WBBA Forum on Bylaws – Wed July 31, 6-7pm

The West Bank Business Association’s Executive Committee is calling a special public forum of the WBBA membership to discuss changes to our by-laws. Over the last 3 months there have been multiple drafts reviewed and we wanted to have a specific meeting dedicated to getting feedback and input.

Wednesay, July 31st
6:00 – 7:00 PM
Augsburg Oren Gateway Center – Room 100
(this is the same space in which the WBBA holds its monthly Member meetings)
Map below

Our objective for this meeting is to solicit solutions to the following challenge: Draft a set of by-laws that allows for BOTH input and ownership by paid Members AND fiduciary responsibility and organizational oversight by the Board of Directors.
We are interested in your input. The current version of our rewritten by-laws as vetted by Dorsey & Whitney does not allow for any voting rights by members. Much of the feedback on that version was for language to be included that allows for Members to contribute to the process and help guide the choices of the WBBA. At the same time is the need for the by-laws to support a Board of Directors who maintain the transparent use of public money and ensure minimal disruption to long term planning on which receiving grant money relies. Thus our challenge is finding balance between Member input and Board stewardship.
We hope you will consider attending and bringing collaborative and integrative ideas to the table. While not everything will make it into a final draft, it will be our attempt to incorporate those solutions that work to achieve the balance we are striking.

Thank you for your time and input we know that we’ll be able to craft a set of by-laws that will meet the needs of the organization, support the members, and maintain the WBBA as an ethical and transparent non-profit. If you are unable to attend you can direct your thoughts and input to Damon Runnals via email at damon@southerntheater.org.

Damon Runnals
Executive Committee
West Bank Business Association

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If you are interested in reviewing our original (current) by-laws, they can be found here: http://www.wbba.thewestbank.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/SKMBT_C22413041209040.pdf
The revised version as proposed by the Executive Committee in March is available here: http://www.wbba.thewestbank.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/WBBA-By-laws-edit-032013.docx
Revisions as proposed by Sharon Johnson (Midwest Mountaineering) in April (copy here distributed at July Membership Committee meeting): http://www.wbba.thewestbank.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Sjohnson-draft-July-2013.pdf
Revisions as suggested by Dorsey & Whitney (this is the version circulated at June’s Member meeting): http://www.wbba.thewestbank.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/WBBA-Amended-and-Restated-Bylaws-v2.pdf
If you are interested in reviewing the by-laws of the Lake Street Council (an organization of similar structure to the WBBA) you can view that here: http://www.wbba.thewestbank.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Lake-Street-Council-Bylaws-approved-1.09-final-revisions.pdf

The West Bank Music Festival is a big operation, and we are in need of volunteers to help us welcome thousands of visitors to our neighborhood. Volunteers get free entrance, a tshirt, and those who sign up to be a volunteer lead get a snazzy special training party at the Seward Luce! We currently have a fraction of the needed volunteers signed up, so please share this with your customers in every way possible: http://www.westbankmusicfestival.org/?page_id=61.

Next Member Meeting: 4:00pm Thursday August 15, 2013

Upcoming Meetings

July 25, 2013 – Festival Planning Committee @ Whiskey Junction – 5:00pm – CANCELED
August 8, 2013 – Membership Outreach & Engagement Committee @ Mapps – 9:00am
August 8, 2013 – Festival Planning Committee @ Whiskey Junction – 5:00pm
August 13, 2013 – Parking Committee @ Mapps – 9:00am
August 15, 2013 – Monthly Member Meeting @ Augsburg – 4:00pm

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