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It is the objective of the EO UK - London Chapter to comply with EO Global Bylaws and guidelines.
The EO UK of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization, the first hereinafter referred to as “EO UK” and the latter as “EO Global,” is directly affiliated with, and serves as an operating Chapter of EO Global. All Chapters agree to abide by all policies and procedures set forth by EO Global.
The specific purposes of EO UK have always been and remain:
(a) To operate exclusively for charitable, educational and scientific purposes. More specifically, EO UK is organized for the following purposes, including, without limitation:
(i) To provide educational programs, opportunities, resources and training to its members.
(ii) To share the mutual interests of improving the skills of the membership through access to educational programs, human and physical resources in support of their growing enterprises and participating with others that have similar drives, goals and experiences.
(iii) To engage leading entrepreneurs to learn and grow.
It is mandatory for EO UK and its Members to comply and respect EO Global´s Policies and Procedures, developed by the Board of EO Global to assist local Chapters and Members in interpreting and applying the Code of Conduct, Bylaws and guiding principles for the Organization. The Policies and Procedures are implemented as the standard by which Members and local Chapters should conduct themselves.
EO Global shall have one class of members (“Member(s)”). EO Global shall establish and modify the membership and qualification guidelines from time-to-time. Those guidelines, as well as the provisions dealing with membership rights, privileges, duties, discipline and termination, are set forth in the Membership section of EO Global's Policies and Procedures. EO UK will work in accordance with EO Global’s criteria for Membership as set forth in EO Global’s Charter Documents, which includes its Policies and Procedures. EO Global shall set annual membership dues, including methods and procedures for payment, in accordance with the Dues and Fees section of EO Global’s Policies and Procedures. Chapters shall set their local dues for the membership. Members are governed under both Global and Local By-Laws.
New categories of membership are:
To be eligible for this new membership classification, a member must either have:
This is for members of good standing and for a period of 6-24 months in the following circumstances
Pregnancy/Parental leave (including birth of child, adoption of child)
Long-term illness or sickness
Back to school (study leave)
Business implosion (eg, 25% decrease in turnover or other exceptional business circumstance)
Regional political turmoil or instability
For both new categories memberships, access to whatsapp groups is possible with board approval providing member is UK based.
Membership in the Entrepreneurs' Organization is by invitation only.
To qualify, you must:
To qualify for the Accelerator program you must:
To apply for admission to the Accelerator program, you must:
Only qualified applicants will be considered. Qualification does not ensure admission into the program.
All applicants are subject to approval by the Entrepreneurs’ Organization.
EO seeks members with enough common values to enable each member to consider himself or herself to be among peers, and with enough diversity to contribute different experiences and perspectives. This blend of characteristics and life experiences will enhance the opportunities for each individual to develop greater wisdom in both business and personal matters. The EO UK - London chapter follows the guidelines for membership articulated by EO Global. There shall be only one class of member.
Members are invited to join and renew, at the discretion of the EO UK London board. The Board of Directors ratifies membership, by majority vote.
The Membership Chair shall request proof of a prospective member’s eligibility for membership in EO. Proof may be a written statement, notarized, from the applicant’s Chartered / Certified Accountant firm.
The EO’s dues, initiation fees, and other similar charges shall be established in a manner approved by EO Global´s Board and complied with by EO UK and its Members.
All members shall comply with the Dues Policy set by the Organization, both at the Global and local chapter level, to become and remain a Member in Good Standing. Only Members in Good Standing are eligible for membership in the Organization.
Membership in EO is based on a fiscal year commencing July 1. Each July 1, members may renew their membership with EO by complying with EO’s membership criteria, and being a Member in Good Standing with both EO Global and the local chapter. If an existing EO Member in Good Standing fails to meet the membership criteria at the time of renewal, such member shall have a grace period of one year to meet the membership criteria, and may still renew his or her membership. If they have not re-qualified by June 30 of the grace period, they are not eligible to renew their membership in EO.
Every second year in June the board of the UK - London chapter shall conduct a process of “requalification” whereby all members seeking to renew membership shall submit proof of their qualification (both status as defined above and business financial condition), which may be a signed letter from their Chartered / Certified Accountant firm certifying the sales level of the business as well as their role and shareholding in the business.
Prospective members will submit an application, proof of qualification, and payment to the membership chair. Prospective members shall review these bylaws and sign the last page signifying their agreement with these bylaws.
The membership chair will review the documents, and if in order, will circulate the prospective member’s information to the entire membership via email commencing the 7-day approval process.
