The name of this division of Nebraska FBLA-PBL, Inc. shall be “Phi Beta Lambda” and may be referred to as “PBL.”

ARTICLE II - Purpose

Section 1.

The purpose of PBL is to provide opportunities for post-secondary students to develop vocational competencies for business and office occupations and business teacher education. PBL is an integral part of the instructional program and in addition promotes a sense of civic and personal responsibility.

Section 2.

The specific goals of PBL are to:

  • Develop competent, aggressive business leadership
  • Strengthen the confidence of students in themselves and their work
  • Create more interest in and understanding of American business enterprise
  • Encourage members in the development of individual projects which contribute to the improvement of home, business, and community
  • Develop character, prepare for useful citizenship, and foster patriotism
  • Encourage and practice efficient money management
  • Encourage scholarship and promote school loyalty
  • Assist students in the establishment of occupational goals
  • Facilitate the transition from school to work

ARTICLE III - Classes of Membership

Section 1.

Nebraska State Chapter of Phi Beta Lambda shall consist of members of chartered local chapters. These members shall hold membership in their respective local, state, and national chapters.

Active Members shall be students with an interest in business who accept the purpose of PBL and subscribe to its creed. Active members shall pay dues as established by PBL and may be eligible to participate in state competitive events, serve as voting delegates to the National and State Leadership Conference, hold national and state office, or to otherwise represent their state or local chapter as approved by their respective state or local advisers.

Professional Members shall be persons associated with or participating in the professional development of PBL as approved by local chapters. Such members may include local and state chapter advisers, business teachers, business teacher educators, state supervisor of business and office education, employers or supervisors of cooperative work-training students, advisory council members, and other persons contributing to the growth and development of PBL. Professional members shall pay dues as established by the National Office, but shall be ineligible to participate in events, serve as voting delegates, or hold office.

Honorary Life Members may be persons making significant contributions to the field of business and office education and to the growth and development of PBL. Honorary Life members may be recommended by local chapters and approved by the State Executive Council and by the State Board of Directors. These members shall not be eligible to vote or hold office and are not required to pay dues.

Section 2.

The membership year shall be August 1 through July 31.

ARTICLE IV - Governing Board

Section 1.

The governing body of Phi Beta Lambda shall be the FBLA PBL State Board of Directors that is composed of the PBL State Adviser(s), two (2) elected advisers from two year institutions, two (2) elected advisers from four year institutions, one (1) adviser elected to serve at-large, one (1) business professional, and the State President of PBL.  The elected directors serve staggered three (3) year terms.

Section 2.

Business representatives will be nominated by local chapters and then appointed by the FBLA PBL Board of Directors.  Business professionals will serve a three (3) year term with a maximum of two (2) consecutive terms.

Section 3.

The State Executive Council shall be under the leadership of the State Board of Directors. This Council shall consist of the State Adviser(s) and each State Officer. The voting membership of the Council shall be comprised of the State Officers.

ARTICLE V - Dues & Finances

Section 1.

Annual state dues for PBL shall be six dollars ($6). The National Office must receive state and national dues of members no later than three weeks prior to the State Leadership Conference.

Section 2.

All disbursements must be approved by the PBL State Adviser, and payment made by check. The check shall be signed by the State Adviser or Vice President of Finance.

Section 3.

A financial statement shall be submitted to the delegates at the State and Fall Leadership Conferences.

Section 4.

The FBLA PBL State Board of Directors or its designee shall conduct an annual audit of the financial records of the State Chapter at the summer Board of Directors meeting.

Section 5.

The fiscal year of Phi Beta Lambda shall begin July 1 and end on June 30 of the calendar year.

ARTICLE VI - Officers and Elections

Section 1.

The Officers of Nebraska PBL shall consist of President, Vice President of Membership, Vice President of Communications, Vice President of Finance, Vice President of Technology, Vice President of Public Relations, and two Assistant Vice Presidents. No more than two (2) elected State Officers shall be from the same local chapter.  More than two (2) State Officers may be elected from the same local chapter when the officer positions are unopposed.

