THE FRIENDS OF WINGFOOT LAKE DOG PARK
ARTICLE I – NAME, PURPOSE.
Section 1: The name of the organization shall be ”The Friends of Wingfoot Lake Dog Park.”
Section 2: The Friends of Wingfoot Lake Dog Park is a nonprofit and tax-exempt organization within the definition of Section 501c(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Friends of Wingfoot Lake Dog Park is committed to allowing dogs and their owners to exercise and socialize safely in a natural park setting.
Section 3: The Friends of Wingfoot Lake Dog Park shall not conduct any activities inappropriate for a non-profit organization. No substantial pad of the activities of The Friends of Wingfoot Lake Dog Park shall consist of distributing propaganda or intervening in any political campaign. No pad of the net income or assets of this organization shall inure to the benefit of any officer or member or to the benefit of any private person.
ARTICLE 11 – MEMBERSHIP.
Section 1: The membership of this organization shall consist of two classes of members, the first class designated ”Active” and the second class designated ”Supporting.” Membership is open to anyone supportive of our organization, regardless of place of residence.
Class One (Active) consists of those who join The Friends of Wingfoot Lake Dog Park. Members pay an annual membership fee of $24.00 per person and fill out an application form including the applicant’s name, address, phone number, email address, signature, and date. The membership year runs from January 1 until December 31. Members who join during the year may have their membership fee prorated. Active members are eligible to vote.
Class Two (Supporting) consists of any individual or organization supporting the purpose and mission of The Friends of Wingfoot Lake Dog Park. Supporting members are ineligible to vote.
ARTICLE III – MEETINGS & NOTICES
Section 1: There shall be an annual meeting which shall take place in October of each year, and requires a quorum (members present shall constitute a quorum) of the alive membership. Active and Supporting members shall receive notice of the annual meeting at least ten (10) days in advance personally, by telephone, by e-mail, or by mail Voting by proxy is not allowed.
Section 2: The Executive Committee shall hold regular monthly meetings. Such monthly meetings may be deferred by a majority vote of Executive Committee members. The Executive Committee will be elected from the active members of The Friends of Wingfoot Lake Dog Park at an annual meeting of the entire group.
Section 3: Other than regular monthly meetings: special meetings of the Executive Committee may be called by the Chair or by two Committee members.
Section 4: General Meetings of Active and Supporting members may be held when needed as called by the Chair Active and Supporting members shall receive notice of general meetings at least ten (10) days in advance personally, by telephone, by e-mail or by mail.
ARTICLE IV – EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Section 1: Committee Role, Size, Compensation. The Executive Committee is responsible for overall policy and direction of the Friends of Wingfoot Lake Dog Park and delegates responsibility for day-to-day operations to the committee chairs and members. The Executive Committee shall have up to twelve (12) and not fewer than five (5) members. Executive Committee members receive no compensation.
Section 2: Regular Meetings. The Executive Committee shall meet at least once a month, at an agreed upon time and place.
Section 3: Election of Officers. Executive Committee members will be elected from the Active membership, by a simple majority vote of the Active membership as present at the annual meeting.
Section 4: Terms. All Executive Committee members shall serve two year terms, but are eligible for re-election.
Section 5: Executive Committee Quorum. A meeting must be attended by at least 50 percent of the Board members before business can be transacted or motions made or passed.
Section 6: Officers and Duties. There may be four officers of the Executive Committee, consisting of a Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer. Officers will be elected at the annual meeting in October.
Duties of the Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer are as follows:
The Chair shall convene regularly scheduled Committee meetings and shall preside or arrange for other officers to preside at each meeting in the following order: Vice Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer. The Chair shall act as the organization’s agent, signing and executing all authorized documents.
The Vice Chair will chair committees on special subject as designated by the Executive Committee.
The Recording Secretary shall be responsible for keeping records of Committee actions. including overseeing the taking of minutes at all Executive Committee and General meetings, sending out meeting announcements, distributing copies of minutes and the agenda to each Committee member, and assuring that good records are maintained. The Secretary shall maintain a list of committees, their members, and the membership of the organization.
The Treasurer shall make a report at each Committee meeting and to the General membership at the Annual meeting in October The Treasurer shall review annual audits and take appropriate anion.
Section 7: Any action that the Executive Committee is required or permitted to take may be taken without a meeting if all Committee members consent in writing to the anion. Such action by written consent shall have the same force and effect as any other validly approved anion of the Executive Committee. All such consents shall be filed with the minutes of the proceedings of the Executive Committee.
Section 8: Vacancies. When a vacancy on the Executive Committee exists, nominations for new members may be received from current alive members by the Secretary two weeks in advance of a regular General meeting. These nominations shall be circulated among active members in advance of a regular General meeting, and shall be voted upon by active members. These vacancies will be filled only to the end of the particular Executive Committee member’s term.
Section 9: Resignation, Termination and Absences Resignation from the Executive Committee must be in writing and received by the Secretary. A Committee member shall be removed from the Committee if she or he has three unexcused absences from regular Committee meetings in a year. An Executive Committee member may be removed for other reasons by a three-fourths vote of the remaining Committee members.
Section 10: The Executive Committee may create committees as needed.
Chairs of all committees are members of the Executive Committee.
Section 11: The rules in the current version of Roberts Rules of Order shall govern Friends of Wingfoot Lake Dog Park meetings in all cases to which they are applicable and provided they are not inconsistent with FOWL Dog Park bylaw.
ARTICLE V – AMENDMENTS
Section 1: These Bylaws may be amended when necessary by a two-thirds majority of the voting (Active) membership at the Annual Meeting. Proposed amendments must be submitted to all Friends of Wingfoot Lake Dog Park members before approval.
The Bylaws were approved at a meeting of “The Friends of the Wingfoot Lake Dog Park” on May 15, 2010.
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