See history of revisions at the end of these By-Laws
(This official copy, retyped from the original typewriter copy
for posting on the web site www.brchr.org,
by Richard Haymaker, checked by Paul Y. Burns, February 4, 2009)
This organization is the Baton Rouge Council on Human Relations, hereinafter also known as the Council, a Chapter of the Louisiana Council on Human Relations.
ARTICLE II. PURPOSES
The purposes of the Baton Rouge Council on Human Relations are: To foster mutual understanding and acceptance among all persons in the area; to discourage discrimination based on race, age, gender, religion, or national or ethnic group membership; to counteract prejudice and discrimination directed toward any person or group; to seek to remove impediments to equality of opportunity, especially for those in poverty; and to cooperate with appropriate local, state, regional, national, and international agencies in the attainment of these purposes.
ARTICLE III. MEMBERSHIP
Section 1. Any person who is in accord with the purposes of this Council and who pays membership dues may become a member. A family may join the Council under the same conditions. Membership includes individual or family membership in the Louisiana Council on Human Relations.
Section 2. Any organization which is in accord with the purposes of this Council may become an Institutional Affiliate of the Baton Rouge Council on Human Relations by paying an annual amount prescribed by the Board of Directors.
ARTICLE IV. BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Section 1. The Board of Directors shall be composed of the officers and twelve (12) members. exclusive of ex officio members. Elected members of the Board of Directors shall be chosen from the Council membership for a term of three (3) years on a staggered basis and may be eligible for one additional succeeding term. Efforts shall be made to maintain a racial, religious, and gender balance among Board members.
Section 2. The Board of Directors shall have the power to fill vacancies in its membership which occur between Annual Meetings of the Council. A member who is absent from Board meetings for three (3) consecutive meetings without lawful excuse, such as illness, out-of-town trip, required class or the like, shall forfeit his/her position on the Board and shall be replaced by the Board; at the succeeding Annual Meeting the membership shall elect a person to fill the remaining term of office, if any.
Section 3. The Board of Directors shall meet in at least ten (10) of the months of the year. It shall normally be the duty of the President to the call to meeting through the Secretary. A meeting may be called by not less than one-half of the members of the Board of Directors.
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Section 4. A quorum for the conduct of Board affairs shall be five (5) members plus the President or her/his designee.
Section 5. The Board of Directors shall be empowered to act on behalf of the Council within the limits prescribed by these By-Laws. The Board shall present reports of its activities at regular or, if required. special meetings of the Council.
ARTICLE V. OFFICERS
Section 1. The officers of the Council shall be the President, Vice President. Immediate Past President, Secretary and Treasurer.
Section 2. The officers shall be chosen by the members at the Annual Meeting.
Section 3. Officers shall be nominated by a Nominating Committee appointed by the President with the approval of the Board and composed of five (5) persons, three (3) chosen from the Board of Directors and two (2) chosen from members-at-large.
Section 4. The duties of the officers shall be those that usually devolve upon
ARTICLE VI. MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS
Section 1. Meetings of the Council, including the Annual Meeting, shall be held at least three times each year.
Section 2. Except for special meetings, at meetings for which notice of not less than two (2) weeks has been given the full membership, those present shall constitute a quorum.
Section 3. Special meetings may be called by the President, or by not fewer than eight (8) members of the Board of Directors, or by not fewer than twenty (20) Council members, for particular purposes to be described in the notices for such meetings. Seven (7) days' notice shall be required for special meetings. A quorum at such meetings shall consist of not fewer than one-fourth of the membership.
Section 4. The Annual Meeting shall be held in May or June, at which time members of the Board of Directors shall be elected for their respective terms and dues set for the following fiscal year.
Section 5. The final authority of the Council shall reside in the members assembled in regular or special meetings.
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ARTICLE VII. COMMITTEES
Section 1. There shall be three Standing Committees:
A. Membership. This committee shall carry out the usual functions of such a committee, and in addition shall endeavor to assure representativeness of all segments of community life in the membership.
B. Finance. This committee shall carry out the usual functions of a Finance Committee. The Finance Committee shall prepare and submit to the Board a budget for the succeeding fiscal year at the meeting of the Board in April of each year.
C. Program. This committee shall plan and/or oversee meetings of the Council in conjunction with the Board of Directors.
Section 2. The Board may provide for other committees as it sees fit.
Section 3. The President shall appoint, with the concurrence of the Board of Directors, members to chair the several committees.
ARTICLE VIII. FINANCES AND MEMBERSHIP DUES
Section 1. The fiscal year shall be July 1 to June 30.
Section 2. Dues for all classes of membership shall be set at the Annual Meeting by vote of the members. That portion of the dues devoted to the Louisiana Council on Human Relations shall be negotiated between that Council and the Board of Directors.
Section 3. Special assessments may be voted, upon recommendation of the Board of Directors and approval of two-thirds of the membership, by a mail ballot.
ARTICLE IX. TAX EXEMPT STATUS
Section 1. This organization is formed exclusively for charitable and educational purposes within the meaning of Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954, as amended. No part of the net earnings of the organization shall inure to the benefit of or be distributed to its members, directors, officers, or other private persons, except that the organization shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered and to make payments and contributions in furtherance of the purposes set forth in Article II.
Section 2. Notwithstanding any other provisions of these Articles, the organization shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be
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carried on (a) by an organization exempt from Federal Income Tax under 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954, as amended, or (b) any organization, contributions to which are deductible under Section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954, as amended.
Section 3. In the event this organization should be dissolved or otherwise terminate its activities, all of the assets of the organization shall be distributed to a charitable, religious, or educational organization exempt under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954, as amended, such organization to be selected at that time by the Board of Directors.
ARTICLE X. PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY
The business of the organization shall be conducted under the provisions of Robert's Rules of Order, Revised, except where such provisions conflict with these By-Laws or those of the Louisiana Council on Human Relations.
ARTICLE XI. AMENDMENTS
These By-Laws may be amended at any Annual Meeting or in any special meeting called for the purpose by a majority of members present, provided a notice, containing the proposed changes, has been sent to members at least twenty (20) days in advance of the meeting.
Adopted: January 28, 1965
Revised: September 29, 1966
Amended: September 21, 1971
Amended: May 28, 1992