ARTICLE  I                  NAME


The name of this non-profit organization shall be Heart of Pinellas Decorative Artists.




The purpose of this Chapter shall be in common with that of the National Society of Decorative Painters, herein known as the Society, to stimulate interest in and appreciation for the art of decorative painting; to raise the quality of the art form and to serve as a central dissemination point for information concerning decorative painting.




  1. Membership in this chapter is open to all persons who are  members in good standing of the Society, and who in accepting membership, therein agree to be bound in all things not contrary to law, to these bylaws and those of the Society, and to observe the provisions thereof.


  1. Non-resident members of the Society may visit this Chapter, as specified in the Standing Rules.


  1. Non-member guests may visit as specified in the Standing Rules.




  1. Membership dues may be determined only by vote of the membership.


  1. Membership dues shall be paid yearly on a calendar-year basis.  Dues for the ensuing calendar year are payable October 1st and delinquent January 1st.  New membership privileges are effective October 1st with the exception of voting or running for office which shall begin January 1st.  Loss of membership privileges for non-payment of dues shall occur on January 1st.


  1. Amount of dues shall be as stated in the Standing Rules.


  1. All dues collected and other income generated for the Chapter must be used for the purpose of the Chapter and related philanthropic efforts.






  1. Regular meetings of this Chapter shall be held as stated in the Standing Rules


  1. The Board of Directors shall have the authority to change dates of meetings, and set places and times of meetings, provided sufficient notice is given to members.


  1. A quorum shall consist of not less than 1/3 of the registered membership.


  1. The privilege of holding office, making motions, debating and voting shall be limited to members in good standing for the current calendar year.


  1. Neither voting by mail or proxy shall be permitted.


  1. At least three (3) elected members of the board must be present in order for any voting to take place.




  1. The elected officers of this Chapter shall be President, First Vice President, Second Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer.


  1. The term of office shall be one year.  No officer may hold the same office for more than two consecutive full terms.  There must be an interim of two years before an officer who has completed two full terms of an office may be eligible to run again for the same office.


  1. Duties of officers shall be as follows.


    1. The President shall preside at meetings of the Chapter and meetings of the Board of Directors; shall be a member ex-officio of all committees, with the exception of the nominating committee and the auditing committee; when present shall sign checks with the treasurer; and shall perform such other duties as usually pertain to the office.  The President shall be responsible to see that all required reports and correspondence are sent to the Society office.


    1. The First Vice President shall preside in the absence of the President; shall assist the President; and serve as the Coordinator of Chapter programs.


    1. The Second Vice President shall serve as coordinator of Membership; shall keep an updated record of all members; and shall preside in the absence of both the President and the First Vice President.





    1. The Secretary shall record minutes of all meetings of the Chapter and the Board of Directors.  These minutes shall be kept in books which are the property of the Chapter, and shall be a complete and clear record of activities.  The Chapter minutes shall be printed in the newsletter each month.


    1. The Treasurer shall receive all moneys of the Chapter, shall keep an accurate record of receipts and expenditures, pay all bills upon approval of the Board of Directors, present a statement of account at every meeting of the Chapter and when requested by the Board of Directors.  The Treasurer shall prepare a complete report at the end of the calendar year, and provide a copy to the President to be sent to the Society Office as part of the Annual Report.  The Treasurer shall prepare a preliminary budget in the fall for the following year, to be reviewed by the Board of Directors and presented to the membership for approval.




  1. Appointed officers of the Chapter may be appointed for special duties as deemed necessary by the President, with the approval of the Board of Directors.


a.         The President shall appoint, with the approval of the elected officers, the Newsletter Editor and the Ways and Means Chairperson who shall serve on the board with voting privileges.  The President may also appoint, with the approval of the Board of Directors, a Parliamentarian, a Philanthropic Chairperson, a Retreat Chairperson, a Publicity Chairperson, a Funny Money Chairperson and other chairpersons who shall serve on the Board of Directors to provide input without voting privileges.


b.       The term of office shall be one year.  No appointed officer may hold the same office for more than two consecutive full terms.


c.         The number of appointed officers with vote shall not exceed the number of elected officers.










