The Quebec Family History Society obtained its Certificate of Continuance from Industry Canada on March 6 of this year, according to Industry Canada’s website, https://www.ic.gc.ca/app/scr/cc/CorporationsCanada/fdrlCrpDtls.html?corpId=2362252&V_TOKEN=1405560793699&crpNm=Quebec%20family%20history%20society&crpNmbr=&bsNmbr.
Meanwhile, QFHS members in good standing (meaning those who have paid their dues) are invited to a special general meeting on September 13. There are two items on the agenda: “approval to obtain our Certificate of Continuance” and “discussion for possible future changes to our Constitution.” The certificate of continuance allows the society to continue to exist as a not for profit corporation under the new federal NFP Act, and the bylaws have to be revised to be in compliance with the new act.
Members did not approve the executive decision to obtain the certificate and were not informed by the executive that the certificate has been issued. It is not clear whether the bylaws have already been revised.
If the bylaws have yet to be revised, the society is now operating under the Default Rules provided by Industry Canada. See http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/cd-dgc.nsf/eng/cs04967.html.
In either case, there is still an opportunity for members to respond to the invitation to suggest changes to the bylaws, in writing, by August 13.
To read more about this issue, see Societies – Are they Changing, on genealogycanada.blogspot.com, posted July 20, http://genealogycanada.blogspot.com/2014/07/societies-are-they-changing.html, and the previous article on Genealogy Ensemble, QFHS Invites Members to Submit Recommendations on Bylaw Changes, posted July 8, https://genealogyensemble.wordpress.com/2014/07/08/qfhs-invites-members-to-submit-recommendations-on-bylaw-changes/
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What role do well-written bylaws play in association governance? Can you see how strong an association is by its bylaws?
Those are just some of the questions Canadian genealogy association members are asking as they go through processes to update their bylaws. In some cases, the associations are mandated to update their bylaws by the federal government or the province in which they are located. Sometimes they also must include specific clauses in their new bylaws.
To help in this process, we’ve collected links to the new NFP Corporations Legislation at http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/cd-dgc.nsf/eng/h_cs04953.html and the overall transition process at: http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/cd-dgc.nsf/eng/h_cs04954.html.
We’ve also collected current bylaws from various associations across North America.
Canadian versions include:
BIFHSGO’s at: http://www.bifhsgo.ca/cpage.php?pt=24
The OGS at: https://www.ogs.on.ca/home/pdfs/OGS_bylaws_2012.pdf
La Société généalogique canadienne-française at: http://www.sgcf.com/index.php?path=content§ion=societe&subsection=reglements&page=reglements
Various branches of the OGS have them too, including Halton Peel at: http://www.haltonpeel.ogs.on.ca/bylaws.pdf
The Genealogy Association of Nova Scotia at: http://www.novascotiaancestors.ca/cpage.php?pt=22
Alberta Genealogy Society: http://abgensoc.ca/bylaws.pdf
Victoria Genealogy Society: http://www.victoriags.org/docs/vgscon.pdf
In the United States, there are several, including:
The Association of Professional Genealogists at: http://www.apgen.org/organization/bylaws/
The National Genealogy Society at: http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/ngs_bylaws
The Federation of Genealogy Societies at: http://www.fgs.org/cpage.php?pt=4
Fayette County: http://faycogensoc.webs.com/fcgsbylaws.htm
Cumberland County: http://www.ccgsns.com/about-ccgs/become-a-member/ccgs-by-laws/
Fairfax Genealogy Society: http://www.fxgs.org/about.php