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Members vote to approve changes to ORRA Bylaws

Wednesday, November 20, 2013  
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The membership voted during the Holly, Jolly Holiday Open House to approve proposed changes to the ORRA Bylaws that address the Walter Rose Life Member membership type; harassment of ORRA employees, leadership, or members; dues and assessments; electronic voting; and officer vacancies.

Approved Bylaw Changes

a.     Article IV – Membership, Section. (e) "Walter Rose Life Member. Delete last section of last sentence "and approval at any regular meeting of the Association by a two thirds vote of the members present.”

Rationale:  Monthly membership meetings are not scheduled on a regular basis, so it is not always feasible to get membership approval, and the membership, as a whole, usually do not know the Walter Rose applicants.

b.     Article VI – Privileges and Obligations, Section 14 "Harassment” "Any Member of the Association may be reprimanded, placed on probation, suspended or expelled for harassment of an Association or MLS employee or Association Officer or Director or member after an investigation … "

Rationale:  Update section to delete reference to an MLS employee and include harassment of a member by a member.

c.     Article X – Dues and Assessments, Section 2.  add a new section g, "REALTOR® Emeritus: Upon approval by the Board of Directors of the National Association of  REALTORS®, any member that has held membership  in the National Association as a REALTOR®, REALTOR®-Associate, or a combination of both, for a cumulative period of 40 years in one or more Associations of REALTORS® is eligible for REALTOR® Emeritus status and no further dues payment is necessary to the National Association of REALTORS®, State Association or local Association.  The dues waiver does not take effect until the next year’s dues.  REALTOR® Emeritus members are exempt from the quadrennial training requirements.  A certification form filled out by the local association is required in order for NAR to begin the approval process.”

Rationale:  No language in the Bylaws referring to this status.

d.     Article X – Dues and Assessments, Delete section 8.  Expenditures.  Capital expenditures in excess of $15,000 may not be made unless authorized by a majority of the Board of Directors.”

Rationale:  Committee felt this section belongs in the Policies, and is referenced in the policies under section III, Budget/Finance, L. Business Expenditures.

e.     Article XI – Officers and Board of Directors, Section 7 and Section 9

1.     Section 7. (f). "Electronic voting period shall commence the last five business days in September and end at 5:00 p.m. midnight the last business day of September.

Rationale:  The end time of 5:00 p.m. was implemented when members voted in person at the Association.  Technology allows us to end voting at midnight.

2.     Section 7. (h).  Voting.  "The members shall vote via the Internet or at a kiosk at the Association, and in conformity with…”

Rationale:  ORRA does not have a kiosk in lobby anymore.

3.     Section 9. (a) (3).  A vacancy in the office of Vice Chairman shall be filled by the Board of Directors Chairman’s recommendation, by majority vote and ratified by the Board of Directors by majority vote until a new Vice Chairman is elected by the members.

Rationale:  This section was silent on who recommends a potential replacement to the BOD for approval of a vacancy.

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