Bylaws

Bylaws of LAS VEGAS VALLEY Chapter of the PUBLIC RELATIONS SOCIETY OF AMERICA, INC.

ARTICLE I - NAME 

The name of this organization shall be the PRSA - Las Vegas Valley Chapter, a
chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) which is a 501(c)6
not-for -profit corporation.

ARTICLE II - OBJECTIVES

In accordance with the objectives of PRSA, the objectives of this chapter shall be to
advance the standards of the public relations profession and to provide members with
professional development opportunities through continuing education programs,
information exchange forums and research projects conducted on the national and local
levels.

ARTICLE III - MEMBERSHIP

Section 1 - Eligibility
To be eligible for membership in the chapter, a person must be a member in good
standing of the public relations profession and meet the national eligibility requirements
established by PRSA. A Las Vegas Valley Chapter member is eligible for membership in
any other chapter and can be a member of more than one chapter. A member belonging to
more than one chapter shall designate in writing to the PRSA Secretary which chapter the
member considers the principal chapter.

Section 2 - Admission to Membership
PRSA shall govern admission to membership as outlined in PRSA national bylaws
Article 1. Any person admitted to membership in PRSA shall become a member of the
chapter upon payment of chapter dues.

Section 3 - Retirement Status
Any member of the chapter who meets PRSA's retirement status outlined in PRSA
national bylaws Article 2, Section 6 shall enjoy all the rights and privileges of
membership upon payment of chapter dues.

Section 4 - Termination of Chapter Membership                                                                                                                                         Any member who ceases to be a member of PRSA, or is dropped from PRSA's roll for
non-payment of dues, shall cease to be a member of the chapter and shall be dropped
from the chapter roll. If a PRSA member does not elect to be a chapter member and/or
does not pay chapter dues, the member will remain a PRSA member but not a chapter
member.

Section 5 - Rights and Privileges of Membership
Rights and privileges of membership include voting rights to elect chapter Board of
Directors, receiving reduced rates for luncheons and professional development seminars
(if RSVP is received before established deadline), and access to free Job Bank listings, e-
groups and e-newsletters.

ARTICLE IV - DUES

Section 1 - Amount
The amount of chapter dues shall be fixed annually by the chapter's Board of Director's
and shall be collected by PRSA along with the member's annual national dues. Rates for
chapter dues for retired members, who are registered as such with PRSA, will be reduced
by 50 percent.

Section 2 - Nonpayment of Dues
In accordance with national PRSA policy, any member whose chapter dues are unpaid for
one month shall be considered not in good standing and shall not be entitled to vote, hold
office, or enjoy other privileges of chapter membership.

Section 3 - Fiscal Year
The fiscal year of the chapter shall be the calendar year.

Section 4 - Pro-Rated Membership
Chapter dues are collected by PRSA on a yearly basis. If a member moves into or out of
the chapter's area, the Board of Directors will consider pro-rated dues on a case-by-case
basis. Dues will be collected by the chapter and calculated based on the amount of time
until the national PRSA dues come due.

ARTICLE V - BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Section 1 - Composition
The governing body of the chapter shall be of a Board of Directors consisting of the
President, President-Elect, Vice President of Communications, Vice President of Finance,
Vice President of Programs, Vice President of Membership, Immediate Past-President,
Assembly Delegate(s), and PRSSA Liaison.

Section 2 - Election of Officers
The Board of Directors will be elected each year by secret ballot of a simple majority of
members by Nov. 15. The Board of Directors will serve a term of one year beginning
January 1 of the following year.

Section 3 - Vacancies and Alternates
In the event of death, resignation, removal or lack of credential of any Board member, the
Board of Directors shall elect a successor who shall take office immediately and serve for
the balance of the term.

Section 4 - Removal
Any Board member who misses more than three board meetings without an excuse
deemed acceptable by the Board of Directors may be given notice of dismissal by the
chapter President and replaced. Should a Board member be found in non-performance of
his/her duties or in violation of national code of ethics standards or local, state or national
law, the Board member shall meet with a resolution board consisting of the President,
President-Elect and Immediate Past-President. If actions are not taken to remedy the
issue, the resolution board will make a recommendation for dismissal that will be voted
on by the Board of Directors.

Section 5 - Board Meetings
There shall be at least 10 monthly meetings of the Board of Directors. Meeting dates will
be set in January of each year and an agenda will be forwarded to the Board of Directors
at least seven days in advance of the scheduled meeting.

Section 6 - Quorum
A simple majority (50 percent plus 1) of the Board of Directors shall constitute a quorum
of all meetings of the board.

Section 7 - Term Limits
No board member may hold the same office for more than two successive terms with the
exception of the Vice President of Finance.  The Vice President of Finance may elect, if
nominated, to serve up to three successive terms. If approved by chapter member,
President-Elect will serve as President for one year and then Assembly Delegate for three
years.

