Constitution & Bylaws

The Winthrop University Collegiate Chapter of

Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc.


Article l. Name

Section 1. The name of this organization shall be the Winthrop University collegiate chapter of Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda and may be referred to as “Winthrop University Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda”, “Winthrop University Future Business Leaders of America”, “Winthrop University Phi Beta Lambda”, “FBLA-PBL”, “FBLA”, “PBL”, “Winthrop University FBLA-PBL”, “Winthrop University FBLA”, “Winthrop University PBL”, “Winthrop FBLA-PBL”, “Winthrop FBLA”, “Winthrop PBL”, “WU FBLA-PBL”, “WU FBLA”, “WU PBL”, or the “Chapter”.

Article II. Purpose

Section 1. The purpose of PBL is to provide opportunities for postsecondary students to develop vocational competencies for business and office occupations and business teacher education. PBL is an integral part of the instructional program and in addition promotes a sense of civic and personal responsibility.

Section 2. The specific goals of PBL are to:

  • Develop competent, aggressive business leadership.
  • Strengthen the confidence of students in themselves and their work.
  • Create more interest in and understanding of American business enterprise.
  • Encourage members in the development of individual projects, which contribute to the improvement of home, business and  community.
  • Develop character, prepare for useful citizenship and foster patriotism.
  • Encourage and practice efficient money management.
  • Encourage scholarship and promote school loyalty.
  • Assist students in the awareness of occupational goals.
  • Facilitate the transition from school to work.


Article III. Membership

Section 1. Eligibility. PBL shall be limited to persons officially connected with Winthrop University as faculty, staff or students.  Students enrolled in the current semester under the above conditions, as well as students enrolled in summer classes, are eligible for membership. All members must maintain the cumulative GPA requirement for graduation and remain in good standing in their respective college.​

Section 2. Students who have not paid their dues shall not be considered a member of the Chapter.  A person who has not paid dues shall not be entitled to vote, run for office, or represent the Chapter at state or national events or conferences.

Section 3. Voting Delegates.  Voting delegates to state or national conferences shall be selected by a majority vote of the Chapter members attending the conference.

Section 4. Discrimination. Winthrop PBL does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities or decisions for qualified persons on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation or veteran status.

Section 5.  Removal of Membership.  The current edition of Robert’s Rules of Order dictates a trial hearing. However, this type of trial is a private proceeding in the nature of a formal hearing, and its result is by a judgment of the assembly on the fitness of the accused to remain as a member of the organization, or as an officer/member of the executive board.  If removal is deemed constitutional – a two-thirds vote of the executive board or a majority vote of the general membership is all that is required.


Article IV. Dues and Finance

Section 1. Dues. Chapter dues shall be $20 a year. This includes the state and national dues as determined by the respective state and national bylaws. Membership is unified on the Chapter, state and national levels and are not available separately.  After two paid semesters, summer membership will be given for no charge.

Section 2. Fiscal Year. The fiscal year of the Chapter shall be July 1 through June 30.


Article V. Officers and Elections

Section 1. Officers. The Officers of the Chapter shall be: president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer. These officers with the adviser as ex-officio member shall constitute the Executive Committee. If the chapter has any member that hold State or National level officer positions, they will remain on the chapter executive board in an advisory capacity, and will hold no vote. If the State or National officer already holds a position on the executive board of the chapter, they must step down from their position if another member of the chapter is interested in filling it. Officers will be elected based on commitment to organization after being evaluated by an adviser board.

Section 2. Non-Executive Officers.  Non-executive officers are elected into terms and attend officer board meetings, but do not have a vote.

Section 3. Term of Office. Officers shall hold office for a term of one year or until their successors are elected, whichever occurs first.  Officers shall assume their duties at the close of the meeting at which they are elected.

Section 4. The Chapter shall have an Adviser who shall be a faculty member from the business department.  Advisers shall be chosen by the Executive Committee.


ARTICLE VI. Executive Board

Section 1.  Definition.  The Executive Board shall consist of the current officer team, one primary adviser, and if applicable, one professional member.  The Executive board shall serve as the governing body of the Winthrop University’s Chapter of Phi-Beta-Lambda.

Section 2.  Terms of Office and Appointment. For officers, see Article IV, Section 2.  The local adviser shall be selected by the officer team.  The local adviser shall apply for renewal of their term with the current president at the conclusion of each academic semester.  Professional members shall serve on an annual basis, elected by the officer team, as well as the local adviser.  There are no term limits.

Section 3.  Scope.  The Executive Board shall determine and vote on changes of the organization that do not affect the bylaws written herein.  The board may motion, recommend, support, and oppose motions presented to the members.

Section 4. Executive Meetings. Executive meetings may be held weekly at the discretion of the President. Meetings will be at an amiable time for all officers. An agenda may be presented for viewing up to 24 hours before the meeting. Executive Board members must be present, unless prior notice is given up to 24 hours before the meeting.

Section 5. Officer Removal. An officer may be removed from their position with a majority vote of the membership. In order to initiate officer removal, a petition listing the reasons for removal must be submitted to the highest listed officer in this constitution who is not being petitioned for removal. The vote will take place at the meeting immediately following the receipt of the petition.

