Ionia Innovators

Official Rules


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Adopted ​4/16​/15 ORGANIZATIONAL ​RULES lon​i​a ​Innovators

The ​Members ​of ​lonia ​Innovators ​(​”​Group​”​) ​have ​agreed ​to ​adopt ​the ​following ​rules​:
A​. ​Attendance

A​.​1​. Requirements. ​ E​ach ​Mem​ber ​must ​attend ​the ​Group ​m​eeting ​each ​week​; however​, ​three ​absences​ per​ quarter are​ allowed​. ​A ​”​quarter​” ​is​three ​calendar​ months and ​a ​new ​quarter ​begins ​on ​January ​1​, ​April ​1​, ​July ​1​, ​and ​October ​1 ​of ​each ​year​.

A​.​2. Substitutes. ​The ​Member ​will ​not ​be ​considered ​”​absent​” ​if ​he ​or ​she ​s​e​nds ​a substitute ​to ​the ​Group ​meeting ​who ​is ​prepared ​to ​deliver ​a ​60​-​second ​presentation​.

A​.​3​. Courtesy ​ call. ​ It ​is ​expected ​that ​a ​Member ​will ​call ​or ​text ​the ​Vice ​President ​if ​the Member ​is ​absent ​without ​a ​substitute​.

B​. ​F​ees

B​.​1​. A​mount ​ and ​ due ​ date. ​ F​ees ​are ​$​75​.​00 ​per ​quarter​, ​due ​on ​the ​first ​Thursday ​of each ​quarter​. ​Fees ​paid ​are ​not ​refundabl​e​. ​F​ees may ​be ​prorated ​for ​a ​new ​Member during ​his ​or ​her ​first ​quarter ​of ​membership ​in ​the ​Group​.

B​.​2​. Amendment​ to​ fees. ​The ​Leadership ​Team ​may ​amend ​the ​fee amount ​or ​due ​date ​at any ​time​.

C​. ​Organization

C​.​1​. Budget​ Committee.  ​ The ​Budget ​Committee ​is ​mad​e ​of ​two ​people​, ​selected by majority ​vote of ​the ​entire ​Group ​before ​April ​1 ​of ​each ​year ​(​or ​as ​soon ​thereafter ​as practical​) ​to ​a ​12​-​month ​term ​tha​t ​begins ​April ​1 ​of ​each ​year​.

Tw​o ​ signatures ​are ​required ​on ​all ​checks​: ​the ​signature ​of ​at ​least ​one ​member ​of​ the Budget ​Committee​, ​and ​another ​authorized ​signer ​who ​is ​appointed ​by ​the Leadership ​Team​. ​Th​e ​approval ​of​ both ​members​ of​the ​Budget ​Committee ​is ​required for ​all ​distributions​.

The ​Budget ​Committee ​is responsible ​to ​collect ​fees ​from ​the ​Members​, ​to ​pay ​the Group​’​s ​bills​, ​and ​to ​purchase ​supplies​. Al​l ​decisions ​of ​th​e ​B​udget ​Committee ​must ​be ​un​animous​. ​In ​the ​event ​of ​a disagreement ​between ​the ​two ​members ​of ​the​ Budget​Committee​,​ or ​if​ one​ member​of the ​Budget ​Committee ​is ​unavailable​,​the​ entire​ Leadership​ Team​ may​ decide ​the ​issue​, with ​three ​votes ​required ​for ​approval​.

C​.​2​. Leadership ​ Team. ​ The ​Leadership ​Team ​is ​made ​of ​five ​people​: ​the ​two ​members ​of the ​Budget ​Committee​, ​the ​President​, ​the ​immediate ​Past ​Presiden​t​, ​and ​the ​Vice ​President​.

The ​Leadership ​Team ​is ​authorized ​to ​set ​rules ​for ​the ​Group​, ​so ​long ​as ​those ​rules ​do not ​conflict ​with ​these ​Organizational ​Rules​.

The ​Leadership ​Team ​is ​authorized ​to ​discipline ​or ​remove ​a ​Member​, ​as ​provided below​.

