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Bylaws

CONIFER AREA COUNCIL

BY-LAWS

Amended

5/16/2010

ARTICLE I

Name

Section I.1       Name: The Name of this organization shall be Conifer Area Council.

ARTICLE II

Vision / Mission / Strategies / Goals / Core Values / Policies

Section II.1     Vision: The Conifer area. . . our vibrant mountain home where natural beauty, wildlife and independent spirits join together as a community.

Section II.2     Mission: To work as a broad based group to provide a forum to identify and address community issues.

Section II.3    Strategies:  The Strategies of Conifer Area Council are to:

II.3.a   Educate

II.3.b   Facilitate

II.3.c   Communicate

II.3.d   Identify & Address Issues

Section II.4     Goals: The Goals of Conifer Area Council are to:

II.4.a   Provide a nonpartisan forum to facilitate community participation, collaboration and action in identifying and addressing community issues and opportunities.

II.4.b   Provide structure of and communication with all Conifer Area Council Study / Action Teams, groups formed to study and act upon identified community issues.

II.4.c   Provide open communication between Conifer Area Council, community members and with governmental and other organizations that affect our community’s future.

II.4.d  Create and maintain a vibrant, sustainable organization with good governance and adequate staffing, volunteer and funding resources.

II.4.e  Provide the venue for periodic review and support of applicable Jefferson County Regulations and the Comprehensive Master Plan, including the Conifer / 285 Corridor Area Community Plan.

Section II.5     Core Values: The Core Values of Conifer Area Council are to be:

II.5.a  Inclusive

II.5.b  Nonpartisan

II.5.c    Honest

II.5.d  Positive

II.5.e    Creative

II.5.f    Transparent

II.5.g    Accountable

Section II.6     Policies: The Policies of Conifer Area Council shall be:

II.6.a  To study and/or take action on community issues in the public interest, according to the Vision, Mission, Strategies, Goals and Values of Conifer Area Council and according to the Yearly Agenda set at the Annual Meeting.

II.6.b  All meetings will be open to the public.

ARTICLE III

Membership

Section III.1    Eligibility: Any person who subscribes to the mission, goals, strategies and policies of Conifer Area Council, and registers with the Council, shall be eligible for membership.

Section III.2    Types of Membership: The membership of the Conifer Area Council shall be composed of Voting Members and Associate (non-voting) Members.

III.2.a   Voting Members shall be the Board of Directors of Conifer Area Council.  Officers and Directors must be at least 18 years of age who live in or have property or a business within the Conifer/285 Corridor Area Community Plan area or Conifer is their community of interest.

III.2.b   Associate Members (non-voting) shall be all other persons interested in the Conifer/285 Corridor Area Community who have requested to be on a Conifer Area Council e-mail or mailing list.

Section III.3    Dues: Dues may be established by the Board of Directors.

ARTICLE IV

Board of Directors

Section IV.1    Number, Selection and Term: Directors shall be elected by the Voting Members at the Annual Meeting.  Directors shall be elected for a one-year term and shall hold office for the Fiscal Year following their election.  In the case of a Vacancy, the replacement Director shall be elected and hold office through the end of that Fiscal Year.  Directors may be elected for successive terms.  The Board of Directors shall consist of not less than 9 nor more than 13 members, including the President, as determined by the Board of Directors.

Section IV.2    Qualifications: Officers and Directors shall be at least 18 years of age who live in or have property or a business within the Conifer/285 Corridor Area Community Plan area or Conifer is their community of interest.  It is the responsibility of each Officer and Director to make decisions based upon the Vision, Mission, Strategies, Goals, Core Values and Policies of Conifer Area Council, and not for personal gain.

Section IV.3    Conflict of Interest Policy:  If a Director has a financial, or other, interest conflicting with the interest of Conifer Area Council in any matter, then the individual must bring the conflict to the attention of the other Directors and refrain from deliberating or voting in any decision with respect to the matter.  Each Director will review and sign said Policy as required by the Board of Directors.

Section IV.4    Vacancies: Any vacancy occurring in the Board of Directors other than the office of the President may be filled through the end of that Fiscal year, by a simple majority vote of the remaining members of the Board of Directors.

Section IV.5    Powers and Duties: The Board of Directors shall have full charge of the property and business of the Conifer Area Council, with full power and authority to manage and conduct same.

IV.5.a  The Board of Directors shall plan and direct the work necessary to carry out the program adopted at the Annual Meeting and other general meetings.

IV.5.b  The Board of Directors shall designate sub-groups as it may deem necessary.

Section IV.6    Meetings: There shall be at least six regular meetings of the Board of Directors annually as determined by the Board of Directors.  The President may call special meetings of the Board of Directors and shall call a special meeting upon the written request of five members of the Board of Directors.

