SNA Bylaws (Amended 2007)
Samish Neighborhood Association Bylaws
Adopted October 1980
Revised July 10, 2001, January 13, 2004, and September 28, 2007
Article I Name
The name of the association shall be: SAMISH NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION and may be referred to in these bylaws as the Association.
Article II Purpose
The purpose of the Association is set forth in the articles of incorporation as follows:
- (a) To organized residents living within the boundaries of the area within the City of Bellingham commonly known as the Samish Neighborhood.
- (b) To serve as a public voice for the residents living with in the Samish Neighborhood.
- (c) To serve as a means of internal organization for discussion of neighbors concerning matters of neighborhood and city wide concern.
- (d) To be an active entity for the protection of the neighborhood interests.
- (e) To obtain and disseminate information of a public nature to residents of the neighborhood on issues that directly or indirectly affect the neighborhood and the City of Bellingham.
- (f) To publish a periodic newsletter to be disseminated to the residents within the Samish Neighborhood as well as the City of Bellingham.
- (g) To collect monies for association projects and to disburse said monies for said projects. The fiscal year shall run from April through March 31.
- (h) To promote the interests of the Samish Neighborhood in matters of land use, zoning and other laws, regulations, rules and ordinances which directly or indirectly affect the quality of life, neighborhood amenities, character of the neighborhood, interrelationships of the neighbors and safety and convenient use of public and private land and activities within the neighborhood and the City of Bellingham.
- (i) To collect and disseminate information of the type valuable to residential owners and tenants.
- (j) To promote the comfort, protection, convenience, and interest and rights of the members of the Association and the residents of the Samish Neighborhood.
- (k) To facilitate the cooperation of its members to their mutual advantage and protection in matters relating to the use and occupancy and ownership of real property within the Samish Neighborhood.
Article III Membership
The membership of the association shall consist of those persons, 18 years of age and older, living in, owning property or owning or operating a business within the boundaries of the Samish Neighborhood whose boundaries are established by the City of Bellingham’s Comprehensive Plan. Members in good standing are those who have paid their annual membership dues. The amount of such dues shall be established by the Board of Directors and will be due on or before the annual meeting.
Article IV Association Management
- (a) Board of Directors
The general management of the affairs of the Association shall be vested in a Board of Directors, whose membership shall be at least nine (9) but not more than fifteen (15). The Samish Neighborhood representative on the Mayor’s Neighborhood Advisory Commission shall be asked to serve as an ex-officio member of the Board of Directors. The members of the Board of Directors shall serve until the election of their successors.
- (b) Officers
The officers of the Association shall consist of a President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer elected annually following the annual meeting of the Association by the Board from among the Board of Directors. The Secretary and Treasurer may be on person.
- (c) Elections:
- (1) Election of the Board of Director’s members, also referred to as Board members, shall be held at the annual meeting of the membership in March of each year. The Board members shall be elected by a majority vote of the members in good standing attending the annual meeting.
- (2) A nomination committee of three (3) members shall be appointed by the Board in January of each year. The Board shall establish the number of Board members to be elected at the annual meeting. A slate of members, in good standing, willing to serve as Board members, shall be selected by the committee and published at least 30 days prior to the annual meeting.
- (3) Nominations for board of directors may also be made from the floor at the annual meeting with the consent of the person nominated.
- (4) All Board member terms shall be for two years. Each year one-half of the board will be elected at the annual meeting.
- (5) Any vacancy of the Board shall be filled for the unexpired term by a qualified person elected by a majority of the remaining Board members. Notice of such election shall be given to the membership of the Association.
- (d) Duties of the Board
The duty of the board shall be to carry out the purposes of the Association. The Board shall transact necessary business of the Association as a whole, form committees when necessary, and discuss and decide policies which affect the neighborhood. No member of the Board may receive compensation for serving as a member of the Board; however, board and association members may be reimbursed for actual expenses incurred while serving the association or carrying out their duties. Board Members may not miss more than three meetings per year to remain in good standing as a board member, unless excused by the President.
- (e) Meetings
- (2). General and Annual Membership Meetings
General membership meetings of the Association shall be held at least quarterly with the Annual Meeting in March. The dates, time, and place of these meetings shall be determined by the Board of Directors. All general membership meetings are open to the public. Minutes shall be taken.
Advance notice of general membership meetings shall be provided to neighborhood stakeholders through published newspaper notice and at least one of the following: general mailings, electronic media, delivered handbills or flyers, other media notices and/or notices and signs posted prominently throughout the neighborhood.
The membership of the Association shall be given at least thirty (30) days notice of the said meeting. The President shall give a report of the activities of the Association during the past year. The Treasurer shall give a fiscal report. The Board of Director positions to be filled shall be elected by a majority of the members in good standing and present at the annual meeting. The quorum for the annual meeting shall be twenty five (25) members in good standing.
- (3). Special Meetings
Special meetings of the membership may be called by the President of the Board of Directors or by five (5) members of the Board of Directors. The membership shall be given at least ten (10) days notice prior to such meeting.
- (4). Board of Director’s Meetings
The Board of Directors shall meet at least six (6) times a year at a date, time and place to be set by the Board. The membership shall be notified in advance of said meetings and are encouraged to attend. All members have a voice at said meetings but only duly elected Board members may vote. A quorum shall be a majority of the Board. A special meeting of the board of Directors may be called by the President or by five (5) members of the Board provided that all members of the board are given at least ten (10) days notice.
- (f) Duties of the Officers
- (1) President
The President shall preside at all meetings of the Association and the Board of Directors. The President shall perform such duties as are prescribed in these bylaws or assigned by the Board of Directors and shall coordinate the work of the officers, committees and functions of the Association.
- (2). Vice President
The Vice President shall assist the President, serve in the absence of the President and perform such other duties as may be assigned b the Board of Directors.
- (3). Secretary
The Secretary shall record and maintain minutes of all Association and Board of Director meetings and provide copies of said meetings to members of the Board of Directors. The Secretary shall serve and publish all necessary notices, maintain all records in order that they may be passed on to the next Secretary and perform such other duties as may be assigned by the Board of Directors.
- (4). Treasurer
The Treasurer shall maintain all accounting records, receive and disburse funds, and prepare financial statements as required by the Board of Directors. The Treasurer shall maintain a current list of all members in good standing in the Association. The Treasurer shall present a financial report for the previous fiscal year at the annual meeting of the Association.
Article V By-Laws Adoption/ Amendments
- (a) These bylaws may be amended at any regular or special meeting of the Board of Directors by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the Board provided a notice has been given of the proposed changes to the Board and the membership of the Association at least thirty (30) days prior to their consideration and adoption.
- (b) These by-Laws must be adopted and /or amended and adopted as the first order of business of the Executive Board annually at the first meeting following the Annual Business Meeting and shall govern for the year or until amended.
Article VI Parliamentary Authority
“Robert’s Rules of Order” (newly revised) shall govern the proceedings of this group in all cases where they are applicable and not inconsistent with the By-laws of the Samish Neighborhood Association. The past president shall serve as Parliamentarian for the Board.
Article VII Dissolution
On the dissolution of the Samish Neighborhood Association, the Executive Board, after paying or making provision for the payment of all liabilities of the group, shall dispose of all its assets to the City of Bellingham for the benefit of the neighborhood as an exempt organization under section 501(c) (4) of the Internal Revenue Code.