ARTICLE I: NAME
The name of this organization shall be The Friends of the Yardley-Makefield Library, Inc., hereinafter known as The Friends.
ARTICLE II: PURPOSE
The purpose of this organization shall be to benefit the Yardley-Makefield Library Community by focusing on library services and needs and by engaging in fund raising activities to address those needs.
ARTICLE III: MEMBERSHIP
Membership shall be open to individuals who are in agreement with the above stated purpose. There shall be various categories of membership as determined at a general membership meeting. Dues shall be paid annually.
ARTICLE IV: BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND OFFICERS
Section 1: Board of Directors
Section 2: Officers
The officers shall be as follows: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and Assistant Treasurer. The officers will constitute the Executive Committee.
ARTICLE V: DUTIES OF THE OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS
Section 1: The President shall:
Section 2: The Vice-President shall:
Section 3: The Secretary shall:
Section 4: The Treasurer shall:
Section 5: The Assistant Treasurer shall:
Section 6: The Directors shall:
ARTICLE VI: COMMITTEES
Standing Committees shall be formed by vote of the Board of Directors. Committee chairpersons are appointed by the President.
The Chairpersons shall select the Committee members. The term of each Committee shall run concurrently with the term of the President, with the exception of the Nominating Committee, which shall be appointed annually.
The Chairpersons shall make periodic reports to the membership, including any recommendations for action. The members will accept or reject such recommendations at a regular meeting.
Temporary committees shall be formed by the Board, as needed.
ARTICLE VII: MEETINGS
All meeting dates shall be determined by The Board.
There shall be an annual meeting at which elections shall be held. A minimum of four additional meetings shall be held each year.
Each member shall be entitled to one vote. Voting may not be done by proxy.
Members shall be notified of the annual meeting, as well as the schedule of meetings for the ensuing year.
ARTICLE VIII: ELECTION OF OFFICERS
Section 1: Nominations
Nominations for members of The Board shall be presented by a Nominating Committee.
Nominations shall be presented at a meeting prior to the annual meeting.
Additional nominations may be submitted from the floor with the consent of the nominee.
Section 2: Elections
Elections shall take place at the annual meeting. The officers shall be elected for a term of two years and shall be elected by the membership in even numbered years. The three directors shall be elected for a term of two years and shall be elected by the membership in odd numbered years.
ARTICLE IX: QUOROM
General Meeting – Members in good standing who are in attendance shall be deemed a quorum for the transaction of business. A simple majority will be sufficient for the passage of a motion.
Board Meeting – A majority of Board members present shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.
ARTICLE X: FISCAL YEAR
The fiscal year of this organization shall be January 1 to December 31.
ARTICLE XI: AMENDMENTS
These Bylaws may be amended, repealed or added to by a majority vote of the members present at a regularly scheduled meeting after notification at least one meeting prior to the vote.
ARTICLE XII: INTERNAL REVENUE CODE 501(c)(3)
“This corporation is organized and operated exclusively for charitable purposes within the meaning of section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.” “No part of the net earnings of the organization shall inure to the benefit, or be distributable to its members, trustees, officers or other private persons. 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 any candidate for public office." Not withstanding any other provision of these Articles, the corporation shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on (a) by a corporation exempt from Federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (or corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Law) or (b) by a corporation contributions to which are deductible under section 170(c)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Law).” “Upon winding up and dissolution of this corporation, after paying or adequately providing for the debts and obligations of the corporation, the remaining assets shall be distributed to a nonprofit fund, foundation, or corporation which is organized and operated exclusively for charitable, educational, religious and/or scientific purposes and which has established its tax exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.”
ARTICLE XIII: DISSOLUTION
In the event of the dissolution of this organization, the assets of The Friends shall be given to the Yardley-Makefield Branch of the Bucks County Free Library.