Section IV.7    Action without a Meeting: The Board of Directors may transact business at a meeting, via fax, e-mail, or by any other method of communication in accordance with standard business practices.  Any action that could be taken at a meeting of the Board of Directors may be taken without a meeting if written notice describing the agenda and written acknowledgement by aforementioned methods by all Directors are completed and noted.  All such actions shall have the same effect as action taken at a meeting. The action will then be ratified at the next regular Board Meeting and so noted in the minutes.

Section IV.8    Telephone Meetings: The Board of Directors may permit any Director to participate in a meeting of the Board of Directors through the use of any means of communication by which all Directors participating in the meeting can hear each other during the meeting.  A Director participating in a meeting in this manner is deemed to be present in person at the meeting.

Section IV.9    Quorum: A simple majority of the members of the Board of Directors shall constitute a quorum.  Upon written request by two or more Directors, a simple majority of the entire Board shall be required for a decision on a specific agenda item.

Section IV.10  Resignation: A Director may resign at any time by giving written notice of resignation to an Officer of Conifer Area Council.  The resignation is effective when the notice is received by Conifer Area Council unless the notice specifies a later effective date.

Section IV.11  Removal: Any Director may be removed after reasonable notice if, in the determination of a majority of the entire Board of Directors, it is in the best interest of  Conifer Area Council.

ARTICLE V

Officers

Section V.1     Enumeration and Election of Officers: The Officers of Conifer Area Council shall be President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer.  They shall be elected by the newly elected Board of Directors prior to the conclusion of the Annual Meeting and begin their terms immediately.

Section V.2     President: The President shall preside at all meetings of the organization and of the Board of Directors unless the President shall designate another to preside.  The President shall be, ex-officio, a member of all committees except the Nominating Committee.

Section V.3     Vice President: The Vice President shall assist the President and shall perform such duties as may be assigned to him/her by the President or by the Board of Directors.   In the event of absence, disability, resignation or death of the President, the Vice President will perform all duties of that office until such time as the Board of Directors shall elect one of its members to fill the vacancy.

Section V.4     Secretary: The Secretary shall keep minutes of all business meetings of  Conifer Area Council and of all meetings of the Board of Directors.  The Secretary shall sign, with the President, all contracts and other instruments when so authorized by the Board of Directors and shall perform such other functions as may be assigned to this office.

Section V.5     Treasurer: The Treasurer, or duly appointed assistant, shall collect and receive all monies due.  The Treasurer shall be the custodian of those monies, shall deposit them in an authorized financial institution designated by the Board of Directors, and shall disburse the same only upon order of the Board of Directors.  The Treasurer shall present statements to the Board at their regular meetings and an annual report at the Annual Meeting.

ARTICLE VI

Board Advisors

Section VI.1    Board Advisors: Board Advisors are professionals who periodically offer advice and direction to Conifer Area Council.  Advisors are not members of the Board and do not bear legal responsibilities for the Board of Directors actions.  Board Advisors are selected based on their expertise.  They may be recognized in Conifer Area Council reporting and promotion materials based on their willingness to be identified.  The Nominating Committee shall recruit Board Advisors as they recruit Board of Directors positions.

ARTICLE VII

Indemnification

Section VII.1  Any Board of Directors member or other person who performs services for Conifer Area Council at the request of Conifer Area Council and who does not receive compensation other than reimbursement of expenses shall be immune from civil liability to the extent provided by applicable law.  Each Director of Conifer Area Council shall discharge his or her respective duties in compliance with the standards of the law of the State of Colorado, including, without limitation:  a) in good faith; (b) with the care an ordinarily prudent person in a like position would exercise under similar circumstances; and (c) in a manner such Director reasonably believes to be in the best interests of Conifer Area Council, as determined by Conifer Area Council.  Conifer Area Council shall further have the authority to the maximum extent permitted by law to purchase and maintain insurance providing such indemnification.

ARTICLE VIII

Financial Administration

Section VIII.1 Fiscal Year: The Fiscal Year of Conifer Area Council will be each twelve month period beginning July 1 and ending June 30.

Section VIII.2 Budget: A Budget for the ensuing year shall be submitted by the Treasurer to the Board of Directors for adoption at the Annual Meeting. The Budget shall include support for the work of Conifer Area Council as a whole.

Section VIII.3 Budget Committee: A Budget Committee shall be appointed by the Board of Directors at least two months prior to the Annual Meeting to prepare a Budget for the ensuing year.

Section VIII.4 Audit: There shall be an annual Fiscal Year Audit of the Treasurer’s books performed by the Board of Directors’ designee preceding the Annual Meeting.