Section 6. Officer Vacancy. If there is a vacancy in office, the president will assume the responsibilities of that office until a special election can be held. If the position of president is vacant, a special election will be held to fill the position at the next meeting.


Article VI. Duties of PBL Officers

Section 1. The President shall (a) preside over meetings of the Chapter, (b) appoint all committees and committee chairmen, (c) register all members of the chapter with the national office, (d) appoint the chapter parliamentarian, (e) promote the growth and development of PBL, (f) approve all articles and advertisements released by the secretary or other officer, (g) approve all expenditures of the chapter, (h) set the agenda at all executive and regular meetings of the chapter, and (i) register members for all conferences and other similar events on the state, regional, or national level.

Section 2. The Vice President shall (a) preside in the absence of the President, (b) assist the president in the promotion and development of PBL, (c) serve as an ex-officio member of all committees, (d) submit all space requests for chapter events, (e) coordinate all on campus activities and ensures the completion of all appropriate paperwork, and (f) assist the President as he/she delegates.

Section 3. The Secretary shall (a) keep an accurate record of the Chapter and executive committee meetings, promptly supplying a copy of the minutes after a meeting, (b) submit the required reports to the state chapter and the national center, (c) serve as the chair of the public relations and recruitment committee, sends meeting reminders to the chapter one day prior to the meeting, (d) send event reminders to the chapter one day prior to the event, (e) keep records of all events and activities of the chapter in coordination with the public relations and recruitment committee, and (c) prepare any news releases for the public.

Section 4. The Treasurer shall (a) act as custodian of the funds of the organization, collect dues, and give routine financial reports, (b) serve as the chair of the campus and community involvement committee, (c) serve as the point of contact and administrator for all student allocations requests, (d) responsible for all cash during any events of the chapter involving cash funds (e) present an annual financial report to members at the annual meeting.


Article VII. Meetings

Section 1. Meetings will be conducted twice per month. At these meetings, the Executive Board will prepare students for competitive events, share information regarding upcoming events on campus, and address “housekeeping” issues.  These meetings will take place on selected evenings, to be determined by the consensus of the availability of the group. Meetings may be held as deemed necessary by the President with the approval of the Executive Committee.

Section 2.  Irregularities. In the event of guest speaker presentations and other activities, Phi-Beta Lambda’s biweekly meeting schedule may become slightly irregular.

Section 3.  Meeting Medium. Meetings may be held in both physical locations, as well as by digital/virtual means.  Because of this stipulation, voting can be conducted by physical, digital/virtual, or telepresent means.

Section 4. Quorum.  Quorum shall be defined as a majority of the current membership – 50 percent of the members, plus one.

Section 5.  Notice of Meetings.  Meeting announcements shall be sent out digitally, to the member’s university email address, text message, or posted on the established Facebook page, Twitter account, or website.

Section 6.  Special meetings.  In accordance with Robert’s Rules of Order, “Special Meetings” are permissible.  All topics of discussion must be stated in the meeting announcement, which must be delivered at least 24 hours prior to the meeting.  Special meetings must be conducted at reasonable hours.

Section 7. Annual Meeting. The annual meeting will be the final meeting of the spring semester each year. All officers of the chapter will be elected at this meeting and will begin office at the conclusion of this meeting.


Article VIII. Committees

Section 1. The two standing committees for the chapter are the public relations and recruitment committee and the campus and community involvement committee.

Section 2. The Chapter may appoint additional committees to assist in the growth and development of the chapter.


Article IX. Emblems, Insignia & Colors

Section 1. The Chapter emblems shall be the emblems of the national organization.

Section 2. The official emblem and insignia items and designs are described and protected from infringement by registration in the U.S. Patent Office under the Trademark Act of 1946. The manufacture, reproduction, wearing, or display of the emblem shall be governed by the national board of directors.

Section 3. Emblems and insignia of PBL shall be uniform within the chapter.  Only members may use official emblems and insignia.

Section 4. The official colors of PBL shall be blue and gold.


Article X. Parliamentary Authority

Section 1. The rules contained in Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised shall govern the chapter in all cases to which they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with the rules of FBLA-PBL, Inc., these Bylaws, or any special rules of order the chapter may adopt.


Article XI. Amendments

Section 1.  Local Amendments. Amendments to the Bylaws shall be submitted in writing at a regular meeting and shall not be voted on until the following regular meeting. A two-thirds vote shall be required for adoption. Amendments shall take effect immediately unless otherwise stated in the proposed amendment.

Section 2.  Consistency. In areas inconsistent with the Bylaws or Rules of National PBL or the state chapter, these Bylaws may be amended by the Executive Committee to provide consistency.  All members shall be informed of the exact changes within thirty (30) days in writing or electronically.

Section 3.  Minor Changes.  The Executive Committee shall be authorized to revise these Bylaws to correct punctuation, grammar, cross-references, article and section designations, and to make such other technical changes as may be necessary, where these changes shall be minor in detail and shall not alter the meaning or intent of the Bylaws. Notice of changes made under this authority shall be communicated in writing or electronically to the membership within thirty (30) days.


Amended December 4, 2014