Article I – Name

The name of this organization shall be Town & Gown Council at the University of Central Florida, Inc.

 

Article II – Purpose, Commitment & Scholarship

PURPOSE

Town & Gown Council at the University of Central Florida, Inc. (“Council”) was founded in 1982 for the purpose of developing stronger relationships between the University of Central Florida and the community that it serves.

The purpose of the Council shall be to serve as an extension of the University of Central Florida, acting as a liaison for communication between the University and the Central Florida community.

The Council is a community-based organization. Membership is comprised of representatives from the Central Florida community (town) and the UCF community (gown).

Town member: Business leader and/or community volunteer with a circle of influence as demonstrated by involvement on boards, commissions, professional associations and/or in recognized community organizations.

Gown member: University leader with a circle of influence, interested in or a participant in community boards or organizations, and with demonstrated ability to communicate the University’s achievements.

All Council members serve as goodwill ambassadors for the University of Central Florida. The mix of town and gown members provides our organization with an avenue for two-way communication between the University and the greater Central Florida community. Gown members bring knowledge and perspective of the University, while town members provide contacts and networks in the community.

The Council meets regularly in the spring and fall, hosting various events throughout the year. Council members also attend many informative presentations about academic and special programs offered at UCF so that they may be more knowledgeable about university life.

COMMITMENT

Our university is one of the top assets in Central Florida and is continually impacting all facets of our community. The Council is committed to communicating this message and bringing positive recognition to UCF.

SCHOLARSHIP

In 1989, the Council established a scholarship endowed in the name of the Town & Gown Council Endowed Scholarship Fund. From the endowment each year, the Council awards scholarships to deserving, nontraditional students. The Council has made the scholarship award one of its priorities.

 

Article III – Membership

Membership in the Council shall consist of persons who are interested in the purpose and commitment stated in Article II. New members may be proposed by active or associate members in accordance with the Prospective Member Procedures. New members will be recommended by the Membership Committee and approved by the Board of Directors according to vacancies and the needs of the Council. New members will be presented at the annual fall meeting.

CLASSIFICATIONS AND PRIVILEGES

A. The Council has established a goal of 60 percent town and 40 percent gown for Active membership. Active members are expected each year to 1) serve as needed in some specific capacity, and 2) attend no less than two Town & Gown Council sponsored events. Active members shall be entitled to vote and hold office. The number of Active members shall be limited to 125.

B. Associate members are expected to support the various projects of the Council and shall be regarded as viable members. They shall not be obligated to attend meetings regularly, but shall retain voting privileges. They may not hold office. The number of Associate members shall be limited to 75.

C. Honorary Members: An invitation to honorary membership will be at the discretion of the Board of Directors.

D. Emerita Member:  The designation of emerita membership will be at the discretion of the Board of Directors.

 

Article IV – Dues

The Board of Directors shall determine annual dues for active and associate membership. Due are payable prior to July 1. Dues unpaid as of July 1 will constitute forfeiture of membership. The fiscal year of the Council shall begin July 1 and end June 30.

 

Article V – Meetings

There shall be an annual spring meeting at which officers for the following year will be elected. There shall be an annual fall meeting at which new members will be presented. Additionally, several special meetings and events will be planned during the year under the direction of the Program Committee and with the approval of the Board. For purposes of conducting Council business, a quorum shall consist of no less than 20 voting members.

 

Article VI – Officers & Board of Directors

The Board of Directors shall consist of the elected officers, the immediate Past President, the University Advisor and committee chairs of both standing and ad hoc committees. The officers of the Council shall consist of President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. Elected officers shall serve one year terms and are eligible for reelection. A vacancy in any office shall be filled by the President in consultation with the Board. The Board of Directors shall meet at the call of the President but no less frequently than four times a year. For the purposes of conducting board business, a quorum shall consist of no less than one-half of the Board of Directors.

 

Article VII – Nomination & Election of Officers

There shall be five members of the Nominating Committee. The chair of the Nominating Committee shall be a Past President and shall be appointed by the President. The remaining four members will be chosen jointly by the chair and the President and will also be Past Presidents if possible. A slate of candidates for office from the Active membership shall be presented to the membership and voted upon at the annual spring meeting. Officers may be elected by a simple majority vote of the members present.

 

Article VIII – Committees

Standing committees of the Council shall consist of Nominating, Program, Hospitality, Membership and Scholarship. Other ad hoc committees may be appointed by the President as needed. Chairs of both standing and ad hoc committees shall be Active members.

 

Article IX – Amendments

Revisions of the bylaws shall be presented at any meeting. Notice of proposed changes will be sent to the membership no less than 10 days prior to the meeting at which they will be voted upon. Amendments may be approved by a simple majority of the members present.

 

Voted upon and approved by the Board of Directors on February 13, 2013, and by the membership at the annual business meeting on April 10, 2013.