Bylaws & Amendments

Bylaws & Amendments

Latest information updated 10/12/20 (please click on the links below):
Inconvenient Facts that you need to know!
2020 EFMLS Bylaws Committee Proposed Amendments Rationale
10-04-2020_EFMLS Proposed Bylaws Amendments revised with Legal Counsel

On Wednesday, October 21st at 7:00 pm, the 2020 EFMLS Bylaws Committee will hold the EFMLS Board of Directors Special Meeting for the 2020 Proposed Amended Bylaws

2020 Proposed Amended Bylaws Meeting ZOOM Registration <–click here


The final version of the 2020 EFMLS Proposed Bylaws Amendments below was submitted to the EFMLS Board of Directors on 8/22/2020 by the 2020 EFMLS Bylaws Committee.  The submission date initiated the 60-day review period (per current Bylaws) for all interested parties to comment on the proposed Amendments.  The Bylaws Meeting to ratify the proposed amendments, will take place on October 21st at 7:00 pm.  The meeting will be conducted via the Zoom virtual platform.

2020 Proposed Amendments to EFMLS Bylaws

EFMLS Bylaws 2016 (current)


Stakeholder submitted comments on 2020 Proposed BL Amendments  (September 2020)


Please note:   After searching and attempts of requests for historical documents, the 2020 Bylaws Committee were not able to locate (or given) any previous Bylaw editions between 1995 and 2016.  It was determined at some point after 1995, the EFMLS Constitution was co-mingled with the Bylaws into one document (thereafter referred to as the Bylaws).  This was not, nor any previous versions of the EFMLS governing documents since 1968, filed with NY State whom granted our charter and incorporation.  Due to the co-mingling of the Bylaws with Constitution and not being registered with NY State, the 1968 Constitution shall rightfully be one of the two (2nd being Bylaws) governing documents for the Eastern Federation of Mineralogical and Lapidary Societies, Inc.

To review the existing EFMLS Constitution:  1968-07-01_EFMLS Constitution         (Note: ARTICLE 1: SECTION 1C. of the 2020 Proposed Amendments addresses that these 2 documents are inseparable as originally and historically intended/and per NY State filing)

The 2020 Bylaws Committee began meeting weekly at the end of June and will continue through the end of October, 2020.  Several iterations of Marked up versions of the existing 2016 Bylaws and may be made available.

2020-07-29__1st Final Draft_Proposed Amendments to EFMLS Bylaws

2020-08-04__2nd Final Draft_Proposed Amendments to EFMLS Bylaws

2020-08-05__3nd Final Draft_Proposed Amendments to EFMLS Bylaws

2020-08-07__4th Final Draft_Proposed Amendments to EFMLS Bylaws

2020-08-10__5th Final Draft_Proposed Amendments to EFMLS Bylaws

2020-08-22__Track Changes_6th Final Draft_Proposed Amendments to EFMLS Bylaws (a.k.a. current red-lined version)

2020-08-22__6th Final Draft_Proposed Amendments to EFMLS Bylaws

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