All references to he and his contained herein shall be deemed and construed to refer to either the masculine or feminine as the case may be.
ARTICLE I NAME
Section I The name of this association shall be: Feasterville Business Association. Its power and authority originate from the non-profit corporation certificate granted to it by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on March 20, 1978.
ARTICLE II PURPOSES
Section l The purposes of this association are to foster and encourage the growth, the progress, and the betterment of our community.
ARTICLE III MEMBERSHIP
Regular Membership – regular membership shall be available to any person applicant of good moral character who is 21 years of age or over and has a place of business or lives in Lower Southampton Township or its surrounding areas.
Special Membership –Any member in good standing for five (5) years or more, who has retired shall become a special member. Special members shall not be required to pay dues but will still be entitled to all privileges and rights of a regular member.
Life Membership – Any member in good standing for 25 years or more shall be a life member of the association. Life members shall not be required to pay dues but will still be entitled to all rights and privileges of a regular member.
Honorary Membership – Honorary membership shall be permitted on recommendation of the Executive Committee and by a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of the members in good standing present at a regular membership meeting. Honorary members shall not have the right to vote at regular or special meetings.
Corporate Membership – A corporation or other business entity may hold a Corporate Membership for some or all of its employees. Each corporation or business shall be entitled to one vote to be cast by a designated person regardless of the number of persons or employees covered by the Corporate Membership. Further, corporations and business entities under a Corporate membership may hold no more than one elected position through its designated persons and employees regardless of the number of persons or employees who participate in the Association under the Corporate Membership
An employee or other person affiliated with a Corporate Member may choose Regular Membership as defined in Section 1(A) above and pay regular membership dues. In such case, that regular member would not be subject to the limitations on voting and holding elective office as provided in Section 1(E) above.
1. A written application for membership, upon forms supplied by the Association, signed by the applicant and by a member of the Association in good standing shall be submitted to the Membership Committee along with the requisite application fee and one’s year’s dues as fixed by the Executive Committee.
The Membership Committee shall submit said application to the Executive Committee and if approved by said committee, the applicant’s name shall be submitted for approval to the members present at the next regular meeting.
ARTICLE IV MEETINGS
Section 1 Regular meetings of this Association shall be held each month at a time, place, and date determined by the Executive Committee.
Section 2 Only a member in good standing shall have the privilege of voting at association meetings.
Section 3 A special meeting of the general membership may be called by the president at such time as he deems advisable and may also be called upon written request signed by at least 11 members in good standing presented to the president of the association, which will set forth the purpose of the meeting. Written notice of a special meeting, setting forth the purpose thereof, shall forthwith be sent to the general membership, and no other business shall be transacted at the meeting. A quorum for conducting business at a special meeting shall consist of at least 11 members in good standing.
Section 4 A quorum for conducting business at regular meetings shall consist of at least 11 members.
Section 5 Regular Executive Committee meetings to receive written committee reports, prepare written agendas for the general membership meetings, and to formulate policies to be submitted to the general membership for their consideration shall be held at least once each month. The minutes of each meeting shall be published in the monthly newsletter. The time, place, and date shall be determined by the president of the association.
Section 6 Special meetings of the executive committee may he called by the president, or any 6 members in good standing of the executive committee.
Section 7 A quorum for conducting business at a regular or special meeting of the executive committee shall consist of at least 6 members in good standing of the executive committee.
Section 8 Association meetings and meetings of the executive committee shall be governed by the rules of parliamentary procedure as provided in Robert’s Rules of Order, as amended.
Section 9 Notice of all meetings, regular or special, shall be prepared and transmitted by the corresponding secretary to all of the members at least one week prior to the date of the meeting.
ARTICLE V OFFICERS
Section 1 The officers of this organization shall consist of the President, Vice President, the Treasurer, the Recording Secretary, the Corresponding Secretary, the Financial Secretary, and the Sergeant of Arms.
Section 2 The association shall elect and or appoint a board of eight (8) members. Each director shall serve for a term of two years, with three directors being elected each year and the immediate past president being appointed each year. The president shall be an ex officio member of the board of directors and may vote in the event of a tie among the other directors.
Section 3 There shall be an Executive Committee composed of the officers of the association together with the Board of Directors: the immediate past president, and the chairmen of all standing committees.
DUTIES OF OFFICERS
Section 1 The President shall be the chief executive officer of this Association, shall preside at all meetings; shall see that all of the resolutions of the members are carried out; shall have general superintendence and direction of all other officers of this association and shall see that their duties are property performed; he/she shall submit reports of the operations of the association to the members at their monthly meeting; he/she shall be ex officio a member of all standing committees and shall have powers and duties and management usually vested in the office of President; he/she shall appoint all committees and the chairmen thereof.
Section 2 The Vice President shall be vested with all powers and shall perform all duties of the President during the absence of the latter and shall have such other duties as may be determined from time to time by the President.
Section 3 The Recording Secretary shall attend all meetings of the association and act as clerk thereof, and shall record all notes and minutes of all proceedings kept for that purpose. He/she shall be custodian of all books and records of the association and shall perform such duties as may be prescribed by the President.
Section 4 The Treasurer shall receive all monies and keep an account of the same. He/she shall pay out money only on the authorization of the executive committee or general membership. He/she shall deliver to his/her successor, before the next meeting, all property and money belonging to the association. All monies handled by the Treasurer shall be deposited in a bank selected by the Executive Committee. He/she shall give a financial report at each meeting.
