ARTICLE I. NAME OF ORGANIZATION
The name of the organization is Lake Bomoseen Association, Inc.
ARTICLE II. PURPOSE
Section 1. Purpose
The purpose of the Lake Bomoseen Association (LBA) shall be the stewardship of Lake Bomoseen (the Lake). The LBA will promote conservation for public benefit of the natural beauty, peaceful character, and unique resource values of Lake Bomoseen in cooperation with other conservation, local, and state authorities.
The Association is a not for profit corporation and all income will be used to forward the stated objectives. In the event of dissolution of the LBA, any assets remaining after payment of debts will be distributed to one or more 501(c) charities as directed by the Board of Directors.
This corporation is organized exclusively for charitable, educational, and scientific purposes, including, but not limited to, for such purposes, the making of distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organization under section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code.
Section 2. Special Purpose
The purpose of the LBA is to educate the public, to protect, to preserve, and to promote the historical and future stewardship of Lake Bomoseen.
The specific objectives of this organization shall be but are not limited to the preservation of the natural, economic, recreational resources, along with the historic qualities of Lake Bomoseen for all, including the homeowner, the recreational visitor, and the surrounding towns as well. Including:
(a) The conservation and improvement of the Lakes’ water quality and the protection of the shoreline.
(b) The public education of Lake Bomoseen environment, fish and wildlife as well as preservation of this resource.
(c) Liaison with businesses, local municipalities, and state agencies to advocate for Lake Bomoseen in support of our purpose.
(d) Provide public awareness and promote opportunities for participation in our stewardship of the Lake.
Section 3. Fiscal Year
The fiscal year of the LBA shall be the period beginning July 1 and ending June 30.
ARTICLE III. BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Section 1. General Powers
The Board of Directors has full and final authority over the management of the affairs of the LBA. The Board of Directors has a fiduciary duty to act with respect to the management of care and responsibility of the organization.
The Board of Directors shall adopt and periodically review a conflict of interest policy to protect the LBA’s interest in any event that the action or arrangement contemplated may benefit any director, officer, employee, affiliate or a member of a committee with board delegated powers.
Section 2. Composition
The number of Directors shall be fixed periodically by the Board of Directors but shall consist of no less than three (3) members and no more than eighteen (18) members.
Section 3. Election and Terms
The members of the Board of Directors and Officers, shall be elected at the annual membership meeting by a majority vote of the membership. Upon election these Board Directors and Officers will immediately enter upon the performance of their duties and shall continue in their office until their successors are duly elected and qualified. Each Board Director and Officer shall serve a term of three (3) years and may be re-elected to serve up to three consecutive terms of service. The terms shall be staggered so that at the time of each annual meeting, the terms of approximately one-third (1/3) of all members of the Board of Directors shall expire.
The Board may remove an officer at any time and for any reason, but such removal shall be without prejudice to the contract rights, if any, of the person removed. Appointment of an officer shall not itself create contract rights.
Section 4. Resignation and Vacancies
A Director may resign at any time by giving written notice to the President or Board of Directors. Unless otherwise specified in the notice, the resignation shall take effect upon receipt of written notice; acceptance of resignation shall not be necessary to make it effective.
In the event that a vacancy on the Board of Directors occurs between annual meetings, the vacancy shall be filled by an affirmative vote of the remaining Board of Directors. The Board Director shall serve the balance of the term vacated until the next annual membership election.
Section 5. Responsibilities of the Board of Directors
A Board Director shall be required to attend two-thirds (2/3) of all Board meetings annually and two-thirds (2/3) of the general meetings within a three-year term of service. If an individual Director, is unable to meet this expectation of attendance or service requirement, the Board of Directors may, at its discretion, at a meeting with a quorum
present, and by a majority of two-thirds (2/3) vote, consider calling for the resignation of that Board of Director.
All Board of Directors shall be a member of good standing of the Lake Bomoseen Association.
The Board of Directors shall keep itself informed of factors affecting the Lake to the extent reasonably possible as related to Article II.
Emeritus Status shall be awarded to all past Presidents with voting privileges being attributed to the Immediate Past President.
The Board of Directors may appoint or hire an Executive Director to serve at the discretion of the LBA Board of Directors. The Board of Directors will establish and supervise any person(s) in this position.
The Board of Directors shall not receive any compensation for their services as Directors.
ARTICLE IV. OFFICERS
The officers of the LBA shall be a President, Treasurer, and Secretary, and such other officers as the Board may appoint. Any two (2) or more offices may be held by the same person, except the offices of President and Secretary.
The officers shall have such powers and perform such duties as specified by the Board of Directors. In the absence of such specification each officer will have the following powers and duties:
(a) President. The President shall be the chief executive officer of the LBA and shall have general supervision of the affairs of the LBA, shall appoint an appropriate staff to administer the affairs of the corporation, shall have such other authority and duties as may be determined by the Board of Directors, and shall report regularly to the Board of Directors.
