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    BYLAWS Of SOUTH TULSA PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION

    ARTICLE I-Name
    Section 1.

     The name of the organization shall be South Tulsa Professional Association

    (hereafter called the Club).

    ARTICLE II-Purpose

    Section 1. 

    The purpose of the organization shall be:  (1) To institute and maintain a                                                                method of collecting, recording, and exchanging business information for and between its members; (2) To create and encourage cooperative business methods so as to improve or increase the efficiency and service of the business of its members; (3) To develop and promote such activities found best for the welfare of its members and effect the purposes for which the group is formed; (4) To encourage local business expansion for the benefit of its members; (5) to develop the mental capacity and business efficiency of its members and to promote a better acquaintance and closer business relationship among them.

    ARTICLE III-Disclaimer

    Section 1.

    All terms used throughout these Bylaws which inherently denote sexual gender are to be considered generic terms, which apply to either gender.

    ARTICLE IV-Meetings

    Section 1.

    The Club shall meet each week at a place and day determined by the membership and may be changed, if desired, by a majority vote of the membership.  Starting time for each meeting will be promptly 12:00 p.m.

    Section 2.

    The first meeting of each month will be a business meeting. At this meeting, each member will introduce himself.


    ARTICLE V-Membership

    Section 1.

    Any person of good character, residing or having his principal business in the City of Tulsa, Broken Arrow, or within fifty miles thereof, actually engaged in business at the time of admission shall be eligible for membership in this group, provided that his business is not in direct competition with the business of any other active member.  Membership shall be by invitation only.

    Section 2.

    Classifications to be represented in the Club shall be determined by the membership at large.  Each classification shall be represented by not more than one member.

    Section 3.

    No member shall become a member of any competitive organization in the Tulsa area whose purpose includes the exchange of business information, or any purpose kindred to that of the Club.

    ARTICLE VI-New Members

    Section 1.

    Any member may sponsor a prospective member by submitting his name to the Vice-President.

    Section 2.

    All prospective new members must attend two consecutive meetings before being proposed for membership by active members.

    Section 3.

    If by the third meeting, the Vice-President has received no protests or claims of business conflict, the prospect becomes a member.

    Section 4.

    If the Vice-President does receive protest or a claim of business conflict, he will notify the sponsoring member, who shall then tell the prospective new member of the Club’s decision.

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    ARTICLE VII-Officers

    Section 1.

    The Club officers shall be: President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Program Chairman, and Sergeant-at-Arms.  Each officer is responsible for his duties being performed at each meeting and is obligated to secure a person to handle his duties and give the necessary reports in his absence.

    Section 2.

    The President shall preside at the weekly meetings and, in general, guide the affairs of the Club.  He shall be responsible for welcoming each new member into the Club by telephone or letter, and inducting said new member in the Club.

    Section 3.

    The Vice-President shall act in the President’s absence and be in charge of membership.  His duties shall include welcoming guests and explaining to them the purpose and operation of the Club.

    Section 4.

    The Secretary shall record attendance, tips, income and keep an active roll of all members.  All income reporting shall be divided into two categories: (1) Commission and (2) Gross.  At the last meeting of each quarter, it shall be the additional duty of the Secretary to present a list of members in good standing and read the same to the members present.

    Section 5.

    The Treasurer shall collect all dues and fines, keep them properly accounted for, pay all bills, make a regular financial report to the Club, keep the business card folders, and perform such other duties as herein provided.

    Section 6.

    The Program Chairman shall see that there is a ten to fifteen minute program for each meeting.  Suggested guidelines might include:

    1.      Type of business.

    2.      Type of service provided.

    3.      Information about a member’s company.

    4.      Type of leads desired and how he will handle them.

    Section 7.

    The Sergeant-at Arms shall be responsible for order during meetings.  In addition, he shall issue and pick up name tags, conduct the drawing, keep care of the business card file box, monitor the supply of members’ business cards, and be responsible for such property as the Club may acquire.

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    ARTICLE VIII-Board of Directors

    Section 1.

