The Annual Parish Meeting will be held on Sunday February 5, 2023 at 12:30 p.m. As in past years, we will vote to elect new members to the Vestry and delegates and alternates to Diocesean Convention. In addition, there will be a vote to approve the Second Restated Bylaws. In 2022, the Washington legislature revised the Non-Profit Corporations Act (RCW 24.03A) which applies to St. Mark’s. The Vestry undertook to revise the St.Mark’s Bylaws to comply with the new statute. The most significant revisions relate to rights of transparency and participation by members in a non-profit. While The Vestry usually votes on any Bylaws revisions, because the revisions under the new statute impact member rights they will be voted on by Parish Communicants in Good Standing at the Annual Meeting. A copy of the revisions to the Bylaws can be found at the following link:
Click here to view a pdf of the proposed revision to the Bylaws.
Those who may vote are Parish Communicants in Good Standing. Parish Communicants in Good Standing are those baptized persons who are faithful in corporate worship, who have received the Sacrament of Holy Communion at St. Mark’s at least three times during the previous year (unless good cause prevented), are age sixteen years or older, and who are recorded contributors to the support of St. Mark’s with money or with personal service. Voting by Proxy is not permitted.
Is the statement “Active Members shall have no rights under RCW 24.03A other than the right of inspection as defined therein and as specified in this Article II”, both necessary and helpful? It reads like a red flag.
LE, thank you for them comment and question about the proposed revision to the bylaws. The purpose for stating specifically that Active Members shall have no rights under the statute other than the right of inspection (as defined therein) and those provided for in Article II of the Bylaws is simply to make absolutely clear what rights Active Members have and do not have.