INFORMATION ON PROPOSED CHANGES IN GOVERNING DOCUMENTS OF THE MARION COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
The Marion County Historical Society was created in 1969, and incorporated in 1975, as a non-profit organization under the laws of the State of Ohio. Over the years various governing documents including a constitution, bylaws, standing rules, etc. have been used to guide the operations of the society.
MCHS is currently governed under Bylaws which act as a set of guidelines and Standing Rules which provide the specific requirements for governing the organization. Any change in the Bylaws requires action by the general membership while changes in the Standing Rules may be done by the Board of Trustees. With changes in law as well as MCHS operations, these documents are no longer applicable in some regards and need updated.
At the July 17 Board of Trustees meeting, action was taken by the Board to recommend to the membership of the society that the current Bylaws and Standing Rules be replaced by a Code of Regulations. This Code combines the functions of our Bylaws and Standing Rules into one document. The Code is consistent with state and federal laws as well as recognized best practices for non-profit organizations.
The Code of Regulations was first presented to the Board in September of 2017 and has been reviewed and revamped since that time. The Code will be presented to the general membership for a vote at the Annual Meeting to be held on December 1, 2018 at 10:00 am in the Auditorium at Heritage Hall. If approved, the Code would take effect on January 1, 2019.