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Tulsa Audubon Society
By-Laws 

(Note: references to "the Society" in this document refer to the Tulsa Audubon Society.)

ARTICLE I - MEMBERSHIP 

Section 1. Any person interested in the purposes of the Society is eligible for membership. The mission of the Society is to foster appreciation, enjoyment, and stewardship of our natural world.

Section 2. Membership shall consist of two categories of members: National Members and Chapter-Only Members. Classes of membership and annual dues for National Members will be established by the National Audubon Society. Annual dues for Chapter-Only Members will be set by the Board of Directors of the Tulsa Audubon Society.

Section 3. Both Chapter-Only and National Members shall enjoy all the rights and privileges pertaining to the members of this Society.

Section 4. Each membership shall have the right to cast one vote at the annual meeting and at any regular or special meeting of members on any motion that may properly be brought before such meeting, including the election of Officers and Directors.

Section 5. Should renewal of membership dues not be paid within six months after the due date, a member so in default shall be dropped.

ARTICLE II - HONORARY MEMBERS, AND SUBSCRIPTIONS 

Section 1. Honorary membership in the Tulsa Audubon Society may be conferred upon a qualified person upon written nomination signed by five active members, setting forth the reasons for the nomination, and upon a majority vote by the active members at a business meeting. Honorary Members are entitled to all rights and privileges of the Society.

Section 2. Any interested person or group may subscribe to the Tulsa Audubon Society newsletter at a rate set by the Board of Directors.

ARTICLE III - MEETINGS 

Section 1. Regular meetings of the Society shall be held each month from September through May.

Section 2. The Annual Meeting of the Society shall be held in April at which time the new officers and board members will be elected.

Section 3. Special meetings of members may be called by the President or pursuant to resolution of the Board, or by petition of not less than one-tenth (1/10) of all members entitled to vote.

Section 4. Notice of the annual meeting, special meetings and regular meetings, at which Society business is to be transacted shall be given not less than fifteen (15) days before the date of the meeting. Notice of such meetings may be published in the Society's newsletter or by first class mail to each member. The notice of a special meeting shall state the purpose or purposes for which the meeting is called, and the meeting's business shall be limited to the items stated in the notice.

ARTICLE IV - BOARD OF DIRECTORS 

Section 1. The control and conduct of the business of the Society shall be vested in its Board of Directors and the elected officers of the Society; and any reference to the Board should be understood to include both the elected members of the Board of Directors plus the elected officers of the Society. The Board shall include no fewer than six (6) elected Directors.

Section 2. In the first election following passage and adoption of this Article, three (3) Directors shall be elected for a term of one (1) year and three (3) shall be elected for a term of two (2) years. Thereafter, as each term expires, Directors shall be elected for a term of two (2) years, by a plurality of the members voting. A person must be a member in good standing to be eligible for election to the Board.

Section 3. No individual shall serve for more than two (2) consecutive terms as an elected Director.

Section 4. If by reason of resignation or death, or for any other reason, vacancies exist whereby the Board has not the full complement of Directors, the Board may proceed to elect a Director or Directors to fill such vacancies and the Director or Directors so elected shall serve the remainder of that term or terms. When a Director has been elected by the Board to fill a vacancy for less than a full term, such part term shall be disregarded with respect to his qualification for re-election for additional consecutive terms, as set forth in Section 3, above.

Section 5. There shall be at least six (6) regular meetings of the Board of Directors in any one calendar year, with not more than one regular meeting in any one month. These regular meetings shall be open to the general membership.

Section 6. Special meetings of the Board shall be called for by the President or by the Secretary upon request of a majority of the Board. Notice of a special meeting must be given to Board members and officers not less than three days prior to the meeting.

Section 7. In order to conduct official business at meetings of the Board, a quorum must be present. A majority of the Board (directors plus officers) shall constitute a quorum at any meeting of the Board provided such quorum includes at least three (3) of the elected directors. Approval of any motion before the Board will require the vote of a simple majority of this quorum. (Other attendees at Board meetings, such as committee chairpersons or others, will not vote on matters of official business.)

