I – OBJECTIVES
The organization shall be called CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA BUSINESS ASSOCIATES
and is located in metropolitan Harrisburg, PA.
The objectives of CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA BUSINESS ASSOCIATES shall
(a) Provide a means of communicating business information to it
(b) Promote and further the mutual business interests of its members.
(c) Share valid tips bi-monthly.
ARTICLE II – MEMBERSHIP
Any person whose primary business activity is not in competition
with the primary business activity or profession of another member
is eligible for membership in this organization. An application
for membership shall not be denied by reason of any conflict between
the primary business activity of such applicant and an incidental
activity of an existing member.
Should a member add to or change its’ line of goods or services,
thereby coming into conflict with another member firm, it must abide
by the decision of the infringed upon member and the Board of Directors,
regarding membership status.
A prospective member’s name may be proposed by an active member
in good standing.
(a) A prospective member should be approved by membership prior
to attending a meeting. The said prospect will be a guest of CENTRAL
PENNSYLVANIA BUSINESS ASSOCIATES for the first meeting.
(b) Any objection to the individual or firm as a prospective member
must be filed in writing with the Secretary by the next meeting.
(c) If no objections are filed by the next meeting, a firm or individual,
after having been approved for membership by the Board of Directors,
shall be submitted for approval to all members at the next meeting.
(d) There shall be only one membership allowed for each business
classification, and no member shall apply for, or hold more than
one classification without the approval of the Board of Directors.
Members are to bring useful and valid business tips to each meeting,
in the format prescribed by the Board of Directors. A valid business
tip is defined as:
(a) New business building, locating to the area
(b) Existing business moving, doing renovations or additions.
(c) Change of business ownership.
(d) Bankruptcy or slow pay of a business.
Which must include, but not be limited to, name of the business,
contact name, phone number, address, pertinent comments and must
be submitted via the web site before 8:00AM on the day of the meeting.
Any member not submitting ten (10) valid tips per quarter will be
fined $2.00 for every tip less than ten (10). The fine(s) will be
added to the next quarterly billing.
Cell phones and beepers should be turned off or on a silent mode
during the meetings.
ARTICLE III – CANCELLATION
All tip information is confidential. Any member can be disqualified
from membership by the board of directors for sharing tip information
with someone outside your own firm or to a direct competitor of a
member of CPBA.
Should the ownership of any member firm change hands in whole or
in part, membership eligibility will be reconsidered by the Board
After missing four (4) meetings in any one (1) quarter, without
the approval of the Board of Directors, the member’s classification
shall be vacated. Exceptions to this are prolonged illness or other
circumstances approved by the Board of Directors. To validate any
absence a member MUST call or email the president or another board
member, prior to the meeting. Any communication concerning an absence,
unless done prior to a meeting, will be considered an unexcused
Any member whose dues become delinquent for one quarter without
the permission of the Board of directors, the member’s classification
shall be vacated.
All members are required to submit a minimum of ten (10) valid tips
per quarter, if the member submits less than ten (10) tips a warning
letter will be sent advising the member that their classification
is subject to review.
Whenever the Board of Directors deems it best for the interest of
the organization to cancel a membership and declare the classification
held by the member vacant, it shall have the authority to do so
by a majority vote
Before a membership is cancelled, the Board shall inform the member
in writing, of the contemplated action and allow the member 2 weeks
Upon cancellation of membership, all privileges of that member shall
automatically cease and their classification declared vacant.
Membership is entered into with the understanding that CENTRAL PENNYLVANIA
BUSINESS ASSOCIATES is not responsible for any type of business
loss incurred during membership. No member shall have any right
or action against CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA BUSINESS ASSOCIATES, members
or officers in consequence of any suspension, termination or expulsion
in consequence of any acts solely and essentially an organization
ARTICLE IV – ADMINISTRATION
The Officers of the CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA BUSINESS ASSOCIATES shall
consist of a President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer.
The Board of Directors shall consist of the Officers, four members
at-large and the Chairman of the Board of Directors, being the immediate
Nominations will be taken the last Tuesday in October. Elections
of Officers and Board of Directors shall be held the first Tuesday
in November. Term of office shall be January 1 to December 31st.
No member holding the office of President shall be eligible to succeed
themselves after two consecutive terms.
The Board of Directors shall meet monthly or at the discretion of
Meetings shall be held the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month at 12:00 noon, at
the WSCC, unless otherwise notified.
Dues are determined by the Board of Directors and billed quarterly,
payable in advance. Dues include the luncheon meal and are payable
whether or not the member attends the meetings. Any surplus funds
may be used for periodic networking or social functions.
A. Invoices are due in 30 days. If not paid in full 10
days into the second month of that quarter,
members must relinquish their membership.
When the regular representative of a firm cannot attend a meeting,
only the actual principal or an employee of the firm may take his/her
place. A member may bring a non-competitive, non-prospective member
as a guest to a meeting. Guest/prospective member do not receive
tip information. Lunch fees for prospective members are waived for
the first visit. Lunch fees will be charged for anyone other than
a prospective member(except for their first visit).
ARTICLE V – AMENDMENTS
The By-Laws of CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA BUSINESS ASSOCIATES shall be
reviewed at least annually at the first board meeting of the
new calendar year. (These By-Laws approved September 2005.)
These By-Laws may be amended by a majority vote of the Board of
Directors and a subsequent majority vote of the quorum of the general
A quorum is defined for the Board of Directors as at least 5 persons
and defined for the general membership as 60 % of the active members.
OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS
January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019
||BOARD OF DIRECTORS
||George W. Lane, CPA