2019 By-Laws Change

The vote to add an amendment to the By-Laws was passed by the members present at the annual meeting and Bill Lindley of the Preston County Buckwheat Festival was elected as the new At-Large Representative to the WVAFF Board of Directors.

At the 2018 Annual Business Meeting, a request was made for the Association’s Board of Directors to explore adding a new voting member, which would have a shorter term than the traditional eight-year commitment for 1st Vice-President, 2nd Vice-President, President and Parliamentarian. Therefore, the Board has proposed an amendment to our By-Laws, which adds an “At-Large” Representative position to our Board of Directors. This “At-Large” Representative will serve a two-year term and can serve up to two consecutive terms. This proposed amendment to the By-Laws was brought up at the 2019 business meeting and was passed.

Proposed BY-LAWS Amendment

    WHEREAS, the West Virginia Association of Fairs and Festivals currently has Eight (8) voting Board Members.

   WHEREAS, the West Virginia Association of Fairs and Festivals has grown in size as an Organization, thus needing to add an additional Board Member.

   WHEREAS, the Members of the West Virginia Association of Fairs and Festivals desire for the new Board Member to be considered an “At-Large” Board Member and serve a two-year term.

   WHEREAS, the Members of the West Virginia Association of Fairs and Festivals desire for the individual serving in the “At-Large” position be limited to two (2) consecutive terms, to provide more opportunities for Members of the Association to serve on the Board of Directors.

   Therefore, be it resolved that the following amendments be made to the BYLAWS of the West Virginia Association of Fairs and Festivals, and the BYLAWS shall now read as follows:

ARTICLE III

Section 1.  Number and Qualifications. The entire direction and management of the affairs of the corporation shall be exercised, conducted, and controlled by a Board of Directors, which shall consist of nine (9) delegates. No member organization shall be represented on the Board of Directors by more than one (1) Director.

One (1) Director shall be elected to represent The State Fair of West Virginia. The State Fair Board of Directors shall nominate such Director.

The remaining eight (8) Directors shall be elected by the general membership; provided, however, that one (1) Director shall be elected by and represent the associate membership.

ARTICLE IV

Section 1.  Subsection A. Officers. The officers/directors shall be elected by the members and shall consist of a President, First Vice-President, Second Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Parliamentarian, State Fair Representative, Associate Member Representative, and an “At-Large” Representative.

Section 1.  Subsection E. Consecutive Terms. The Secretary, Treasurer, State Fair Representative, Associate Member Representative, and “At-Large” Representative may be elected to serve consecutive terms. However, the “At-Large” Representative is limited to two (2) consecutive terms.

Section 12. “At Large” Representative.  The “At-Large” Representative shall be elected by the members of the corporation and shall have such duties as may be placed on him/her by the Board of Directors.