TIPS By laws

“Dedicated to providing a forum for individual business and professional
leaders to connect with each other “


The purpose of our Tallahassee TIPS organization is to: Attract members of
high integrity, quality and ethical standards; provide networking opportunities;
share resources of information; help each other grow and provide personal and
professional support.

The rules for administration and conduct of the Tips club shall be published under
the authority of the Board of Directors.


Allowable Membership Business Categories

The list of allowable membership business categories will be maintained and
published by authority of the Board of Directors.

1. Candidates must complete and return a Membership Application form by their
3rd meeting of Tallahassee TIPS. The Application Form must be complete, true
and include the name of the candidate’s sponsor along with a non-refundable
application fee.
2. The Board will then evaluate the candidate and confirm eligibility or ineligibility
for membership or present reasons for denial.
3. The Board will then notify the candidate’s sponsor with the confirmation of
eligibility for membership and their induction date or present reasons for denial.
4. The Board gives final approval.
5. The candidate must pay the annual dues starting with first week of the next
month. Dues will be pro rated to reflect January 1st billing date.
6. Newly inducted member will then be eligible to select a date for the Weekly

1. The Sponsor of the candidate may appeal the denial of the candidate’s
2. The Sponsor may then present their argument for candidate membership to the
Board at the monthly Board Meeting.
3. The Board will then evaluate the sponsor’s plea and make a final decision.

A member may be removed by a majority vote of the Board of Directors for the
following reasons:
1. Downgrades or undermines the reputation of another member
2. Does not follow the spirit or the intent of the purpose of the group.
3. Falsifies or misrepresents him/herself on the Membership Application Form in
any way.
4. Becomes delinquent in membership dues.
5. Fails to comply with the attendance as outlined in the Tallahassee TIPS Rules
The member being removed must be contacted by a Board member during the week
after the Board has voted.

1. President – Presides over meeting and enforces membership rules
2. Vice President – Presides over meeting in the President’ s absence, coordinate
and facilitates the weekly program. Vice President is responsible for lining up
speakers for weekly programs for each TIPS Meeting
3. Membership Chair – Notifies new member of their first three meetings, maintains the weekly sign-in sheet. Tracks, approves and reports absences
and other duties as prescribed by the President. Maintains the membership

Secretary – Records and distributes the minutes of the monthly Board

Treasurer – Handles financial affairs of the club, including issuing membership
statements, collection of dues, paying the bills, and any other financial aspects
of the club.

Newsletter Chair – Responsible for the weekly newsletter given to TIPS
members at the beginning of each TIPS meeting.

Hospitality Chair – Responsible for welcoming Guests and new members at
each meeting. Responsible for birthday cards, anniversaries and gifts or cards
for any occasion regarding TIPS Members. Responsible for updating the
personal information of each member.

Board members are elected for a period of 1 year starting on July 1. A member
can only be on the ballot for one office. There must be a two week period for
nominations. The election for the upcoming term must be prior to the June board
meeting. The June board meeting is for the current and incoming board members.

Any member whose business receives payment from the TIPS Club treasurer in
excess of 25% of the TIPS Club total revenue, is NOT eligible to serve on the Board
of Directors

Meeting will be held each week on Thursday mornings in the Tallahassee area.
Meetings are composed of networking, member introductions, and a special
presentation. The President will preside over the meeting.

1. To maintain membership in the Tallahassee TIPS group, each member must
attend the weekly meetings.
2. Each member may have 3 unexcused absences during each calendar quarter
in addition to excused absences.
3. An excused absence is defined to be an absence because of ill health
or extreme personal situations, out of town on business or a business
appointment that could not be schedule at another time.
4. All excused absences must be approved prior to the meeting by the
Membership Chair or any Board Member
5. The Membership Chair will record the absences for each meeting
6. Excessive excused absences as well as all unexcused absences may prompt
the Board to request resignation of the member if it is felt these absences are
counter-productive to the benefit of the membership.

Changes to these Bylaws may be made by a simple majority vote of the Board.


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