Constitution and Bylaws


The Association is a non-profit corporation under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Service and shall be known as the Hanover Area Management Association, Inc. The registered office of the Corporation in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania shall be in Hanover, Pennsylvania 17331 until otherwise established by a vote of a majority of the Executive Board Members, or until changed by an appropriate amendment of the articles of corporation. The first day of the fiscal year of the corporation shall be July 1.


The purpose of this corporation shall be to foster growth and development of the leaders in member organizations by:

  1. 1. Providing opportunities through which leaders at every career level can enhance their abilities and become more effective in performing their responsibilities.
  2. 2. Providing the members with opportunities to meet and exchange constructive ideas and information with other leaders in the field.
  3. 3. Recognizing the resources of the member organizations.


  1. 1. There shall be four classes of membership: Active Membership, Associate Membership, Retired Membership, and Honorary Membership.
  2. 2. Active members shall be leaders of organizations, such as Executives, Managers, Staff, Supervisors, or leaders in training.
  3. 3. Associate members are previous active members who are not currently in a leadership position but aspire to continue their leadership educational opportunities.
  4. 4. Retired members, who have been members of the corporation for a period of three (3) or more years, do not pay dues but are entitled to vote.
  5. 5. Honorary members are those individuals that the corporation may wish to single out for distinctive service to the corporation or to the business community to confer Honorary Membership. Honorary members will not be entitled to vote or to hold an elective office.
  6. 6. Prospective members must complete an application for membership and be approved by a majority vote of the Executive Board Members.
  7. 7. Memberships will be terminated automatically for nonpayment of annual dues after three (3) months of delinquency.
  8. 8. Membership in this corporation is not transferable or assignable without the consent of the Executive Board Members.


  1. 1. Regular Dinner Meetings: The regular membership dinner meetings will normally be held the 3rd Wednesday of the month from September through May.
  2. 2. Annual Meeting: This meeting will normally be the September Meeting. Incoming Executive Officers will be installed at that meeting, past presidents will be recognized, and the annual audit will be announced.
  3. 3. Board Meetings: The Executive Board will generally meet the 2nd Wednesday of each month from August through June at a time and place designated by the President.
  4. 4. Special Meetings: The President with the approval of the Executive Board will call special meetings to facilitate the functions of the corporation.
  5. 5. Committee Meetings: For the purpose of carrying out the functions of programs, projects, or objectives of the corporation, committees, may meet at any time, place and date deemed necessary by the President and the Chairperson of such committee.
  6. 6. Guest members: Meetings are not open to the general public unless approved by the Executive Board Members. Members may obtain a ticket for guests by request to the Treasurer. The Executive Board Members will approve meetings open to guest members.
  7. 7. All general membership meeting dates, times, and places will be decided by the Executive Board Members. The membership will be given advance notice of a minimum of 5 days of scheduled meetings.
  8. 8. For general membership voting, a quorum shall be constituted by the majority of members present.


  1. 1. Annual Dues shall become payable on July 1 of each year. The amount of dues shall be determined prior to the due date year by the Executive Board Members. Invoices will be sent to the key person of member companies or to individual members.
  2. 2. Memberships will be terminated automatically for nonpayment of annual dues after three (3) months of delinquency.
  3. 3. Dues will be prorated for new members that join between January and July of each year.
  4. 4. The Executive Board Members will determine fees for other functions such as picnic, seminars, education, etc.
  5. 5. Attending Dinner Meetings: When members schedule to attend dinner meetings or special functions of the corporation, they will be responsible for the fee, whether they attend the function or not.


  1. 1. The Executive Board shall consist of the President, Vice President, Secretary, Member at Large, Immediate Past President, Treasurer, and Executive Director.
  2. 2. The Executive Board shall have the responsibility for transaction of all business of the corporation. Four members of the Executive Board shall constitute a quorum.
  3. 3. The Executive Officers, which consist of the President, Vice President, Secretary, Member at Large, and Immediate Past President, shall select the Treasurer and the Executive Director.
  4. 4. Interpretation of these by-laws shall be vested in the Executive Board.
  5. 5. Resignations-Any Executive Board Member or Executive Officer of the corporation may resign at any time by giving written notice to the President or the Secretary and the resignation will take place at the specified time, the acceptance of such resignation shall not be necessary to make it effective.
  6. 6. A board member and/or officer shall not be personally liable for monetary damages as Executive Board Member and/or Executive Officer for any action taken, or any failure to take any action unless: (a) The individual has breached or failed to perform their duties in accordance with accepted standards of conduct; and (b) the breach or failure to perform constitutes self-dealing, willful misconduct or recklessness.
  7. 7. Vacancies-The Executive Board may declare vacant the office of a board member or officer if he/she is declared of unsound mind by an order of the court, or convicted of a felony, or absent without sufficient reason, as deemed by the remaining Executive Board Members, from board or dinner meetings. Executive Board Members must attend a minimum of 7 board meetings and 6 dinner meetings unless approved by the remaining Executive Board Members. Any vacancy or vacancies in the Executive Board because of death, resignation, removal in any manner, disqualification, an increase in the number of directors, or any other cause may be filled by a majority of the remaining members of the Executive Board though less than a quorum, at any regular Board Meeting or special meeting; and each person so elected shall be a director to serve for the balance of the unexpired term.


