|ARTICLE I - NAME
A. The name of this organization is: Rural Bonny
B. The geographical area covered by this organization
is that constituting the
Bonny Doon Planning Area of Santa
Cruz County. ARTICLE II - OBJECTIVES
A. The principal objectives of the Association are
to keep Bonny Doon rural and natural, and to
preserve and protect its
natural character. In furtherance of these objectives, the Association:
1) considers and takes positions
on development proposals and other issues
2) advocates positions of the
Association on issues affecting Bonny Doon to
agencies and officers as well as to private parties
in the issues.
B. Other objectives, purposes and aims of the Association
1) to keep the membership informed,
through speakers and a newsletter, of
events and proposalsaffecting
Bonny Doon property owners and residents.
2) to act as a clearinghouse
for information affecting the interests of the
membership. ARTICLE III - MEMBERSHIP
A. Membership in the Association shall be open to
persons and other legal entities owning property in
the Bonny Doon Planning Area of
Santa Cruz County and to persons who reside in said area.
B. Property owned by said corporations, syndicates,
joint ventures and estates is considered as being
owned by one member. ARTICLE IV - ADMINISTRATION
1) The Association shall be administered
by its Executive Board consisting of
members, each of whom shall be a year-round resident
of Bonny Doon.
2) The Executive Board shall
hold an official meeting prior to each regularly
3) The Executive Board shall
set an agenda for the general meetings of the
and the Chair of the Executive Board shall chair the
meetings. Additional agenda items may be proposed by
4) The Executive Board shall
have the authority to take positions on behalf of
on matters which it determines do not require the
of the entire membership of the Association.
5) Minutes shall be taken of
each meeting of the Executive Board and such
shall be available for examination by any member of the
A summary of actions taken shall be read or posted at the
B. At each annual meeting, vacancies in the Executive
Board shall be filled by
electing members for two-year terms.
Terms are staggered: four positions
elected in odd-numbered years,
three in even-numbered years.
C. Immediately following the annual election, the
Executive Board shall assign one of the following
offices to each of its members:
D. The authority to expend funds needed for the
administration of the
Association and to hold title to
all of its assets rests with the Executive
Board. Other expenditures shall
be approved by the general membership.
E. If any vacancy shall occur in the Executive Board,
the Board shall elect a
new Board member to fill such vacancy
until the next general meeting. At
the next general meeting, a member
shall be elected to serve until the next
annual meeting. At the next annual
meeting, a member shall be elected to
fill the remainder of the term.
ARTICLE V - DUES
A. Annual dues shall be determined by the Executive
Board and approved by
members at the Annual meeting.
Persons and firms that join the Association
during the year and pay their dues
shall be members in good standing for
twelve months after payment of
B. The Treasurer shall receive all Association funds,
keep them in a bank
approved by the Executive Board,
and pay them out only on an order signed
by the Chair and one other officer. ARTICLE VI - MEETINGS
A. There shall be an annual meeting in January and
other such meetings as
the Executive Board deems necessary.
B. At any general membership meeting, twenty percent
(20%) of the current membership of the
Association shall constitute a
quorum. The quorum for the membership at the January annual
meeting is based on the previous
year's membership as of December 31st of that year.
C. Upon written request signed by at least ten percent
(10%) of the members of the Association, the
Executive Board shall be
required to call a special meeting within five (5) days of such notice.
D. No proxy or absentee votes will be accepted for
votes taken at any meeting.
E. Prior to the annual meeting, the Executive Board
shall appoint a nominating committee of three
Association members which shall
nominate candidates for the Executive Board and present such
nominations at the annual meeting.
Additional nominations may be made from the floor by any
Association member. ARTICLE VII - RECORDS
A. Minutes of all meetings of the Association, copies
of the Highlander newsletters and records of
the Treasurer and the Membership
Coordinator shall be preserved by the Chair of the Executive
Board and passed on to his or her
successor. ARTICLE VIII - PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY
A. Roberts Rules of Order (Newly Revised) shall
govern the proceedings of all meetings of this
Association. ARTICLE IX - AMENDMENTS
Click here to view a very serviceable early version of Robert's
Rules of Order Revised, by General Henry M. Robert
A. These bylaws may be amended upon approval of
the proposed amendments by a two-thirds (2/3)
vote of the members present at
an annual meeting, or at a special meeting called for the purpose
of considering amendment of the