Article I - Name and Territorial Jurisdiction
The name of the organization shall be THE CHILDREN’S LEAGUE OF CONNECTICUT, INC. The territorial jurisdiction of the League shall be the geographical boundaries of the State of Connecticut.
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Article II - Purpose
To assist member agencies in promoting the welfare of children, youth and their families in Connecticut by enhancing the standards for delivery of service in areas including, but not limited to, provision of mental health services, child abuse and neglect, juvenile justice, and education.
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Article III - Membership
Section 1. Classes of Members
The League membership classes shall be Founding, Active, Affiliate, and Honorary.
Section 2. Qualifications
An organization may apply for membership in the League if it meets the following criteria:
- Founding: To apply for Founding member status in the League, an organization must be a bona fide non-profit agency, licensed and/or approved by the Connecticut State Agency of cognizance, physically located in Connecticut, accredited or actively pursuing by JACHO, COA, CAIS or other similar accrediting organization and support the goals and purposes of the League and be accepted as a member by 3/1/03;
- Active: To apply for Active member status in the League, an organization must be a bona fide non-profit agency, licensed and/or approved by the Connecticut State Agency of cognizance, physically located in Connecticut, accredited or actively pursuing by JACHO, COA, CAIS or other similar accrediting organization and support the goals and purposes of the League;
- Affiliate: To apply for Affiliate member status in the League, an organization must support the goals and purposes of the League, but be unable to fulfill the criteria for membership as an Active member;
- Honorary: Honorary membership in the League is granted at the sole discretion of the Board of Directors.
Section 3. Application
In order to be an Active or Affiliate member of the League, an organization must apply to the Executive Committee. The prospective member must submit an application, as provided by the League, with all necessary supporting documentation. The Executive Committee shall consider only those qualifications as outlined in the League’s bylaws. Approval shall be by a majority of those present at a bona fide meeting of the Executive Committee.
Section 4. Rights of Members
- Founding: Founding members shall have the right to vote, hold office and serve on committees. In addition, all founding members in good standing are guaranteed one seat on the Executive Committee;
- Active: Active members shall have the right to vote, hold office and serve on committees;
- Affiliate: Affiliate members may attend all general membership meetings, speak and make motions, and to serve on committees;
- Honorary: Honorary members shall not have the rights as members of the League, except the right to attend general membership meetings with the right to speak.
Section 5. Limitations
No member organization, or individual affiliated with such organization, shall profess or imply that it speaks for or represents the League unless authorized to do so by the League’s governing body.
Section 5. Good Standing
An organization is in good standing within the meaning of these Bylaws if the member meets the qualifications for membership in their respective category, is current on their dues and has not been sanctioned by the Board of Directors.
Section 6. Disciplinary Action
Complaints to the effect that a member has violated the ethical principles or standards of the League shall be processed by the Executive Committee of the League. The Executive Committee may, with cause, assess disciplinary action up to, and including, expulsion from the League.
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Article IV - Board of Directors
Section 1. Composition
- The Board of Directors shall consist of all Founding and Active members of the League;
- The Executive Committee shall consist of the five officers: President; Vice President; Secretary; Treasurer; and the Public Policy Chairperson, in addition to a representative from any founding member not holding one of the aforementioned officer positions;
Section 2. Duties of the Officers
- President: The President shall serve as official head and public spokesman of the League and shall preside at all meetings of the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors. The President shall be an ex-officio member of all committees.
- Vice-President: The Vice President shall assume the duties of the President in his absence or incapacitation. Duties of the Vice President shall also be to welcome all new members into the League and bring their attention to the League’s standards regarding member agencies and any other information which may be helpful to them.
- Secretary: The Secretary will be responsible for keeping the minutes of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors Meetings. The Secretary shall be the custodian of all records, Bylaws, and the Charter of the League.
- Treasurer: The Treasurer shall be bonded at League expense and keep true and accurate accounts of all receipts and disbursements in a book which shall be the property of the League and shall make a report in writing to the League at the Annual Meeting and to the Executive Committee and Board of Directors on request. The Treasurer shall serve as a member of the Finance Committee.
- Public Policy Chairperson: The Public Policy Chairperson shall be the League’s direct liaison to the League’s lobbying firm. The Chair shall recommend to the Board of Directors the League’s public policy agenda for approval.
Section 3. Duties of the Board of Directors
- Carry out the mandate and policies of the League as determined by the membership.
- Have full power and complete authority subject to the provisions of these Bylaws and all resolutions and enactment of the membership to perform all acts and to transact all business for and on behalf of the League.
- Approve or reject nominations brought before it by the President for a chairman of any and all committees.
- Have the Treasurer’s accounts verified by the Finance Committee at the end of the fiscal year, and arrange for an annual audit.
Section 4. Conduct of Business
- The Board of Directors shall meet at least two times per year. A majority of the board members shall constitute a quorum.
- The Executive Committee shall exercise the power of the Board of Directors between its meetings. For any item to be approved by the Executive Committee, it must receive affirmative votes from a majority of the members of the Committee in office.
- The Executive Committee may meet by telephone or video conference.
- No member of the Board of Directors or Executive Committee may carry a vote (proxy) for another member.
- Notice for Board of Directors Meetings and Executive Committee meetings shall list the time, date and location of the meeting and be provided at least 3 days in advance.
- A member of the Board of Directors or Executive Committee may send his/her designee to the respective meeting. The Children’s League shall be notified in writing of said designation. Designee shall retain all rights and privileges of member.
Section 5. Tenure of Board of Directors
- All members of the Board of Directors, subject to designation by their member agency, shall serve as long as their membership in the League remains current.
- Members of the Executive Committee shall be elected annually from the Founding and Active members of the League’s Board of Directors.
Section 6. Vacancies
If on or before the expiration of the term for which he was elected, the President dies, resigns, is removed or becomes disqualified, the Vice President shall succeed to the office vacated for the unexpired portion of the term. Vacancies created by the death, resignation, removal or disqualification of other officers and/or committee chairman shall be filled by appointment of the Executive Committee for the unexpired portion of the term.
Section 7. Removal from Office
- Any member of the Board shall be removed from office for failure to perform his duties as herein assigned.
- Any member of this League may bring to the attention of any Board member, in writing, a complaint regarding such failure.
- The Board of Directors of the League shall investigate the complaint, hold a hearing and rule by a two-thirds vote.
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Article V - Finance
Section 1. Fiscal year
The fiscal year shall be January 1st to December 31st.
Section 2. League Dues
The amount of League Dues shall be established by the Board of Directors prior to January 1st of the fiscal year. These dues shall be payable in two installments, one-half due by January 31st, the remainder due by July 30th of the current fiscal year.
Section 3. Limitations on Expense
No officer or committee shall expend any money not provided in the budget as adopted or spend any money in excess of the budget allotment except by order of the Board of Directors. The Board shall not commit the League to any financial obligations in excess of the League’s current financial resources.
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Article VI - Dissolution
Voluntary dissolution of this League requires a vote by two-thirds of the voting members, providing that notification of this intent to dissolve has been sent by mail to members of the League 20 days prior to the meeting.
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Article VII - Parliamentary Authority
The rules contained in the current edition of Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised shall govern the League in all cases to which they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with these Bylaws.
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Article VIII - Amendments
These Bylaws may be amended in whole or in part by a two thirds vote, a quorum being present at a meeting of the Board of Directors provided that at least twenty days prior to the meeting a copy of the proposed amendment has been sent out by mail to all Founding and Active members of the League.
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