Preliminary -- Subject to Approval

Council of Chapters

Governance

Structural Organization of the Council
The Council of Chapters was created in April 2014 by a vote of the general membership of the Florida Native Plant Society that reorganized the Society and adopted new Bylaws. Prior to the 2014 reorganization, one Chapter Representative from each Chapter statewide sat as a Director on the FNPS Board (about 37 Representatives in theory, but about half that were typically present and voting). Reducing the size of the Board was a significant goal of reorganization, so the Council of Chapters was created and made to be represented by three Directors (Article 7.02), one serving on the Executive Committee of the Board (Article 5.02). The Board retained all governing powers "except those reserved in these bylaws for ... the Council of Chapters," (Article 7.093). By virtue of its three Director votes, the Council was given more power than any one standing committee of the Board. The reorganized Board may consist of a total of 16 to 20 Officers and Directors (Article 7.02).

In May 2014 a vote of the Chapter Representatives established Standard Operating Procedures for the Council and its first leadership: a Chair, Vice-chair, and Secretary. These three serve the dual role of Council Officers and Board Directors. The Council Chair serves on the Executive Committee of the Board. Council Directors serve a term of two years (Article 7.03).

Powers of the Council
"The goals and powers of the Council of Chapters shall be specified by the Board of Directors. Where powers are not specified, the council has all powers that are reasonably necessary it achieve its goals, not otherwise restricted by these bylaws," (Article 8.02). "In support of the mission of the Society, the Council of Chapters shall share information and initiate programs and actions consistent with its goals," (Article 8.04). The Council's "initiated programs and actions" are generally referred to as Council Initiatives.

Council Committees
"The Society’s Council of Chapters may establish its own committees which may include regional councils ... [and Council Committees may] adopt [their] own procedural rules," subject to state laws, Bylaws, Board, and Council. "No such [Council] committee shall have the status of a [Board] Standing Committee," (Article 8.03). Council Committees may be established to develop and implement Council Initiatives under the direction of the Council.

Chapter Representatives
"The Society’s Council of Chapters shall consist of a representative from each Chapter of the Society in good standing as per Article 10.0," (Article 8.01). Chapters select Chapter Representatives in a variety of ways consistent with their own Chapter Bylaws or other Chapter operational policy. Some Chapter Presidents serve the dual role of Chapter President and Chapter Representative.