Bylaws approved July 28, 2012 at Annual General Meeting.
President of TCA, Rhet Turnbull announced in this months Bullseye. "Your TCA officers will be proposing some important changes to our members at the AGM for your discussion and consideration. Several of these changes concern the TCA Bylaws. You will read about the proposed bylaw changes in this month’s Bullseye but I wanted to touch on a couple of more important topics.
The officers will propose a change to the membership structure of TCA. If adopted, we believe these changes will broaden TCA’s reach and appeal. Our Association exists to serve Turnbulls world-wide but we will be ineffectual at doing so unless we can continue to recruit and retain new members. Unfortunately, we have not been doing that nearly as well as we might and at a time when our membership should be growing it has instead been shrinking. Your officers have considered the situation at length and we think we have an approach that will retain the value of TCA for those committed members who would like to continue to have a say in the governance of our association while also making TCA membership more accessible for those with a more casual interest in their Turnbull heritage.
The second big change concerns the governance structure of the Association. The officers will propose we add a number of Vice President positions to ensure that we can get appropriate regional representation on the TCA board and develop additonal leadership. I urge you to review the proposed bylaw changes and to contact me and the rest of the TCA officers if you have any questions or concerns. I also look forward to hearing your thoughts at the AGM."
Proposed Bylaw Changes
Below are the proposed changes to the Bylaws to be voted on at the AGM on July 28, 2012 at the Pacific Northwest Scottish Highland Games.
Preamble to the Turnbull Clan Association Bylaws:
The current Bylaws were approved at the 2004 Annual General Meeting. The proposed Bylaws were changed to reflect current trends such as Facebook, Social Networking and the changing nature of our membership.
a) Article 3.02 added:
Registered Member. Any person who is related to one of the Turnbull septs by blood, marriage, or close affinity may register in the rolls of the Turnbull Clan Association. Registration may include self-registration on the TCA website or by other electronic means. Communications from the TCA administration to Registered Members will normally be done electronically. A Registered Member may not vote in matters concerning the association unless he or she is also a Regular or Life Member. It shall be the responsibility of each Registered Member to ensure that his or her contact information is kept current in the TCA
b) Article 3.08 added:
Special Goods and Services such as membership packets, printed and mailed publications, certificates, books, CDs, and DVDs shall be available to all members on a subscription basis at prices established by the Board of Directors.
c) Article 4. Officers revised - officers increased from 4 to 9.
4.01 Turnbull Clan Association shall be governed by a Board of Directors consisting of a maximum of nine (9) duly elected officers. Whenever possible, the VPs will represent TCA from various countries and parts of the US and Canada where TCA is active. They will be asked to perform duties based on the current needs, their talents and location. Duties could include assistance with genealogy, web maintenance, Bullseye,
representing TCA and sponsoring a regional event for local Turnbulls, promoting games participation, as examples. VPs should have a good command of basic computer skills and access to internet and social media.
d) 4.02 The officers of TCA are President, Secretary, Treasurer. and up to six (6) Vice Presidents.
e) Board of Trustees removed
Proposed bylaws can be found here, current bylaws can be found here.