Eligibility for Membership
1. Representatives of physical plant departments of Florida institutions of higher education meeting the requirements of Article III, Section A, of the Constitution are eligible for membership. Attendance at a regular meeting and payment of the registration fee constitutes membership in the Chapter for physical plant employees of that institution. (Institutional membership shall be retained as long as an institution is represented at not less than one meeting every two years.)
2. Membership in the Chapter shall be limited to the employees engaged in the planning operation and the maintenance of facilities of higher educational institutions in physical plant organizations. Each institution shall designate its own institutional representative.
3. There shall be no limitation on the number of members from an institution. Representatives not eligible for membership will be welcomed as guests.
Classification of Membership
1. Member - A Member is a representative of an institution that meets the requirements of Article III, Section A, of the Constitution.
2. Institutional Contractor (Member) - A contracted or sub-contracted persons that provide facilities related services on-site to a specific institution. Institutional Contractor’s are to be considered voting members and will enjoy the same rights and privileges as Institutional Members. Fees and dues would be the same as applies to Institutional Members.
3. Guests - Representatives of an institution that are not members or not eligible for membership in the Chapter, and representatives of institutions that are members, but who are personally not eligible, may attend as guests.
4. Affiliate Member- Persons outside the Chapter or the Association or who are not in physical plant employment, who have rendered exceptional meritorious service to the Chapter or the Association may be elected to Affiliate Membership upon the recommendation of the Executive Board and a majority of the members present at any regular meeting.
5. Emeritus Member - Emeritus Member status may be granted by the Executive Board to representatives who, upon retirement, or change of employment, have had a minimum of five years of service in the Chapter and/or Association, or are Charter Members of the Chapter.
6. Subscribing Member - Subscribing memberships may be offered to individuals and/or organizations ascribing to the policies and purposes of the Association and wishing to support the activities of the Association, subject to approval of the Executive Board. This category of membership shall not be construed as an endorsement, actual or implied, by the Association or the Chapter.
7. Business Partner – Business Partner memberships may be offered to individuals, organizations, manufacturers, or suppliers of goods and services operating for profit and ascribing to the policies and purposes of the Association and wishing to support the activities of the Association, subject to approval of the Executive Board. This category of membership shall not be construed as an endorsement, actual or implied, by the Association or the Chapter.
8. Honorary Member - Honorary Member status may be granted by the Executive Board to individuals who, through their work and participation with the Chapter and its member institutions, have contributed to the success of the Chapter's Educational Programs and overall mission.
Rights and Privileges
1. Members - shall be entitled to all rights and privileges of the Chapter; the right to vote on all questions concerning the Chapter, to hold office; and to receive copies of the minutes, reports and publications.
2. Affiliate Members and Subscribing Members - shall be entitled only to attend meetings, to engage in discussions and to receive copies of the minutes, reports and publications.
3. Emeritus Members - shall be entitled to attend all meetings, without payment of the registration fee, to engage in discussions, and to receive copies of the minutes, reports and publications.
4. Honorary Members - shall be entitled to attend meetings, to engage in discussions, and to receive copies of the minutes, reports and publications.
5. Voting - One member shall cast all votes for each institution present. Where more than one member is present, they shall select one of their number to be spokesperson.
6. Member Dues – Dues for members are reviewed annually by the executive board. Dues or special assessments shall be proposed by the Executive Board and approved by a two-thirds vote of the members present at any regular meeting. Membership dues are $100.00 per institution regardless of the number of representatives.
7. Registration Fee - There shall be a registration fee for each person attending a meeting, payable at or before the meeting. The Executive Board shall establish this registration fee.
8. Business Partners - shall be entitled to attend all meetings, reserve booth space at meetings (at the established fee), be included on the Chapter mailing list, and receive the Membership Directory; and shall also be entitled to participate in other activities of the Association only by special request and permission from the Executive Board.
9. Business Partner Dues – Business Partner dues are set and reviewed annually by the executive board. Annual dues for Business Partners are set at $350.00 per organization which includes up to 4 representatives, each representative beyond 4 is $100 each per representative/local affiliate, and shall be reviewed annually by the Executive Board.
10. The fiscal year for the association is April 1- March 31. Annual membership dues are for the twelve month period following payment.