November 7, 2012












The name of this organization shall be SCORE Central Virginia Chapter Number 494.  SCORE is a non-profit corporation organized for charitable and educational purposes, and each SCORE chapter is a unit member of the corporation.  SCORE is a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration.





Chartered as a nonprofit corporation for charitable and educational purposes, SCORE’s mission is to assist both existing and prospective businesses and non-profits by providing, through its experienced volunteer membership, counseling and other technical and managerial guidance and training.




Section 1

The SCORE program provides counseling and technical assistance to existing and prospective small businesses and non-profits.  SCORE members shall assist their clients to take a balanced approach to management, and to enhance the potential for the success of their business through quality education, training and counseling on topics such as finance, personnel, publicity, marketing, engineering, production and merchandising, etc.  Where appropriate, recommendations may be made that clients seek sound advisory relationships with other professional business specialists and associates.

Section 2

The Chapter and its individual members shall maintain a high standard of service and shall adhere to the SCORE Code of Ethics and other SCORE rules as described in the SCORE Operating Manual and other SCORE publications.  SCORE activities involve a public trust and public service.  Information concerning a client’s business imparted to SCORE or contained in counselors’ reports shall be held in strictest confidence, except as a client may authorize its disclosure.




Qualified volunteers, who have been properly screened and approved by the Chapter Executive Committee and the SCORE Association, shall be accepted as members of the Chapter by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the Executive Committee, without regard to sex, race, religion, color, national origin, age, marital status, or handicap.  Membership may be terminated by a vote of the majority of the Executive Committee if the volunteer does not fulfill his/her SCORE obligations as described in the SCORE Operating Manual and other Chapter requirements.




Section 1

The officers of the Chapter shall be Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, Information Officer.  Except for the position of Chair, the same member may serve in any two of the positions. 

Section 2

The Chapter Chair shall name a Nominating Committee of not less than three (3) members.  The committee shall nominate qualified candidates for the offices to be filled at the regular June meeting of the Chapter.  The names of the nominees shall be provided to the members at least two weeks in advance of the meeting.  Additional nominations from the floor shall be permitted, provided that the person nominated agrees to serve in the position if elected. 

Section 3

The officers shall be elected at the regular June meeting by a majority of those present.  It is acceptable for proxies to be submitted to the Secretary prior to the meeting.  Officers shall serve for one year and their term of office shall commence on October 1.  It is the intention that officers should serve at least two years.  All officers are eligible to be re-elected to their respective offices.  An officer may be removed as provided in the SCORE Operating Manual.  If the Chair is unable to serve, the Vice Chair assumes that position.  If other officers are unable to serve, the Chapter shall elect successors to complete the term.



Section 1

The Chapter Chair shall manage the affairs of the Chapter in accordance with the principles and policies of the SCORE Operating Manual and other directives of the SCORE Association.

Section 2

All other officers shall perform the duties usually incident to their respective officers and as further defined by the chapter chair.

Section 3

The Chapter, under the direction of the Chapter Chair, shall establish a sound fiscal process including budgeting to assure that the assets of the Chapter are protected.  No part of the funds and assets of the Chapter shall inure to the personal benefit of or be distributed to its individual members, officers or other private persons unless specifically provided by the SOM.



Section 1

Regular meetings of the Chapter will be held on the first Wednesday of each month unless otherwise decided by the Chapter or its Executive Committee.

Section 2

Special meetings may be called by the Chapter Chair or by the Executive Committee or by written request of (2/3) of the members of the Chapter. The purpose of the special meeting shall be stated in the call and at least ten days notice shall be given unless an emergency prevents it.

Section 3

Fifty percent (50%) of the members of the current Chapter roster shall constitute a quorum.




Section 1

The Executive Committee shall consist of the officers of the Chapter plus up to two (2) at-large members elected by the membership at the time of the June officer election.  The Nominating Committee will present names of the candidate(s) for the at-large position(s) and other nominations may be made from the floor.\

Section 2

The Executive Committee shall the have the power and authority normally exercised by such a body but shall be subject to the decisions of the Chapter, and none of its acts shall conflict with actions taken by the Chapter.  The Chair may not cede responsibility to the Executive Committee.

Section 3

Regular meetings of the Executive Committee will be held on the last Thursday of each month unless otherwise determined by the Executive Committee.

Section 4

Upon the vacancy of a seat on the Executive Committee the Chairman will appoint a replacement

Section 5

The Chairman may invite, at various times, a non-voting guest to attend as needed.




The Chapter Chair, with the approval of the Executive Committee, may establish other committees to fulfill committee responsibilities as provided by the SCORE Operating Manual.  The incoming Chair will present to the incoming Executive Committee a list of proposed committees and committee chairs for its approval prior to start of the new fiscal year.




These Bylaws may be amended at any regular meeting of the Chapter by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the members, provided that the proposed amendment(s) has/have been submitted to the Chapter membership not less than two (2) weeks prior to the meeting.  Member’s votes may be cast in person, by electronic transmission or by duly executed proxy filed prior to the meeting.