LOCH RAVEN IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION, INC.
ARTICLE 1: NAME, BOUNDARIES, AND OBJECTIVES
SECTION 1. Name: The name of this Association is the LOCH RAVEN IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION, INCORPORATED, established in 1952.
SECTION 2. The LOCH RAVEN IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION, INC. is organized exclusively for charitable, religious, educational, and scientific purposes, including, for such purposes, the making of distributions to organizing under section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 (or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Law).
SECTION 3. No part of the net earnings of the corporation shall inure to the benefit of, or be distributable to, its members, trustees, officers, or other private persons, except that the corporation shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered and make payments and distributions in furtherance of the purposes set forth in Article Third hereof. No substantial part of the activities of the corporation shall be the carrying on of propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, and the corporation 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. Notwithstanding any other provision of these articles, the corporation shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to carried on (a) by a corporation exempt from Federal Income Tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Law) by a corporation, contributions to which are deductible under section 170(c)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 (or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Law).
SECTION 4. Upon the dissolution of the corporation, the Board of Trustees shall, after paying or making provision for the payment of all of liabilities of the corporation, dispose of all of the assets of the corporation exclusively for the purposes of the corporation in such manner, or to such organization or organizations organized and operated exclusively for charitable, educational, religious, or scientific purposes as shall at the time qualify as exempt organization or organizations under section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 ( or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Law), as the Board of Trustees shall determine. Any such assets not so disposed of shall be disposed of by the Court of Common Pleas of the county in which the principal office of the corporation is than located, exclusively for such purpose or to such organization or organizations, as said Court shall determine, which are organized.
SECTION 5. Boundaries: The boundaries of the (LRIA) Association are: East Belvedere Avenue on the South, Northern Parkway on the North, Loch Raven Boulevard on the West and Perring Parkway on the East.
SECTION 6. Objectives: The objectives of the Association are:
(a) To unite for mutual benefit and protection of all residents within the geographic boundaries of the Association;
(b) To advance and protect the interests of its members and to promote the general welfare of the community;
(c) To cultivate a spirit of helpful cooperation among its members and other communities.
ARTICLE II: MEMBERSHIP
SECTION 1. Membership is open to all individuals who reside within the geographic boundaries of the Association. Voting privileges are reserved for paying members who pay annual membership dues.
ARTICLE III: ENUMERATION AND TERM OF OFFICERS
SECTION 1. Enumeration and Eligibility: The officers of the Association shall be a President, a Vice-President, a Treasurer and a Secretary, all whom shall be members in good standing.
SECTION 2. Term: Each officer shall hold office until the regular Loch Improvement Association elections meeting held every other year in May.
ARTICLE IV: DUTIES OF OFFICERS
The below officers will constitute the L.R.I.A. Executive Board:
SECTION 1. President: The President shall preside at all meetings of the Association, and shall execute all orders, rules and regulations relating to the administration of the Association. He or she shall also perform such other duties as usually and normally pertain to his office. He or she shall be an ex-officio member of all committees.
SECTION 2. Vice-President: The Vice-President shall assist the President in whatever capacity assigned, and is empowered to serve as President in his or her absence or disability.
SECTION 3. Treasurer: The Treasurer shall receive all monies paid into the Association, assume custody thereof, and shall deposit such monies to the credit of the Association in a bank as designated. All disbursements shall be made by checks drawn on the Association’s account or accounts, signed by the Treasurer and countersigned by the President or Vice-President. Every item of expenditure where the amount involved is reasonable expected to exceed fifty dollars ($50.00) requires prior authorization by a majority of members present at a meeting. The Treasurer shall keep full and accurate accounts of receipts and disbursements in books belonging to the Association, of which he or she shall have custody. It shall be his or her duty to render a complete report at the regular meeting in May covering the financial activities of the Association during the previous year, and to render similar information called at any regular meeting.
SECTION 4. Secretary: The Secretary shall enter in the minute book of the Association all resolutions and proceedings at membership meetings, and the minutes shall be evidence of the facts therein stated.
ARTICLE V: ELECTION OF OFFICERS
SECTION 1. Mode and Time of Election: The officers of the Association shall be elected by the membership at the regular meeting of the Association in May of every other year, or at any subsequent meeting if for any cause such election is not held at the May meeting. The affirmative vote of a majority of eligible voting members present shall be necessary to elect.
