TOLEDO AREA PEOPLE FOR ANIMAL RIGHTS

BYLAWS

 

 

 

ARTICLE I

NAME

 

The name of this organization shall be Toledo Area People for Animal Rights, an Ohio non-profit corporation.

 

ARTICLE II

PURPOSE

 

This organization and its members will promote basic animal rights by all legal means.

 

ARTICLE III

MEMBERSHIP

 

Membership is open to any person accepting the purpose set forth above and upon payment of annual dues.

 

ARTICLE IV

MEETINGS

 

General membership meetings shall be held monthly. Special meetings may be held more often at the call of the President. Members will be notified in writing of all special meetings at least fifteen (15) days prior to the special meeting date.

 

ARTICLE V

VOTING

 

Only officers, Board of Directors members and dues-paying members may make or second a motion or vote on a motion.  A quorum shall consist of the members present.

 

ARTICLE VI

FISCAL YEAR

 

The fiscal year shall run from September 1 through August 31.

 

ARTICLE VII

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

The Board of Directors shall consist of the officers and members appointed by the President.

 

ARTICLE VIII

OFFICERS AND THEIR DUTIES

 

PRESIDENT                              The President shall preside at all general membership and board meetings.

 

The President shall prepare the meeting agendas.

 

                                                At the beginning of his/her term of office, the President shall appoint a Board of Directors and chairpersons to any committees he/she deems necessary.

 

                                                The President shall appoint a member to fill  any vacancy on the Board of Directors or of the officers for an unexpired term.

 

                                                If the President is unable to fulfill any of his/her duties, he/she shall appoint a board member to do so.

VICE PRESIDENT                     The Vice President shall perform all the duties of the President in case of the PresidentŐs absence.

 

SECRETARY                            The Secretary shall attend and take minutes of all membership/board meetings and shall record the decisions, votes, acts, and proceedings of those meetings.

 

The Secretary shall maintain a file containing the minutes of all aforementioned meetings which may be reviewed by any and all members upon request with sufficient advance notice.

 

TREASURER                            The Treasurer shall collect and record all funds, keep accurate records of such funds and deposit them in a depository designated by the Board of Directors.

 

The Treasurer shall disburse funds and keep an account of all monies expended using proper accounting procedures.

 

                                                The Treasurer shall present a financial report of the income and expenditures at each membership/board meeting.

 

ARTICLE IX

NOMINATIONS                      

 

At the membership/board meeting held during May of each year, members will be nominated to fill offices for the next fiscal year.  If those nominated agree to hold the designated offices, they shall become the officers for the next fiscal year unless more than one member is nominated for an office.

 

ARTICLE X

ELECTIONS

 

If more than one member is nominated for any office, there shall be a special election held.  If a special election is necessary, candidates will be listed in a written notice mailed to all members at least thirty (30) days before the special election.  The date and place of the election will be designated by the President with the consent of the Board of Directors and will be listed in the aforementioned written notice.

 

ARTICLE XI

TERMS OF OFFICE

 

All officers and board members shall serve for one year beginning September 1 and ending the following August 31.  If an officer or board member resigns his/her office before the expiration of his/her term, the President shall appoint a member in good standing to complete the term of office.

 

ARTICLE XII

STANDING COMMITTEES

 

The President shall appoint chairpersons to any standing committees which he/she deems necessary for his/her term office.

 

Standing committees may include, but need not be limited to, the following:

 

                                                Membership                               Education

                                                Fund Raising                              Newsletter

                                                Publicity                                    Animal Rights Campaigns

 

ARTICLE XIII

REMOVAL FROM OFFICE

 

Officers and standing committee chairpersons may be removed from their offices or positions by a 2/3 vote of the entire Board of Directors.

ARTICLE XIV

TREASURY AUDIT

 

If it deems necessary, the Board of Directors may request that the President perform a special audit of the TreasurerŐs books and present his/her findings at the next membership/board meeting.

 

ARTICLE XV

BYLAWS

 

The bylaws shall be reviewed each year by the incoming officers and Board of Directors

 

ARTICLE XVI

BYLAW AMENDMENT

 

The bylaws of this organization may be amended at any membership/board meeting by a 2/3 majority of the voting members present providing that the proposed amendment(s) had been submitted in writing to the membership at least thirty (30) days prior to the vote.

 

END OF BYLAWS

 

                                    Adopted at General Membership Meeting, August 28, 1994

                                    Amended at General Membership Meeting, June 26, 1995

                                    Amended at General Membership Meeting, February 26, 1996

                                    Amended at General Membership Meeting July 11, 1999

                                    Amended at General Membership Meeting November 14, 1999