Space Coast Audubon Society of Brevard County
By-Laws (Revised 02/20/04)
Article I: Name and Affiliation
This organization shall be a not-for-profit corporation known as the Space Coast Audubon Society (hereafter referred to as the Society) and shall be a chapter of the National Audubon Society. The relationship between this Chapter and the National Audubon Society shall be governed by the Chapter Policy. Neither Chapters nor National shall enter into any commitment binding on the other without written authorization to do so.
Article II: Purpose
The purpose of this Society is to disseminate and promote conservation education; to create understanding of and interest in all wildlife; to help preserve irreplaceable natural resources and the Earth’s ecosystems of which mankind is an inseparable element, and to contribute to restoration of Earth’s threatened environment.
Article III: Membership
Section 1: Membership in the Society shall also include membership in the National Audubon Society in association with Audubon of Florida. The categories of membership and annual dues shall conform to those established by the National Audubon Society.
Section 2: Members of the Society shall receive the publications of and have all other membership privileges in the applicable organizations.
Section 3: Delinquent membership status shall be as defined in the bylaws of the National Audubon Society. Delinquent members, so defined, shall be removed from the membership roster of the Society upon loss of their membership status.
Article IV: Membership Meetings
Regular monthly meetings shall be held from September through May each year on dates established by the Board of Directors. Members shall be notified of such dates and/or changes through a mailing to all members.
Article V: Board of Directors
Section 1: The control and conduct of the property, business, long term objectives and overall policies of the Society shall be vested in a Board of Directors which shall consist of not fewer than twelve and not more than twenty members of the Society. The elected officers of the Society shall be ex-officio members of the Board of Directors. The remaining members of the Board shall be appointed by the president. An appointed board member may be removed from office by a two-thirds majority vote of the entire Board of Directors. When a new president assumes office, the past president shall remain a member of the Board of Directors for one additional year.
Section 2: Meetings of the Board of Directors shall be called by the president of the Society as required upon proper notification of the Board members as provided by Article VI, Section 2 of these bylaws. Board meetings shall be held at least five times during the fiscal year.
Section 3: A simple majority of the members of the Board shall constitute a quorum. The Board shall conduct business by majority vote, provided a quorum is present. In the event of a tie vote, the presiding officer, who shall normally not vote, shall cast the deciding vote.
Section 4: All expenditures of the Society shall be in accordance with a Board-approved budget or shall be approved by majority vote of the Board.
Article VI: Officers
Section 1: The officers of the Society shall consist of a president, a vice president, a secretary and a treasurer.
Section 2: The President shall preside at all meetings of the Society, including the meetings of the Board of Directors, and shall supervise all phases of the Society’s work in accordance with the general policies of the Board. The President shall appoint all committee chairmen except for the Nominating Committee. The President shall serve on all committees ex officio except for the Nominating Committee. The President shall notify members of all regular and special meetings at least one week prior to the meeting.
Section 3: The Vice President shall, in the absence or inability of the President, perform the duties of the President. The Vice President shall serve as Chairman of the Program Committee.
Section 4: The Secretary shall prepare and maintain minutes of the official meetings of the Society and of the Board of Directors and shall file and preserve Society minutes for two years, after which time they shall be passed to the Historian.
Section 5: The Treasurer shall receive and be the custodian of all monies of the Society and shall deposit all such funds in the name and credit of the Society in such depositories as may be designated by the Board. He shall disburse the funds of the Society as may be approved by the Board of Directors, taking proper vouchers therefore, and shall render to the Board, when requested, an account of all transactions of the Treasurer and of the financial condition of the Society. He shall maintain a record of all capital equipment in the possession of individuals of the Society. The Treasurer shall submit an annual report of the financial conditions at the first Board of Directors meeting of the new fiscal year. The Treasurer shall be responsible for paying annual corporate registration fees to the State of Florida and for maintaining in force the Chapter non-profit status with both the State of Florida and the Internal Revenue Service. The outgoing Treasurer shall close all financial records of the Society and transfer same to the new Treasurer within 30 days of the close of the fiscal year.
Section 6: All checks of the Society shall be signed by the Treasurer or the President.
Article VII: Election of Officers
Section 1: The Board of Directors shall annually appoint, prior to February 1, a Nominating Committee to consist of three members of the Society, one of whom shall be a director but not an officer and who shall serve as chairman. The names of the members of the Nominating Committee shall be announced to the members of the Society at the February general meeting, and published in the Society newsletter prior to that meeting. Suggestions for nominations of officers may be submitted to the committee by any member of the Society.
Section 2: The Nominating Committee shall nominate candidates for officers of the Society and shall present its slate of nominees to the membership at the March general meeting. This slate of nominees shall also be published in the Society newsletter prior to the April general meeting.
Section 3: In case any member of the Nominating Committee shall be unable to serve, then the President shall appoint a person to fill the vacancy.
Section 4: The month of April shall be designated as the Annual Meeting of the Society, at which time the election of new officers shall take place. Prior to the actual election, the presiding officer shall call for additional nominations from the floor. The newly elected officers shall assume their duties at the start of the new fiscal year. They shall hold office for one year or until their successors are elected. No elected officer shall serve more than three consecutive terms. In case of a vacancy occurring among the officers before the end of the term, the vacancy may be filled for the balance of the term by majority vote of the Board of Directors. Officers may be removed during their term by majority vote of the members present at a regular membership meeting of the Society, provided 30 days notice of such vote has been given.
Article VIII: Standing Committees
The President shall appoint annually a member to serve as a chairman for each standing committee, who may in turn select other members to serve on the committee. These committees and their duties are as follows:
Section 1: A Membership Committee that shall conduct membership campaigns and bring into the Society all who are interested. It shall also be the duty of the committee to maintain a current membership roster.
Section 2: A Program Committee, chaired by the Vice President, that shall plan and arrange for the speakers for each general meeting, in consultation with the President.
Section 3: A Publications Committee that shall compile, edit, publish and distribute the official Society publications.
Section 4: A Field Trip Committee that shall organize and arrange field trips.
Section 5: A Publicity Committee that shall strive to secure through newspaper, radio, TV, and other media, publicity covering the activities and objectives of the Society.
Section 6: A Conservation Committee that shall endeavor to keep the Society informed of conservation developments and legislation and submit recommendations to the Board of Directors for their consideration and possible action.
Section 7: An Education Committee that shall endeavor to arouse interest in nature and conservation.
Section 8: A Historian shall be appointed by the President with the approval of the Board of Directors. The Historian shall maintain and keep current the chapter history, maintain a file of all official chapter publications and perform such other duties applicable to the office of Historian as the President may direct.
Section 9: The President may also appoint other committees, as he deems advisable for such terms as are necessary.
Article IX: Finances
Section 1: The fiscal year of the Society ends at midnight, May 31. All expenses and receipts must be submitted to the Treasurer no later than June 15.
Section 2: The general Fund of the Chapter shall be derived from the income from members’ dues, donations and from other sources.
Section 3: The Allan D. Cruickshank Memorial Fund has been established by the Board as a Special Fund. The purpose of this Fund is to provide a source of future income for the general operations of the chapter. Only that income which may be derived from dividends or interest produced by this Fund may be used for operating expenses. The principal of this Special Fund shall not be utilized for any other purpose.
Section 4: Other Special Funds may be established from time to time by the Board of Directors.
Article X: Amendments
Section 1: These bylaws may be amended at any general meeting of the Society by a two thirds vote of those members present and voting, provided notice of the proposed amendment has been given at a previous meeting and in any subsequent regular official Society publication.
Section 2: All such proposed amendments shall be submitted in writing and signed by at least three members in good standing.