Revision of Article 5 By-Laws

Members are Invited to Review

Dear Members,
We are inviting you to review a Proposed Revision to our ICF-CT Chapter By-Laws. The Board has proposed this revision to allow us to widen the scope of presenters we can have for you at our in-person Chapter Meetings and Signature Events. The Speaker Engagement Policy (Article 5.1) in the By-Laws currently reads that “All speaker engagements are non-paid” and further “There is no reimbursement for travel expenses”.

This By-Law Policy prohibits us from inviting speakers who may require travel expenses and/or accommodations. The Board is committed to providing the highest quality programs. The By-Law revision allows for “reimbursement of travel expenses and/or accommodations when needed when the Committee determines that the reimbursement is warranted”.

Please take a few minutes to read the Proposed Revision and as mandated in the By-Laws vote Yea or Nay for the Proposed Amendment within two weeks from this date (October 10, 2017) by sending an email to president@icf-ct.org.  Thank you.

Warm regards.
Diana G. Ackerley, Ph.D., PCC
President ICF-CT

5.0 ARTICLE V

5.1 Speaker Engagement Policy
The purpose of providing speakers and presenters at our Chapter meetings is to provide the Chapter membership the opportunity to hear presentations and see demonstrations that are focused towards improving the knowledge and skills required by professional coaches. This policy applies to speakers and includes both chapter members and those that are non-chapter members.

To maintain the integrity of our Chapter meetings, all presentations and programs presented to the membership shall focus on topics of specific interest and applicability to professional coaching and provide measurable benefit to the chapter members, rather than a marketing orientation.

All speaker engagements are non-paid.  There is no reimbursement for travel expenses. The Program Committee has a small fund discretionary fund that it can use to if the Speaker requests reimbursement and the Committee determine that the reimbursement is warranted.

Speakers may display any of their professional materials on a Resource Table for our members to browse and/or purchase. Speakers may directly promote their products and/or services during open networking time and
also prior to or following the meeting. Speakers or presenters will be guests of ICF-CT for the meeting at which they present and will receive a thank you gift with a value of no more than $25.00.

PROPOSED REVISION

5.1 Speaker Engagement Policy
The purpose of providing speakers and presenters at our Chapter meetings is to provide the Chapter membership the opportunity to hear presentations and see demonstrations that are focused towards improving the knowledge and skills required by professional coaches. This policy applies to speakers and includes both chapter members and those that are non-chapter members.

To maintain the integrity of our Chapter meetings, all presentations and programs presented to the membership shall focus on topics of specific interest and applicability to professional coaching and provide measurable benefit to the chapter members. Speakers may display any of their professional materials on a Resource Table for our members to browse and/or purchase. Speakers may directly promote their products and/or services during open networking time and also prior to or following the meeting.

Speakers or presenters will be guests of ICF-CT for the meeting at which they present and will receive a thank you gift with a value of no more than $25.00.
The Program Committee has a small discretionary fund that it can use for Speakers to allow for reimbursement of travel expenses and/or accommodations when needed when the Committee determines that the reimbursement is warranted.

4.4.1 Amendment Approval

All qualified members of the organization shall be invited to review the amended by-laws on the web site and prepare to vote on the amendments (yea or nay to the totality of amendments as presented) via email within two weeks of posting on the site. Votes received after that date are invalid. A vote of qualified members shall decide the issue by a simple majority. A proposed
amended set of by-laws shall be considered ratified and effective when carried by a majority vote.

The President shall see that the official guidelines are so amended and posted on the organization’s web site. The Secretary will maintain a set of all by-laws, past and current.