrimination in election and nomination procedures on the basis of race, color, creed, gender, age, marital status, national origin, religion, physical or mental disability, or unlawful purpose is prohibited.
Section 2. Candidates who are elected shall take office on the first day of January following their election, and shall hold office for the duration of their terms or until their successors have been elected and qualified.
Section 3. A Nominating Committee of members shall prepare a slate containing nominees for each Board position and shall determine the eligibility and willingness of each nominee to stand for election. Candidates for Board positions may also be nominated by petition process established by the Nominating Committee or the Board. Elections shall be conducted (a) during the annual meeting of the membership which occurs in November (1st Wednesday of the Month); or (b) by mail ballot to all voting members in good standing; or (c) by electronic vote in compliance with the legal jurisdiction. The candidate who receives a majority of votes cast for each office shall be elected. Ballots shall be counted by the Nominating Committee or by tellers designated by the Board.
Section 4. No current member of the Nominating Committee shall be included in the slate of nominees prepared by the Committee.
Section 5: In accordance with PMI policies, practices, procedures, rules and directives, no funds or resources of PMI or the CHAPTER may be used to support the election of any candidate or group of candidates for PMI, CHAPTER or public office. No other type of organized electioneering, communications, fund-raising or other organized activity on behalf of a candidate shall be permitted. The CHAPTER Nominating Committee, or other applicable body designated by the CHAPTER, will be the sole distributor(s) of all election materials for CHAPTER elected positions.
Article VII – Chapter Committees:
Section 1. The Board may authorize the establishment of standing or temporary committees to advance the purposes of the organization. The Board shall establish a charter for each committee, which defines its purpose, authority and outcomes. Committees are responsible to the Board. Committee members shall be appointed from the membership of the organization. The CHAPTER officers can serve on the Chapter Committees, unless it specifically is restricted by the Bylaws.
Section 2. All committee members and a chairperson for each committee shall be appointed by the President with the approval of the Board
Article VIII – Chapter Finance:
Section 1. The fiscal year of the CHAPTER shall be from 1 January to 31 December.
Section 2. CHAPTER annual membership dues shall be set by the Chapter’s Board and communicated to PMI in accordance with policies and procedures established by PMI.
Section 3. The CHAPTER Board shall establish policies and procedures to govern the management of its finances and shall submit required tax filings to appropriate government authorities.
Section 4. All dues billings, dues collections and dues disbursements shall be performed by PMI.
Article IX – Meetings of the Membership:
Section 1. An annual meeting of the membership shall be held at a date and location to be determined by the Board. Notice of all annual meetings shall be sent by the Board to all members at least 30 days in advance of the meeting. Action at such meetings shall be limited to those agenda items contained in the notice of the meeting.
Section 2. Special meetings of the membership may be called by the President, by a majority of the Board, or by petition of ten percent (10%) of the voting membership directed to the President. Notice of all special meetings shall by sent by the Board to membership a reasonable amount of time in advance of the meeting so as to allow membership the opportunity to participate in such special meetings. The notice should indicate the time and place of the meeting and include the proposed agenda. Action at such meetings shall be limited to those agenda items contained in the notice of the meeting.
Section 3. Quorum at all annual and special meetings of the CHAPTER shall be those members in good standing, present and in person or five percent (5%) of the voting membership in good standing, present and in person.
Section 4. All meetings shall be conducted according to parliamentary procedures determined by the Board.
Article X – Inurement and Conflict of Interest:
Section 1. No member of the CHAPTER shall receive any pecuniary gain, benefit or profit, incidental or otherwise, from the activities, financial accounts and resources of the CHAPTER, except as otherwise provided in these bylaws.
Section 2. No officer, director, appointed committee member or authorized representative of the CHAPTER shall receive any compensation, or other tangible or financial benefit for service on the Board. However, the Board may authorize payment by the CHAPTER of actual and reasonable expenses incurred by an officer, director, committee member or authorized representative regarding attendance at Board meetings and other approved activities.