1.                Membership dues shall be $15.00 per year.  Renewal membership shall be payable September 1st and delinquent January 1st.  A $5.00 late fee will be charged to renewing members paying after December1.


New members dues will be prorated, depending on when member joins.  January 1st  to April 30th - $15.00; May 1st to August 31st - $10.00; September to December 31st - $5.00.


2.                The financial records of this organization shall be kept on a calendar year basis from January 1st through December 31st.


3.                Business meetings shall be held not less than four times (4) times annually.  Normally the organization meets the second Saturday every month with the exception of December.


4.                The Chapter shall have (3) valid signatures on file with the bank with two (2) required on all checks.  The three (3) signatures will be President, First Vice President and Treasurer.


5.                The First Vice President shall serve as program chairperson, assist the president and preside in the absence of the president.


6.                The second vice president shall serve as membership chairperson and preside in the absence of the president and first vice president.


7.                The most recent past president remains as a non-voting member of the Board of Directors as an advisor for one (1) year.


8.                Non-member guests and non-resident society guests may visit the organization not more than two (2) times each year without payment of the dues to the organization.


9.                Members in good standing may appear before and after the business meeting to sell decorative art and decorative art related  items using designated space.


10.           Members in good standing shall be defined as a person whose National dues and Chapter dues are current.


11.           Members running for an elected office must be in good standing and have attended at least three meetings during the calendar year.


12.           Funny money will be given to members as an incentive to perform services that benefit the chapter.


 A. Funny money may be spent at a “Country Store” that will  

                     be stocked with donated art related  products.  The “Country

                     Store” will be open a minimum of once a year.                            


13.           An educational table will be available for teachers and shop owners in good standing to display class projects, visiting teachers schedules from the National Society, etc., related to the arts.  Informational handout from National Society or industry manufacturers may also be placed on the tables for all members.


14.           The chapter will electronically transmit, or if requested, mail a  monthly newsletter to members.


15.           The minutes of the preceding monthly meeting shall be published in the newsletter each month or available to members at the next business meeting, so it will not be necessary to read aloud at the meeting for approval.


16.           The treasurer’s report shall be made available to the membership or published in the newsletter each month so it will not be necessary to read aloud at the meeting for approval.


17.           All checks will be valid when tendered.  No postdated checks will be accepted.  A minimum of $25.00 or the actual charges incurred by the chapter, whichever is greater, will be charged to any member whose check is returned unpaid.


18.           Seminars shall be open to all chapter members in good standing.

A deposit is required for each day of seminar.  Balances must be paid 30 days prior to the seminar.


A.  If spaces are open 90 days prior to the seminar, they can be filled by any SDP member.


B.  All checks must be valid when tendered.*




C.  Wait List* - A separate check in the full amount must be written for each class for which you would like to register.  These checks will be held and only submitted if an opening becomes available.


D.   No seminar monies will be refunded.  Seminar space is not

transferable if there is a wait list.  If no waiting list, a transfer

must be approved by the seminar chairperson.  Under special circumstances, a refund may be granted with the approval of the Board of Directors.


The seminar chairperson, with the approval of the board of directors, shall determine seminar location.


19.           The librarian requires a deposit of a $25.00 check before checking

out certain library items.  The check will be held and not deposited for a period of 60 days if items are returned undamaged.  Replacement cost of the item will be charged for damaged or unreturned item.


20.       Funds for SDP Conference delegate shall be included in the                       

annual budget for the president to attend functions that will benefit the Chapter.  In the event the president does not attend the Conference, a delegate can be designated by the Board with approval from the membership.


  1.      Current SDP charms for officers and committee chairmen shall be

     purchased by the Chapter.


22.       All records are the property of the Chapter.


       23.     These standing rules may be amended by majority vote at any        

       meeting wherein there is a quorum.  Any changes so made to      

       these standing rules are provisional and subject to approval by

       the Society of Decorative Painters.


Standing Rules amended May 17, 1999

Standing Rules amended August 14, 2000

Standing Rules amended April 2001

Standing Rules amended September, 2003

Standing Rules amended September, 2005

Standing Rules amended September 13, 2008