Section 8 - Compensation or Reimbursement
No Board member shall be entitled to any salary or other compensation. Board of
Directors may be reimbursed for their expenses incurred in connection with the
performance of their duties. The Board of Directors, in the annual budget process, must
approve expenses. Should an expense be necessary outside of the annual budget, the
President and President-elect must approve it prior to the expenditure.

ARTICLE VI - OFFICERS

Section 1 - President
The President shall preside at all meetings of the chapter and of the Board of Directors.
The President shall serve as the primary contact for communications with PRSA
National. The President shall also coordinate the annual Board retreat and assist in the
recruitment of all committees with the approval of the Board of Directors. The President                                                                  shall be an ex officio member of all chapter committees including the Nominating
Committee.

Section 2 - President-Elect
The President-Elect shall, in the absence or disability of the President, exercise the
powers and perform the duties of the President. The President-Elect will also serve as the
chair of the luncheon committee and coordinate the chapter’s annual membership survey.
The President-Elect shall also head the Nominating Committee for the following year’s
Board of Directors.

Section 3 - Vice President of Communications
The Vice President of Communications shall keep records of all meetings of the Board of
Directors and send copies of minutes to PRSA and Western District as required in the
PRSA bylaws. The Vice President of Communications shall also supervise the progress
of the Publicity, Newsletter, Internet, and Ethics & Advocacy Committees, reporting to
the Board on their activities and gaining necessary approvals.

Section 4 - Vice President of Finance
The Vice President of Finance shall receive and deposit all chapter funds in the name of
the chapter in a bank or trust company selected and approved by the Board of Directors
within two weeks of receipt. The Vice President of Finance shall issue receipts and make
authorized disbursements by check after appropriate consultation with the President or
Board of Directors. The Vice President of Finance shall also supervise the progress of the
Finance, Scholarship, and Sponsorship Committees, reporting to the Board on their
activities and gaining necessary approvals.

Section 5 - Vice President of Membership
The Vice President of Membership shall coordinate with PRSA to ensure chapter
members are included on all appropriate distribution lists. The Vice President of
Membership shall also supervise the progress of the Recruitment and Retention,
Universal Accreditation, Job Bank, and Diversity Committees, reporting to the Board on
their activities and gaining necessary approvals.

Section 6 - Vice President of Programs
The Vice President Programs shall coordinate and promote the professional development
programs. To that end, The Vice President of Programs shall also supervise the progress
of the Pinnacle Awards, Luncheon, and Professional Development Committees, reporting
to the Board on their activities and gaining necessary approvals.

Section 7 - Assembly Delegate(s)
The Assembly Delegate(s) shall serve as the chapter’s representatives at meetings of the
PRSA Assembly and Western District board meetings. The immediate past-president and
the previous past-president shall serve as delegates in accordance with provisions of the
national bylaws of PRSA and approval of the chapter membership in the annual election
process.

Section 8 - Immediate Past-President
The Immediate Past-President shall lead special projects as assigned by the President.
The Immediate Past-President shall serve as Assembly Delegate participate in the
Western District board, chair the Professional Organization Liaison Committee (POLC),
and serve on the chapter’s Nominating Committee.

Section 9 - PRSSA Liaison
PRSSA Liaison shall serve as a non-voting member of the Board of Directors. The
PRSSA Liaison shall coordinate with PRSSA and related student organizations to ensure
chapter Board of Directors assists student chapters as needed.

ARTICLE VII - NOMINATIONS AND ELECTIONS

Section 1 - Nominating Committee
There shall be a Nominating Committee chaired by the President-Elect. The remainder of
the committee shall include the President-Elect, two most recent past presidents and other
chapter members as necessary.

Section 2 - Nominations
The Nominating Committee shall solicit input and suggestions to name a qualified
nominee for each office approximately 45 days before elections are held. It shall ensure
that each nominee has been contacted and agrees to serve if elected. Additional
nominations, if any, shall be accepted from members when elections are held.

Section 3 - Notice to Membership
The President-Elect will forward a list of the nominees to chapter members in good
standing and will designate time period for voting.

Section 4 - Elections
Board of Directors shall be elected no later than November 15. Election shall be by
simple majority vote of the members in good standing who submit a vote. A majority of
members in good standing must cast a ballot in order for the elections to be valid.

ARTICLE VIII - COMMITTEES

Section 1 - Standing Committees
All committee activities shall be subject to approval by the Board of Directors. Standing
committees of the organization shall include:

Diversity Committee
The Diversity Committee shall work to increase the chapter’s membership with
particular attention to increasing the diversity of the chapter. This includes the
racial and ethnic diversity as well as the diversity of practice types and industries
represented in the chapter’s membership. They shall also work to enforce and
promote PRSA’s non-discrimination policy. The Diversity Committee shall report
activities and present items for Board approval through the Vice President of
Membership.

Finance Committee
The Finance Committee shall review financial reports and statements, as well as
monitor the chapter’s investments and budget. The Committee shall also
investigate and evaluate proposals for their financial impact to the chapter’s
revenues and expenses. The Vice President of Finance shall chair the Finance
Committee, report activities, and present items for Board approval.

