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PHOENIX SPECIAL EDITION BY-LAWS ISSUE   JULY 28, 2006

 

This issue contains the latest proposed changes including emails I got today. Thanks so much to the members who participated in the review. We need a quorum of 24 members to vote on the changes. I will deviate from the agenda and hold off the vote if we need to wait for members who must arrive late. There are members who CANNOT attend, but please, if there is only one meeting you can make - THIS is the one! In addition to the Silent Auction, there will be a FREE door prize raffle! Plus, it will be great to see everyone. Once the by-laws get passed, we can incorporate them into a revised member handbook and hold new member orientations. Thanks for participating in

"Building Our Future Together"

Kathy

 

INTERNAL HAPPENINGS

 

            Thank you to Carol Kezel for sharing the delicious fruit pizza.  I must try that at my next gathering with the girls.  If you are interested in sharing a favorite recipe and dish for the group, please contact myself.

            Steve Fraundorfer is planning a Time Management Seminar for the group.  Date to be announced.

            Unfortunately the Progressive Dinner has been cancelled.  Hopefully someone will have a great idea for another project or GNO.

            In addition to my position with JWOT, I am on the board for the Jackson Ice Hockey Club.  The Board of Education has granted approval for the club to play as a high school varsity team in the fall of 2006.  HOORAY!!!!  We are holding our first Golf Outing and Gift Auction.  The Gift Auction and Dinner begins at 5pm with a social and dinner at 6:30pm.  I do not if we can compete with the lovely event planned by our own women, but we will give it our best attempt.  It will be held at Hanover Country Club in Wrightstown and the cost is $25.00 per person.  If you would like to attend, there will be a sign-up sheet at the next meeting.  Thanks for your support.

            Send me your ideas for projects and Girl’s Night Out. 

Respectfully,

Diane Stanaway  

 

MORE BOARD ARTICLES WILL APPEAR IN THE REGULAR EDITION OF THE PHOENIX.

 

 

WESTLAKE WOMEN TO VISIT JACKSON WOMEN OF TODAY

 

We will have a speaker from this award winning organization tell us about their upcoming walk to fight Breast Cancer. They will bring registration forms and answer questions about raising money for this worthwhile cause. Bring a friend!

Proposed By-Laws Changes            

July 28, 2006 for August 14, 2006 GMM

Submitted to chapter newsletter “The Phoenix”

Kathy Mueller, By-laws Review Committee Chair;

Stephanie Brown and Carol Kezel committee members

Reviewed by Jackson WT Board on July 24, 2006; NJWT Board

Suzanne Rogalsky contributor                                      

  

ARTICLE IIIMEMBERSHIP

 

SECTION III –

Currently reads

 

            Honorary members – Honorary members – Honorary membership may be conferred upon prior recommendation of the Board of Directors at a regular meeting, on any person by a three-fourths (3/4) vote of the members present at a regular or special meeting. Honorary members may not hold office or have the right to vote unless otherwise qualified as an active member.

 

QUESTIONS RAISED – why only Board of Directors make recommendations?

What are requirements to nominate someone for honorary membership?

 

Proposed change to read 

 

Honorary members - “Honorary membership may be conferred on prior consideration by the Board on any person by a three-fourths (3/4) vote of the members present at a regular or special meeting. Honorary members are those in the community who have provided outstanding service to the chapter. They may not hold office or have the right to vote unless otherwise qualified as active members (i.e. pay dues.)”

 

SECTION IV                                                                                     

Currently reads

 

Any membership in the Chapter may be terminated by a vote of three-fourths (3/4) majority of the entire Board of Directors at any regular or special meeting of said board and provided that at such a meeting of said board by a similar vote, shall first find that the membership of such a person is PREJUDICED TO THE BEST INTERESTS OF THIS ORGANIZATION (capitalization for clarification) and further, that at such meeting, the person in question shall have been given an opportunity upon written notice of at least ten (10) days to show cause, if such there by why the membership should not be terminated.

 

COMMITTEE COMMENTS – Use clear language.

 

Proposed change:  Any member in the Chapter may be terminated by a vote of three-fourths (3/4) majority of the entire Board of Directors at any regular meeting provided that:

A)    A three-fourths (3/4) majority of the entire Board of Directors shall first find that the membership of the member in question is not in the best interests of the organization, and

B)     The member in question shall have been given an opportunity, upon written notice of at least ten (10) days, to justify why the membership should not be terminated.

 

ADD SECTION V

 

(Currently none)

 

Lifetime members – Lifetime membership in the Chapter may be bestowed upon a member upon a vote of three-fourths (3/4) majority of the Board of Directors. Lifetime members (those who have served 20 consecutive years; or otherwise have been recognized by the membership to have performed outstanding service to the Chapter) are not required to pay Chapter dues, but must pay state and national dues.