If any members have a concern about the prospective member’s suitability for EO based on potential or actual business or personal conflict they shall notify the membership chair within 7 days. Competition alone is not grounds for disqualifying a potential member. If the Membership chair is informed about a conflict; the chair shall bring the matter to the Board for investigation and a vote. A majority of the Board will be then required for the prospective member to enter the chapter.
The Membership chair, President and Finance chair will agree entry to the chapter.
If EO Global approves the member, they will update the EO web site
(https://members.eonetwork.org) to reflect the candidate status as “Member”. A candidate is not formally considered a member until this step is completed.
EO is an international organization of leading entrepreneurs that provides exclusive and proprietary peer-to-peer and event-driven learning and networking experiences through global Member relationships and connections for individuals who qualify for membership. The integrity of our organization and the respect by and among our Members are paramount to our long-term success.
As such, confidentiality, courtesy and accountability are the cornerstones of the conduct we expect from our Members, our staff and all who interact with our organization.
These Standards of Conduct have been adopted to promote and maintain the highest values and best practices for EO Members worldwide, and adherence to these standards is expected from all EO Members and Chapters. EO UK, each EO Member, executive, staff, vendor and sponsor pledges to adhere to the Standards of Conduct sets forth in EO Global´s Policies and Procedures as well as the guidelines for the what's app chanel groups.
Further to the code of conduct above, it is important to note that the use of the Forum Mindset protocol is vital to the vibrancy of our online channels. Any violations of the Forum Mindset protocol or code of conduct must be raised first with the member directly via a private message and also raised with the President or other board member or moderator of the chat group. It is also vital that any complaints about behaviour in the chat groups is not made public on the chat group, not discussions as to improvements to the guidelines made on the groups either. This is out of respect for the members of the chat group who are their to help with or request assistance and are not there to hear others opinion. Opinion is just that. Opinion. We are here to share or ask for experience exclusively. This is why a complaint in the group is non Forum Mindset as it is opinion and also shows a lack of respect for the experience of the person being complained about and for all the other people’s phones on which this opinion will be displayed.
The procedures for discipline are contained in EO Global´s Policies and Procedures and pertain to violations by a Member that extend beyond the Chapter of that Member. EO UK shall be charged with preparing and monitoring their own, individual, discipline policies- To this effect please see the section on chapter bylaw violations at the end of this document. The EO Global Board shall have the rights and powers to interpret, apply and enforce the Code of Conduct, Bylaws, Policies and Procedures of EO, and impose such discipline as the Board, in its discretion, considers necessary and appropriate to further the principles, vision, mission and values of EO.
Disciplinary Actions, Suspension and Expulsion of a Member from EO Global.
EO Global may suspend or expel a Member of the Chapter and it may do so in it’s sole discretion, if the Member was involved, directly or indirectly, in the commission of (a) a felony or other crime involving moral turpitude or the commission of any other act or omission involving dishonesty, disloyalty, fraud or breach of fiduciary duty; (b) gross negligence in relation to any of the Bylaws or Policies and Procedures of EO Global or the Chapter; (c) willful or intentional misconduct in relation to any of the Bylaws or Policies and Procedures of EO Global or the Chapter; (d) a material violation in relation to any of the Bylaws or Policies and Procedures of EO Global or the Chapter; or (e) misuse of assets of EO Global or of any Chapter for personal profit. The Chapter shall, where required by virtue of its charter or applicable local law, take appropriate steps to give effect to the decision of EO Global.
Any potential violation by a Member of the Bylaws or Policies and Procedures of EO Global or the Chapter shall be brought to the attention of the President of the Chapter.
The President shall request an inquiry into the matter and present the case to the Chapter’s Board of Directors to determine the disciplinary actions to be taken, as reasonably necessary and appropriate to further the principles, vision, mission and values of EO in enforcing the Bylaws or Policies and
Procedures of EO Global or the Chapter. If the Board of Directors of the Chapter, by a vote of two-thirds, considers that the violation merits the immediate suspension or expulsion of a Member, the President shall communicate this decision to the Chair of the Governance Committee of EO Global and provide a written summary of the situation and the relevant Chapter bylaws that support such action, the resolution of the Chapter Board and any supporting evidence of the violation in question. The Governance Committee shall review the matter to confirm that the Chapter followed its due process and, if so, the Committee shall make a recommendation of expulsion or suspension to EO Global.