The President, Vice President of Membership, Vice President of Communications, Vice President of Finance, Vice President of Technology, and Vice President of Public Relations shall be nominated and elected annually at the State Leadership Conference. These officers shall be elected by a majority vote of local chapter voting delegates.  The two Assistant Vice Presidents shall be appointed by the State President and State Adviser with the approval of the Board of Directors.

Section 2.

Voting shall be by secret ballot. Should no candidate receive a majority in the first ballot, the candidate with the least number of votes will be dropped from the ballot until a majority is reached.  Each local chapter is represented by voting delegates as follows:

Under 21 Members: up to 2 Voting Delegates
21 – 40 Members: up to 3 Voting Delegates
41 – 60 Members: up to 4 Voting Delegates

61 plus Members: up to 5 Voting Delegates

The order of election shall be President, Vice President of Membership, Vice President of Communications, Vice President of Finance, Vice President of Technology, and Vice President of Public Relations.

Section 3.

To be eligible for nomination to state office, a person must meet the following qualifications:

  • be an active member in good standing in a recognized PBL chapter in Nebraska,
  • hold or have held an officer position in his/her local chapter or in a similar organization,
  • be enrolled in school during their complete term of office, by carrying a minimum of six credit hours each semester, and be in good standing with the school

Section 4.

Each interested person must submit an application to the State Adviser by the State Leadership Conference registration deadline.

Section 5.

Should a vacancy occur for the office of President, the Vice President of Membership will serve the remainder of the term. The State Board of Directors will then accept applications for candidates who meet the officer qualifications and who shall be willing to serve the remainder of the Vice President of Membership’s term. For other vacancies, the President and State Adviser(s) shall appoint the new officer with two-thirds consent of the Board of Directors.

Section 6.

State Officers may be removed from office under the following condition(s):

  1. Two absences from their respective responsibilities: Executive Council meetings, Leadership Conferences, and other assigned meetings.
  2. Failure to fulfill the duties and/or obligations to acceptable standards as described in the Bylaws.
  3. Public misconduct, which may cause damage to the State Association’s reputation or community standing.
  4. Failure to maintain school enrollment during both the fall and spring semesters of their term (year) in office, by carrying a minimum of six credit hours each academic term.

Removal Procedures

  1. Charges for removal must be initiated by any two (2) members of the Executive Council or any two members from the State Board of Directors.
  2. A committee of five (5) shall be appointed by the State Adviser(s) to hear dismissal charges. This shall consist of three (3) Executive Council members and two (2) members from the State Board of Directors, excluding the State Adviser.
  3. Once the disciplinary committee has been appointed, the Officer in question and his/her Adviser must be contacted in writing by certified letter with the special charges detailed.
  4. A formal hearing will be held in a designated location 21 days after the date of certified, receipt requested letter to the Officer.
  5. During the hearing, the highest-ranking PBL State Officer will act as Chairperson of the Committee.
  6. The Officer in question must supply any materials and/or witnesses in his/her defense.
  7. Upon completion of the hearing, a decision by secret ballot will be made.
  8. It will take a majority vote of the full Disciplinary Committee for dismissal of the Officer in question.

ARTICLE VII - Duties of State Officers

The duties of the State Officers shall be as set forth in the State Officer Candidate Guide, Nebraska PBL Bylaws, and Application section of the Nebraska PBL State Handbook.

All Officers shall assist in planning, organizing, and attending to the details of the Fall and State Leadership Conferences.

All Officers are expected to attend the State Officer Leadership Academy, Fall Leadership Conference, and State Leadership Conferences.

During their term of office, all Officers will submit a monthly state officer report by the 1st of each month to the State President. The reports will be compiled by the State President and forwarded to the State Adviser for distribution to local chapters by the 15th of each month.  

Section 1.

The President shall:

  • Serve as Chair of the State Executive Council
  • Preside over the Council meetings and business meetings of PBL
  • Serve as a member of the Board of Directors
  • Appoint appropriate committees and committee chairs
  • Serve as an ex officio, non-voting member of all committees
  • Perform other duties for the promotion and development of local, state, and national PBL, including the Nebraska business community
  • Serve as an Ambassador for Nebraska PBL
  • Consider serving as an Honorary State Officer Adviser for the year following elected term of office

Section 2.

