ARDEN PARK GARDEN CLUB BY-LAWS 2000
Article 1 – Name
This organization shall be known as Arden Park Garden Club.
Article 2 – Object
The object of this club shall be to co-ordinate the aims of those interested in flower growing and garden making; to study in its many aspects the fine art of gardening and flower growing; and to promote and assist in the conduct of flower shows and floral exhibitions.
Article 3 – Officers
The officers of this club shall be President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. The President shall be ex-officio a member of all committees except the nominating committee.
Article 4 – Duties of Officers
The President shall preside at all meetings of the club and of the Board of Directors; shall appoint all chairman of committees; and, shall perform all duties pertaining to the office.
The Vice President shall perform the duties of the President in the absence of or at the request of the President.
The Secretary shall keep minutes of all the meetings; conduct the club’s correspondence; send out notices of meetings; and, maintain a correct list of names and addresses of members and have charge of the files and stationary of the club.
The Treasurer shall receive all money belonging to the club and deposit same in the name of the club in such bank as may be approved by the Board of Directors; shall report on the club’s finances at the regular monthly meetings; shall issue membership cards and keep the Secretary advised of paid up members; and, shall pay all bills as authorized by the Board of Directors.
Article 5 – Board of Directors
There shall be a Board of Directors consisting of the four officers of the club, the retiring President of the previous year and the committee members appointed by the President. Eight directors shall constitute a quorum. This Board shall be empowered to transact any and all business of the club and to control the affairs and funds of the organization. All vacancies among officers and directors shall be filled by a vote of the Board of Directors. A report of the transactions shall be called for by the President at each general meeting following a meeting of the Board. The Board of Directors shall meet monthly or at the call of the President, or upon written request of four members of the Board.
Article 6 – Committees
Necessary committees shall be appointed from time to time by the President to assist in carrying on the work of this organization; such committees to be in number and make up according to the will and discretion of the President.
Article 7 – Membership and Dues
Section 1. The fiscal year shall be from July 1st through the last day of June.
Section 2. Application for membership shall be made to the Treasurer or to a membership committee. Dues shall include dues to be paid to California Garden Clubs, Inc., State and Sacramento River Valley District for district dues and the member’s subscription to Golden Gardens. Dues shall be payable in March and delinquent in July. After December 31st dues shall be a lesser amount, provided the applicant for membership was not a member the previous year. The amount shall include the subscription to Golden Gardens.
Article 8 – Nominations and Elections
Nominating Committee, consisting of three members in good standing, shall be appointed by the President at the February meeting. At either the March or April meeting, the President shall present the nominees for the ensuing year. Nominations may be made from the floor, and each nomination shall require a second. When nominations have been closed, election of officers shall be by vote. In the event there be but one nominee for each office, the President may instruct the Secretary to cast a unanimous ballot. Installation shall be at the pleasure of the club, prior to June 30th of the current year.
Article – Amendments
The constitution and By-laws of the Arden Park Garden Club may be amended at any meeting of the club by two thirds vote of the members present provided the notice of the intention to amend shall have been given at the previous regular meeting.
Said organization is organized exclusively for charitable, educational and scientific purposes; including, for such purposes, the making of distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code.
No part of the net earnings of the organization shall inure to the benefit of, or be distributable to, its members, trustees, 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 distributions in furtherance of the purposes set forth in the purpose clause hereof.
No substantial part of the activities of the organization shall be the carrying on of propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation and the organization shall not participate in or intervene in (including the publishing or distribution of statements) any political campaign on behalf of candidate for public office.
Notwithstanding any other provision of this document, the organization shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on (a) by an organization exempt from federal income tax under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future federal taxes code, or (b) by an organization to which are deductible under section 170 (c) (2) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code.
Upon the dissolution of the organization , assets shall be distributed for one or more exempt purposed within the meaning of section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code, or shall be distributed to the federal government, or to a state or local government, for a public purpose.
Any such assets not disposed of shall be disposed of by the Court of Common Pleas of the county in which the principal office of the organization is then located, exclusively for such purposes or to such organization or organizations, as said Court shall determine, which are organized and operated exclusively for such purposes.