 

ARTICLE IV – DUES                                                            

SECTION II – Currently reads

 

A.     The annual dues for membership shall be $17.00, and shall become due on the anniversary date of membership.”

 

COMMITTEE COMMENTS: Out of date. Language requires by-law change with any increase in dues by state and/or national organization.

 

PROPOSED CHANGE:

 

  1. The annual dues for membership shall be $15.00 OVER State dues and shall become due by the General Membership Meeting (GMM) of the third month of the quarter due.

 

EXPLANATION: First quarter is May, June, July. Any member’s anniversary date of joining in these months must pay dues on or before the July GMM.

Second quarter is August, September, October. Third quarter is November, December, January. Fourth quarter is February, March, April. NOTE: An increase in the current Chapter dues of $15.00 would require a by-laws vote.

 

SECTION III

 

Currently reads:

 

If dues are delinquent for more than ninety (90) days from their due date, membership shall be revoked.

 

Proposed change:

 

Delete SECTION III

 

EXPLANATION: If dues aren’t paid during the quarter, membership is dropped.

 

(NO SECTION NOTED ON BYLAW PROPOSED AUGUST 12, 2002)

Have to attend 2 meetings or other functions before you can join.

 

COMMITTEE COMMENTS: Not in keeping with USWT by-laws.

 

Proposed change:

 

Delete this item.

 

ARTICLE V - GOVERNMENT

 

Propose housekeeping changes to Section III, Section IV to change “State Director” to “State/National Director”.

 

Propose housekeeping change to Section III, Section IV to add “and Food Pantry Director” to list of chapter officers and order of succession to the office of President.

 

ARTICLE VI – DUTIES OF OFFICERS

                                                                                               

SECTION I

 

Currently reads:

 

“… She shall appoint standing committee chairpersons subject to the approval of the Executive Board, and all other committee chairpersons except Nomination Committee Chairperson) she deems necessary to carry out the work of the organization.”

 

COMMITTEE COMMENTS: The President has not been appointing all standing committee chairpersons with a vote of the Board for many years. The IVP and EVP appoint standing committee persons under their portfolios.

 

Proposed change:

 

“…She shall appoint standing committee chairpersons under her portfolio.”

 

SECTION II

 

Currently reads:

 

“The Internal Vice President shall be in charge of and supervise the work of all internal standing committees…”

 

COMMITTEE COMMENTS: Bring in line with other proposed change.

 

Proposed change:

 

“The Internal Vice President shall appoint and be in charge of and supervise…”

                                                                                               

SECTION III

                                                                                                           

Currently reads:

 

“The External Vice President shall be in charge of and supervise the work…”

 

COMMITTEE COMMENTS: Bring in line with other proposed change.

 

“The External Vice President shall appoint and be in charge of and supervise…”

 

SECTION IV

 

Currently reads:

 

“The State Director shall attend or provide representatives to all State and Region meetings. She shall report all pertinent information from the New Jersey Women of Today to the Executive Board and the General Membership. She shall report all pertinent chapter activities to the state organization. She shall, in general, coordinate programs, projects, activities and interchange of ideas between the local and state organization.

 

COMMITTEE COMMENTS: Need to perform housekeeping on officer’s title to “State/National Director”. Need to update duties to reflect national and not region responsibilities.

 

Proposed change:

 

The State/National Director shall attend or provide representatives to all State and national meetings. She shall report all pertinent information from the New Jersey Women of Today and United States Women of Today to the Executive Board and the General Membership. She shall report all pertinent chapter activities to the state and national organizations. She shall, in general, coordinate programs, projects, activities and interchange of ideas between the local, state and national organizations.

 

SECTION VII

 

Currently reads: “… She shall perform such other duties as are usual to the office or as may be requested by the President.”

 

COMMITTEE COMMENTS: Someone has to know they are responsible for the chapter’s government filings. The Treasurer would be the appropriate officer.

 

Proposed addition to Treasurer’s duties to read:

“… She shall perform such other duties as are usual to the office or as may be requested by the President including but not limited to filing the previous year’s taxes and the current year’s NJ Charitable Organization registration .”

 

RENUMBER REMAINING SECTIONS – need to include Food Pantry Director

                                                                                                                       

SECTION VIII – Change from Immediate Past President to Food Pantry Director and include duties.

