Bylaws of the Redbud Chapter
California Native Plant Society
Adopted February 26, 1992
Revised by the Board of Directors September 12, 2004 and March 2, 2005
Adopted as revised March 23, 2005
ARTICLE I. NAME. This Organization shall be known as the Redbud Chapter
of the California Native Plant Society.
ARTICLE II. PURPOSE. The purpose and
mission of this organization is to
increase the understanding and appreciation of California’s native
plants and to conserve them and their natural habitats through the use
of science, education, advocacy, horticulture, and land stewardship.
ARTICLE III. MEMBERSHIP.
Members. Any person, family, or group interested in the native plants
of California is eligible for membership in the Chapter. Membership in
the California Native Plant Society is a requirement for membership in
Section 2. Member Voting Rights. Each Member shall be entitled to one
vote on any question requiring a vote of the membership. A family
membership is entitled to two votes provided that two family members
are present during the voting process. No absentee or proxy votes shall
be permitted. Any other group having a single membership shall have one
vote. The official voting delegate of this group shall be so designated
Section 3. Termination of Membership. Non-payment of dues shall
terminate membership. Membership may not be transferred.
Section 4. Meetings of the Membership. The Members of the Chapter shall
hold meetings at such times and places as they deem suitable,
necessary, or convenient to accomplish the purposes of the Chapter.
There shall be at least six meetings annually (not including field
trips) as required of each Chapter by the Bylaws of the California
Native Plant Society.
Section 5. Quorum. Five percent of the Chapter membership shall
constitute a quorum at any meeting when business is transacted or
Section 6. Fiscal Year. The Fiscal Year is the calendar year.
ARTICLE IV. BOARD OF DIRECTORS.
Section 1. Members. The Elected Officers and Standing Committee
Chairmen shall constitute the Board of Directors of the Chapter.
Members of the Board of Directors must be Chapter members in good
Section 2. Quorum. A quorum of the Board of Directors shall be five
Section 3. Fiscal Responsibility. The Board of Directors is responsible
for authorizing those expenditures of the Chapter that exceed the
amount of $1,500, expenditures that have not been budgeted, and for
bringing unusual or particularly large proposed expenditures to the
Chapter membership for vote. The Board of Directors shall prepare an
Annual Budget. The Annual Budget represents authorization for spending
by the Chair of each designated program or project up to the amount
specified in the budget. Any amount over the budgeted amount shall
require Board of Directors approval.
Section 4. Meetings. The Board of Directors shall hold at least four
meetings annually. Additional meetings may be called by the President
ARTICLE V. ELECTED OFFICERS.
Section 1. Officers. The Officers of the Chapter shall be: President,
Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Newsletter Editor.
Section 2. Duties of the President. The President shall: preside at all
regular and special meetings of the Chapter and the Board of Directors;
appoint, with Committee approval, Chairman of committees, as needed, to
conduct the work of the Chapter; and be an ex officio member of all
committees except the Nominating Committee.
Section 3. Duties of the Vice President. The Vice President shall:
perform the duties of the President in his absence or at the
President’s request in carrying out the duties of the President and
perform such other duties as may be designated by the Board of
Section 4. Duties of the Treasurer. The Treasurer
shall: keep files of all correspondence and maintain accounts of the
transactions of the Chapter including its assets, liabilities,
receipts, and disbursements; deposit all monies and other valuables in
the name of and to the credit of the Chapter; disburse funds of the
Chapter as may be ordered by the Board of Directors; render to the
Board of Directors, upon request, an account of the financial
transactions; provide the State Treasurer annually with a financial
report for the calendar year and quarterly with a report on taxable
sales; and perform such other duties as may be prescribed by the
President or by the Board of Directors.
Section 5. Duties of Other Board Members. The duties of other Officers
and Committee Chairs shall be defined in duty statements maintained
separately and may be revised by the Board of Directors without
requiring a change to the Bylaws.
Section 6. Election of Officers. A three-member Nominating Committee,
appointed by the Board of Directors, shall nominate Officers at the
October meeting of the Chapter. Members shall be notified by mail of
the slate of Officers nominated. Elections shall be held at a November
Elections meeting of the Chapter. Nominations for Officers may also be
made from the floor at the October meeting
provided that consent has been obtained from the nominees.
Section 7. Vacancies. A vacancy in any office may be filled by a
majority vote at a meeting of the Board of Directors. An Officer thus
elected to fill a vacancy shall hold office for the unexpired term of
his/her predecessor and until a successor is elected by the membership.
Section 8. Term. The term of the office shall be two years or until a
successor is elected. Terms shall begin in January after the previous
Section 9. Records. Each member of
the Board of Directors shall, upon expiration of his/her term of office
and upon the election and qualification of a successor, deliver to the
successor all pertinent records of the office.
ARTICLE VI. COMMITTEES.
Section 1. Standing Committees. As the need arises, the Board of
Directors shall appoint Chairs of Standing Committees to assist in the
duties and functions of the Chapter. Such committees may include, but
are not necessarily limited to, the following:
Membership, Conservation, Field Trips, Education, Publicity, Programs,
Horticulture, and Events.
Section 2. Temporary Committees. The President may appoint such
temporary committees as may be deemed necessary for the business of the
Chapter. Temporary committee chairs have no Board of Directors voting
Section 3. Duties. The Chair of each Standing Committee, along with the
Officers of the Chapter, are the voting members of the Board of
Directors. However, persons holding more than one office or committee
chair are entitled to only one vote, not one vote for each position
held. Each Committee shall keep a record of its activities and shall
make it available upon request of the Board of Directors.
ARTICLE VII. COMMITMENTS. In the
absence of expressed authority of the
Board of Directors, no Officer, Committee Chair, nor Member shall have
the power to act or bind the Chapter in any manner.
ARTICLE VIII. AUTHORITY. Roberts
Rules of Order, Revised shall be used
as a guide to govern parliamentary procedures of the Chapter.
ARTICLE IX. AMENDMENTS. These Bylaws
may be amended by a two-thirds
(2/3) vote of the Members present and voting at a regular meeting if a
quorum is present provided that a copy of the proposed amendment is
included in the Notice of such a meeting.
These Bylaws were adopted by the
membership at the membership meeting held in Nevada City on February
These revised Bylaws were adopted
by the membership at the membership meeting held in Nevada City on
March 23, 2005.