Bylaws Wording Changes

The actual wording from our current bylaws and proposed wording are below

Article III - Officers

Proposed

Existing

Section 1. Titles of Officers. The Officers of St. Peter's shall be the Rector, a Senior Warden, a Junior Warden, a Treasurer, and such other officers as the Vestry may from time to time designate.

 

Section 2. Nominations of Wardens.   Voting Members shall be nominated to serve as Senior or Junior warden by the committee nominating voting members for vestry, and following similar procedures of notification. That is, the Nominating Committee shall submit to the Vestry the names of those persons so nominated at least 2 weeks prior to the annual meeting, and the Vestry shall immediately make known to the congregation by publication in St. Peter's bulletin, email, or by such other means as the Vestry may select, the names of those so nominated.  Further, any group of three or more Voting Members may nominate a candidate or candidates for the offices of the parish wardens by submitting such nomination or nominations, over their signatures and the signature of the nominee, to the Registrar at least two weeks prior to the annual meeting. The Vestry shall immediately make known to the congregation by publication in St. Peter's bulletin, email or by such other means as the Vestry may select, the names of any such additional nominees. In addition, nominations will be accepted from the floor during the annual meeting, prior to election.  No person shall be nominated for offices of the parish wardens unless the person has agreed to serve if elected. Those nominated for the office of Warden will have served at least one year as a member of St. Peter’s Vestry prior to their nomination.

 

Section 3. Election of Officers.

                          i.          The Senior Warden shall be elected to a three-year term at a parish annual meeting

                        ii.          The Junior Warden shall be elected to a three-year term at a parish annual meeting, in the year after a Senior Warden election is held.

Note: every third year, no officer is elected

                      iii.          No lay member shall be eligible for re-nomination and re-election to the office of warden for a period of one year after the member's term has expired, provided, however, that prior service on the Vestry in filling an unscheduled vacancy shall not be considered a disqualification for election as warden.

Note: same term limit as vestry members

                       iv.          The treasurer shall be elected annually by a majority vote at the first meeting of the Vestry held after the annual meeting.

                         v.          Officers must be Voting Members of St. Peter's ; a vacancy in any office shall be filled for the unexpired term thereof  by the Vestry. 

 

Section 1. Titles of Officers. The Officers of St. Peter's shall be the Rector, a Senior Warden, a Junior Warden, a Treasurer, a Registrar and such other officers as the Vestry may from time to time designate.

 

Section 2. Nomination of Wardens. The nominations to serve as Wardens of St. Peter’s Church will be made to the Vestry as follows:

  1. Senior Warden is nominated by the Rector.
  2. Junior Warden is nominated by the Vestry Nominating Committee or nominated by any group of three or more Voting Members by submitting such nomination or nominations over their signatures and the signature of the nominee to the Registrar at least two weeks prior to the Annual Meeting.

Nominees must be Voting Members of the congregation. Voting Members are encouraged to indicate their willingness to serve as Senior or Junior Warden to the Rector and Vestry Nominating Committee so as to be considered for nomination.

 

Section 3. Election of Officers.

The Senior Warden, Junior Warden, Registrar and Treasurer shall be elected annually by a majority vote of the Vestry at the first meeting of the Vestry held after the Annual Meeting. Officers must be Voting Members of the Church and may, but need not, be members of the Vestry.

The Senior and Junior Wardens are elected for a term of one year and may serve up to three consecutive terms. No lay person may be renominated as a Warden for a period of one year after serving as a Warden.

Unless an Officer is concurrently an elected Vestry member, the Officers have voice but no vote in vestry meetings.

Officers are accountable to the Vestry for faithfully performing their duties to the best of their abilities and in the best interests of St. Peter’s Church. Any vacancy in any office shall be filled for the unexpired term thereof by vote of the Vestry.

 

Section 8. Voting Rights and Attendance of Officers at Vestry Meetings. Officers who are not concurrently members of the Vestry offer advice and counsel but have no vote in Vestry meetings. In the absence of the Rector, the Senior Warden is the presiding officer of the Vestry meeting and may vote to break a tie regardless of whether they are an elected Vestry member or not.

Section 8. Voting Rights and Attendance of  Officers at Vestry Meetings.  The Senior and Junior Wardens are elected by the congregation hence shall have the right to vote at Vestry meetings on all questions. In the case of a tie vote, the Senior warden may break the tie. Officers who are not members of the Vestry shall be invited to attend all meetings of the Vestry, but may not vote