Food Pantry Director - Shall approve all Food and Supply orders.  Shall call for Pantry Committee meetings/assign jobs. Shall arrange service and volunteer community groups to work at the pantry. Shall maintain pantry books on clients and all paper work, signups, etc. which are required for income tax and charitable registration filing. Shall oversee all aspects of the pantry including cleanup. Should also perform such other duties as may be designated by the President.

 

SECTION VIII– Currently reads:

The Immediate Past President shall counsel and advise the President and be a member of the Executive Board.

 

Proposed change/correction: CHANGE TO SECTION IX “The Immediate Past President shall counsel and advise the President and be a voting member of the Executive Board.”

 

SECTION X (previously SECTION IX) – Change numbering only

 

ARTICLE VII – MEETINGS

 

SECTION VIII

            Power of Delegations:

A.     Delegations or committees shall be appointed by the President with the approval of a majority of the Board to represent the chapter at any convention or Assembly as may be necessary. They shall have no authority by virtue of such appointment to bind or oblige the chapter to an expense or concur in any action contrary to the expressed policy of the Chapter. The President shall serve as a chairperson of such delegation or committee, but in the event of her absence, she shall appoint a member to serve in her place.

 

COMMITTEE COMMENTS: Don’t feel Board approval necessary. Change some wording.

 

Proposed changes:

 

            Power of Delegations:

A. Delegations or committees shall be appointed by the President to represent the chapter at any convention or Assembly as may be necessary. They shall have no authority by virtue of such appointment to bind or oblige the chapter to an expense or act in any way contrary to the expressed policy of the Chapter. The President shall serve as a chairperson of such delegation or committee, but in the event of her absence, she shall appoint a member to serve in her place.

                                                                                               

ARTICLE VIII – FINANCES  (Currently reads)

 

SECTION III

            Funds of this organization, not to exceed fifty ($50.00) dollars in any one month, may be disbursed upon order of the President. Disbursement of funds in excess of fifty ($50.00) must be approved by a majority vote of the Executive Board and a majority vote of the active members.

 

 

COMMITTEE COMMENTS: This section does not specify whether a phone vote or email vote by the members would be valid.

 

Proposed change to read:

Funds of this organization, not to exceed fifty ($50.00) dollars in any one month, may be disbursed upon order of the President. Disbursement of funds in excess of fifty ($50.00) must be approved by a majority vote of the Executive Board and a majority vote of the active members which can be taken by  phone squad calls and e-mail.

 

SECTION V currently reads:

 

The books of this organization shall be audited by a qualified appointee of the Executive Board at the end of the fiscal year.

 

COMMITTEE COMMENTS: Members should be able to make recommendations of qualified appointees to audit books. Committee would like to add mention of taxes and state charity registration filings.

 

PROPOSED CHANGE/ADDITION: The books of this organization shall be audited by a qualified appointee at the end of the fiscal year. (April 30.)

The chapter’s tax forms must be filed within three (3) months of the end of the fiscal year. State Charitable Organization Registration (including information from taxes) must also be submitted within four (4) months of the end of the fiscal year.

 

ARTICLE IX – ELECTIONS

 

SECTION V

 

Currently doesn’t list Food Pantry Director.  Housekeeping item: Add “and Food Pantry Director” after State Director and before Recording Secretary.

 

SECTION VI Currently reads:

 

“Eligibility to run for elected office shall be limited to those members in good standing who belong to this organization for at least two (2) months prior to elections.”

 

COMMITTEE COMMENTS:

Committee feels members of only two months are not sufficiently prepared to be an officer of the chapter.

 

PROPOSED CHANGE:

 

“Eligibility to run for elected office shall be limited to those members in good standing who belong to this organization for at least six (6) months prior to elections.

 

ARTICLE  XAMENDMENTS

 

Currently reads: “The by-laws may be amended at any regular meeting of the organization by 50% + 1 of the voting members, provided however, that the proposed amendment has been submitted in writing to the Secretary and notice thereof has been given in the official chapter newsletter (or by mail where there is no newsletter) at least fourteen (14) days prior to the date of the meeting, to all members.

 

COMMENTS: Use email to facilitate voting.

 

PROPOSED CHANGE:

“The by-laws may be amended at any regular meeting of the organization by 50% + 1 of the voting members in attendance and email votes by proxy sent to the President, at least 24 hours before the regular meeting by those members not in attendance; provided however that the proposed amendment has been submitted in writing to the Secretary and notice thereof has been given in the official chapter newsletter, via email or by USPS when email is not an option, at least fourteen (14) days prior to the date of the meeting, to all members.     

                                                                                 

July 28, 2006 for vote at August 14, 2006 meeting

 

PROPOSED POLICIES:

 

PROPOSED HOUSEKEEPING: Use non-sexist language in keeping with USWT Policy.

