Purpose Section 1. The purpose of PBL is to provide opportunities for postsecondary students to develop business-related career competencies. PBL is an integral part of the instructional program and in addition promotes a sense of civic and personal responsibility. Section 2.
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Purpose Section 1. Section 2. The specific goals of FBLA are to: develop competent, aggressive business leadership; strengthen the confidence of students in themselves and their work; create more interest in and understanding of American business enterprise; encourage members in the development of individual projects which contribute to the improvement of home, business, and community; develop character, prepare for useful citizenship, and foster patriotism; encourage and practice efficient money management; encourage scholarship and promote school loyalty; assist students in the establishment of occupational goals; and facilitate the transition from school to work.
Membership Section 1. FBLA membership shall consist of members of chartered local chapters. These members shall hold membership in their state and national chapters.
Individual members shall be recognized only through a state chapter of FBLA except that, in the case where there is no state chapter, the member shall be recognized by the national office. Active members shall pay dues as established by FBLA and may participate in national events, in accordance with the guidelines of the National Awards Program, serve as voting delegates to the National Leadership Conference, hold national office in accordance with Article VI , and otherwise represent their state and local chapters as approved by their respective state and local advisers.
Professional Members shall be persons associated with or participating in the professional development of FBLA as approved by state chapters. Such members may include local and state chapter advisers, business teachers, business teacher educators, state supervisors of business and office education, employers or supervisors of cooperative work-training students, advisory council members, businesspersons, and other persons contributing to the growth and development of FBLA.
Professional members shall pay dues as established by FBLA; but shall not participate in events, serve as voting delegates, or hold office. Honorary Life Members may be elected to a state or local chapter by a majority vote. Honorary Life members shall not vote or hold office and shall not be required to pay dues. National Honorary Life members shall not vote or hold office and shall not be required to pay dues.
Dues and Finance Section 1. National dues based on fiscal reports by the national center, and on recommendation by the national executive council and the board of directors, shall be determined by a majority vote of the state voting delegates at the National Leadership Conference. National dues of members shall be forwarded directly to the FBLA national office or shall be submitted through state chapters at the discretion of the state chapter.
Section 3. The affairs and property of FBLA shall be managed by the board of directors, which shall have the powers and duties of a board of directors, according to the current D. Section 4. The association president and chief executive officer shall administer all FBLA finances, submit an annual budget to the board of directors for approval, and provide the board of directors and members with an annual audit.
Section 5. Organization Section 1. It may be referred to as the board of directors. Members of the board of directors shall be nominated by state chairmen and elected by the local FBLA-PBL chapters of their respective regions for three-year terms in accordance with the nominating and voting procedures determined by the board of directors. There shall be a national executive council, which shall make recommendations to the board of directors and perform other duties as prescribed in these bylaws.
There shall be five administrative regions. Section 6. State chapter charters shall be issued upon approval of the board of directors. A state chapter shall have at least five local chapters with all members holding national membership in FBLA and hold one annual meeting to elect state officers and conduct business in order to qualify for a charter.
Each state chapter shall have a state committee composed of professional educators in the areas of business and office occupations. Section 7. A state committee chairman shall be recommended by the association president and chief executive officer and approved by the board of directors. Section 8. Each local chapter shall have an adviser who shall be a faculty member who believes in the mission and goals of the association.
A local chapter may have as many special-emphasis groups under the chapter charter as it deems necessary to meet the interests of all students. The local chapter of FBLA shall assume full responsibility for coordinating the program for these interest groups. Officers and Elections Section 1. National Officers. The national elected officers of FBLA shall be a president , five vice presidents representing the respective regions , a secretary , and a treasurer.
Qualifications for National Office. Only active members are eligible to hold national office. Only those applicants who are present at the National Leadership Conference and officially certified by the officer screening committee shall be eligible for nomination. To be considered for an office in FBLA, a candidate shall: 1.
If no state chapter submits an applicant for a particular office by the May 15 deadline, then the deadline for the particular office shall be extended to June Applicants for national office who become candidates for office as of the second deadline shall have to prepare a campaign for office like all other candidates, including a requirement to pass the officer screening committee and caucus in state chapter meetings.
If no candidates are submitted for a particular office by the first or second deadline, then candidates may apply for office at the National Leadership Conference and shall comply with all guidelines that other candidates comply with during the conference. Candidates for treasurer must have completed one year of accounting, bookkeeping, or record keeping by the time of their election at the National Leadership Conference.
