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Article Five of the Bylaws
« on: August 17, 2007, 09:35:32 AM »
As of spring 2008, this Article is up to date pending an Amendment presented at the summer 2008 Slammasters Council meeting.

BYLAWS

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Poetry Slam, Inc.

ARTICLE V
Slammaster Council

Section    1. Eligibility. Subject to any provision in the Articles of Incorporation, members of the Slammaster Council shall be comprised of any individual who legitimately runs and organizes a regular Slam event.  The Executive Council will determine an individual Slammasterís eligibility for council membership.

Section 2. Number. The authorized number of individuals serving on the Slammaster Council shall be unlimited until changed by amendment to this Article of these Bylaws.

Section    3. Appointment and Removal.  Each Slammaster shall maintain membership on the Slammaster Council so long as s/he continues to organize or host a regular slam event and/or the Executive Council removes him/her from the Slammaster Council. Unless otherwise provided in the Articles of Incorporation, a Slammaster may be removed, with or without cause, by vote of a majority of the Executive Council members entitled to vote at any Executive Council meeting, subject to Section 8.35 of The Business Corporation Act. Slammasters need not be residents of Illinois.

Section 4.  Challenges of Legitimacy. Any member of the corporation may challenge the legitimacy of a Slammasterís inclusion on the Slammaster Council at any meeting of the Slam Family. All determinations of legitimacy by the Executive Council are considered to be prima facie evidence of an individual memberís legitimacy.

Section    5. Regular Meetings. A regular meeting of the Slammaster Council shall be held without other notice than this Bylaw, at least twice a year, one of which will take place on a weekend in the Spring before May 4, each year for the purpose of electing Executive Council members and for the transaction of such additional business as necessary. The Executive Council may provide, by resolution and public notification, either personally, via mail or electronic methods at least four days prior, the time and place, for the holding of additional regular meetings without other notice than this Bylaw.

Section    6. Manner of Convening Special Meetings. Special meetings of the Slammaster Council may be called by or at the request of the president or any two directors of the Executive Council or by five members of the Slammaster Council representing five different cities.

Section    7. Place of Special Meetings. The person or persons authorized to convene special meetings of the Slammaster Council may fix any place, either within or without the State of Illinois, as the place for holding any special meeting of the Slammaster Council. Meetings may be held either in person or via electronic methods.

Section    8. Notice of Special Slammaster Council Meetings.  Special meetings of the Slammaster Council shall be held upon at least four days' prior notice in writing, delivered personally or via electronic methods, or mailed to each Slammaster. Any Slammaster may waive notice of any meeting.  Attendance of a Slammaster at any meeting shall constitute a waiver of notice of such meeting except where a Slammaster attends a meeting for the express purpose of objecting to the transaction of any business because the meeting is not lawfully called or convened. Neither the business to be transacted at nor the purpose of any regular or special meeting of the Slammaster Council need be specified in the notice or waiver of notice of such meeting.

Section    9.  Quorum of Slammaster Council.  At least fifteen cities must be represented at Slammaster Council meetings (either through personal attendance or through letters of proxy) for official business to be conducted. The act of the majority of the Slammasters present at a meeting at which a quorum is present shall be the act of the Slammaster Council.

Section 10. Duties. The duties of the Slammaster Council shall include, but not be limited to the following: to elect or agree upon a presiding chairperson and secretary at each of its meetings who will prepare and distribute reports of its proceedings and actions to the Slam Family and the Executive Council; to monitor the actions taken by the Executive Council; to solicit from membership and propose to the Executive Council new projects; to establish committees for ongoing projects; to review and propose revisions and additions to the bylaws of Poetry Slam, Inc.; to review and propose revisions and additions to the rules of National Poetry Slam; to review and vote upon all financial considerations presented to it by the Executive Council; to review and discuss presentations made by cities wishing to host the National Poetry Slam and to vote on the site of the next annual National Poetry Slam.
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Re: Article Five of the Bylaws
« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2007, 06:50:48 PM »
ARTICLE V
Slammaster Council
Section    1.a.  For the purposes of these Bylaws and the activities of this corporation, Slammaster Council is "the Poery Slam, Inc. council comprised of the desginated slammaster representative from a Poetry Slam, Inc certified and/or registered slam poetry venue."
Section    1.b. Eligibility. Subject to any provision in the Articles of Incorporation, members of the Slammaster Council shall be comprised of any individual who legitimately runs and organizes a regular Slam event certified by Poetry Slam, Inc.  The Executive Council will determine an individual Slammasterís eligibility for council membership.