  1. 1. The election of the President, Vice President, Member at Large, and Secretary shall take place annually at the April dinner meeting with the general membership. The services of Treasurer and Executive Director are retained by the Executive Officers.
  2. 2. The Immediate Past President shall chair a Nominating Committee. The committee shall consist of not less than five active, associate, or retired members and no more than one from any company.
  3. 3. Prior to March 1, the Chairperson of the Nominating Committee shall present to the Executive Director a slate of candidates for the office of President, Vice President, Member at Large, and Secretary. All active, associate, and retired members can be considered for all offices.
  4. 4. Upon receipt of the report of the Nominating Committee, the Executive Director shall notify the membership of the names of persons nominated as candidate for office. If no other names are placed before the Executive Board Members before the April Dinner Meeting, the slate shall be offered to the membership for voting at that meeting. A vote shall pass with the majority of the members present voting for the slate of officers.
  5. 5. The officers elected shall assume their offices on July 1.
  6. 6. In the event of a vacancy in office, the Executive Board Members shall appoint a member to fill the position and the officer so appointed shall serve until the next annual election as detailed in Article VI.


  1. 1. Composition: The elected Executive Officers of the corporation shall be the President, Vice President, Member at Large and Secretary. The Immediate Past President is a member of the Executive Officers. The Executive Officers will retain the Treasurer and Executive Director yearly with no term limits.
  2. 2. Qualification: All candidates for office must be qualified, Active, Associate, or Retired member of the corporation in good standing at the time of nomination or appointment.
  3. 3. Election term of Office: All elected officers are appointed for a term of one year in accordance with the following term limits and succession plans.
  4. 4. Term Limits
    1. a. President: Elected yearly.
    2. b. Vice-President: Elected yearly. This office should assume a three-year commitment to the Corporation advancing to the office of President in the second year and as Past President the third year.
    3. c. Member at Large: Elected yearly with a two-year term limit.
    4. d. Secretary: Elected yearly. No term limit.
  5. 5. The President shall preside at Board Meetings and the regular dinner meetings of the corporation. The President shall be a member of all committees. The President will appoint the Chairperson of all committees with the approval of the members of the Executive Board. The President shall review job descriptions with the Executive Director and update as needed.
  6. 6. In the absence or incapacity of the President or vacancy of the office, the Vice President shall perform the duties of the President.
  7. 7. The Vice President and Member at Large shall perform duties as assigned by the President.
  8. 8. The Secretary shall record the Minutes of the Executive Board Meetings and distribute them within 2 weeks of the meeting. The Secretary shall perform duties as assigned by the President.
  9. 9. The Executive Officers shall select the Treasurer. The Treasurer shall be responsible for the financial affairs of the Corporation. This responsibility shall include financial reports to the Executive Board, balancing the checkbook, accounts receivable, accounts payable, maintaining the budget, arranging for the annual examination and audit of the account, and the performance of such other duties as the President may determine. The Treasurer shall receive and deposit monies of the corporation in a suitable banking institution in the name of the Hanover Area Management Association, Inc. The Treasurer shall disperse all funds of the corporation subject to the direction of the Executive Board. These disbursements will be subject to the joint signatures of the Treasurer and Executive Director with the President, Vice President and Immediate Past President as alternate signers.
  10. 10. he Executive Officers shall select the Executive Director. The Executive Director of the corporation shall perform the general management of the corporation within any policies outlined by the Executive Board. The Executive Director shall present a budget for approval by the board, arrange dinner speakers, program leaders, and develop and publish all corporation news and announcements. The Executive Director will maintain records of all events. The President may request other duties.
  11. 11. The Executive Officers are responsible for maintaining the fiscal performance of the corporation in conjunction with the Executive Director and the Treasurer.


  1. 1. The bylaws may be changed, amended, or added to at any regular dinner meeting by a majority vote of the members present, provided notice of the intended change shall have been made available in writing or electronically to all members and announced at a previous regular dinner meeting.
  2. 2. All proposed amendments must be signed by at least five members and presented to the Executive Board Members, who must submit each change to the membership in the manner specified above.


  1. 1. A vote to dissolve the corporation may be conducted at any regular dinner meeting by a two-thirds vote of the members present provided advance written notice of a minimum of 60 days of the intended vote shall have been available in writing to all members.
  2. 2. In the event of dissolution of the Hanover Area Management Association, Inc. the Executive Board Members will distribute any net assets to a non-profit organization, Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Service, preferably with a similar purpose.

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