The Southwest Florida Pioneers
Historical Society Bylaws
The name of this organization shall be "The Southwest Florida Pioneers
Historical Society." The name, "The Southwest Florida Pioneers
Historical Society," is reserved exclusively for The Southwest
Florida Pioneers Historical Society and any websites representing The
Southwest Florida Pioneers Historical Society. Any other sites wishing
to use The Southwest Florida Pioneers Historical Society name on their
site(s) must request prior authorization.
The Southwest Pioneers Florida Historical Society is a non-profit organization
comprised of volunteers working to create an online center for genealogical
research pertaining to Lee County Florida. The purpose of this organization
shall be to gather and share genealogical and historical information
at no charge via the Internet. This shall be accomplished by creating
a website which will include historical and genealogical research data,
donated either by the website coordinator(s) and/or other contributors,
who will be acknowledged for their contribution.
As a non-profit organization, the only requirement for membership in
The Southwest Florida Pioneers Historical Society is a desire to assist
in gathering and disseminating genealogical and historical information,
as it pertains to this site.
Though members contribute their time and energies
to this organization free of charge, it is encouraged, but not required,
that a nominal “fee” of $10.00 be considered. This would
be due on or about February 1st of each year and would be payable to
the site Treasurer (name and address below). This small “fee”
would cover miscellaneous items such as a post office box used for member
correspondence and other site-related items. Any balance left at the
end of the fiscal year will be designated to provide funds to replace
tombstones desperately needed by our Lee County, Florida ancestors.
SWFPHS will provide a “sign-up” form for the listing ancestors
in need of tombstones.
Members will meet annually in Lee County, Florida on the first Saturday
of November. These meetings will enable members to elect officers via
ballot, establish direction, discuss goals and effect changes. Members
will be notified approximately 30 days prior to meeting time, in order
to plan attendance. (A second meeting may be held the first Saturday
in May in Lee County should the membership deem such meeting necessary.)
Members unable to attend in person will be able to nominate members,
as well as provide comments/questions/concerns, via a designated email
address. On-line ballots will be provided and shall be due by 7:00 p.m.
EST the day before the November annual meeting. The Majority rules in
all voting matters.
Officers will include President, Vice President, Secretary , Treasurer
and Sergeant-at-Arms which will be the Executive Committee. Terms of
office will run from Dec 1 until November 30 each year except the first
year of organization. For the first year only the officers shall be
elected prior to November and they shall hold office until November
30, 2003. An officer may be removed by a two-thirds majority of the
Ad Hoc Committees may be established on an as-need
basis by the President and will function with a sole purpose and will
conduct itself according to the approved by-laws.
On-line meetings shall be held on a schedule (monthly, bi-monthly) to
be determined by the membership.
All meetings shall be conducted according to Roberts Rules of Order.
Roberts Rules shall be enforced by the Sergeant-at-Arms.
The Southwest Pioneers Florida Historical Society
is an equal opportunity organization and will not tolerate discrimination
in any form because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin,
age, marital status, disability or sexual orientation.