GIPA Inc. has been formed for the following purposes:
- To support the current expansion of the Golden Isles Parkway located in the State of Georgia,
which will enhance the economic development of the State of Georgia.
- To initiate, plan, direct, and coordinate programs or events for providing support in
conjunction within cooperation with citizens, government, business, and industries for the
building, sustaining, and maintaining of the GIPA located in the State of Georgia.
- To perform all other acts necessary of incidental to the above or to do
whatever is deemed necessary, useful, advisable or conducive, directly or indirectly, to carry
out any of the purposes of the corporation, as set forth in these Articles of
- To receive and maintain a fund or funds of real or personal property to
further the purposes of the economic development for the region.
The business and affairs of the Association shall be managed by its membership,
through a duly elected Board of Directors comprised of two voting members from each county. Any reputable
person with a substantial interest in the completion of the Golden Isles Parkway shall be eligible for
membership by paying annual membership dues set forth by the board . The members from each county shall
appoint two Board members to represent the interests of the county, and to cast votes on the business of
the Council. Each member is expected to take an active role in the governance and business of the
Association. All members in good standing shall receive voting privileges in accordance with the
Association policies; shall receive publications, notices, and minutes of Board Committee; shall be
eligible to hold appointed or elective office; and may attend all general meetings of the Board of
Executive Board of Directors meetings shall be held quarterly prior to the
General Membership meeting. Annual meetings shall be held in July, for the purpose of installing elected
officers and members. The membership attending any given meeting of the Board shall constitute a quorum,
and the act of the majority of members present at such a meeting shall be an act of the Board. The members
of the Board will meet on the second Wednesday of each month at 11:00 a.m.
Board of Directors: Shall be comprised of no more than two members from each
participating county. Each county delegate, plus each officer except the President, may cast one vote on
any issue before the Association. The President may vote only as a tiebreaker. No county delegate may cast
more than one vote; however, a proxy vote will be permissible by written notification, as it realized each
county should have representation at each Board of Directors meeting. County delegates may miss no more
than five Board meetings in one calendar year or more than two consecutive meetings in one calendar year.
The General Membership shall at its annual meeting elect a President, Vice President, Secretary, and
Treasurer for the coming year. The term of office for each officer shall be two years, if elected and they
may succeed themselves for additional years. The duties for each office shall be those generally pertaining
to the office. The President shall preside at all meetings; create and dissolve committees as needed;
appoint all committees chairpersons; serve as ex-officio member of all committees. The President, and other
officers as designated by the Board of Directors, shall sign all contracts, agreements and commitments
involving the Association. The Vice-President shall be an ex-officio member of all standing committees, and
shall act as President in the absence or disability of the President, and shall assume the office of
President at the end of the Vice-President’s term of office, or should the office of President become
vacant. The Secretary shall record and issue minutes or causes to be recorded or issued of each meeting of
the Board to the Board of Membership within seven working days of each meeting. Minutes shall be kept of
all meetings and maintained. The Treasurer shall be financial officer and shall keep record of the
financial affairs of the association. The Treasurer and President shall be authorized to sign checks. The
nominating committee shall consist of three (3) members as appointed by the President from each of the
participating counties. The nominating committee shall create a slate of nominations of each office; and
shall cause the slate to be an election ballot with only one nomination for each elective office; and shall
cause the ballot to be sent to the General Membership at least 10 days prior to the Annual Meeting.
At the Annual Meeting, the slate of nominated officers shall be read to those
in attendance. Additional nominations, with the approval of the nominee, may be made from the floor.
Election to office shall be by the majority of those present at the Annual Meeting by secret ballot, except
that a voice vote may be made on a motion to accept the slate presented by acclamation.
There shall be five (5) standing committee’s with duties as follows:
- PUBLIC RELATIONS/ADVERTISING COMMITTEE All activities related to public relations/advertising
required to promote and sell the Golden Isles Parkway, the Association, or the Peaches to the Beaches
Yard Sale. All releases for all forms of Media, TV, News, Radio, Trade, and Travel Journals, Roadside
Billboards, Brochures, etc.
- MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE Activities related to recruiting new members, membership activity roles,
collecting membership dues, member participation, and notice of meetings.
- ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE To work with all area Chambers, Tourism Groups, and Georgia
Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) Representatives to promote industry and tourism along Golden
Isles Parkway. Schedule and make visits to the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and State Senators and
Representatives; Department of Transportation Board Members and Department of Transportation
Commissioners, etc. To lobby for speed-up completion of projects and follow-up with lobby for needed
improvement and projects. Write letters to officials after visits and make all necessary telephone
- ENVIRONMENTAL AND RIGHT-OF-WAY COMMITTEE To assist Department of Transportation with right-of-way
and environmental problems related to completion of construction for Golden Isles Parkway.
- PEACHES TO THE BEACHES YARD SALE COMMITTEE To work with all area Chambers and Tourism Groups and
Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) Representatives to promote this annual event
organized by GIPA along Golden Isles Parkway. Schedule and make visits to participating or prospective
communities to promote, train, or collaborate on growth for the event.
The President shall appoint the Chairpersons of each committee. Each committee
shall schedule its own meeting and report to the Board at monthly meetings of the Board.
SIGNATORY POWERS AND
Any official documents pertaining to GIPA business shall be signed by the
President and one other officer. Checks, drafts, etc., shall be signed by the President and Treasurer, with
the Vice President and Secretary being authorized to sign when needed. All checks, drafts, and legal
documents shall have at least two officers signature, including the President’s The Board of Directors
membership shall have power to amend or appeal these by-laws or adopt new by-laws by majority vote of all
members authorized to cast ballots. Prior notification of any proposed changes must be given in writing to
the Board members before any such meeting to vote on changes to be held. Proposed amendments shall be
introduced at one monthly meeting and voted on at the next. The General Membership shall be informed of any
such proposed amendments through copies of Board of Directors meeting minutes between monthly meetings.
In event of the dissolution of this Association, all of assets of the
Association shall be distributed to another organization, organized and operating for the same general
purposes for which the Association is formed, and having the same 501 ©(3) status as a religion,
charitable, scientific, literary, or educational organization, which shall be selected by the Membership of
the Association. If for any reason upon dissolution of the Association, the membership shall fail to act in
the manner of herein provided within a reasonable time, the Senior Judge of the Superior Court of Wayne
County, Georgia, shall make such distribution as herein provided.
Roberts Rules of Order shall be used as parliamentary authority at all
meetings. GIPA’s STANDARD OPERATING PRACTICE IS BASED ON THE GIPA BY-LAWS AND APPROVED AMENDMENTS UPDATED
AND ADOPTED BY THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS, AS AUTHORIZED BY THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE GOLDEN ISLE PARKWAY
ASSOCIATION, INC., ON AUGUST 12, 2009.
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON GIPA PLEASE CONTACT THE GIPA PRESIDENT.
GIPA Executive Board of
Jim Sewell, President
Hazlehurst-Jeff Davis Board of Tourism
25 East Coffee Street
Hazlehurst, GA 31539
Sandi Smeltzer, Vice President
Perry Convention and Visitors Bureau
101 Courtney Hodges Blvd, Perry, GA 31069
Paula Anderson, Secretary/Treasurer
Telfair County Chamber of Commerce
9 East Oak Street
McRae-Helena, GA 31055