Bylaws of the Pennsylvania Ornithological Records Committee (revised 2019)

PORC Bylaws Revised 2019 (Final)

 

The 2019 Bylaws Revision

In 2019, a special committee within PORC was tasked with revising the existing bylaws of the committee.

Ian Gardner (Secretary), Billy Weber (Voting Member), and Holly Merker (Chair, Voting Member) worked to make revisions and bring the committee up to date with the current era of birding and digital technology.

One revision made removed the position of PORC Treasurer, a position that has been defunct for nearly decade since our database and voting process has gone electronic. All mentions of post office, USPS mailings, envelopes, etc. were removed from the bylaws as this is no longer needed in the digital era.

Previous to this revision, there were no limits for how long a committee member could serve on the PORC. In attempts to add influence and input from new perspectives, experiences and backgrounds, our committee felt it best to establish a term limit of two consecutive terms. After which a member is eligible to be considered in nomination after a one term (3 years) break.

Additionally, inclusion of an expedited review process for integration of eBird records into the PORC voting procedure was established. Please see Article X for more information on criteria established for eligible eBird records.