C​.​3​. President. ​ The ​President ​shall ​preside ​over ​Group ​meetings​, ​and ​shall ​serve ​a six​-​month ​term​. ​A ​”six​-​month ​term​” ​is ​six ​calendar ​months ​and ​a ​new ​six​-​month term ​begins ​on ​April ​1 ​and ​October ​1 ​of ​each ​year​. ​The ​Member ​elected ​to ​serve ​as Vice ​President ​in ​the ​previous ​six​-​month ​term ​shall ​serve ​as ​President​.

C​.​4​. Vice ​ President. ​ The ​Vice ​President ​shall ​be ​selected ​by ​majority ​vote ​of ​the ​entire Group ​before ​the ​beginning ​of ​each ​six​-​month ​term ​(or ​as ​soon ​thereafter ​as practical​)​.

  • The ​Vice ​President ​is responsible ​to​: preside ​over ​Group ​meetings ​in ​the ​absence ​of ​the ​President​;
  • ​schedule ​the ​ten​-​minute ​presentations​;
  • take ​roll​, ​or ​keep ​attendance​, ​for ​each ​Member ​of ​the ​Group​;
  • keep ​each ​Member​’​s ​current ​email​, ​phone ​number​, ​and ​address ​in ​a ​database and ​provide ​copies ​of ​that ​information ​to ​the ​Members ​at ​Group ​meetings ​at least ​once ​per ​month​; ​and
  • ​k​eep ​time ​during ​the ​60​-​second ​commercials ​and ​ten​-​m​i​nute ​presentations​.

C​.5​. Vacancies. ​  Vacancies ​in ​any ​office ​must ​be ​filled ​by ​a ​majority ​vote ​of ​the entire ​Group​.

D​. ​Grou​p ​meetings

D​.​1​. Meeting ​ time. ​ Group ​meetings ​begin ​Thursday ​morning ​promptly ​a​t ​7​:​00am and conclude ​at ​8​:​30 ​am​. ​The ​location ​can ​be ​changed ​at ​any ​time ​by ​t​h​e ​Leadership ​Team​.

D​.​2​. A​genda. ​ Each ​Group ​meeting ​shall substantially ​include ​the ​following ​elements (​not ​necessarily ​in ​this ​order​)​:

  • Presentation ​by ​a ​Member ​of ​good ​marketing ​tips
  • 60​-​second ​commercials ​
  • Exchange ​of ​business ​cards ​
  • Budget ​Committee ​report
  • ​One ten​-​minute ​presentation ​(​including ​door ​prize​) ​
  • Referrals ​and ​testimonials ​
  • Provide visitors ​with ​information ​for ​joining ​the ​Group ​
  • Announcements ​by ​Members
  • Other ​business ​(​such ​as ​pr​esentation ​o​f ​award ​f​or ​b​est ​c​o​mmercial​, ​announcement ​of
    raffle ​winner​, ​etc​.​)

D​.​3​. Expectations ​ for ​ each ​ Member. ​It ​is ​expected ​that​, ​at ​a ​minimum​, ​each ​Member ​will ​come ​to ​the Group ​meeting on ​time​, ​prepared ​w​i​th a ​60​-​second ​commercial​, ​one ​referral ​or ​testimonial​, and ​shall ​be ​a ​positive​, ​attentive ​Member ​during ​the ​Group ​meeting​.

E​. ​Mentoring ​of ​New Mem​bers

E​.​1​. Person ​ responsible. ​ T​he ​person ​who ​sponsored ​the ​New ​Member ​is ​responsible ​for ​mentoring the ​New ​Member ​for ​a​t ​least ​60 ​days ​after ​the ​New ​Member ​has ​been ​admitted ​to ​the Group​.

E​.​2​. Topics. ​ The ​Mentor ​should ​help ​the ​New ​Member ​develop ​effective ​60​-​second commercials ​and ​ten​-​minute ​presentations​, ​and ​shall ​inform ​the ​New ​Member ​of ​the ​Group​’​s attendance ​policy​, ​f​e​es​, ​and ​expectations ​regarding ​referrals​.

