Landon-Branch Neighborhood Association - Bylaws
Adopted December 3, 1994 and amended through April 15, 1999
ARTICLE I. NAME
The name of this organization is the Landon Branch Neighborhood Association, hereinafter referred to as LBNA.
ARTICLE II. PURPOSE
The purpose of LBNA is:
- To benefit the Waco community by providing for the educational, intellectual, cultural, and physical involvement and improvement of all community organizations and members of the community;
- To lessen the burdens of government and combat community deterioration, criminal activity, and juvenile delinquency within the community;
- To receive and administer funds in accordance with the terms of these bylaws and operate as a non-profit corporation in the State of Texas;
- To do all such other acts as are necessary, expedient, or appropriate to accomplish any of the objects and purposes for which this corporation is formed.
ARTICLE III. BOUNDARIES
The boundaries of LBNA are described as:
BEGINNING at the centerline of the intersection between Cobbs Drive and Lake Air Drive;
THENCE in a northeasterly direction to a point along the centerline of said Lake Air Drive to its intersection with the centerline of Hillcrest Drive;
THENCE in a northwesterly direction to a point along the centerline of said Hillcrest Drive to its intersection with east shore line of Lake Waco Reservoir;
THENCE along the east shore line of said Lake Waco Reservoir in an irregular shaped direction to the northeast, southeast and northwest to its intersection with the Lakewood Tennis and Country Club boundary line
THENCE along said Lakewood Tennis and Country Club boundary line in an irregular shaped direction to the northwest and northeast to its intersection with the centerline of Lake Shore Drive where it meets Park Lake Drive;
THENCE in a northeasterly direction to a point along the centerline of said Park Lake Drive to its intersection with the centerline of North 25th Street;
THENCE in a southeasterly direction to a point along the centerline of said North 25th Street to its intersection with the centerline of McFerrin Avenue;
THENCE in a southwesterly direction to a point along the centerline of said McFerrin Avenue to its intersection with the centerline of MacArthur Drive;
THENCE in a southeasterly direction to a point along the centerline of said MacArthur Drive to its intersection with the centerline of Hillcrest Drive;
THENCE in a southwesterly direction to a point along the centerline of said Hillcrest Drive to its intersection with the centerline of Cobbs Drive;
THENCE in a southwesterly direction to a point along the centerline of said Cobbs Drive to the PLACE OF BEGINNING.
ARTICLE IV. MEMBERSHIP
Section 1. Membership is open to any individual who:
a.Owns or occupies a home, apartment, or other domicile in the neighborhood;
b. Owns or operates a business, church, or other organization in the neighborhood; or
c. Is elected to membership by majority vote of active members at a meeting.
Section 2. Membership in the organization shall be for one year, beginning January 1 and ending December 31.
Section 3. Active members are those individuals who pay the annual dues of LBNA.
ARTICLE V. DUES
Section 1. Annual membership dues shall be due in January of each year. Section
2. Annual dues are established by recommendation of the Board and majority approval of the active members at a meeting.
a. Individual $ 5.00
b. Business/organization $25.00
ARTICLE VI. PRIVILEGES
Section 1. Any individual may attend meetings and have a voice from the floor.
Section 2. Only active members are entitled to vote, hold office, and serve on committees.
Section 3. Only active members may represent themselves as LBNA members.
ARTICLE VII. MEETINGS
Section 1. The annual meeting of LBNA shall be held in January at a time and place set by the Board.
Section 2. Regular meetings of LBNA shall be held quarterly at a time and place set by the Board.
Section 3. Special meetings may be called by a majority of the Board or by petition of at least 20% of the membership to the President.
Section 4. At least 10 active members present at a meeting shall constitute a quorum.
Section 5. Prior notice of meetings must be provided to active members.
Section 6. The meeting agenda is set by the President with the approval of the Board.
Section 7. The general order of business shall be:
Call to Order
Determination of Quorum
Approval of Previous Minutes
Reports of Officers
Reports of Committees
ARTICLE VIII. OFFICERS
Section 1. The officers of LBNA are President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary.
Section 2. The officers are elected at the annual meeting of LBNA. A candidate must receive a majority of votes cast in order to be elected.
Section 3. If the office of President should become vacant, the Vice President shall assume the office of President.
Section 4. Vacancies in other offices shall be filled for the remainder of the term by a majority vote of the Board.
