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Bylaws Vote: May 5, 2014 at ORRA

Wednesday, April 23, 2014  
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Members of the Orlando Regional REALTOR Association will be called upon to vote on proposed bylaw changes on Monday, May 5, 2014. All members are invited into the ORRA Conference Center from 4 to 5 p.m. for cheese, crackers, networking, and a vote by voice.

The proposed bylaw changes are to be voted on are:

Pending Bylaw Changes


BYLAWS

a. Article IV – Membership, Section 1. (d) Honorary Members. Add new last sentence: “Honorary Members will be chosen by the Membership Committee and approved by the Board of Directors.”

Rationale: As the procedures exist today, no entity is tasked with choosing “Honorary Members”.

b. Article V – Qualification and Election, Section 2. (a) Qualification. Add “or a state contiguous thereto”.

Rationale: After review of our Bylaws, NAR has suggested this change to comply with NAR Bylaws.

c. Article V – Qualification and Election, Section 3. B. Delete the sentence “dues will be paid within 30 days of billing or pursuant to an alternative payment plan authorized by the Board of Directors”; and change that members shall complete an indoctrination course from three scheduled classes to two scheduled classes.

Rationale: NAR has suggested this change to correct a discrepancy.

d. Article V – Qualification and Election, Section 4 (b) Delete “within 45 days of the date of application” and add “within two scheduled Orientation classes”

Rationale: NAR has suggested this change to correct a discrepancy.

e. Article VII – Use Of The Terms REALTOR® and REALTORS® -Section 2. Add “or a state contiguous thereto”.

Rationale: As suggested by NAR to comply with their bylaws.

f. Article IX – State and National Memberships, Section 2.g. Add new language re REALTOR® Emeritus.

Rationale: This change was voted on at the NAR Board of Directors meeting last November, 2013, and NAR has directed that we make this change.

g. Article X – Dues and Assessments, Section 8. Add “and past treasurers” to the section concerning REALTOR® Emeritus status.

Rationale: As directed by NAR to comply with their bylaws.

h. Article XI – Officers and Board of Directors, Section 1. Add clarification to titles of all Officers: The Chairman of the Board, add “who is also known as President”; the Chairman Elect, add “who is also known as President Elect”; the Vice Chairman of Budget, add “who is also known as Treasurer”; and Vice Chairman of Strategic Plan, add “who is also known as Secretary”.

Rationale: The Committee felt that this change would alleviate the confusion and misunderstanding throughout the membership, the media, Florida Realtors and NAR when referring to titles. The change also is in line with Florida Realtors and NAR leadership titles.

i. Article XI – Officers and Board of Directors, Section 2. New No. 4 – concerning conflicts of Directors serving on ORRA’s Board of Directors while serving on other Board of Directors for other Associations of Florida REALTORS®.

Rationale: The Committee felt that service on two Boards would violate ORRA’s Conflict of Interest Policy.

j. Article XI – Officers and Board of Directors, Section 3. Add sentence “All Directors must have served on an ORRA Committee(s), Task Force, or Forum for a cumulative amount of time of not less than two years.

Rationale: The Committee felt that additional ORRA service is needed as a prerequisite to leadership service.

k. Article XI – Officers and Board of Directors, Section 7.(d). Delete sentence “Should an elected Director be nominated for an Officer position, a nominee shall be selected for the position to be vacated.”

Rationale: This is currently not being done by the Qualifications Committee and would be better served to function as a vacancy

l. Article XI – Officers and Board of Directors, Section 7. (e). In the last sentence, delete “by lot” and add “the Association shall hold a run-off election.”

Rationale: The Committee felt that “by lot” was too ambiguous and did not have procedures outlined. A run-off election could be handled easier.

m. Article XIII – Committees, Section 1. In both the heading and the first sentence, add “Forums” and delete “councils, divisions, and recognized clubs and groups”. Delete the sentence “Absence from three regular meetings without an excuse deemed valid by the Committee chairman shall be construed as resignation.”

Rationale: The Chairman of the Board does not appoint Councils and ORRA does not have divisions or recognized clubs and groups. Also, the reference to “absence from three regular meetings…” was changed last year in the policies, but not in the bylaws. The Committee felt that it should not appear in the bylaws since it is already explained in the policies.

n. Article XIII – Committees, Section 2. Rewrite the sentence to read “…shall be appointed annually by the Board of Directors. The appointed Directors shall not serve for more than two consecutive one-year terms.”

Rationale: The paragraph was edited to make it more understandable.


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