    The Board of Directors shall consist of six (6) members and shall be comprised of the Chairman of the Board/President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and the two (2) previous past Presidents.

    Section 2.

    A President remains on the Board of Directors for two (2) years after he goes out of office.

    Section 3.

    The Board of Directors shall have the following responsibilities:  They shall have general supervision over the affairs of the Club.  They shall enforce the rules and Bylaws of the Club and consider all amendments to those rules and Bylaws.

    Section 4.

    Three Directors shall constitute a quorum.

    Section 5.

    The Board of Directors shall subject all decisions to approval by a quorum vote of the Club membership at a regular meeting.  For all purposes, under all articles herein, a quorum of the membership shall be more than one-half of the general membership of the Club present at any meeting. 

    ARTICLE IX-Committees

    Section 1.

    The President shall be a permanent chairman of all committees. He shall in turn appoint all persons making up each committee.

    Section 2.

    A Social Committee shall be appointed by the President and its duty shall be to arrange for all periodic social events.  Such functions may be paid for out of the treasury and/or by assessment of those members who attend.

    ARTICLE X-Elections

    Section 1.

    All regular officers shall be elected by a quorum of the membership at a regular meeting each March.  Each officer’s term shall begin on April 1 of each year.

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    Section 2.

    All officers shall serve one year term.  An officer can succeed himself in office or hold other offices the following term if so elected.

    Section 3.

    During the first meeting in March, nominations will be received from the membership. A member shall not be nominated for more than one office in a term.  Names of nominees will be given in ballot form to all members one (1) week prior to the date of the election.  Ballots may be mailed back to the President or brought to the election meeting.  Ballots shall be counted and new officers announced.

    ARTICLE XI-Vacancies

    Section 1.

    If the office of President shall become vacant, the Vice-President shall automatically succeed to the office without further action by either the Board of Directors or the membership.

    Section 2.

    If the office of Vice-President is vacated for any reason, a new Vice-President shall be elected by a quorum vote of the membership at a special election to be held at a regular meeting within two weeks following the date of such vacancy.

    Section 3.

    A vacancy on the Board of Directors shall be filled by appointment of the Chairman with approval of a quorum of the remaining directors.

    ARTICLE XII-Attendance

    Section 1.

    Members are expected to attend all meetings.  No more than two consecutive meetings, without extenuating circumstance (illness, travel, vacation, etc.), nor more than 50% of meetings in any given quarter (without an excused absence) may be missed by any member.

    Section 2.

    Any member may have an excused absence due to extenuating circumstances, by notifying one of the officers prior to his absence.
     
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    Section 3.

    In the event of a dispute concerning attendance, the record as kept by the Secretary shall be conclusive and shall determine the status of all members.

    Section 4.

    With proper given notice, a member may take a leave of absence for one month, providing that a $10.00 per month payment is made.  There is a maximum of three months for a leave of absence unless otherwise approved by a vote of the membership.

    ARTICLE XIII-General

    Section 1.

    There shall be no age limit in any classification of a business or profession for membership.

    Section 2.

    Each member shall be loyal to the other members in the Club.  A member shall not give tips to outside professionals or be non-supportive of the Club.  The Club recognizes that members have prior relationships which are important in their businesses and which cannot be easily served.

    ARTICLE XIV-Weekly Drawing

    Section 1.

    At 12:15 p.m. the Sergeant-at Arms will conduct a drawing for a $25.00 door prize for all eligible members.  The winner will be the last name drawn.  Each member will introduce the person whose name he has drawn.  On the first meeting of each month, however, each member will draw a name but will introduce himself.

    Section 2.

    Members who bring genuine prospective members as guests will be entitled to an extra entry in the drawing for each guest.

    ARTICLE XV-Penalties and Fines

    Section 1.

    The Board of Directors shall be responsible for enforcing the rules and Bylaws of the Club.

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    Section 2.

    If a member is found in violation of the rules and Bylaws of the Club, a meeting of the Board of Directors will be held to determine that member’s status within the Club.  The decision of the Board will be submitted to approval by a quorum vote of the membership at a regular meeting.

