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ARTICLE I. NAME AND PURPOSE

 

Section 1. Name  The Krueger Neighborhood Association of Michigan City, hereafter referred to as KNA, was originally founded July 20, 2004 .

Section 2. Purpose  The purpose of KNA is to:

 

A.    encourage socializing and citizen participation to improve the livability of the neighborhood and the city of Michigan City .

B.    maintain communication between members, other neighborhood associations, the City of Michigan City and regional governments.

C.    attempt through meetings and other means to ascertain and articulate the issues, the priorities and the goals of its members.

D.    undertake, encourage and support projects and activities to achieve those goals.

   

ARTICLE II. MEMBERSHIP

Section 1. Eligibility  Every person twenty-one (21) years of age or older who is a resident, property owners or business owner within the boundaries of the neighborhood as described in Article III shall be eligible for membership.

 

Section 2. Tolerance  Membership shall not be denied on the basis of views or opinions contrary to the goals and purposes of the association.

   

Section 3. Dues  Dues are to be determined by the voting members.  Any eligible member who pays their dues shall be recognized as a voting member.

   

Section 4. Voting at General Meetings  Each household or business within the neighborhood shall be entitled to one vote cast by a voting member.

 

ARTICLE III.  Boundaries

Section 1. Definition  KNA includes all properties within the area of the city of Michigan City , Indiana described as follows:

 

a.) Northern Boundary: From the intersection of Liberty Trail and Highway 12 on a line directly east.

 

b.) Eastern Boundary: North Roeske Trail from Rose Street on the south running due north to the northern boundary (in International Friendship Gardens ).

 

c.) Southern Boundary: West on Rose Street running due west and including Walker Street to the intersection of Walker and Vail Streets.

 

d.) Western Boundary: Vail Street north to Springland Avenue, west on Springland to East 8th Street and on a line running directly northeast to the intersection of Liberty Trail and Highway 12.

ARTICLE IV.  Board of Directors

Section 1. Number and Eligibility  The Board of Directors shall be comprised of seven (7) voting members to oversee the affairs of the KNA.  The Board shall consist of four (4) officers, the Past President and at least two (2) neighborhood advocates (in the event that the Past President can not serve on the Board, there shall be three (3) neighborhood advocates).  The officers of the association shall be President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer.

 

Section 2. Election and Term of Office  The voting members of the KNA shall elect the Board of Directors who will then appoint the officers.  The voting members of the KNA shall also elect the neighborhood advocates.  The officers and neighborhood advocates shall hold office for a term of one (1) year or until successors are elected.  The term of office shall begin at the close of the Annual Meeting.

 

  Section 3. Board Member Duties

a.) The President shall call and preside at all meetings, shall act for and in behalf of the membership of the association, shall appoint any special committees necessary for the operation of the association business, and shall act as official spokesperson for the association.

b.) The Vice President (or Vice Chairperson) shall, in the absence of the

President, assume all of the duties of that office and shall be responsible

for publicity and notifications of meetings of the association.

c.) The Secretary shall keep a permanent record of all formal meetings and all legal documents and legal transactions of the association. The secretary shall transcribe the minutes of each meeting and shall maintain a file copy of same and submit a copy of these minutes to KNA.

d.) The Treasurer shall keep all financial receipts and a permanent record of all financial business of the association. An up-to-date financial report shall be submitted at each meeting. The Treasurer shall be responsible for membership.

e.) The Neighborhood Advocates  Neighborhood Advocates shall serve in the capacity of gathering and disseminating information critical to the implementation of the purposes stated in the charter. Every effort will be made to insure that neighborhood advocates represent specific blocks or streets within the association boundaries.

Section 4. Removal  Any officer or neighborhood advocate can be removed from office by a 2/3rds majority vote of the dues paying membership after a special meeting has been requested at least ten (10) working days in advance.

ARTICLE V. COMMITTEES

Section 1. Forming  The President shall have the power to appoint committees as necessary to implement the purposes of the charter.

   

Section 2. Composition  The President shall be an ex-officio member of all committees.

   

ARTICLE VI.  MEETINGS

Section 1. Annual Meeting  An annual meeting shall be held during the month of July at a time and place designated by the President. The Voting Members present shall constitute a quorum.

 

Section 2. Special Meetings  Not less than 40 percent of the Voting Members shall have the privilege of petitioning a special meeting at any time.

   

Section 3. Regular Meetings  At least a seven-day notice shall be provided in advance of any association (general or board) meeting. Every effort will be made to notify all interested parties and members of the KNA of upcoming meetings either by direct mailing, pamphlets, newsletters, or announcements at regularly scheduled meetings.  All meetings shall be public and open to any interested persons.

   

ARTICLE VII. NOMINATION, ANNUAL REPORTS AND INSTALLATION OF OFFICERS

 

Section 1. Nominations  Nominations of officers shall be made from the floor at the annual meeting or by way of a slate presented from a nominating committee.  Election of officers shall be held on the same day as the nominations.

   

Section 2. Transfer of Material  Upon installation of the officers whose terms begin at the close of the Annual Meeting, all documents, records, and any materials pertaining to the duties of the office as designated in the bylaws which are in the possession of the outgoing officers shall be submitted to the newly elected counterpart within seven (7) days of the installation.

   

Section 3. Vacancies  Any vacancies occurring on the Board during the year shall be filled by appointment of the Board.

   

ARTICLE VIII.  FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY

 

Section 1. Expenditures  Expenditure of funds in excess of $100.00 of the association may not be made without the signatures of at least two (2) of the four (4) Officers and the Treasurer.  All other expenditures shall require the signatures of one (1) of the Officers and the Treasurer.

   

Section 2. Record Keeping  Financial records and funds of the association shall be audited at least once a year by a committee of at least two (2) of the Neighborhood Advocates appointed by the President prior to a new Treasurer's taking office.

   

ARTICLE IX. AMENDMENT OF BYLAWS

Section 1. Procedure  These bylaws may be amended by a majority vote.  Proposed amendments shall be sent to all members at least 7 working days in advance of the meeting where action is to be taken or shall be read at the

previous meeting.

 

ARTICLE X. NON-DISCRIMINATION

Section 1. Non-Discrimination  KNA shall not discriminate against individuals or groups on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, national origin, income or political affiliation in any of its policies or procedures.

   

ARTICLE XI.  GENERAL

Section 1. Parliamentary Authority  The rules in the current edition of Robert's Rules of Order shall govern the association, the Board of Directors, and all committees in all cases to which they apply and do not conflict with the specific provisions of this Charter and Bylaws or any special rules that the association may adopt.

   

Section 2. Validity  If any part of the Charter and Bylaws or the application thereof is hereafter held invalid or unenforceable, the remainder shall not be affected thereby, and only the affected portions are declared eliminated.

   

Section 3. Personal Liability  No officer, representative, spokesperson or member shall have any financial liability for the association.