Section 8. The President, or in his absence, the Vice President, or in his absence the Secretary shall act as Chair at any meeting of the Board. In the absence of the President, the Vice President and the Secretary, the Board shall designate any other member of the Board to act as Chair at that meeting.

Section 9. Following a President's term of office he may serve as a non-voting member of the Board of Directors.

Section 10. Following the conclusion of a President's term, the Board of Directors shall appoint an Audit Committee. The Audit Committee shall examine the financial records of the Society, as well as any other records of assets or properties of the Society, and shall make a report to the Board of Directors based on its examination.

Section 11. It shall be the responsibility of each member of the Board of Directors to provide for a smooth transition for newly elected officers and directors, to insure that the Constitution and By-laws are followed, and to insure that compliance with the current Internal Revenue Code is achieved.

ARTICLE V - OFFICERS 

Section 1. The officers of the Tulsa Audubon Society shall be the President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and Recorder. Officers shall serve a term of one year or until properly succeeded. A written report of the past year's activities will be submitted by each officer to the Board of Directors prior to the May meeting.

Section 2. In the conduct of the business of the society, officers and committees may incur necessary expenses included in a budget passed by the Board of Directors. Expenditures not included in the budget must be previously authorized by the Board of Directors or, in an emergency, by the President and one elected member of the Board of Directors.

Section 3. The President shall be the executive officer of the society. The President shall preside at meetings, appoint committees, direct the activities of the Society, conduct six or more meetings of the Board of Directors per year, assist in the transition during change of office and serve ex-officio on all committees, except the nominating committee.

Section 4. In case of a vacancy in an office of the Society, the President, with the consent of the Board of Directors, shall appoint a member to serve until the next regular annual election.

Section 5. The Vice President shall cooperate with the President and in the absence of the President shall perform the duties of that office.

Section 6. The Secretary shall keep the minutes of the meetings, keep reports of the membership as presented by the Membership Committee, keep records of the Budget Committee and all appropriations made, and shall carry on correspondence regarding the business of the Society. All minutes, reports and records shall become a permanent record of the Tulsa Audubon Society. In the absence of the President and the Vice President, the Secretary shall become the Executive Officer of the Society.

Section 7. The Treasurer shall receive and disburse the funds of the Society upon authorization of the President or the Board of Directors. The Treasurer shall serve as Chairman of the Budget Committee.

Section 8. The Recorder's duties shall be to keep bird identification lists of birds species reported within the Tulsa Audubon area and of the Bald Eagles at the Tulsa Audubon Society Eagle Roost; make an annual report to be published for the use of TAS members; submit Seasonal Summaries of bird records to the Regional Editor of American Birds; give monthly reports at meetings of the Society and provide reports to be published in the newsletter. Bird records of all observations shall include the date and place together with the name of person making the report.

Section 9. All checks and drafts of the Society may be signed by the Treasurer, the President or Vice President.

ARTICLE VI - ELECTION 

Section 1. The Board of Directors shall appoint the Nominating Committee by the February meeting. The nominating committee shall consist of at least three members. The Nominating Committee shall make nominations for officers and directors whose terms are expiring. Nominations shall be announced at the March membership meeting. Nominations from the floor will also be accepted, with the approval of the person nominated.

Section 2. Election of officers and the Board of Directors shall be completed at the annual meeting of the Society in April. New Officers and Directors shall be introduced and assume office at the end of the May meeting.

ARTICLE VII - AFFILIATIONS 

The Tulsa Audubon Society may maintain memberships in other conservation organizations as approved by the Board of Directors. The Treasurer shall pay the dues to those organizations upon notification by the Secretary that they are due.

ARTICLE VIII - COMMITTEES 

Section 1. The President shall appoint chairmen of Standing Committees who in turn may select their own committee members with recommendations and suggestions from the Board of Directors. Terms of office shall be for one year or until their successors are appointed. A written report of the past year's activities will be submitted by each committee chair to the President prior to the May meeting.

