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BY-LAWS
OF
WASECA LAKES ASSOCIATION
ARTICLE I: NAME
Section 1.The name of this organization shall be the Waseca Lakes Association.
ARTICLE II: PURPOSE
Section 1. The Association shall promote and maintain the environmental, economic, and recreational protection of Clear Lake and other Waseca County lakes in the Crane Creek Watershed.
Section 2.The Association shall work in conjunction with federal, state, and local agencies, public and private, to maintain the quality of the area lakes and watershed.
Section 3.The Association may provide educational resources relating to the protection and quality of Clear Lake and vicinity lakes area and its wildlife.
Section 4.The Association shall inform the general membership of civil concerns relating to the purposes of the Association.
Section 5.The Association shall be a nonprofit, nonstock organization.
ARTICLE III: MEMBERSHIP
Section 1.Membership shall be open to all interested parties who share a concern for the purposes of the Association. There shall be two types ofmembership:
A. General Membership shall be voting members consisting of interested individuals, families, or businesses.
B. Associate membership shall be non voting members who have been appointed as representatives to the Waseca Lakes Association by resource organizations such as city, county, state, and non-profit agencies.
ARTICLE IV: DUES
Section 1.Annual dues:
A. General Membership: Annual membership shall be $25.00.
B. Associate Members: Annual membership for associate (non-voting) members shall be free of charge.
C. Annual dues shall be payable no later than April 1st of the current fiscal year to remain a voting member in good standing with the Association.
ARTICLE V: OFFICERS
Section 1.The officers of the Association shall be a President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and three At-Large Board Members.
Section 2.The immediate Past President shall serve on the Board of Directors as a voting member and to advise the Board.
Section 3.Duties:
A. The President shall preside at all annual, board, and special meetings of the Association and shall represent the Association at all official functions.
B. The Vice President shall, in the absence of the President, fulfill the duties of the President. Further, the Vice President shall fulfill other duties as designated by the President, the Board, or the general membership. The Vice President shall be expected assume the office of president when the current president term expires.
C. The Secretary shall record and maintain minutes of all annual, board, and special meetings of the Association and shall manage all routine correspondence of the Association.
D. The Treasurer shall maintain all revenues of the Association and shall disperse expenditures as designated by the Board or the general membership.
(1) The Treasurer shall be bonded at the expense of the Association.
(2) The Treasurer shall present a yearly report of income and expenditures at the annual meeting of the Association.
(3) All Waseca Lakes Association checks shall require dual signatures of the treasurer and one additional officer.
E. Board members shall fulfill all duties as directed by the President, Board of Directors, or the general membership.
Section 4.Term of office:
A. Officers and Board Members shall serve a term of one year and shall be elected at the annual meeting by a simple majority.
B. An individual may not serve more than two consecutive terms in the same office.
ARTICLE VI: MEETINGS
Section 1.The Association shall meet annually in April with the date and place set no later than March 15th.
Section 2.The Board of Directors shall meet quarterly, with the spring meeting prior to the annual meeting to set the agenda.
Section 3.Special meetings may be called at the discretion of the Board of Directors or at the request of the general membership. A minimum of 14 days notice to all members is required to conduct a special meeting.
ARTICLE VII: ADDRESS
Section 1.The Association shall maintain a mailing address in Waseca, Minnesota, 56093.
ARTICLE VIII: VOTING AND QUORUM
Section 1.Each paid membership is entitled to one (1) vote.
Section 2.Proxy votes, in writing or preauthorized, shall be allowed.
Section 3.A quorum shall consist of twenty-five percent (25%) of the general membership in attendance and voting, including allowable proxy votes.
ARTICLE IX: PARLIAMENTARY PROCEDURE
Section 1.All meeting of the Association and the Board of Directors shall be conducted in accordance with Roberts Rules of Order, unless otherwise specified by these bylaws.
ARTICLE X: SUSPENSION OF THE BYLAWS
Section 1.These bylaws may be suspended by a two-thirds vote of the majority, present and voting, for emergency situations only.
ARTICLE XI: AMENDMENTS TO THE BYLAWS
Section 1.These bylaws may be amended at any meeting of the Association, provided that written notice is given to the general membership at least fifteen (15) days in advance of the meeting at which action is to be taken.

ADOPTED:

02/26/2001