 

DUES:

Dues are to be paid by check or money order to the Treasurer.

 

MEMBERSHIP:

New members must complete a New Member Form prior to being sworn in.

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS DUTIES:

 

All members of the Board of Directors must provide three (3) copies of their meeting reports (one for their records; one for the President, and one for the Recording Secretary.)

 

Board members must submit a monthly article to the chapter newsletter.

 

DONATIONS:

 

SCHOLARSHIP REQUIREMENTS:  To be determined based on recommendations of Scholarship Committee which will provided a copy of the guidelines to the membership in the chapter newsletter and passed with a minimum vote of  50% + 1 of eligible voting members  at a General Membership Meeting.

 

CHARITABLE DONATIONS GUIDELINES: To be determined based upon NJ State Charitable Organization guidelines.

 

OFFICERS:

 

The President may appoint a Presidential Assistant. The PA is not required to attend board meetings, and would be a non-voting member if in attendance at board meetings.

 

The President may appoint a Parliamentarian. The Parliamentarian is not required to attend board meetings, and would be a non-voting member if in attendance at board meetings,

 

Please review the following chart and confirm the year you joined to Kathy Mueller.

The quarters are determined by when USWT received your dues & can’t be changed.

 

JWOT Members

 

Quarter due

 

 

Member since year

 

 

 

May-July

Aug-Oct

Nov-Jan

Feb-April

 

 

Allocca, Lenore

1

1

 

 

 

 

2001

Basso, Louise

2

 

2

 

 

 

2005

Brown, Stephanie

2

 

2

 

 

 

2004

Busby, Carol

3

 

 

3

 

 

2004

Byrne, Jean

2

 

2

 

 

 

2005

Campbell, Jessica

2

 

2

 

 

 

2002

Campbell, Wendy

4

Lifetime - no dues

 

4

 

 

Carlson, Gail

1

1

 

 

 

 

2005

Ciamarra, Susan

4

 

 

 

4

 

2002

Cingari, Debbie

1

1

 

 

 

 

2006

Consalvo, Kelly

1

1

 

 

 

 

2005

Cook, Debbie

4

 

 

 

4

 

1990

De Carlo, Susan

2

 

2

 

 

 

2005

DiBella, Kathy

4

 

 

 

4

 

2002

DiLeo, Cheryl

1

1

 

 

 

 

 

Dunkin, Patricia

4

 

 

 

4

 

2004

Franz, Rachel

4

 

 

 

4

 

1990

Fraundorfer, Diana

4

 

 

 

4

 

 

Giliberti, Doreen

2

 

2

 

 

 

2004

Guddahl, Lauris

4

 

 

 

4

 

2005

Gyuro, Angela

2

 

2

 

 

 

2000

Heath, Peggy

1

1

 

 

 

 

2005

Hinkle, Cheryl

4

 

 

 

4

 

2006

Katsoupas, Denise

4

 

 

 

4

 

2000

Kezel, Carol

2

 

2

 

 

 

1998

Kirkpatrick, Pauline

4

 

 

 

4

 

1993

Kroll, Mary

 

4

 

 

 

4

 

2001

Kufta, Mary

4

 

 

 

4

 

2005

Lawrence, Carol

1

1

 

 

 

 

 

Lewis, Phyllis

4

 

 

 

4

 

1998

Mahan, Ramona

4

 

 

 

4

 

2006

Maldari, Marie

4

 

 

 

4

 

2005

Metten, Jenny

1

1

 

 

 

 

2004

Morse, Donna

2

 

2

 

 

 

2005

Mueller, Gary

1

1

 

 

 

 

2006

Mueller, Kathy

4

 

 

 

4

 

1989

Purcell, Barbara

2

 

2

 

 

 

2003

Rhein, Pat

 

4

 

 

 

4

 

 

Rogalsky, Suzanne

2

 

2

 

 

 

 

Sauers, Donna

1

1

 

 

 

 

2004

Schiro, Paula

2

 

2

 

 

 

2005

Sheridan, Christine

1

1

 

 

 

 

2003

Stanaway, Diane

3

 

 

3

 

 

2002

Stelevich, Elizabeth

4

(Life - just owes state/nat'l dues)

4

 

 

Thomas, Yvonne

4

 

 

 

4

 

1989

Vitale, Vickie

2

 

2

 

 

 

2001

Wydra, Marsha

2

 

2

 

 

 

2002

REVISED 7-11-06

 

 

 

 

 

Total

 

 

 

 

11

14

2

20

47

 

 

 

Walk with Sunshine

POAC

Janet Esper, External Program Manager, Quarterly Newsletter

May, June, July 2006


     If you want to know what an autistic child looks like, look at your own child or grandchild.  Look at the children who live next door to you or take a glimpse at every child you walk past on the street. These could very well be the faces of someone with autism. There is no visible indication that a child is affected by this disturbing neurological disorder.
     Autism is the king of all tricksters. I know this to be true because whenever my husband and I take our grandson out to eat, to the store, or doctor’s office, the looks of disgust we receive in response to his unruly behavior never let up. Unless we inform someone, and we always have to, no one has a clue that he is autistic.