Section VIII.5 Distribution of Funds on Dissolution: In the event of a dissolution for any cause of Conifer Area Council, all monies and securities and other property of whatsoever nature, whether real, personal, or mixed, which may at the time be owned by or under the control of Conifer Area Council, shall be disposed of by any Officer of the organization, for such public, charitable, or educational uses and purposes as may be designated by the then Board of Directors of Conifer Area Council.

ARTICLE IX

Meetings

Section IX.1    Board Meetings: There shall be at least six regular meetings of the Board of Directors annually as determined by the Board.  The President may call special meetings of the Board of Directors and shall call a special meeting upon the written request of five members of the Board of Directors.

Section IX.2    Membership Meetings: In addition to the Annual Meeting there may be other general membership meetings during the year if changes in the Yearly Agenda must be voted upon.  The Board of Directors shall determine time and place.

Section IX.3    Annual Meeting: An Annual Meeting shall be held on a date in May to be determined by the Board of Directors.  The Annual Meeting shall:

IX.3.a  Adopt a local Yearly Agenda for the ensuing year.

IX.3.b  Elect Directors and members of the Nominating Committee.

IX.3.c  Adopt a Budget.

IX.3.d  Transact such other business as may properly come before it.

Section IX.4    Study/Action Team Meetings: The Study/Action Teams will meet, as community issues arise which require study or action.  See Article XII for definition of Study/Action Teams.

ARTICLE X

Nominations and Elections

Section X.1     Nominating Committee: The Nominating Committee shall consist of three members to be comprised of at least one Voting Member plus two other Voting or Associate members of Conifer Area Council appointed by the Board of Directors at the Annual Meeting for the subsequent Fiscal Year.

Section X.2     Report of the Current Year Nominating Committee and Nominations from the Floor: The report of the Nominating Committee shall be presented to the Board of Directors as noted in the Nominating Committee Procedures #4b3) and will include both Board of Director positions and Board Advisors.

Section X.3     Elections: Elections shall be by ballot at the Annual Meeting.  A majority vote of those present and qualified to vote shall constitute an election.  Absentee or proxy voting shall not be permitted.

ARTICLE XI

Yearly Agenda

Section XI.1    Authorization: The Vision, Mission, Strategies, Goals, Core Values and Policies adopted by Conifer Area Council Board of Directors constitute the authorization for the adoption of the Yearly Agenda.

Section XI.2    Yearly Agenda: The Yearly Agenda of Conifer Area Council shall consist of:

XI.2.a  Study and action to implement its Vision, Mission, Strategies,  Goals, Core Values and Policies.

XI.2.b  Those community/local governmental issues chosen by the Board of Directors for concerted study and action.

ARTICLE XII

Study / Action Teams

Section XII.3  Study / Action Teams: Study / Action Teams (Team) will meet when needed to study, with possible action, according to the Yearly Agenda of Conifer Area Council set at the Annual Meeting or other general membership meeting, or based upon other needs of the community, as approved by the Board of Directors.  Study / Action Teams may include but are not limited to:

XII.3.a  Community Events Coordination:  This Team shall organize the Annual Meeting and, upon Board direction, organize other events during the year.

XII.3.b  Publicity and Information Exchange:  This Team shall organize all communication through the local news media, other newspapers, and key community places.

XII.3.c  Donations, Fundraising and Grants Writing:  This Team shall pursue donations, possible grants and fundraising ideas within IRC 501(c)(3)  limitations.

XII.3.d  Other:  Other Study / Action Teams shall be formed according to Board of Directors’ approval and direction.

XII.3.e  Board of Directors’ member liaisons:  Each Study / Action Team will have a Conifer Area Council Board of Directors member as a liaison. This liaison is expected to attend meetings or provide a replacement Board of Directors member if unable to attend.

Section XII.4  Member Action: Members may act in the name of the Conifer Area Council only when authorized to do so by the Board of Directors.

ARTICLE XIII

Parliamentary Authority

Section XIII.1  Parliamentary Authority: The rules contained in Robert’s Rules of Order, Revised, shall govern the organization in all cases to which they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with these By-Laws.

ARTICLE XIV

Amendments

Section XIV.1 Amendments: These By-Laws may be amended, altered, or repealed and new By-Laws may be adopted by the Board of Directors of Conifer Area Council by a two-thirds majority of the members of the Board of Directors.


VISION
“The Conifer area. . . our vibrant mountain home where natural beauty, wildlife and independent spirits join together as a community."
MISSION
To work as a broad based group to provide a forum to identify and address community issues.
CORE VALUES
INCLUSIVE NONPARTISAN HONEST POSITIVE CREATIVE TRANSPARENT ACCOUNTABLE
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