By-Laws

THE EARLY CHILDHOOD MENTAL HEALTH COMMITTEE OF PINELLAS/PASCO

Article I

NAME                       

The name of this organization shall be The Early Childhood Mental Health Committee of Pinellas/Pasco, hereafter known as the Committee.

Article II

MISSION:                 

To promote the early learning and healthy social emotional development of all children and their families through advocacy, education, awareness and high-quality services.

GOALS:

In carrying out the above, this organization shall:

  1. Maintain a network of concerned citizens, professionals, and advocates to work together to educate the community.
  2. Promote the importance of nurturing babies and young children to develop good mental health and social emotional skills in the future.
  3. Plan, coordinate, produce and participate in training opportunities, conferences, family events and educational initiatives.
  4. Work with state and local legislators to understand the importance of investing in early programming and intervention.
  5. Promote the understanding of infant mental health by professionals and the public, and to promote the development of programs and policies that enhance infant mental health.
  6. Collaborate and partner with the state FAIMH in establishing goals and planning.

Article III

MEMBERSHIP       

The membership of this Committee shall consist of families and professionals concerned about the social emotional well being of children birth to age 5.

Article IV

DURATION OF MEMBERSHIP          

Section 1- Dues must be paid upon joining and thereafter by the end of January for the current fiscal year.  Dues are payable annually to the Florida Association for Infant Mental Health.

Article V

DUES                       

The membership dues shall be consistent with the Florida Association for Infant Mental Health.

Article  VI

MEETINGS             

Section 1- Generally, the regular meetings shall be held on the first Friday of every month, unless cancelled in advance.

Section 2-  The Executive Committee shall be held at such time and place as the Chair may designate, or at the call of two members of the Executive Committee, provided that in either case twenty- four hours notice is given to each member of that committee.

Section 3- Four or more members shall constitute a quorum at a meeting of the Early Childhood Mental Health Committee.

Section 4- No vote shall be cast on any question, or for any candidate in any election, by proxy.

Article VII

EXECUTIVE  COMMITTEE         

Section 1- The Governing body of this Committee shall be an Executive Committee consisting of members, composed of Chair, Co-chair, Secretary and Treasurer, to be elected annually.

Section 2-The Chair shall be a member of the Florida Association of Infant Mental Health, whose duties shall be to preside at meetings of the Committee and Executive Committee, serve as chapter liaison to the Florida Association for Infant Mental Health Board, exercise general supervision of the interest and welfare of the organization, and perform such other duties as ordinarily pertain to this office.

Section 3- The Co-chair shall be a member of The Florida Association of Infant Mental Health, whose duties shall be to preside at meetings of the Committee in the absence of the Chair, and to perform such other duties as may be assigned him by the Chair.

Section 4- The Secretary shall be a member of The Florida Association of Infant Mental Health, whose duties shall be to keep records of the attendance at meetings, record and preserve the minutes of the committee and the Executive committee, and perform such other duties as pertain to this Office.  Upon retirement or completion of the term of office, the Secretary shall turn over to the successor, or to the chair, all minutes, books and records or any other committee property in his/her possession.

Section 5- The Treasurer shall be a member of The Florida Association of Infant Mental Health whose duties shall be to have custody of all funds of the committee, provide an accounting of the same at least annually, and at any other time upon demand of the Executive Committee.  Upon retirement from this office or completion of the term of office, the Treasurer shall turn over to the successor or to the President, all funds, books of account, or any other committee property in his/her possession.

Section 6- The term of office is two years.  Officers of the organization shall be eligible to succeed themselves.

Section 7- Any member of the Executive committee who misses three successive meetings, without good cause, shall automatically forfeit the office they are holding and their successor or successors shall be appointed as set forth in Section 2 of Article VIII below.  Any member of the Executive Committee who misses two consecutive meetings shall be notified that the said member is liable to forfeiture of Office held by reason of missing three successive meetings.

ARTICLE VIII

ELECTION OF OFFICERS

Section 1- Nominees for office shall be made known to the Chair prior to the January meeting-when elections will be held.  Officers shall be elected in January of each Calendar Year and shall hold office for a period of two years, or until their successors are duly elected.

Section 2- VACANCIES:  A vacancy in any office shall be filled by the Executive Committee, except that a vacancy in the Chair position shall be filled by the Co Chair.

ARTICLE IX

RULES OF CONDUCT               

Section 1- Decisions shall be made primarily by consensus.

ARTICLE X

AMENDMENT       

These By-Laws may be amended by notice of two (2) consecutive meetings first of which the proposed Amendment will be discussed and at the second meeting a vote upon the Amendment will be taken and a majority vote will carry.

Amended 8/2012

Revisions recommended 9/2013 and approved 10/2013

 

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