February 17, 2018

2017 Proposed Bylaws Amendments

Please download the proposed State Bylaws Amendments so that you will be familiar with them before having to vote on them. There are only 3 amendments to review. The first one involves the waiving of dues for members who are age 90+ and have at least 5 years of membership. This was adopted by National, but the State Bylaws were silent.

The second addresses Associate memberships in chapters. This also addressed by National Bylaws but State Bylaws were silent.

And finally, the number members elected as State Officers from a chapter is being proposed.

Texas Fees and Dues Increases for Applications

At the 2016 State Fall Board and Workshop, there were some changes to the Standing Rule 1 that applied to new membership applications and supplementals. The state fee of a new membership application increased from $7.00 (seven dollars) to $10.00 (ten dollars). The state fee for supplements increased from $3.00 (three dollars) to $10.00 (ten dollars).

The rationale for the increase was the increase postage the society is now made to incur by the National Registrar. It seems that packages were being stolen off of her porch/doorstep which contained our applications. The Texas Society was also utilizing the “if it fits it ships” mailings offered by the post office to save money. The National Registrar now longer will accept these large packages due to the thefts. However, the National Registrar now has a large mail slot that the postman is able to deliver the single packages through.

Hence, the state society can no longer “mass ship” thereby increasing our postage fees enormously. The change to Standing Rule 1 passed both Executive Board and the membership.

The new fees are effective as of September 7th, 2016.