Ethics and Advocacy Committee
The Ethics and Advocacy Committee shall coordinate ethics messages in the
profession and promote best practices and awareness of the public relations
industry to local professionals and the community at large. Efforts shall be
coordinated with other committees as necessary including the publicity,
professional development, and luncheon committees. The committee will also
serve as a resource to chapter members needing advice and counsel on ethics
concerns, The Ethics and Advocacy Committee shall report activities and present
items for Board approval through the Vice President of Membership.

Internet Committee
The Internet Committee shall coordinate with web contractor to keep the
chapter’s Web site up to date and supervise technical upgrades to the chapter’s
electronic communications vehicles. The Internet Committee shall report
activities and present items for Board approval through the Vice President of
Communications.

Job Bank Committee
The Job Bank Committee shall solicit and post job opportunities to members and
others with a subscription to the Job Bank website within two days of receipt. The
Committee will also manage the subscription process for members and non-
members in coordination with the Internet Committee. The Job Bank Committee
shall report activities and present items for Board approval through the Vice
President of Communications.

Newsletter Committee
The Newsletter committee shall coordinate the development, production and
distribution of the chapter’s monthly e-newsletter. The Newsletter Committee
shall report activities and present items for Board approval through the Vice
President of Communications.

Nominating Committee
The President-Elect shall chair the Nominating Committee. The remainder of the
committee shall include the President-Elect, two most recent past presidents and
other chapter members as necessary. The Nominating shall convene and fulfill its
mission as outlined in Section VII of these Bylaws.

Pinnacle Awards Committee                                                                                                                                                                       The Pinnacle Awards Committee shall ensure an awards contest and ceremony
that will provide an opportunity for local practitioners to present campaigns and
tactical applications in which categories are fairly judged. The Pinnacle Awards
Committee shall report activities and present items for Board approval through
the Vice President of Programs.

Professional Organization Liaison Committee (POLC)
The POLC shall work to establish and maintain beneficial relationships with other
communications-related professional organizations in the Las Vegas Valley,
promoting the practice of public relations, and increasing awareness of PRSA-
LVVC. The POLC shall be chaired by the immediate past president who shall
also report activities and present items for Board approval.

Professional Development Committee
The Professional Development Committee shall coordinate the chapter’s monthly
luncheons and other professional education programs. The Professional
Development Committee shall report activities and present items for Board
approval through the Vice President of Programs.

Publicity Committee
The Publicity Committee shall be responsible for promoting chapter programs,
news and events to the membership and the community through press releases,
announcements on the Web site, and community calendars. The Publicity
Committee shall report activities and present items for Board approval through
the Vice President of Communications.

Recruitment and Retention Committee
The Recruitment and Retention Committee shall promote chapter membership to
potential, new and, current chapter members through special events, welcome
calls, and other methods. They will also contact members to remind them of
impending lapses in membership. The Recruitment and Retention Committee
shall report activities and present items for Board approval through the Vice
President of Membership.

Scholarship Committee
The Scholarship Committee shall be responsible for promoting the chapter’s
annual scholarship program. This includes evaluating the criteria and obtaining
necessary approvals from the Board of Directors. They will also evaluate the
candidates and determine the recipient of the scholarship. The Scholarship
Committee shall report activities and present items for Board approval through
the Vice President of Finance.

Sponsorship Committee
The Sponsorship Committee shall work to obtain financial gifts and in-kind
donations to support chapter programs and events. The committee will coordinate
these efforts with the Pinnacle Awards, Luncheon, Professional Development                                                                                Committees and other Committees and necessary. The Scholarship Committee
shall report activities and present items for Board approval through the Vice
President of Finance.

Universal Accreditation Committee
The Universal Accreditation Committee will actively encourage and mentor
chapter members to take the national accreditation test and assist candidates with
preparation. The committee shall also make arrangements for periodic Readiness
Reviews. The Universal Accreditation Committee shall report activities and
present items for Board approval through the Vice President of Membership.

Section 2 - Ad hoc Committees
Ad hoc committees may be established and appointed by the President with the approval
of the Board of Directors.

ARTICLE IX - CHAPTER MEETINGS

Section 1 – Chapter Meetings
The chapter shall conduct meetings in the form of its luncheon seminars. There should be
at least one chapter meeting per quarter.

Section 2 - Special Meetings
Special meetings of the chapter may be called by the President, the Board of Directors or
upon request by 25 percent of the chapter members.

Section 3 - Quorum
A simple majority of the members of the chapter shall constitute a quorum at any meeting
of the chapter.

ARTICLE X - AMENDMENTS

These bylaws may be amended by a majority vote by secret ballot provided such
proposed amendment(s) has/have been approved by the chapter's Board of Directors.
Amendments adopted in accordance with this provision become effective only after
approval by the PRSA National Board of Directors.

Approved by the Chapter’s membership: Aug. 14, 2007 (71/2)
Approved by PRSA National: Sept. 18, 2007