Section 5 The Financial Secretary shall collect all dues, and keep good record of the same. He/she shall give to all members in good standing a yearly membership card. He/she must also notify delinquent members. He/she shall be a standing member of the Membership Committee. He/she shall notify the Corresponding Secretary of all new members.
Section 6 The Corresponding Secretary shall send out all notices of all meetings and shall further send out all notices and correspondence with persons directed by the President or by the executive committee.
Section 7 The Sergeant of Arms shall be responsible for the general conduct of all meetings and members as directed by the President.
NOMINATION AND ELECTION OF OFFICERS
Section 1 Nomination of officers and directors shall be held at the regular meeting in October. Nominations shall be made from the floor and remain open until the night of the elections.
Section 2 The term of office of each of the officers shall be one year, commencing with the installation in January. Each officer and director shall continue to serve until his successor shall have, been duly installed.
1. The executive committee at its meeting in August shall select a nominating committee consisting of 5 members of this association, 3 of whom shall be past presidents. The nominating committee shall elect its chairman.
The nominating committee shall meet and strive to select at least two candidates for each office.
A written report listing the candidates selected by the nominating committee and certifying that a majority of the nominating committee was present shall be submitted by its chairman to the president and the executive committee in September. The candidates selected shall then be presented to the members at a regular, meeting in October. Nominations shall remain open and may be made from the floor up to and including the night of the election.
The election shall be at the regular association meeting in November.
Voting shall be by closed ballot. The candidate receiving the largest number of votes shall be elected, providing, however that he receives the majority of the votes cast. In the event that no candidate receives the majority on the first ballot, further ballots shall be taken with the candidate receiving the lowest number of votes on a ballot being eliminated from the succeeding ballots until there are two candidates on a ballot on which the one receiving the majority of votes shall be elected
Section 4 Previous to the election, the president shall appoint a judge of elections and two tellers. The judge of elections shall not be one of the members of the nominating committee.
Section 5 No member shall hold the same office for more than two terms in succession, except for the Corresponding, Recording and Financial Secretaries
Section 6 Voting by proxy shall not be permitted in the election of officers or directors.
Section 7 Should a vacancy occur in any office or directorship except that of the president, the vacancy shall be filled for the unexpired term by appointment by the president. A vacancy in the office of the president shall be filled by a special election at the next regular meeting of this association. Nominations for president shall be made from the floor at that meeting.
Section 8 Any member in good standing shall be eligible to vote and hold office.
DUES AND ASSESSMENTS
Section 1 Dues and assessments for all regular members and corporate members shall be fixed by the executive committee each year. Dues shall be due and payable January 15th each year.
Section 2 Good Standing. A member shall be a member in “good standing” when his/her dues and assessments, if any, for the current year are not past due, and provided he/she is not in default to the association for any other financial obligations or assessments. All dues and assessments shall be paid within 45 days from billing date, and any member who has not paid within such period shall not be a member in good standing, nor shall be entitled to the rights and privileges set forth in Section 3 of the Article.
Section 3 A member in good standing shall have the privilege of attending any and all general meetings of both the association and the executive board; to attend all functions of the organization; to vote as provided in Article 7; to be appointed as chairman or a member of any committee; and to hold office subject to Article 7.
Section 4 A member shall be dropped from the membership rolls if he/she is delinquent in the payment of dues or assessments for more than 30 days, provided however, that he/she is notified in writing at least 15 days prior to being dropped, so as to afford an opportunity to remedy the delinquency. Any member who is indebted to the association may be suspended and shall not be subject to reinstatement, provided, however, that 15 days prior, written notice is given to his/her suspension so as to afford him/her an opportunity to remedy this breach of duty and satisfy the obligation.
Section 5 Any member who has been dropped from the rolls of the association may seek reinstatement by presenting his/her reasons, in writing or in person, to the executive committee and repaying all indebtedness to the association. The reinstatement qualifications shall be within the exclusive discretion of the executive committee
Section 6 It shall be the duty of the Financial Secretary to bill each member for dues by December 1st of the prior year and to notify all delinquent members in accordance with Section 2 and 4 of this Article,
Section 7 Any applicant approved for membership at the general meeting of the association after July 1 shall be required to pay 1/2 of the annual dues only.
RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS OF MEMBERS
Section 1 The Executive Committee shall have the right to vote on all expenditures of the organization for any and all purposes.
Section 2 In the event that any member in good standing desires to resign from this organization, he shall do so in writing to the Corresponding Secretary,
Section 3 A member’s membership in this association may be terminated for cause upon recommendation of the Executive Committee to the general membership and an affirmative two thirds majority of the members in good standing present at any regular or special general membership meeting, provided at least ten (10) days advanced written notice is given of the meeting and the purpose thereof to the general membership and member in question and said member is afforded an opportunity at said meeting to show cause why his/her membership should not be terminated.
CHANGE OF BY-LAWS
Section 1 The members of the Association may, by a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of members in good standing present, alter, amend, suspend or annul these by-laws. Notice of intention to amend or annul these by-laws shall be given at any regular meeting and voted upon at the following regular meeting,
Section 2 Any member in good standing shall have the right to enter a proxy ballot in his/her absence for participation in altering, amending, suspending or annulling by-laws. Such a proxy must be in writing over the signature of the member submitting the proxy.