Renaissance Neighborhood Association Bylaws
Amended bylaws of Renaissance Neighborhood Association (RNA) as of April 16, 2019
ARTICLE I. NAME AND PURPOSE
The name of the association shall be the “Renaissance Neighborhood Association.”
The association will operate exclusively in an effort to maintain, protect, enhance, and improve the quality of life of the neighborhood within the boundaries set forth in these bylaws.
ARTICLE II. BOUNDARIES
The area included in this association shall be bounded by Lewis Avenue on the west, 15th Street on the south, Harvard Avenue on the east, and 11th Street on the north.
ARTICLE III. MEMBERSHIP
Section 1. Membership Composition.
There shall be one class of membership. This membership shall be allowed one vote per each paid adult membership, as detailed in the “Dues section.” Membership is open to any resident, non- resident property owners, business, school or church located within the designated boundaries. Members in good standing shall have paid annual dues as set forth by the Board of Officers (hereafter referred to as “the Board.”) Interested parties residing outside the stated area shall be admitted as long as their objectives coincide with the objectives stated in Article I, upon a vote of the Board.
Section 2. Dues
Dues to be a member in good standing shall be $10 per individual/$15 per household (two adult votes per household)/ $25 per business membership (one vote per membership.) Dues are for one year beginning at the spring meeting.
Section 3. Meetings
Meetings of the association shall be held at least two times a year, once in the fall and once in the spring in the evening, or at such other date and time as shall be designated by the Board and stated in a notice of the meeting. Election of the Board shall be held at the fall meeting of the year.
Section 4. Special Meetings
Special meetings may be called by the President, not less than two (2) officers, or by a group of not less than twenty five (25) association members in good standing.
Section 5. Notice of Meetings
Notice of all meetings stating the place, day, and hour shall be posted throughout the neighborhood and distributed by social media or any other means available. Postcards may also be mailed to members providing funds are available. This notice shall be given not less than 3 days prior to the meeting.
Section 6. Voting
At all meetings of members, each member in good standing in attendance shall be entitled to one vote.
ARTICLE IV. OFFICERS
Section 1. Number
The officers of the association shall be a President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and up to five other members in good standing to fill other duties as deemed necessary. The Board may also appoint such other officers or assistance officers as it shall deem desirable; such officers are to have authority and perform the duties prescribed by the Board.
Section 2. Election and Term of Office
The Board shall be elected annually by the association members at the last regular meeting of the year. If the election is not held at the meeting, the election of officers shall be held as soon thereafter as convenient. Each officer shall hold office unless removed, or until his or her successor has been duly elected.
Section 3. Removal
Any officer elected by the membership may be removed by a petition signed by no less than sixty percent (60%) of the members in good standing and then a vote of the members at the next meeting of the members, or a super (3/4) majority vote of the Board whenever, in their judgment, the best interests of the association would be served thereby. Any member of the Board who files for public office shall be required to take a leave of absence until such time as the election of said office occurs. Election to public office shall automatically disqualify members to be eligible to be on the Board, and shall constitute automatic removal from the Board.
Section 4. Vacancies
A vacancy in any office because of death, resignation, removal (or other cause) may be filled by the Board for the unexpired portion of the term.
Section 5. Quorum
A majority of the Board shall constitute a quorum.
Section 6. President
The President shall carry into effect all directions and resolutions of the Board. The President shall preside at all meetings of the general membership and the Board. The President shall, unless the Board otherwise provides, be an ex-officio member of all committees and shall have such other or further duties and authority as may be prescribed by the Board.
Section 7. Vice President
In absence of the President or in the event of his inability or refusal to act, the Vice President shall perform the duties of the President, and when so acting, shall have all the powers of and be subject to all the restrictions upon the President. The Vice President shall perform such other duties as may be assigned to him or her by the President or by the Board.
Section 8. Secretary
The Secretary shall keep the minutes of the meetings of the members and the Board, be custodian of the association records, and in general perform such other duties as may be assigned by the Board. The Secretary shall keep a record giving the names and addresses of the Board.
Section 9. Treasurer
The Treasurer shall have charge and custody of, and be responsible for all funds and securities of the association, receive and give receipts for monies due and payable to the association from any source whatsoever, and deposit all such monies in the name of the association in such banks, trust companies, or other depositories as shall be selected by the Board and other duties as may be assigned by the Board. The Treasurer shall keep correct and complete records of all association finances.
ARTICLE V. CONTRACTS, CHECKS, DEPOSITS AND FUNDS
Section 1. Contracts
The Board may authorize any officer or officers, agent or agents of the association, in addition to the officers so authorized by these bylaws, to enter into any contract or execute and deliver any instrument in the name of the association, and such authority may be general or confined to specific instances.
Section 2. Checks, Drafts, etc.
All checks, drafts and other orders for the payment of money, notes, or other evidence of indebtedness issued in the name of the association, shall require the signature of the President and Treasurer in order to authorize any disbursements from the association funds. The RNA debit card shall be used only by the President and the Treasurer.
Section 3. Deposits
All funds of the association shall be deposited to the credit of the association in such banks, trust companies or other depositories as the Board may select. Names on the bank account shall reflect the current RNA President and Treasurer.
Section 4. Gifts
The Board may accept, on behalf of the association, any contribution, gift or bequest for the general purpose or for any special purpose of the association.
ARTICLE VI. BOOKS AND RECORDS
All books and records shall be subject to audit at the direction of the Board.
ARTICLE IX. AMENDMENT TO BYLAWS
These bylaws may be altered, amended, or repealed and new bylaws may be adopted by the membership at any regular or special meeting of the membership, as long as notice of such changes is made available to the membership one month in advance of the meeting.