ARTICLE I: NAME AND PURPOSE
Section 1: Name
This organization is incorporated under the laws of the state of Utah and shall be known as the Greater Nephi Chamber of Commerce.
Section 2: Purpose
The purpose of the Greater Nephi Chamber of Commerce is to achieve these objectives:
(1) Preserving the competitive enterprise system of business by creating a better understanding and appreciation of the importance of business people and a concern for their problems; educating the business community and representing it in city, county, and state, and political affairs; preventing or addressing controversies if they are detrimental to the expansion and growth of business in the community; creating a greater appreciation of the value of a more liberal investment of substance and self on behalf of the interests of competitive business.
(2) Fostering business and community growth and development through economic programs designed to strengthen and expand the income potential of all businesses in the trade area; promoting programs of a civic, social, and cultural nature that are designed to increase the functional and aesthetic values of the community; and discovering and correcting abuses that prevent the advancement of business expansion and community growth.
ARTICLE II: MEMBERSHIP
Section 1: Membership
Any person may apply for membership in the Greater Nephi Chamber of Commerce upon the form of application for membership prescribed by the Officers.
Section 2: Membership Classifications
Active members: All individuals, firms, corporations, and property owners who have an interest in the commercial, industrial, and agricultural development of the community may be members.
Section 3: Duration of Membership
(1) Membership is for one year; renewing on the first day of the month the business initially joined the chamber. Membership in the Greater Nephi Chamber of Commerce shall terminate upon death or the dissolution of the firm, corporation, or other organization and may, at the option of the member, terminate upon removal from the Juab County geographical area.
(2) Membership in the Greater Nephi Chamber of Commerce may be terminated for non-payment of dues, or for conduct unbecoming a member, by a majority vote of the members at any regular or special meeting; provided that written notice of the proposed action and or the right of the member to appear at the meeting on his/her own behalf has been given to the member at least 20 days prior to the meeting.
Section 4: Honorary Membership
Distinction in public affairs shall confer eligibility to honorary membership. Honorary members shall have all the privileges of members except the right to vote and shall be exempt from payment of dues. The officers shall confer or revoke honorary membership by a majority vote.
ARTICLE III: OFFICERS AND ELECTION THEREOF
Section 1: Officers
The Officers of the Greater Nephi Chamber of Commerce shall consist of four members to be elected by the membership of the Greater Nephi Chamber of Commerce as President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer.
Section 2: Election of Members
The election of Officers shall be held during the month of September of each year in the manner hereafter set forth, and the newly elected officers shall take office in October following the election.
Section 3: Manner of Voting
Voting shall be by written or electronic ballot by active members only and no member shall cast more than one vote. Voting by proxy shall not be permitted. Only members in good standing shall be permitted to vote.
Section 4: Term of elections
Officers shall be elected for a term of two (2) years. President and Treasurer shall be elected on the even numbered years and Vice-President and Secretary on odd numbered years.
Section 5: Nominations
Nominations may be made by any member of the Greater Nephi Chamber of Commerce in good standing.
Section 6: Consecutive nominations
No officers, subject to election, shall be elected or hold office for more than three (3) consecutive terms of two (2) years each.
Section 7: Vacancy
If any officer vacancy occurs, it shall be filled by the next highest vote recipient. Any officer so appointed shall serve for the remainder of the term for which his/her successor shall have been elected and assume office as here-in-above set forth. If there are less than 6 months remaining in a term when an officer resigns, the vacancy will be filled in the next election. If there are 7 or more months left in a term, and the next highest candidate on the ballot is not available to fill the vacancy, a special election can be held at the chamber’s discretion.
ARTICLE IV: DUTIES OF OFFICERS
Section 1: President
The President shall preside at all meetings of the membership and shall be an ex-officio member of all regular and special committees. The President shall be responsible for hiring, discharging, directing, and supervising all employees. The President shall be responsible for the preparation of an operating budget covering all activities of the chamber subject to approval of the members. The President shall also be responsible for all expenditures with approved budget allocations.
Section 2: Vice President
The Vice-President will have such duties as may be assigned by the President. The Vice-President shall act in lieu of the President when the President is unable to act. The Vice-President shall be responsible for the preparation of an operating budget covering all activities of the chamber subject to approval of the members.
Section 3: Secretary
The Secretary will take the minutes of all meetings and provide copies as needed. The Secretary shall be responsible for the preparation of an operating budget covering all activities of the chamber subject to approval of the members.
Section 4: Treasurer
The Treasurer shall be responsible for the preparation of an operating budget covering all activities of the chamber subject to approval of the members. The Treasurer shall be responsible for the safeguarding of all funds received by the chamber and for their proper disbursement. Such funds shall be kept on deposit in ﬁnancial institutions or invested in a manner approved by the board of directors. Checks are to be signed by the treasurer and the president or, in the absence of either or both, by any two ofﬁcers. The treasurer shall cause a yearly ﬁnancial report to be made to the members.
ARTICLE V: POWERS CONFERRED UPON THE OFFICERS
Section 1: Contracts
The Officers shall have power in the organization’s name to: sue and to hold, sell or lease real estate and personal property, to incur debts, to borrow money, giving therefor notes of the organization signed by two or more officers and may enter into contracts of any kind furthering the purposes of the Chamber.
Section 2: Bylaws
It shall be the duty of the Officers to carry into effect the purposes of the organization; to make, adopt, and/or amend By-Laws, rules and regulations for the government of the organization; to create and appoint subordinate officers and positions and to prescribe the duties thereof.
ARTICLE VI: FINANCES
Section 1: Funds
All money paid to the chamber shall be placed in a general operating fund. Unused funds from the current year’s budget can be placed in a reserve account.
Section 2: Disbursements
Upon approval of the budget, the president is authorized to make disbursements on accounts and expenses provided for in the budget without additional approval of the members.
Section 3: Fiscal Year
The ﬁscal year of the chamber shall close on December 31.
Section 4: Budget
The officers shall adopt the budget for the coming year and submit it to the members for approval.
Article VII: AMENDMENTS
Section 1: Revisions
These bylaws may be amended or altered by a majority of the members at any regular or special meetings, provided that notice for the meeting includes the proposals for amendments. Any proposed amendments or alterations shall be submitted to the board or the members in writing at least 10 days in advance of the meeting at which they are to be acted upon.
Adopted: November 12, 2021
Amended: February 2, 2023