(b) Secretary. The Secretary shall maintain the records of the LBA and shall attend to the giving of all notices on behalf of the Board of Directors and shall generally perform the duties usually assigned to the office of Secretary.
(c) Treasurer. The Treasurer shall be the custodian of all moneys, credits and properties belonging to the LBA. The Treasurer shall keep an accurate account of all moneys received and disbursed, and shall generally fulfill the duties pertaining to the office of Treasurer. The Treasurer shall be personally bonded, in an amount determined by the Board of Directors in consideration of the funds involved. The LBA will be responsible for securing the needed bond or insurance. Financial records, monetary holdings, and investments shall be audited as directed by the Board of Directors or President.
(d) Other Officers. Other officers shall perform such duties and have such powers as may be assigned to them by the Board of Directors.
(e) Resignation. An officer may resign at any time by giving written notice to the Board of Directors, unless otherwise provided in writing and signed by the officer. Unless otherwise specified in the notice, the resignation shall take effect upon receipt of written notice; acceptance of resignation shall not be necessary to make it effective.
ARTICLE V. MEMBERSHIP AND DUES
Section 1. Membership
Application for membership shall be open to any current resident, property owner, business owner, or any individual that supports the purpose statement in Article II. Section 1. After completion and receipt of annual dues, membership will be granted. Membership may be continued from year to year upon annual payment of dues.
Section 2. Dues
The Board of Directors shall determine the amount required for annual dues. Membership is contingent upon being current on membership dues.
Section 3. Rights of Membership
Each member shall be eligible to cast one vote in Lake Bomoseen Association elections and to serve on the Board of Directors.
Section 4. Resignation
Any member may resign by filing a written resignation with the secretary. Resignation does not relieve a member of unpaid dues or other accrued debt.
Section 5. Non-Voting Membership
The Board of Directors shall have the authority to establish and define non-voting categories of membership.
ARTICLE VI. CONDUCT OF LAKE BOMOSEEN ASSOCIATION BUSINESS
Robert’s Rules of Order shall govern at all meetings of the LBA unless stated otherwise in these Bylaws.
Section 1. Regular Board Meetings
During each twelve-month period, the Board shall hold at least four (4) regular Board of Director meetings to conduct LBA business. The President, or his or her designee, shall set the date, time, and place. One-third (1/3) of the Directors, or no fewer than two Board Directors, shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business at any meeting of the Board.
Section 2. Notification of Board Meetings
Members of the Board of Directors, and the general membership shall be notified via electronic or other communicative means currently in use and established at the annual meeting, of the agenda for the meeting at least three (3) working days prior to each regular meeting. All Board Meetings are open to the public and general membership.
Section 3. Special Meetings
The President or two (2) members of the Board of Directors may call special meetings of the Board of Directors. The prior notice requirement may be waived if a Special Meeting is called unless specifically required by law or these rules.
Any seven (7) members in good standing may request a special meeting of the Board of Directors or of the membership at large. The membership must be notified at least three (3) weeks before the stated meeting date, giving the essential details of the meeting with the reasons for calling the special meeting clearly identified and detailed with any anticipated voting agenda clearly stated. All members requesting a Special Meeting must be physically present at the meeting held at their behest.
Section 4. Committees
The Board may appoint one or more committees to report to the Board as directed. Committees shall serve at the pleasure of the Board.
Section 5. Meetings of the Membership of Lake Bomoseen Association
There shall be an annual meeting of the LBA open to all current members and held each calendar year before the beginning of the new fiscal year at a location designated by the Board of Directors. Notice of this meeting shall be given at least ten (10) working days prior to the date of the annual meeting. At this meeting, the Board of Directors shall report on the business of the LBA during the preceding twelve months. Included in this reporting, the Treasurer shall report on the financial matters of the LBA and present a proposed operating budget for the next fiscal year. The nominating committee will present a slate of candidates for consideration and election. Nominations from the floor are accepted.
The quorum for the annual meeting shall be no less than thirty (30) of the current members in good standing.
ARTICLE VI. AMENDMENT OF BYLAWS
These Bylaws may be repealed, amended or substitute Bylaws may be adopted by a majority of the entire Board of Directors at any regular or special meeting of the Directors, provided notice describing the amendment has been furnished to each Director and public notice is given at least five (5) days in advance of the meeting.
Changes in the Bylaws that have been approved by a majority vote of Board of Directors shall take effect immediately upon the adjournment of the meeting in which they were enacted.
The above Bylaws were approved at the duly warned annual meeting of the Lake Bomoseen Association on this 27th day of June in the calendar year 2016.