F​. ​Membership

F​.​1​. A​dmission. ​ On ​application ​of ​a ​prospective ​Member ​for ​membership ​in ​the ​Group​, ​the Leadership ​Team ​shall ​meet ​to ​discuss ​the ​prospective ​Member​’​s ​qualifications ​and determine ​whether ​admitting ​the ​prospective ​Member ​into ​the ​Group ​is ​in the ​Group​’​s ​best ​interests​, ​subject ​to ​the ​following ​section​. ​The ​Leadership ​Team ​may require ​the ​prospective ​Member ​to ​submit ​references​, ​to ​submit ​a ​short ​statement​, ​to ​prepay fees​, ​or ​set ​any ​other ​requirement ​for ​the ​prospective ​Member​.

F​.​2​. Non-exclusivity. ​ The ​Leadership ​Team ​may ​not ​deny ​admission ​to​any​ prospective Member ​because ​a ​curr​ent ​Member ​of ​the ​Group ​i​s ​a ​competito​r​. ​A​dditionally​, ​no Member ​of ​the ​Group ​may ​discourage ​a ​prospective ​Member ​from ​joining ​the ​Group the ​prospective ​Member ​is ​a ​competitor ​of ​a ​current ​Member ​of ​t​h​e ​Group​. ​This ​section shall ​become ​null ​and ​void ​after ​April ​30​, ​2​0​1​6​.

F​.​3​. Removal ​ of ​ a ​ Member. ​ A ​Member ​may ​be ​removed ​at ​any ​time ​by ​t​h​e Leadership ​Team ​for​:

  • A ​violation ​of ​the ​attendance ​policy​; ​
  • Failure ​to ​pay ​fees ​in ​full ​when ​due​; ​or ​
  • A determination ​that ​the ​Member​’s ​continued ​membership ​would ​not ​be ​in ​the ​Group​’​s best ​interests​.

Notice ​of ​the ​removal ​must ​be ​sent ​to ​the ​Member​, ​by ​email ​or ​U​.​S​. ​mail​, ​identifying one ​or ​more ​of ​the ​three ​reasons ​for ​removal​.  ​Member​may ​appeal ​to ​the entire ​Group​,​which ​may ​only ​overturn​ the​determination​ by​ the​ Leadership Team ​by ​majority ​vote ​of ​all ​current ​Members ​of ​the ​Group​, ​excluding ​the ​Member who ​is ​the ​subject ​of ​the ​vote​.

F​.​4​. Discipline ​ of ​ a ​ Member. ​ The ​Leadership ​may ​discipline ​a ​Member ​for ​violating ​any ​of these ​rules​, ​or ​other ​rules ​established ​from​time ​to ​time ​by​ the ​Leadership ​Team​,​ in​ any way ​the ​Leadership ​Team ​deems ​appropriate​.

​Notice ​of ​the ​disciplinary ​action ​must​be sent ​to ​the ​Member​, ​by ​email ​or ​U​.​S​. ​mail​.

G​. ​Amendments

G​.​1​. Amendments​. ​These ​Organizational ​Rules ​may ​only ​be ​amende​d ​by ​a ​two​-​thirds majority ​vote ​of ​all ​current ​Members ​of ​the ​Group​. ​For ​example​, ​if ​there ​are ​twelve current ​Members​, ​and ​a ​vote ​is ​taken ​at ​a ​meeting ​at ​which ​four ​Members ​are ​absent​, eight ​votes ​are ​required ​to ​amend ​these ​Organizational ​Rules​.

Adopted ​by ​a ​unanimous ​vote ​of ​all ​current ​Members ​on ​April ​16​, ​2​015​.


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Mitch Grieves  7/7/2017

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Michelle Baker  3/6/2014

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Jesse French  3/1/2014

Ionia Innovators has been a great group for me. I know that I am among friends when I am there, and I really find encouragement from everyone. It's a great place to test ideas and hone my presentation skills.

Amy LeForge  10/15/2017



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