Bylaws

Bylaws of

CalaverasGROWN

June 2010

PURPOSE

CalaverasGROWN is a countywide marketing and education program to assist local agricultural producers market their products.  The goal is to bring communities together for the support and growth of agriculture, agri-tourism, and preservation of open space in Calaveras County.

MEMBERSHIP AND DUES

Membership is open to anyone.  Membership dues cover the calendar year in which they are paid and will not be prorated for current members.  All memberships are subject to the discretion of the Calaveras Grown Board of Directors.

OFFICERS AND ELECTIONS

The Officers and Board of Directors shall consist of a President, Vice-President/President Elect, Treasurer, Secretary, and up to six Directors, one-third of whom shall be elected annually to serve for three (3) years, or until their successors are elected and qualified.  The ex-officio (non-voting) member of the Board shall be the UC Cooperative Extension Farm Advisor.

The government and policy-making responsibilities of CalaverasGrown shall be vested in the Board of Directors, which shall control its property, be responsible for its finances, and direct its affairs.

ELECTION

A. Nominating Committee – By March 1st each year, the President shall, subject to approval by the Board of Directors, appoint a Nominating Committee and designate the Chairperson of the Committee. Prior to April 1st, the Nominating Committee shall present to the Board of Directors a slate of candidates to replace the Directors whose terms are expiring. Each candidate must be an active member in good standing and must have agreed to accept the responsibility of a directorship.

B. Publicity of Nominations – Upon receipt of the report of the Nominating Committee, the Board of Directors shall notify the members of the names of persons nominated as candidates for directors and the members’ right of nomination by petition.

C. Nominations by Petition – Additional names of candidates for directors can be nominated by petition bearing the signatures of at least five (5) qualified members of CalaverasGROWN. Such petition shall be filed with the Nominating Committee within seven (7) days after notice has been given of the names of those nominated. The determination of the Nominating Committee as to the propriety of the petition(s) shall be final.

D. Determination – If no petition is filed within the designated period, the nominations shall be closed and the nominated slate of candidates shall be declared elected by the Board of Directors at the annual membership meeting.

If additional candidates have been presented by petition, the name of all candidates shall be arranged on a ballot in alphabetical order with instructions to vote for the number of vacancies available. This ballot shall be mailed to all active members at least five (5) days prior to the annual membership meeting.

The ballots shall be marked by the members in accordance with instructions printed on the ballot and returned to the Secretary at or prior to the annual membership meeting. The Board of Directors shall, at the membership meeting, declare the election of the candidates with the greatest number of votes for the number of vacancies available.

VACANCIES

A member of the Board of Directors who is absent from three (3) consecutive properly noticed meetings of the Board may be dropped from the Board at the discretion of the other Board Members.  Vacancies on the Board of Directors shall be filled for the balance of the vacant term by a majority vote of the Board of Directors.

MEETINGS

The annual business meeting will be held in May.  A minimum of six (6) Board of Directors meeting will be held annually.

VOTING

Each paid membership entitles the business to one vote at general membership meetings.  The Board of Directors and Officers has one vote each when conducting business at Board Meetings.

PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY

Robert’s Rules of Order shall be authority on all questions of parliamentary law, unless in conflict with these bylaws or with the laws of the State of California.

NON DISCRIMINATION

This organization shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, marital status, or age.

DEDICATION AND DISSOLUTION

The property of this non-profit Corporation is irrevocably dedicated to non-profit purposes and no part of net income or assets of the organization shall ever inure to the benefit of any director, officer, or member thereof or to the benefit of any private person.

On the dissolution of the non-profit corporation, its assets remaining after payment of or provision for payment of all debts and liabilities of this Corporation shall be distributed to a non-profit fund, foundation or non-profit Corporation which is organized and operated exclusively for non-profit purposes and which has established its tax exempt status under Internal Revenue Code Section 501 C(3).

Look for the CalaverasGROWN logo to be assured that the products you select are locally grown and in season.

 

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