LifeWay Retiree Fellowship
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Our Constitution

 

 

CONSTITUTION

LIFEWAY RETIREE FELLOWSHIP

 

 

Article I: NAME

The official name of this organization shall be LIFEWAY RETIREE FELLOWSHIP and may be referred to as "The Fellowship."

Article II: PURPOSE

The purpose of this organization shall be to provide regular opportunities for fellowship among the membership; to encourage members to continue to be creative, productive, useful, and caring in their families, community, church, and denomination; and to keep alive their love, concern, and support of the mission of LifeWay Christian Resources.

Article III: MEMBERSHIP

1.        Any person who is a retiree of LifeWay Christian Resources automatically becomes a member.

2.        The spouse of a retired employee or of a deceased retired employee may be a member.

3.        Former employees with at least ten years service who did not retire from LifeWay may be associate members of the Fellowship.

Article IV: FINANCES

1.        Annual dues per member and associate member are set by the Executive Committee and are payable at the first meeting of the year or may be mailed to the Treasurer by March 31. Spouses do not pay dues.

2.        LifeWay Christian Resources provides additional financial support each year to subsidize expenses of the Fellowship.

Article V: OFFICERS

Section 1 –ELECTION

1.        The officers shall be President, President-elect, Past President, Vice-President, Membership Associate, Events Associates, Projects Associate, Hospitality Associate, Secretary, Treasurer, Historian, two Music Leaders, Communication Coordinator, Website Reporter, Newsletter Reporter, and Email Associate.

2.        The officers shall be nominated by the Nominating Committee.

3.        The President and the President-elect shall be elected for two consecutive calendar year terms. The other officers shall be elected on a three-year rotating basis.

4.        The officers shall be elected by majority vote of those in attendance at the September meeting of the year and assume their duties on January 1.

Section 2 –DUTIES

PRESIDENT

The President shall be responsible for planning, coordinating, and conducting the work of the organization; preside at all organizational functions; appoint a Nominating Committee and designate a chairperson at the second meeting of the year.

The President, after completing his/her term of office, shall serve for two years as an ex-officio member of the Executive Committee.

PRESIDENT-ELECT

The President-elect shall assist the President in planning, coordinating, and conducting the work of the organization and assume other duties assigned by the President; preside at any meeting in the absence of the President; and serve as President after serving as President-Elect for two years.

VICE-PRESIDENT

The Vice-President shall be responsible for planning, coordinating, and promoting approved activities. The Vice-President shall work with the following associates:

·         Events Associate: The Events Associate shall assist in proposing, planning, coordinating, and promoting special events.

·         Projects Associate: The Projects Associate shall assist in proposing projects and implementing approved projects.

·         Hospitality Associate: The Hospitality Associate shall assist in arranging for meals and/or refreshments for meetings and special events, act as greeter, and maintain the attendance register at meetings.

TREASURER

The Treasurer shall solicit, receive, and deposit all funds of the organization and make financial reports to the Executive Committee and at the meetings of the Fellowship.

SECRETARY

The Secretary shall record the minutes of the Fellowship and Executive Committee meetings and perform other secretarial duties as requested by the President.

HISTORIAN

The Historian shall keep a record of the major events and scheduled activities including appropriate photographs and materials shared in the meetings which document the fulfillment of the purposes of the Fellowship.

MUSIC LEADERS

The Music Leaders shall jointly plan and conduct the music activities of the Fellowship in keeping with the theme and purpose of the meetings.

COMMUNICATION COORDINATOR

The Communication Coordinator will work with newsletter associate, email associate, and website associate. The Communication Coordinator shall work with LifeWay managers and organizations to synergize the flow and production of information instruments, keeping the president and executive committee involved and informed. This position will work with the membership associate in maintaining an update roll of retires and distribute  name tags at all meetings.

·         Membership Associate: The Membership Associate shall assist in promoting attendance at meetings and special functions and assist in maintaining an updated retiree roll; assist the Treasurer in collecting dues at meetings.

Article VI: MEETINGS

Meetings of the Fellowship shall be held each year at times and places determined by the Executive Committee.

Article VII: RELATIONSHIPS

The Fellowship shall work in harmony with the objectives of LifeWay Christian Resources, and the activities shall be coordinated with designated officials of that organization.

Article VIII: COMMITTEES

Section 1 -EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

The Executive Committee shall consist of the officers and the immediate past President. The Executive Committee shall meet quarterly or as deemed necessary by the President.

Section 2 -NOMINATING COMMITTEE

1.        The Nominating Committee shall consist of three members appointed by the President. The President and the President-elect shall serve as ex-officio members.

2.        The Nominating Committee shall present the names of the nominees for election at the September meeting. Opportunity shall be given for additional nominations from the floor.

Article IX: AMENDMENTS

This Constitution may be amended at any meeting of the Fellowship provided the proposed changes have been submitted in writing to the President and to the Executive Committee. The proposed changes shall be published and distributed to the members at the meeting. Such amendments must be approved by a majority of the members present and voting.

The original Constitution was adopted September 22, 1989.

First revision adopted September 9, 1994.

Second revision adopted March 12, 1999.

Third revision adopted September 6, 2002.

Fourth revision adopted September 10, 2004

Fifth revision adopted September 7, 2007

Sixth revision adopted September 11, 2009

Seventh revision adopted September 13, 2013

Eighth revision adopted September  9, 2016