The president , secretary , and treasurer shall be nominated by a state chapter at a general session of the National Leadership Conference. The national vice presidents representing the regions shall be nominated by a state chapter at their respective regional meetings at the National Leadership Conference. Only candidates approved by the officer screening committee shall be nominated.
The national vice presidents representing the regions shall be elected annually at their respective regional meetings at the National Leadership Conference by the local voting delegates of the respective regions. The national vice presidents shall be elected by a ballot vote by the local voting delegates of respective regions.
A majority vote shall be required for elections. If no candidate for an office receives a majority vote on the third vote, the candidate receiving the lowest number of votes for that vote shall be dropped from the fourth vote. If necessary, the candidate receiving the lowest number of votes for that vote shall be dropped from each subsequent vote until one candidate receives a majority of the votes.
No two national officers shall be elected from the same state chapter. Term of Office. National officers shall be elected for one year or until their successors are elected or appointed, and their term of office shall begin at the close of the National Leadership Conference at which they were selected. Vacancy in Office. Appointment of Parliamentarian. The person scoring highest on the Parliamentary Procedure written test shall be appointed by the incoming national president to serve as parliamentarian.
This individual shall have at least one year remaining before being graduated from a secondary school. The president shall: A. The vice presidents shall: A. The secretary shall: A. The treasurer shall: A. The parliamentarian shall: A. These officers shall serve on the national executive council, perform the duties prescribed in these bylaws, and perform such other duties as are directed by the FBLA president and the association president and chief executive officer and the board of directors and not inconsistent with these bylaws or other rules adopted by FBLA.
National Leadership Conference Section 1. A National Leadership Conference shall be held each year. A date and location will be recommended by national staff and approved by the board of directors. Each state chapter in good standing shall be entitled to send two voting delegates and one alternate from its active membership to the National Leadership Conference. Each local chapter in good standing shall be entitled to send from its active membership, two to four local voting delegates and one alternate for each voting delegate to the National Leadership Conference in accordance with the following: Under 50 members—two voting delegates.
Over members—four voting delegates. All voting delegates of local and state chapters shall be officially certified by their respective advisers and their names submitted to the national office postmarked no later than 20 days prior to the National Leadership Conference.
State voting delegates shall be entitled to vote on all matters that come before the general session. Local voting delegates shall be entitled to vote on all matters that come before the regional meetings. There shall be no proxy voting.
The quorum for all business meetings of the National Leadership Conference shall be a majority of the registered voting delegates. National Executive Council Section 1. The national officers of FBLA shall, with the ex-officio, nonvoting members, constitute the national executive council. The chairman of the board of directors, the association president and chief executive officer, and a state committee person for each national officer shall be ex-officio, nonvoting members.
The National Executive Council shall: A. Meetings shall be called by the president , or upon the written request of three voting members of the national executive council, upon approval by the association president and chief executive officer. Voting by Mail. Business of the national executive council may be conducted by mail at the discretion of the FBLA president upon the approval by the association president and chief executive officer.
For adoption, action by mail shall require a three-fourths vote of the members eligible to vote, and shall be recorded in the minutes of the next regular meeting. Committees Section 1. Advisory committees to assist in the growth and development of FBLA may be appointed as deemed necessary by the board of directors. Recommendations of persons for such appointments shall be requested of state chapters. Local and state chapters may select advisory committees to assist in the growth and development of their respective chapters.
An officer screening committee, composed of national officers and board members, shall be appointed by the FBLA president in consultation with the association president and chief executive officer. The officer screening committee shall, after careful consideration of applicants for officers of FBLA, approve candidates for nomination. Committee business may be conducted by mail at the discretion of the chairman.
For adoption, action by mail shall require a majority vote of the members eligible to vote and shall be reported to the committee members not later than the next regular meeting. Emblems and Colors Section 1. The official emblem and insignia item designs are described and protected from infringement by registration in the U.
Patent Office under the Trademark Act of
PBL Chapter Management Handbook
The purpose of PBL is to provide opportunities for post-secondary students to develop vocational competencies for business and office occupations and business teacher education. PBL is an integral part of the instructional program and in addition promotes a sense of civic and personal responsibility. Section 2. These members shall hold membership in their respective local, state, and national chapters. Active Members shall be students with an interest in business who accept the purpose of PBL and subscribe to its creed.
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