    ARTICLE XVI-Discrimination

    Section 1.

    South Tulsa Professional Association agree not to discriminate against any individual because of such individual’s race, color, religion, sex or national origin; nor will they limit, segregate, or classify members in any way to deprive any individual of membership opportunities because of such individual’s race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.

    ARTICLE XVII-Dues

    Section 1.

    All dues are payable in check or cash the first meeting of each month. Amount of dues to be decided by the vote of the membership.

    Section 2.

    A member is considered to be past due if payment is not made on the first meeting of  each month.

    Section 3.

    A member shall automatically be suspended from the Club if all dues are not paid by the first meeting of the following month.  Thus, no member shall ever be two months past due on dues.

    Section 4.

    A member shall be assessed a $5.00 late fee if monthly dues are not paid by the second meeting of the month.

    ARTICLE XVIII-Meals for Guests

    Section 1.

    The Club thrives on membership and fully encourages members to invite potential members as guests.  We also encourage you to bring other guests for lunch such as spouses, associates and business people.  However, when a guest is not considered a potential candidate for membership, you as a member shall be responsible for payment of that guest’s meal.  The cost shall be the cost of the meal.

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    Section 2.

    Meals for guest speakers shall be provided by the Club.

    Section 3.

    Non member-you must pay for your guest’s lunch unless the guest is a bonafide potential member.

    Section 4.

    If a member brings a new member into the club, then the introducing member shall be entitled to one free months dues after the new member has paid their dues for a six (6) month consecutive period.  Additionally, on each annual anniversary date after the new member has joined, the introducing member shall receive one additional month of free dues provided that both the new member and the introducing member have paid all accrued dues in full and both remain in good standing with the club.

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    South Tulsa Professional Association

    ARTICLE XIV

    SECTION 1

    On the date of February 22, 2001, a motion was entered and amendment made:

    On the first meeting of the month designated the Club business meeting, the drawing shall be for $50.00.  There is no change in additional weekly meetings of the month.  The motion was made, seconded and voted upon by a majority by hand count.

    The South Tulsa Professional Association is a local Tulsa Oklahoma networking group of proven professionals and business leaders, and has served The Greater Tulsa Area for over 25 years.

    Mission

    1. Raise individual business profiles, boost reputations and business leads.

    2 Expand each members market through the group's business contacts and their clients.

    3 Develop and share innovative business ideas and practices.

    4. Develop and promote such activities found best for the welfare of its members and effect the purposes for which the group was formed.

    5.  Encourage local business expansion for businesses involved in the group for individual and group benefits.

    6.  Encourages member participation in social events for family, friends and business partners.

    7. Provide a lifetime of support and business generation.

    STPA Business Referral Network is a referral organization made up of business owners and service professionals in Tulsa whose members deliver products and services to home owners, consumers, small businesses and corporations. Combining real world meetings and online communications our members work to get to know and actively refer one another.

    Members in our group represents different professions (offers different products / services) but frequently sell to the same market. As a result of this common market focus and community referral commitment and effort, our members help drive business to one another.

    Through meetings that combine social interaction and referral networking, online tools and ongoing group activities, members in our community actively look to refer business to one another.

    STPA Business Referral Network allows only one member from any profession (to ensure member referral exclusivity and commitment). If you would like to be part of our referral networking group, are willing to meet regularly (attend meetings) and work to cross refer fellow members, request to join our group.

    Member Benefits

     Member Referrals

    • Personal Profile Page, with Facebook Twitter and Youtube,
    • Profile Page Works on iPhone, Android
    • $50 a Month Dues include meals and funding of social events.

    STPA Business Referral Network allows only one member from any profession (to ensure member referral exclusivity and commitment). If you would like to be part of our referral networking group, are willing to meet regularly (attend meetings) and work to cross refer fellow members, request to join our group.

    Member Benifits

     

    • Member Referals
    • Personal Profile Page, with Facebook Twitter and Youtube,
    • Profile Page Works on iPhone, Android
    • $50 a Month Dues include meals