Gem and Mineral Society of the Palm Beaches, Inc.

West Palm Beach, FL

 A 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization






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New Bylaws


Written Notice to Membership of Bylaw Changes March 2016

Dear Members:

Under current Corporation rules, the Board of Directors of the Gem and Mineral Society of the Palm Beaches, Inc., (the Corporation) will be calling for a special election to adopt restated bylaws in order to correct ambiguity in the old text and to restate the language to comply with certain updates and changes in the law upon becoming a 501(c)(3) corporation.

A Brief History:

The Corporation applied for and was granted the IRS designation of a U.S. nonprofit corporation in November 2011. With this designation came certain legal rights and responsibilities. During a regular review of our Articles of Incorporation, which at the time also included the Bylaws and Standing Rules, the Board noted several insufficiencies in the language contained therein. There were also several conflicting and / or confusing statements contained in the document we believed needed to be clarified. At that time, the Board began the process of rewriting the document and splitting it into two parts by creating stand alone documents for both the Articles of Incorporation and the Bylaws.

The Board completed its work on the Articles of Incorporation in the fall of 2014 and the restated document was adopted by of a vote of the membership during a special meeting held for that purpose on December 10, 2014 and filed with the Secretary of State in 2015. The current Articles can be read online at They are also included in the 2015 Membership roster and will not be reprinted herein.

Those items not included in the new Articles were “cut and pasted” together under the existing Standing Rules which remained in force and formed the basis of the new bylaws, the full text of which are reprinted below. These changes restate in their entirety, those certain bylaws of the Company as duly adopted at a meeting of the Board of Directors held November 4, 2015 in Lake Worth, Florida.

In order for these changes to take place, the Corporation rules state in part, they must be ratified “by two-thirds (2/3) of the membership of the corporation, either present at any regular meeting or by proxy vote, provided that the Executive Committee has previously considered and approved the same, provided further that no vote shall be taken unless written notice shall have been mailed or delivered to each member of the corporation by use of the corporation bulletin or otherwise, at least two (2) weeks prior to the meeting at which the vote is to be taken.”

The following three documents are provided for your review:

1. A copy of the Articles of Incorporation, (as revised 6/13), before any of the current changes;

2. A copy of the remaining bylaws and standing rules created on December 10, 2014;

3. A copy of the Board Approved Final bylaws awaiting ratification by the Members.

Discussion of the changes will be held at the regular meeting of the Gem and Mineral Society on March 17, 2016 and a vote will be taken beginning in April and continuing until a 2/3 majority is reached.


Unmodified Original Articles & Bylaws 2009

New Standing Rules December 2014

Bylaws - Final Version




Club Purpose:

To associate persons of the Palm Beach area of cutting, displaying and studying of rocks, shells, artifacts, and any kind of scientific objects of interest to the individual and the organization to promote community interest in these objects.

The society is a member of the Eastern Federation of 
Mineralogical & Lapidary Societies Inc. and the 
Southeast Federation of Mineralogical Societies, 
Inc., which are affiliated with the American 
Federation of Mineralogical Societies. Our members 
are able to participate in activities sponsored by 
these organizations.












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