SECTION 2. Removal of Officers: An officer of the Association may be removed by the membership at any monthly meeting, if the officer misses three (3) consecutive meetings without prior notice to the executive committee. The affirmative vote of a majority of eligible voting members present shall be necessary to remove an officer.
SECTION 3. Election of Interim Officers: Upon resignation or removal of an officer, an interim officer may be elected by the membership of the Association. The interim officer shall hold office until the regular meeting in May following his election and until his successor is elected. The affirmative vote of a majority of eligible voting members present shall be necessary to elect.
ARTICLE VI: LEGAL COUNSEL
SECTION 1. The Legal Council shall be an attorney and a member of the Association, from the Community Law Center. The counsel shall be appointed by the President and shall, on a voluntary basis, handle all the legal matters of the Association and serve as legal advisor to the Association.
ARTICLE VII: COMMITTEES
SECTION 1. Executive Committee: The executive committee shall consist of the officers plus committee chairs of the Association, and shall meet as the Board deems necessary.
SECTION 2. Special Committees: Special committees may be appointed by the President as the needs of the Association may require. Such committees shall continue to function until terminated by action of the President or majority vote of eligible voting members present at a meeting of the Association.
SECTION 3. Duties of Committees: The duties of the committees shall be such as their nature would ordinarily indicate. As well as such other assigned to them by the President or members of the Association. All committees shall submit reports of their activities annually, or upon request of the President or members of the Association.
ARTICLE VIII: MEETINGS
SECTION 1. Regular Meetings: A regular meeting of the Association shall be held monthly at such time and place as the President shall designate. The meeting held in May is hereby designated as the annual meeting.
SECTION 2. Special Meetings: Special meetings may be called by the President when warranted.
SECTION 3. Quorum: Fifteen members of the Association shall constitute a quorum at any meeting of the Association: regular or special.
ARTICLE IX: CONDUCT OF MEETINGS
SECTION 1. Order of Business: The order of business shall be as follows:
Roll call of officers.
Reading of minutes of preceding meeting and confirmation.
Reading of communications and motions relative thereto.
Reports of officers and action thereon.
Reports of committees.
1. Unfinished business.
2. New business.
3. Elections (if any).
SECTION 2. Rules of Order: The proceedings of the Association shall be governed by (ROBERTS’ RULES OF ORDER), insofar as these do not conflict with the By-Laws.
SECTION 3. Voting: Voting at each regular or special meeting must be made in person and is restricted to eligible voting members only. Unless expressly stated otherwise in the By-Laws, a majority vote in all matters shall be controlling and final.
ARTICLE X: ANNUAL DUES
SECTION 1. Household Dues: The required annual membership fee per household shall bedetermined by the Executive Board and become payable in the spring of each year. Such amount shall constitute the full annual dues per household.
SECTION 2. Business Dues: The required annual membership fee per business shall be determined by the Executive Board and become payable in the spring of each year. Such amount shall constitute the full annual dues per business.
SECTION 3. Term: The fiscal year of the Association shall begin on the first day of May and end on the thirtieth day of April following.
ARTICLE XI: MISCELLANEOUS
SECTION 1. All contracts, acts, or undertakings on behalf of the Association by any officer or officers of the Association, or any other person or persons, must be expressly authorized in each instance by a majority of eligible voting members.
SECTION 2. It shall be the duty of each member of the Association to report at meetings of the Association any matter that may come to his knowledge or attention affecting the health or general welfare of his or her community.
ARTICLE XII: AMENDMENTS
SECTION 1. Changes to the By-Laws may be made only through the following procedure:
1. Any member of the Association may, at any time, propose a change to the By-Laws, provided that such proposal be made in writing and addressed to the Secretary of the Association.
2. The proposed changes shall be reviewed by the Executive Board, and a recommendation prepared.
3. At the next regular meeting of the Association, an officer shall read the proposed changes aloud and report the Executive Board’s recommendation to the membership. The proposed changes shall then be considered and voted upon by the membership. An affirmative vote of two-thirds of eligible voting members present shall be required for approval of the proposed change.
4. Changes shall become effective as soon as they are approved unless a specific effective date is provided in the resolution of approval.
Amendments Adopted 7/15/2003 and By-Laws Amended and Revised 5/20/2008.
Loch Raven Improvement Association , Inc.
P. O. Box 66226, Baltimore, MD 21239 email: THELOCHRAVENIMPROVEMENTASSOCIATION@hotmail.com
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