Is there definitions of any of the following words as applicable to the by-laws: legitimately, Slam event? Why I ask: eligibilty does not include being a certified/registered venue with PSI which makes the Slammaster Council inclusive of any and all host or organizer of a "Slam" event. Without defining "legitimately" and "Slam" for the purposes of PSI's by-laws then non-certified/registered venues are techinically included in the SM's council as outlined by the current by-laws. Suggestion 1 for revision is above in bold. A 2nd differ suggestion for revision is in italics. 

Motion to amend Article V Section I to further clarify if SM council is inclsuive of non-certified venues' host(s) &/and organizer(s) of slam events or limited to those host(s) &/and organizer(s) that have PSI certified their venues.

Section    3. Appointment and Removal.  Each Slammaster Council member, referred to as Slammaster, shall maintain membership on the Slammaster Council so long as s/he continues to organize or host a regular slam even maintains certification of the venue where s/he continues to organize or host regular slam events and/or the Executive Council removes him/her from the Slammaster Council. Unless otherwise provided in the Articles of Incorporation, a Slammaster may be removed, with or without cause, by vote of a majority of the Executive Council members entitled to vote at any Executive Council meeting, subject to Section 8.35 of The Business Corporation Act. Slammasters need not be residents of Illinois.

Suggestion for section 1 leads to suggestion for change to section 3, see above both the strike through and addition in bold. The suggestion in italics is me possibly being too-detailed oriented however there is no definition of "Slammaster" in by-laws. The definition suggestion makes the sentence potentially a run-on sentence but also addresses defining Slammaster, not convinvced there's a need for SM definition but added suggestion all the same.
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Re: Article Five of the Bylaws
« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2007, 07:35:05 PM »
Section    9.  Quorum of Slammaster Council.  At least fifteen cities must be represented at Slammaster Council meetings (either through personal attendance or through letters of proxy) for official business to be conducted. The act of the majority of the Slammasters present at a meeting at which a quorum is present shall be the act of the Slammaster Council.

Fifteen cities represented at a SM council meeting with current number of certified venues being 107 (minus repeat city venues -15 = 92) a majority vote represents 8.72% of certified venues/slam community. At minimum, 8.72% of the SM council could/are able to act for the whole. Interesting.

(On a side note there are 92 cities in the world with PSI certified venues.)
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Re: Article Five of the Bylaws
« Reply #3 on: August 19, 2007, 09:38:18 AM »
Yes, interesting, and I think dangerous. When I suggested an amendment from a hard number to a percentage of certified and registered slams, it was shouted down as anti-democratic and attempting to reduce SlamMasters' power. I am still in favor or taking the hard number ut and replacing it with a percentage (larger than 8 percent).

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Re: Article Five of the Bylaws
« Reply #4 on: August 19, 2007, 10:06:12 AM »
On the definition thing:  PSI's SM meeting is open to all members of PSI, but limited in voting to those Slams (and thus the designated SM) who have paid registration/certification fees to PSI.

So a PSI registered or PSI certified slam can vote in the meeting, but if you don't have membership with PSI you can't.

I think the language is a bit blurry (in other words, I agree), but for some reason I thought it was clarified somewhere else.

*The views expressed by Delrica are not that of PSi nor the Executive Council. Her gems are her own...deal with it*

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Re: Article Five of the Bylaws
« Reply #5 on: August 19, 2007, 05:07:17 PM »
Sometimes when the practice is so well known within an organization by-laws, policies & procedures, operation manuals, etc. are not consistent with the practice.
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Re: Article Five of the Bylaws
« Reply #6 on: August 19, 2007, 08:24:24 PM »
Very true.
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Re: Article Five of the Bylaws
« Reply #7 on: April 22, 2008, 06:54:29 PM »
SlamMasters and SlamFamily may vote on this before EC. In fact, since it involves a power of the SlamMasters, I think they should vote on it first.