The EO Confidential Information, as defined in EO Global´s Policies and Procedures, is confidential information. Misuse of the EO Confidential Information is a violation of EO policy. Any unauthorized use, transcription, or copy of is strictly prohibited. The EO Confidential Information contained in EO network is for the use of current Members (with restrictions), consistent with the Code of Conduct, Bylaws, Policies and Procedures and principles of EO. EO strictly prohibits the distribution or dissemination of Information by any Member relating to any other Member or Members to any non-Member. EO may pursue all remedies available under the Amended Bylaws, Policies and Procedures or under law including, without limitation, the expulsion or termination of any violating Member from EO and from the Member’s Chapter. EO is strongly committed to protecting against the distribution or dissemination of Member Information to third parties. Directors, officers, employees and Members acting on EO’s behalf are responsible for protecting EO Confidential Information from unauthorized disclosure.
EU UK has a data protection policy which must be completed by all members.
The membership directories for the local UK - London Chapter and EO Global are private and confidential. These lists must not be shared or made available to anyone outside of EO for any purpose. They are to be used exclusively by members for the sole purpose of contacting a fellow EO member, EO chapter, EO Global board member, or EO Global staff member. Any other use of the membership directories is cause for immediate expulsion from EO.
All conversation which occurs within a forum meeting is strictly confidential. Violation of this confidentiality is cause for immediate expulsion from EO.
Other EO meetings, learning events, and email postings are NOT considered confidential unless otherwise specifically agreed upon by the attendees at that time.
EO Global´s Policies and Procedures Solicitation Policy encompasses five dimensions: (1) Third Party Solicitation, (2) Social Media, (3) Strategic Alliance Partners or Sponsors, (4) Natural Disasters and (5) Marketplace. Generally, EO prohibits any Solicitation by a Member to another Member or to a strategic alliance, partner or sponsor of EO or a Chapter except as provided in EO Global´s Solicitation Policy. For purposes of this Solicitation Policy, the word “Solicitation” means any direct or indirect contact that was not requested by the recipient in regards to the sale or marketing of a product or service, a donation, an investment or any other cause. Further, the conduct or actions of any non-Member are attributable to the Member that introduced the non-Member to EO or otherwise distributed information relating to EO to the non-Member, regardless of whether the distribution was intentional or inadvertent.
Billing and Collection
Annual Global and Local Chapter dues are invoiced together and collected by EO-UK. Invoices are mailed in May/June each year and are to be paid by 15th of June.
Payment can be made via credit card to EO-UK.
EO UK - London chapter reserves the right to attach an additional fee to the cost of certain Learning events, Social events or other optional-attendance events. These events are approved by the Board and invoiced by the UK - London chapter Finance Chair. These fees are payable in advance of the events. Any member that does not pay is in violation of the bylaws.
Each forum holds an annual retreat. Each member pays the costs associated with individually.
All EO members are encouraged to join a local chapter forum. The forum experience is consistently rated as the highest benefit of EO by its members.
By special agreement with the board, an “at-large” member may remain a member of EO and participate in other chapter activities without joining a local chapter forum.
Forum members are assigned to the forums by the forum chair with respect to potential business conflicts. If members of a forum recruit a new member to the chapter they may have this member join their forum.
Any forum with one or more non-paying, participating alumni members risks losing its EO sanction and shall be classed as a Rogue Forum. The Rogue Forum will be notified that one of its members has not paid and will be given 30 days to remedy the situation before a Board vote is taken to exclude the Rogue Forum from EO.
Any member registered for Forum or Moderator training who does not cancel with at least 48 hours notice will be charged a £200 re-booking fee. Spouses attending training in order to join a spousal forum will also be responsible for the full training fee.
To protect the integrity of the forum and enhance the forum experience for all members, all forums must follow the following guidelines:
There are several categories of events: MyEO events, Educational events, Social events, Workshops and Cross-forum events.
EO UK shall have a board and clearly defined roles for each chair. At least one board member is required to attend the EO General Learning Conference, the Chapter President is required to attend the annual President’s meeting. Accelerator members are also eligible for a chair position.
EO UK may not act to bind EO Global or any other Chapter to any contract, debt, or commitment to lend money, except by separate, express written agreement.
The Board is the governing body for the EO UK - London Chapter. Board members are voting members and oversee the overall governance and success of the UK - London Chapter. The term of service begins on July 1 and concludes on June 30 of the following year. Board members meet monthly. Members of the Board are:
President: The President shall preside at all meetings of the Organization and shall have the power, under the instruction and subject to the approval of the Board, to contract on behalf of the Organization. The President shall guide the strategic planning process for the term of service and update the written EO UK - London Chapter Strategic Plan accordingly.