The Vice President of Membership shall:

  • Monitor all active chapters to verify that they are active and retaining and recruiting members
  • Establish, maintain, and coordinate recruitment and retention of members, chapters, Alumni, Professional Division members, and Lifetime members
  • Encourage officer visits to active and inactive local chapters
  • Coordinate officer interaction with FBLA and travel to FBLA State Conferences
  • Serve as an Ambassador for Nebraska PBL
  • Assume the responsibilities of the Office of President if the President is unable to complete his/her term of office

Section 3.

The Vice President of Communications shall:

  • Keep an accurate record of all business meetings of the State Leadership Conferences and the State Executive Council
  • Initiate communication with state and national officers to promote quality articles for national publications
  • Create press releases related to State Chapter activities and send to Local, State, and National media for FBLA and PBL
  • Create and maintain local chapter advisers and officers directory
  • Work with the President to create reminders for all state officers monthly assignments
  • Serve as an Ambassador for Nebraska PBL

Section 4.

The Vice President of Finance shall:

  • Maintain the check book for Nebraska PBL with the State Adviser
  • Present a financial report to members at the State and Fall Leadership Conferences
  • Lead and organize state fundraisers
  • Work with businesses to develop additional corporate sponsorships
  • Assist with the State Chapter Annual Business Report
  • Serve as an Ambassador for Nebraska PBL

Section 5.

The Vice President of Technology shall:

  • Design and maintain promotional materials for State Chapter
  • Create and maintain State Website to serve members and promote State Chapter
  • Develop and maintain Nebraska Virtual Chapter
  • Update and maintain the ListServ used for state communications
  • Serve as an Ambassador for Nebraska PBL

Section 6.

The Vice President of Public Relations shall:

  • Promote PBL through networking with FBLA and other CSO’s: including attending conferences, presenting workshops, and other public relations activities
  • Contact Alumni to update and maintain alumni database
  • Keep Professional Division Members involved with Nebraska PBL activities
  • Gather and distribute contact information for graduating FBLA seniors to the respective chapters
  • Work with the VP of Membership to charter and reactivate chapters
  • Serve as an Ambassador for Nebraska PBL

Section 7.

The Assistant Vice Presidents shall:

  • Serve as an Ambassador for Nebraska PBL
  • Assist the State President and all other officers with tasks and creating resources for the members
  • Work with businesses to help develop corporate sponsorships.

Section 8.

These officers shall serve on the State Executive Council, and perform such duties as directed by the PBL President and the State Adviser and not inconsistent with the Bylaws and other rules adopted by PBL.

ARTICLE VIII - Advisory Committee

An Advisory Committee to assist in the growth and development of PBL may be appointed as deemed necessary by the State Board of Directors. Recommendations of persons for such appointments shall be requested from the State Executive Council and local chapters.

ARTICLE IX - Meetings

Section 1.

The State Leadership Conference shall be held annually and at least 45 days prior to the National Leadership Conference.

Section 2.

The Fall Leadership Conference shall be held annually and prior to November 30. The time and place shall be determined by the Executive Council.

ARTICLE X - Emblems and Colors

Section 1.

The official emblem and insignia item designs are described and protected from infringement by registration in the U.S. Patent Office under the Trademark Act of 1946. The State Chapter of PBL in cooperation with the National Chapter shall govern wearing or displaying of this emblem.

Section 2.

Emblems and insignia shall be uniform in all local chapters and within special emphasis groups; shall be those of PBL.

Section 3.

The official colors of PBL shall be blue and gold.

ARTICLE XI - Parliamentary Authority

The rules contained in the latest edition of Robert’s Rules of Order shall govern PBL in all cases to which they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with the rules of FBLA PBL, Inc., these Bylaws, or any special rules of order that PBL may adopt.

ARTICLE XII - Amendments

Proposed amendments to these Bylaws shall be submitted in writing to the State Adviser no later than 30 days prior to the Fall or State Leadership Conferences by authorized representatives of local chapters or by the State Officers. Proposed amendments shall be reviewed by the Executive Council and shall be approved by the Board of Directors before they are submitted to the voting delegates. Amendments may be adopted by a two-thirds vote of the Voting Delegates attending the Fall or State Leadership Conference. Voting shall be by secret ballot.

Amended October 2007.

Amended October 2008.

Amended October 2016.