Section 3. CHAPTER may engage in contracts or transactions with members, elected officers or directors of the Board, appointed committee members or authorized representatives of CHAPTER and any corporation, partnership, association or other organization in which one or more of CHAPTER’s directors, officers, appointed committee members or authorized representatives are: directors or officers, have a financial interest in, or are employed by the other organization, provided the following conditions are met:
- the facts regarding the relationship or interest as they relate to the contract or transaction are disclosed to the board of directors prior to commencement of any such contract or transaction;
- the board in good faith authorizes the contract or transaction by a majority vote of the directors who do not have an interest in the transaction or contract;
- the contract or transaction is fair to CHAPTER and complies with the laws and regulations of the applicable jurisdiction in which CHAPTER is incorporated or registered at the time the contract or transaction is authorized, approved or ratified by the board of directors.
Section 4. All officers, directors, appointed committee members and authorized representatives of the CHAPTER shall act in an independent manner consistent with their obligations to the CHAPTER and applicable law, regardless of any other affiliations, memberships, or positions.
Section 5. All officers, directors, appointed committee members and authorized representatives shall disclose any interest or affiliation they may have with any entity or individual with which the CHAPTER has entered, or may enter, into contracts, agreements or any other business transaction, and shall refrain from voting on, or influencing the consideration of, such matters.
Article XI – Indemnification:
Section 1. In the event that any person who is or was an officer, director, committee member, or authorized representative of the CHAPTER, acting in good faith and in a manner reasonably believed to be in the best interests of the CHAPTER, has been made party, or is threatened to be made a party, to any civil, criminal, administrative, or investigative action or proceeding (other than an action or proceeding by or in the right of the corporation), such representative may be indemnified against reasonable expenses and liabilities, including attorney fees, actually and reasonably incurred, judgments, fines and amounts paid in settlement in connection with such action or proceeding to the fullest extent permitted by the jurisdiction in which the organization is incorporated. Where the representative has been successful in defending the action, indemnification is mandatory.
Section 2. Unless ordered by a court, discretionary indemnification of any representative shall be approved and granted only when consistent with the requirements of applicable law, and upon a determination that indemnification of the representative is proper in the circumstances because the representative has met the applicable standard of conduct required by law and in these bylaws.
Section 3. To the extent permitted by applicable law, the CHAPTER may purchase and maintain liability insurance on behalf of any person who is or was a director, officer, employee, trustee, agent or authorized representative of the CHAPTER, or is or was serving at the request of the CHAPTER as a director, officer, employee, trustee, agent or representative of another corporation, domestic or foreign, non-profit or for-profit, partnership, joint venture, trust or other enterprise.
Article XII- Amendments:
Section 1. These bylaws may be amended by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the voting membership in good standing voting by electronic ballot, present at an annual meeting of the CHAPTER duly called and regularly held; or by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the voting membership in good standing voting by mail ballot returned within forty-five (45) days of the date by which members can reasonably be presumed to have received the ballot. Notice of proposed changes shall be sent in writing to the membership at least thirty (30) days before such meeting or vote.
Section 2. Amendments may be proposed by the Board on its own initiative, or upon petition by ten percent (10%) of the voting members in good standing addressed to the Board. All such proposed amendments shall be presented by the Board with or without recommendation.
Section 3. All amendments must be consistent with PMI’s Bylaws and the policies, procedures, rules and directives established by the PMI Board of Directors, as well as with the CHAPTER’s Charter with PMI.
Article XIII – Dissolution:
Section 1. In the event that the CHAPTER or its governing officers failed to act according to these bylaws, its policies or all PMI® policies, procedures, and rules outlined in the charter agreement, PMI® has a right to revoke the Chapter ‘s Charter and require the chapter to seek dissolution.
Section 2. In the event the CHAPTER failed to deliver value to its members as outlined in its business plan and without mitigated circumstance, the Chapter acknowledges that PMI® has a right to revoke the Chapter Charter and require the Chapter to seek dissolution.
Section 3. In the event the CHAPTER is considering dissolving, the CHAPTER’s members of the Board of Director must notify PMI® in writing and follow the Chapter dissolution procedure as defined in PMI’s policy.
Section 4. Should the CHAPTER dissolve for any reason, its assets shall be dispersed to a charitable organization designated by the voting membership after the payment of just, reasonable and supported debts, consistent with applicable legal requirements.
Section 5. Unless superseded by law, dissolution of the Chapter entity must be approved by a majority of the members voting on the motion to dissolve.