      From time to time, I find myself getting upset about the glares from individuals who would never think autism is the culprit. There have even been occasions when I have had to get a little nasty (really - me?) with those brave souls who dared to make a rude comment or stare a little longer than necessary. But, after all of the annoyance and rude exchanges, autism still lingers. It seems to me the only thing left to do is educate rather than disassociate.
     So, what exactly is autism? A lot of people have no clue as to what this disorder is and are quick to misconstrue the meaning of autistic with ‘artistic’. Autism does not have anything to do with the arts; our grandson is talented, but artistic and autistic are two different things.

     Autism is an illness that affects social and communication skills. Some Autistic children have a hard time playing with others and making friends and some cannot talk. Many autistic children display behaviors that may include: repetitively pouring liquids from cup to cup, spinning around and not getting dizzy, not wanting to be touched or hugged, lining up toys and screaming for hours. Of course, every Autistic child is different. There are varying levels of this disorder and that is why it is called a ‘spectrum’.    
     Imagine for a moment being frustrated, but not being able to express why. Imagine you have a toothache, but you are not able tell anyone. Think how you would feel if you really wanted affection, but a simple stroke of your skin caused physical pain. These are a few of the things my grandson must face and because of this; I have become determined to put up a good fight for his life.
     Right now, no one expert has been able to confirm what causes autism, but one thing is certain: bad parenting IS NOT the cause of this impairment. Unfortunately, you still have some who are ready and willing to wave the idea around that a parent can inflict autism onto their child. There are a few people I know who are still quick to say that there is nothing wrong with my grandson and he only needs to be disciplined. Although such an accusation hurts deeply, I now understand that it doesn’t matter who the person is or how well educated they may think they are on the subject of autism; no one can truly comprehend what it’s like to raise an autistic child unless they are raising one themselves.

    I have recently come to the conclusion that there is nothing I can do about those who frown upon us. Autism is a part of my family’s life and it forever will be. A long time ago I accepted that we do not fit into an ordinary mold; we do what we can to get over the next challenge that autism presents to us. Still, there will forever be a battle to win with those who feel a disability is only a disability when it screams out at you from a wheelchair. There will always be one individual who thinks a good whipping is the only cure needed for an autistic child.
     Sadly, for the millions of parents and families who know better, we can only continue to do what we do best: love and support our children. Nobody else will. We are the keepers of disappointment when we find that medical insurance does not cover highly expensive and much needed behavior therapy. We are the proactive and often angry parents questioning why sensory integration and assistive technology are not incorporated into our children’s individual education plan (IEP).
     And some of those children are the ones you see in the grocery store shrieking at the top of their lungs or darting off nonstop at a moment’s notice. So please, don’t be quick to judge the parents. Looks are very deceiving. Take into account that it may not be bad behavior; it may be autism.

     POAC was founded in 1999, with the mission to improve the lives of children and adults with autism by providing scientifically-based training to parents, teachers, and other direct service providers. POAC supports ongoing quality research on the causes of autism, its symptoms, prevention and a potential cure.  POAC utilizes experts in the field to teach applied behavioral analysis, direct instruction, and other teaching procedures based on research that have proven to be effective for teaching children with autism. 

     I challenge every member to please make an effort to make a personal donation to POAC this year.  They need and deserve our help.

     Believe it or not, it is about time to start getting ready for Mid Year Convention in Nebraska.

Please visit the U.S.W.T National Web Site at http://www.uswt.org/  for the Autism Ribbon Coloring contest and have someone enter it.  I will display them at the midyear convention in Nebraska.  Each entry will receive an incentive and a ribbon.

      Remember that when your chapter of state has an event for Autism - please send in the information along with pictures to me so I can have them for the Mid Year Sharing Table.  Incentives will be given to each chapter or state that sends me information.  You may send it email and put USWT - POAC in the subject area.  

 

 

Send to:

Janet Esper, External Program Manager

United States Women of Today

5613 Rosewood Drive

Springfield, Illinois  62707

EsperJ@aol.com

217-793-1922

 

 

 

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