The President shall supervise the Board of Directors of the Organization and moderate all Board and Board of Directors meetings. The President shall assemble the Board of Directors during the term and facilitate the transition to the new Board of Directors at the end of their term. In the event the President becomes unable to continue serving in their capacity, or in the event of an emergency requiring action by the President where the President cannot be located by any means, the following shall serve in the place of the President, in this order of succession, on a temporary basis, until either the President becomes available, or his or her term expires, whichever occurs first: President-Elect, Past President, Finance Chair, Membership Chair, Forum Chair, Learning Chair, Mentorship Chair, Communications Chair. If none of these Chairs are capable and available, the Board shall elect a new President, to serve until regular elections occur in accordance with the By-Laws of the UK - London Chapter.
Past President: The Past President shall advise the Board and the Board of Directors.
President Elect: The President Elect shall hold another role on the board as either a member of the Board or a champion in any of the areas defined. The President Elect shall prepare an annual strategic plan for the chapter.
Finance Chair: The Finance Chair shall monitor the financial well-being of the chapter, issue cheques at the direction of the Board, deposit funds receivable, provide monthly reports on income and expenditure and quarterly balance Sheet and Income Statements, maintain the Chapter’s current account, deposit account and USD account, submit the annual budget for Board approval, manage chapter funds according to the budget, and manage standard business issues (i.e. Legal, Insurance, Tax). Ensure the accountants of EO UK London Limited have the information to complete the VAT returns, Annual returns and year end accounts and any other statutory requirements of the incorporated body.
Membership Chair: The Membership Chair shall grow the EO UK - London Chapter according to the goals established by the Board of Directors. The growth of the EO UK - London Chapter will be derived from the retention of existing members as well as the recruitment of new members. The Membership Chair is responsible for ensuring that new members and existing members meet the requirements of EO membership as defined in Section IB, Eligibility. The Membership Chair may assemble a number of volunteers to assist with Membership responsibilities.
Forum Chair: The Forum Chair shall integrate new members into appropriate forum groups, arrange all Forum training classes, create new Forum groups as needed, and conduct quarterly moderator meetings. The Forum Chair is responsible for the general well-being of each Forum Group. The Forum Chair and the President shall visit each forum personally at least once each year.
Learning Chair: The Learning Chair shall create the schedule for events and social events, coordinate all events, and insure that every event occurs as planned and stays within budget. Coordinating an event includes: selecting the venue, recruiting speakers, planning food and beverages, announcing/promoting the event to members, furnishing nametags at the event, tracking attendance, and purchasing speaker gifts on behalf of EO. The Learning chair may assemble Day Chairs or volunteers to assist with Learning Chair responsibilities.
Communications Chair: The Communications Chair shall be the primary point person for the chapter’s communications. Their focus is two-fold: internal (chapter members) and external (beyond EO) communications.
The two main objectives are:
Mentorship Chair: The Mentorship continues to build on and improve the chapter’s connection to WPO or other local mentors. These mentoring matches provide fellow EO members with potentially life-changing opportunities to share their life and business challenges with a mentor who possesses the depth of experience to guide them to greater success and build long-term significance.
Strategic Alliances Chair: The SA Chair, is the primary point person for all chapter sponsors and aims to keep chapter members well informed about the latest sponsors and opportunities available. The goal is to stay connected throughout the year to other chapter Sponsorship Chairs, EO Global and EO members from chapters around the world and share sponsorship ideas and information.
The primary responsibilities are to:
Accelerator Chair: the Accelerator Chair is responsible for the Accelerator program in coordination with the other regional Accelerator Chair and the chapter manager. The Accelerator Chair works with a committee of Accelerator members to organise the learning days, the accountability groups, as well as the additional events and membership.
Chapter Manager: The chapter manager will support the board members in their individual roles.
Members of the Board are requested to gain approval from the board for any expenditure except of out of pocket expenses incurred whilst carrying out duties wholly and exclusively for the purposes of EO UK London business. These claims should be submitted within 30 days using the EO UK London expenses spreadsheet
The Board makes all day to day decisions regarding the operation and expenditures of the chapter. The Board prepares the slate for future chapter leadership. The board prepares recommendations regarding dues changes and bylaws changes.
The Board of Directors - Responsibilities
The Board of Directors ratifies, by majority vote, changes to Chapter Dues and Chapter Bylaws.