Section 5. An officer may be recalled by two-thirds vote of active members at a meeting.
Section 6. Responsibilities of officers:
PRESIDENT Presides at all meetings of LBNA and of the Board of Directors; appoints committees with approval of the Board; exercises general supervision over the affairs of LBNA and ensures that decisions and resolutions of the board and the membership are executed; with approval of the Board, has the power to execute contracts and other authorized instruments on behalf of LBNA; reports actions of the Board at meetings of LBNA.
VICE PRESIDENT Represents LBNA in the absence of the President and exercises the powers of that office; assists the President in planning and organizing meetings and special events approved by the Board; is ex officio member of all committees.
TREASURER Responsible for the funds of LBNA and secures their deposit as directed by the Board; keeps records of finances of LBNA and makes them available for inspection at any regular meeting; collects and deposits dues and other funds of LBNA; executes checks, orders for payment of money and notes, or other evidence of indebtedness issued in the name of LBNA. Checks exceeding fifty dollars must be cosigned by the President, Vice President, or Secretary.
SECRETARY Keeps minutes of all meetings of LBNA and the Board of Directors and makes them available for inspection at any regular meeting or as requested by a Board member; provides notice of meetings as required; responsible for correspondence of LBNA as directed by the President or Board.
ARTICLE IX. BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Section 1. The direction and management of the affairs of LBNA and the control of its business shall be vested in the Board of Directors, and be subject to any restrictions imposed by law, the Articles of Incorporation, the Bylaws, or by vote of the membership.
Section 2. The Board of Directors shall be composed of ten (10) members: Officers of LBNA (4) Sector Representatives (5) Immediate Past President (1)Or a member elected at large in the event the immediate past president holds another position on the Board.
Section 3. The term of membership on the Board is one year concurrent with the membership year.
Section 4. A majority of Board members present at a Board meeting shall constitute a quorum.
Section 5. The Board shall meet at least quarterly as called by the President or by request of a majority of members of the Board. Board members must receive prior notice of Board meetings.
Section 6. The five sector representatives are elected by majority vote of membership at the annual meeting. Sector representatives shall be elected from five mutually exclusive and equivalent geographical areas of LBNA. Officers are not eligible to serve as sector representatives.
Section 7. The Board shall provide an annual report to the membership of LBNA activities for the prior year at the annual meeting.
Section 8. An annual audit shall be conducted of the finances and operation of LBNA by a committee of no more than three active members (not Board members) appointed by the President. The committee shall report the results of their audit at the annual meeting.
Section 9. Decisions of the Board may be rescinded by two-thirds vote of the active members present at the next meeting of LBNA.
ARTICLE X. COMMITTEES
Section 1. The following standing committees are authorized:
a. Nominating Committee - The Nominating Committee shall be responsible for developing the list of candidates for LBNA offices and sector representatives submitted at the annual meeting. The Past President shall chair the nominating committee. Active members may propose candidates with their consent from the floor at the annual meeting.
b. Membership Committee - The Membership Committee shall be responsible for soliciting active memberships from among eligible individuals in the neighborhood. The committee shall also assist the Secretary in notifying members of meetings and events of LBNA.
c. Program Committee - The Program Committee shall be responsible for the planning and promotion of activities and events designed to improve communication and camaraderie among members of the neighborhood.
d. Neighborhood Improvement Committee - The Neighborhood Improvement Committee shall be responsible for
1) developing and implementing activities designed to improve and maintain a positive neighborhood environment;
2) assisting and advising residents who desire to improve the housing condition of the neighborhood; and
3) working with officials and staff of the City of Waco to improve physical conditions and security in the neighborhood.
Section 2. Special Committees may be appointed by the President with approval of a majority of the members of the Board.
Section 3. The term of membership for committee members shall be one year. Members may serve no more than two consecutive terms as chair of a committee.
ARTICLE XI. PARLIAMENTARY RULES
The conduct of business of LBNA shall be governed by Robert's Rules of Order, most recent edition, unless otherwise authorized by these Bylaws.
ARTICLE XII. AMENDMENTS
These Bylaws may be amended by two-thirds vote of active members present at a meeting, provided that the proposed amendment has been presented in writing to the Board for reading to the members at the previous meeting.
ARTICLE XIII. RATIFICATION
These Bylaws shall be ratified by a majority vote of eligible members at a meeting called for the purpose of ratification.