Chamber Bylaws

ARTICLE I

General

Section 1: Name

This organization is formed as a for-profit business under the laws of the State of Arizona and shall be known as the South Mountain Chamber of Commerce.

Section 2: Purpose

The South Mountain Chamber of Commerce is organized to advance the general welfare and prosperity of the South Mountain Area so that its citizens and all areas of its business community shall prosper. All necessary means of promotion shall be provided and particular attention and emphasis shall be given to the economic, civic, commercial, cultural, and industrial interests of the area.

Section 3: Area

The South Mountain Area shall mean to include the boundaries of Interstate 10 on the east, 75th  Avenue on the west, South Mountain to the south, and the Salt River to the north, within the cities of Phoenix and Tempe, Arizona.

ARTICLE II

Membership

Section 1: Eligibility

Any person, association, corporation, partnership or estate having an interest in the objectives of the organization shall be eligible to apply for membership.

Section 2: Application and Approval

Applications for membership shall be completed electrically using a form on the Chamber website. Approval of members shall be by the Membership Committee. Any applicant so approved shall become a member upon payment of the regularly scheduled investment as provided in Section 3 of Article II.

Section 3: Investment

Investments shall be at such rate or rates, schedule, or formula posted on the Chamber website, payable in advance.

Section 4: Termination

  1. Any member may resign from the chamber upon written request;
  2. Any member shall be expelled nonpayment of dues;
  3. Any member may be expelled for conduct unbecoming a member or prejudicial to the aims or repute of the chamber, after notice and opportunity for a hearing are afforded the member complained against.

Section 5: Exercise of Privileges

Any firm, association, corporation, partnership, or estate holding membership may nominate individuals whom the holder desires to exercise the privileges of membership covered by its subscriptions, and shall have the right to change its membership nomination upon written notice.

ARTICLE III

Committees

Section 1: Appointment and Authority

The Executive Director and President shall appoint all committees and committee chairmen. Committee appointments shall be at the will and pleasure of the Chamber.

It shall be the function of committees to make investigations, conduct studies and hearings, make recommendations to the Executive Director and President, and to carry on such activities as may be delegated to them.

Section 2: Limitation of Authority

No action by any member, committee, division, employee, director or officer shall be binding upon, or constitute an expression of, the policy of the chamber until it shall have been approved or ratified by the Chamber Officers.

Section 3: Testimony

Once committee action has been approved by the Chamber Officers, it shall be incumbent upon the committee chairmen or, in their absence, whom they designate as being familiar enough with the issue, to give testimony to, or make presentations before, civic and governmental agencies.

Article IV

Member Code of Conduct

As a member of the South Mountain Chamber of Commerce, members recognize that membership is a privilege and that a membership brings with it the responsibility to assure that all members understand and commit to the following membership undertaking.

The code of conduct shall, without limitation, require members to:

  • Conduct business and professional activities in a reputable manner so as to reflect honorably upon our business community.
  • Respect the reputation, profile and status of the South Mountain Chamber of Commerce, and represent the Chamber accordingly.
  • Whenever reasonably possible, participate in the functions and activities of the Chamber, and promote the enhancement of business growth in and around the South Mountain area.
  • Observe the highest standards of ethics in rendering services and/or offering products for sale, based on the members’ own knowledge and expertise.
  • Refrain from engaging in any practices prohibited by law or seeking unfair advantage over fellow members.
  • Refrain from publicly disparaging the business practices of fellow members and refrain from condoning or engaging in misrepresentation or unethical practices.
  • Abide by the bylaws of the South Mountain Chamber of Commerce.

Members also understand that the failure to adhere to the professional and personal obligations of the South Mountain Chamber of Commerce, as outlined above, and defined in the Chamber Bylaws, can result in the termination of my/our membership.