Section 2. The President may appoint Special Committees whose terms of office will be determined by the length of the assignment to be done.

Section 3. Standing Committees of the Society may be as follows, and such other committees as become necessary to carry out the functions of the Society.

Membership. It shall be the duty of this committee to maintain membership records, to collect dues from Chapter-only members, conduct membership campaigns and to attempt to obtain the continuing membership of those who have become delinquent in payment of their dues. Membership reports shall be provided to the Secretary and to the National Audubon Society as required.

Program. The Program Committee shall prepare a program of meetings for the year and shall make arrangements for lectures, discussions or other events for each meeting.

Field Trip. It shall be the duty of this committee to plan, organize and arrange for the proper conduct of field trips that may be participated in, not only by the members of the Society, but by non-members and friends.

Conservation. It shall be the duty of this committee to keep informed on local, state and national governmental policies and actions affecting the natural environment and the conservation of natural resources and to carry out the environmental policies of the Society. This committee shall also endeavor to coordinate its actions with the policies and activities of the National Audubon Society insofar as conservation measures and policies of national scope are concerned and to keep the National Society informed of such actions.

Publicity. It shall be the duty of this committee to publicize through newspapers, radio, TV and other publicity media, the activities, purposes and programs of the Society.

Publications. The duty of the Publications Committee shall be to edit and publish the Tulsa Scissortail, a newsletter, at least six (6) times a year. The newsletter shall be sent to all members in good standing, subscribers, and such other interested individuals and organizations as the Board of Directors may designate.

Historian. The duty of the Historian shall be to maintain articles and other pertinent items that relate to the ongoing history of the Tulsa Audubon Society.

Tuesday Morning Birders. The Chairman of this group shall provide leadership for the outings and insure that a report of birds seen is given to the Recorder.

Budget. The duty of the budget committee will be to prepare a yearly budget to be approved by the Board of Directors. The budget will be completed for submission to the Board at the April meeting, and will cover the period of our fiscal year from 1 June to 31 May. A Chapter Financial Report Form, or a copy of the Chapter's IRS Annual Information Return, shall be sent to the National Society.

Education. The duty of the education committee shall be to coordinate the educational activities of the Society.

Eagle Committee. The duty of this committee shall be to accumulate and keep records of eagles in this area and to supervise and manage the Tulsa Audubon Society's Eagle Roost Area. It shall make regular reports to the Recorder.

ARTICLE IX - RELATIONSHIP WITH NATIONAL AUDUBON 

This Society, or its officers or Board of Directors, shall not enter into any commitments binding on the National Audubon Society without authorization from the latter. In like manner, the National Audubon Society shall make no commitments binding on this Society without its consent. The relationship between this Chapter and the National Audubon Society shall be governed by the Chapter Policy of the National Audubon Society.

ARTICLE X - DISCONTINUANCE 

This society, by vote of its Board, may revoke its charter and cease to be a Chapter of the National Audubon Society by providing sixty (60) days written notice of such decision to the State Director or the Chapter Services Office. In this case, the members of this Society shall continue as members of the National Society as long as their individual dues to the national society are paid.

ARTICLE XI - AMENDMENTS 

These By-laws may be amended by a majority vote of the members present in person at any regular or special meeting of members duly called pursuant to the provisions of Section 3 of Article III, above. By-laws revisions can be proposed by the Board of Directors or by petition of ten percent of the membership. The membership must be notified of the proposed changes in writing at least fifteen (15) days prior to the vote on the proposals.

ARTICLE XII - PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY 

In procedural matters not covered by these By-laws, Robert's Rules of Order shall govern.

ARTICLE XIII - CONSTRUCTION 

Section 1. This Constitution and By-laws shall be construed under the laws of the State of Oklahoma.

Section 2. If any part of this Constitution and By-laws should be held invalid, the remaining parts shall be considered as separate and valid.

Section 3. The masculine pronoun shall mean the masculine or feminine, wherever applicable

 

Revised November, 1982 
Revised January, 1987 
Revised May, 1991
Revised April, 2002

 

 

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