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Proposed By-Laws changes for PRAL Baton Rouge

The purpose of the proposed By-Law change is to allow the organization to revise the two-year terms of Board members. Currently, the two-year term begins each January. The change revises this so that the Board terms begin on July 1 with the new Board being recognized at the June membership meeting. The change is requested because January is traditionally a busy time of the year for the Board and would allow the Board to focus on key issues such as the annual membership drive, awards and annual planning.

The suggested changes are highlighted below in green. 

The entire bylaws are online at


Article Vll—Elections


Section 1


By March 1 each year, the President, with the approval of the Board, shall appoint a five-member Nominating Committee.


The Nominating Committee shall include the Immediate Past President (who shall serve as chair), two Past Presidents and two active members.


Section 2


The Nominating Committee will issue a yearly call for members who are interested in serving on the Board of Directors.


Each prospective Board member shall submit a completed PRAL-BR Board candidate application form and résumé to the Nominating Committee for consideration.


Section 3


While not required for service on the Board of Directors, it is preferred that each prospective Director have completed at least one year of service on any Chapter committee before being nominated for election as a Director.


To be nominated for election as an Officer, a member shall have served as a member of any Chapter committees for at least two years, have served on the Board for at least one year and have proven his or her executive-level leadership ability. Only a current Director or Officer with the requisite professional experience and Chapter service shall be nominated for election as an Officer.


Section 4


An elected Director at Large shall serve no more than two consecutive two-year terms without remaining off the Board for a period of at least one year, unless elected or appointed as an Officer. The term begins on July 1.

In addition, the term of a Board member may be extended up to one year in case of emergencies or transitions as determined by a vote of the full Board. Additionally, any such extension must be approved by a majority vote of members at a monthly membership meeting or via email to the entire membership.


Section 5


After evaluating applications submitted by Chapter members for positions on the Board, the Nominating Committee shall propose a slate of Officers and Directors for the next Board term, consisting of at least one candidate for each position. At least one of the candidates must also be a member of the Public Relations Society of America.The proposed slate shall be presented in its entirety to the Board of Directors for approval prior to dissemination to the membership for voting.


Section 6


The Secretary shall submit the slate in ballot form to each qualified Chapter member no later than April 15.


Section 7


Members may add or delete candidates from the ballot and cast a vote for the candidate of their choice for each position. Each eligible ballot shall be returned no later than midnight on May 15.


Section 8


The Secretary shall count the ballots. The Nominating Committee will audit the ballots.


The person receiving the greatest number of votes shall be elected to each respective position. In the event of a tie for any position on the Board, the tie shall be broken by a vote of the current Board of Directors, conducted in timely fashion.


The elected Officers and Board members shall be presented at the June meeting of the following year and shall take office on July 1.

For current 2017 Board members whose terms are set to expire in either January of 2018 or January of 2019, their terms will be extended to July of the respective following year.

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