The Board - Legacy
It is important that each chair has an elect by December of the year preceding when the July when then the board member will roll off. This is to ensure a steady handover where the chair elect will shadow the chair and become accustomed to the strategic plans and the functioning of the board.
Board meetings shall be held monthly or as directed by the President and scheduled in advance for the entire year during the annual Strategic Planning session.
Board members are expected to attend monthly meetings. In the event any Board Member is absent from three (3) or more required meetings during the Fiscal Year, the Board can remove a Board Member from their position at the suggestion of the President and with a majority vote of the Board.
In the event a Board Member is unable to adequately perform the duties of their position during their term, the Board can remove a Board Member from their position at the suggestion of the President and with a majority vote of the Board. The Board member will be notified of the problem and given 30 days to remedy the situation before the vote is taken.
If a Board Member is removed from the Board, the President may designate another Chapter Member to that Board Position for the remainder of the term.
Board members are the only voting members. A quorum attendance must be present to vote on any and all decisions brought to the Board. The EO UK - London Chapter defines a Quorum as a minimum of 2/3 attendance of the Board.
Each spring, EO Global hosts the Global Leadership Conference, a venue for incoming Board members to learn about their roles as an EO Board member. The incoming Board members (President, Finance, Forum, Mentorship and Learning Chair) are required to attend GLC. The President may select 2 additional Board members from the incoming Board to attend GLC also. The EO UK - London Chapter funds the travel expenses for up to six Board members to attend GLC according to the annual budget. Additional members may attend at their own expense.
Prior to the beginning of each year, the incoming Board will engage in strategic planning for the coming year. The format and structure of this process will be determined by the incoming President and may include an offsite retreat. The first segment of strategic planning should involve both the current Board and the incoming Board of Directors to ensure that best practices and lessons learned are carried forward from year to year. Optionally, an external facilitator may be engaged to lead the strategic planning process.
The EO UK - London Chapter relies on the participation and leadership of its members to ensure its growth and operation. The election process is designed to identify motivated, capable volunteers who will represent our members well and who will make the commitments needed to effectively lead the EO UK - London Chapter. In order to form a well-managed succession plan, EO UK - London’s President-Elect is selected 18 months before his/her term as president.
The President-elect must have served at least six months on the Board prior to serving as President-Elect. Although not required, President-Elect candidates should have attended Global University to fully appreciate the scope of EO’s offerings.
On December 1st of each year, the current President will request personal Chapter Vision Statement and Operational Plan from candidates for President-elect (who would serve as president in 18 months).
On January 15th of each year, all eligible and interested candidates for President-elect submit their personal Chapter Vision Statement and Operational Plan to the current President.
By January 31st of each year, the President will distribute copies of each President-elect candidate’s personal Chapter Vision Statement to the current Board who shall select the next President-Elect.
By February 15th the President-elect just selected, the current president, the current president-elect (who shall take office in 5 months as president) and the past president shall assemble a slate for the other Board positions and Board Champions.
By February 28th the slate shall be circulated to the general membership via email for their approval.
Any member who collects 33% of the chapter membership’s signatures may present him/herself as an alternate choice to any position on the slate. All signatures must be collected and submitted by January 31.
Nominated by current President and approved by Board and ratified at the AGM.
Where the incoming president will present his board, his candidacy will be voted by the membership either by the show of hands by the present members of the AGM and via the electronic voting for those, who are absent. If anybody has any comments, questions they should direct those to the board during AGM or at any time throught the EO year.
Members may serve up to 4 consecutive one-year terms. No board member shall hold the same role for more than 2 years.
The Bylaws contained herein may be revised at any time and approved by a majority of the Board of Directors (Board and Board Champions).
Violating the Chapter Bylaws will have the following consequences:
1st Violation: A warning letter will be sent to the offending member, who will inform the member of the violation and detail the remedy required to continue membership with the EO UK - London Chapter. Depending on the severity of the violation, this step may be omitted.
2nd Violation: Cancellation of membership within EO UK London Chapter. At the discretion of the Board of Directors of the London Chapter, a partial refund of membership dues may be offered or denied by the EO UK - London Chapter and EO Global.
It is the role of the board to act as stewards and custodians of the EO core values and to protect the chapter.
I have read the EO UK - London Chapter Bylaws and I agree to follow all of the rules stated in this agreement wholeheartedly. I also agree to be held to account in the manner detailed above for any rule breaches or if acting in a manner unbecoming to the Entrepreneurs Organisation.