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Neighborhood Civic Association Bylaws

    Association Purpose

    • Bylaws state the purpose for the association's existence. A neighborhood civic association may exist for the sole purpose of keeping the neighborhood neat and clean, or to make sure buildings meet specific standards. For example, a historical society would make sure that any remodeling or structural work done in a historical building would meet local standards.

    Organization Membership and Structure

    • Bylaws describe who is eligible to become a member of an organization, and how the organization is to be governed. For example, a neighborhood civic group such as a homeowners' association might require that members reside within the community. However, neighborhood civic associations organized for crime prevention might include in their bylaws that others such as law enforcement officers and other community leaders can be members.

    Officer Duties

    • Bylaws define each officer's responsibility. Most organizations consist of members and a board of directors. The board of directors generally includes the following officers: president, vice president, treasurer, secretary and parliamentarian. Bylaws indicate how long officers serve. The executive board, which comprises the officers, may make and vote on certain decisions. Bylaws also state who has voting rights in an organization, and defines what a quorum will be. A quorum is the minimum number of votes needed to pass a motion.

    Organization Meetings

    • Bylaws state how many times per year an organization meets and the purpose of those meetings. Meetings may include all members, but in some instances, there may be special meetings of the officers or executive board, and special committee meetings. Bylaws also outline which meetings are closed, and which meetings are open. Meetings for the purpose of handling sensitive personnel matters are examples of closed sessions.

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