[Oeva-list] Board Proposal: Bylaws Modification to Add Corporate Membership Option

chris at darkstarpro.com chris at darkstarpro.com
Fri Apr 4 17:39:58 PDT 2014

Thanks for your feedback Charles.

Unfortunately most corporations have separate budget "buckets" for 
sponsorships vs. association memberships. The requests made to the OEVA 
by a couple of corporations brought this specifically up. (The idea 
being that you "sponsor" and event, but your a "member" of an 

The board considered tying the "level" to a company statistic (like 
employee size), however we aren't dependent on corporate memberships to 
serve our mission and goals, so the decision was to make it an option 
for a corporation.

To keep our legal paperwork simple, we only have the bylaws and no other 
operational document. The board decided to call out specific corporate 
membership benefits since we do so for individual members. The idea will 
be that corporate members will receive sponsorship discounts at events 
the OEVA organizes.

Hope this helps explain our thinking a bit.

Chris Arnesen

On 04.04.2014 15:57, Charles Bonville wrote:
> Hi Chris,
> I'm not a member of OEVA, but here are a few quick thoughts.
> Since the proposal doesn't give Corporations a vote, then why call
> them Members? What I see below is a Sponsorship.
> Also, what are the differences between the 3 levels of Corporate
> membership/sponsorship, both in terms of requirements and in benefits?
> I suppose the benefits details are best codified in an operations
> document rather than By-Laws, but that means that you should probably
> be having your membership consider the ops. doc. in context with the
> proposed By-Law changes. Are the color levels based on the size of the
> company, or on how much Benefits they want to "subscribe" to?
> Regards,
> Charles
> (Volt driver in Albany, Oregon)
> -------------------------
> FROM: chris at darkstarpro.com
> TO: oeva-list at oeva.org
> SENT: Friday, April 4, 2014 3:34:17 PM
> SUBJECT: [Oeva-list] Board Proposal: Bylaws Modification to Add
> Corporate Membership Option
> Hi Everyone,
> The OEVA board has been approached in the last year by a number of
> corporations and asked if we had a membership level that would apply
> to
> them, with the answer being "no." We never thought this was a major
> issue, however we've learned that many corporations have special
> budget
> allocations that allow them to join associations.
> To answer this request, we've proposed modifying the membership
> section
> of our bylaws as follows:
> -----------------------
> Section 1: OEVA membership is $20 per year for individuals.
> Individuals
> receive the privilege of a single vote and can be elected as a board
> member.
> Section 2: OEVA membership varies for corporations per the schedule
> below. Corporations have no voting privileges, will receive a listing
> on
> the OEVA website, and will be listed on any OEVA publications.
> Platinum Member - $1,000
> Gold Member - $500
> Silver Member - $250
> Section 3: There are no special membership requirements, anyone can be
> a
> member. To subscribe or renew, make payment to the Treasurer.
> -----------------------
> In addition, I've taken the opportunity to update the board elected
> positions as well (see the attached document). We would like to take
> the
> next week to gather any input on these changes and then submit it for
> a
> formal vote at our next monthly meeting on Thursday, April 10th.
> Sincerely,
> Chris Arnesen
> OEVA Media Relations Chair
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