Georgia Breastfeeding Coalition Member Criteria

As according to the Georgia Breastfeeding Coalition Bylaws, the GBC Board of Directors must decide annually on criteria to remain a member in good standing no later than November 30th of the current year.

For 2018, the following dues shall be assessed.  To become an Individual Member in good standing, persons must agree with the mission of the GBC, sign up for the email list, and pay dues in the amount of $20 for general members, or $10 for students, volunteers or GBC Board Members/Committee Chairs.  To become an Organizational Member in good standing, the organization must agree with the mission of the GBC, sign up for the email list, designate a delegate, and pay dues in the amount of $50.  To become a Corporate Partner, consideration, whether monetary or in kind, must be paid in an amount equal or greater than $100.  All levels of membership entered in 2018 will end December 31, 2018.

Per the GBC bylaws, April 7, 2016:

Article IV  Membership

Membership shall be open to persons residing or working in Georgia who are interested in and can contribute to the Coalition. Representatives from the following areas will be encouraged to maintain membership: health care providers including hospital staff, private physicians, nurses, lactation consultants, health department personnel, and mental health professionals; social  service providers; school personnel; La Leche League Leaders; community leaders and  legislators; representatives of other community groups; and breastfeeding women.  The Coalition actively seeks diversity in membership and leadership.

Section 1- Categories of

Membership:

A.  There shall be three categories of membership: Individual, Organizational,, and  Corporate Partner. No person or organization shall be denied membership because of  race, sex, religious preference, ethnicities, or any other grounds prohibited by law. If a  conflict of interest is apparent, membership may be denied by a majority vote of the  Board of Directors, established in Article V, and hereinafter referred to as the “Board”.


Section 2­Individual Members:

Individuals with a commitment to the purpose and goals and who are willing to support the work of the Coalition may become members.

A. Individual members may attend coalition meetings and are entitled to one vote on coalition business. B. Individual members are encouraged to participate in one or more committees of the Coalition. C. Individual members may be elected as officers of the Coalition, to serve on the Board, as specified in Article VI Section. D. Individual members will be in good standing based on criteria established by the Board, published annually.


Section 3 ­Organizational

members:

Voluntary, Professional and Government organizations with a common interest and commitment to the purpose and objectives of the Coalition may become member organizations. This determination and approval by the Board will be based on review of the organization’s mission statement continuity with Coalition goals. Member organizations must meet State and/or Federal eligibility criteria for non­profit status.

A. Member organizations may be represented by one delegate who may attend coalition meetings and is entitled to one vote on behalf of their organizational Coalition business. B. Organizational member delegates are encouraged to participate in one or more committees of the Coalition. C. Organizational member delegates may not be elected as officers of the Coalition. D. Organizational members will be in good standing based on criteria established by the Board, published annually.

Section 4 - ­Corporate Partners:

Businesses, corporations and other organizations which do not meet criteria to become organizational members, but who display a commitment to support the purpose and objectives of the Coalition may become corporate partners. A. Criteria for corporate partnership will be determined annually by the Board. B. Corporate partners may select a non­voting delegate, who may serve on a committee. C. Corporate Partners are expected to contribute cash or in kind donations or services commensurate with their level of partnership. Corporate partners will receive acknowledgment of their partnership on the Coalition’s promotional materials, as directed by the Executive Committee as defined in Article V.