Mission - Bylaws - Board of Directors
The Alpine Humane Society and Animal Services are dedicated to improving the lives of animals in Brewster County through humane care, adoption and reducing pet overpopulation by promoting our spay/neuter program and by public education about pet ownership.
Alpine Humane Society is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in 1982. Your donations may be tax deductible.
Jesse Kelsch, President
Vicki Gibson, Vice President
Secretary, Marilyn Dill
Patsy Culver, Treasurer
(Revised December 18, 2007 )
Article I. Purposes and Policy
Section 1. The name of this society shall be the Alpine Humane Society.
Section 2. The purpose of this society is the prevention of cruelty to animals, the relief of suffering among animals, and the extension of education in the humane care and treatment of animals.
Section 3. It is the policy of the society to provide humane care and treatment for all animals needing protection in the area served by the society; to seek to return lost animals to their owners; to seek suitable homes for animals without owners; and to provide euthanasia when necessary. No animal under control of the society may be disposed of except as here specifically provided. In its care of animals, the society shall maintain at least the minimum standards prescribed by The Humane Society of the United States .
Article II. Headquarters
The principal office and headquarters of the society shall be in Alpine, Brewster County, Texas .
Article III. Seal
The Board of Directors may prescribe the design for a corporate seal. The seal may be used by causing it or a facsimile thereof to be impressed or affixed or reproduced otherwise.
Article IV. Members
Section 1. Annual membership dues shall be $15.00 per person, $25.00 per couple, and $10.00 per Junior Member (a person under 18 years of age). Every person accepted as a member who shall pay $15.00 or every couple paying $25.00 or more annually shall be classed Active Member(s). Every person accepted as a member who shall pay less than$10.00 annually (excepting those under 18 years of age) shall be classed as an AssociateMember.
Section 2. No person shall be a member unless elected to membership by the Board of Directors, which may reject any application for reasonable cause. The Board may also expel any member for reasonable cause.
Section 3. The Board may remove any Officer or Board Member from office for reasonable cause. This will be done only during Board meetings at which 2/3 of the appointed/elected Board Members are present. A majority vote is required.
Section 4. All Active Members shall be entitled to cast one vote at any general meeting of the society. Associate Members shall not be entitled to vote.
Section 5. After the incorporation of the society, there shall be one regular meeting of the general membership of the Society per month. The date and time of the meetings will be determined by the general membership. Active and Associate Members comprise the general membership.
Section 6. Special meetings of the members may be called at any time by the Board of Directors, or by any ten members qualified to vote, upon their filing with the Secretary a request for the meeting, in writing, stating the purpose or purposes of the proposed meeting. Special meetings for which written request is made shall be heldnot less than ten days or more than 30 days after the filing of the request.
Section 7. At any general meeting of the society, a majority of those members present and voting in person shall have authority to transact all business which may come before the meeting. Voting by proxy shall not be permitted except in case of husband and wife.
Article V. Directors
Section 1. The management of the affairs of this society shall be vested in the Board of Directors.
Section 2. The Board of Directors shall be composed of not fewer than five nor more than nine members. The four elected officer's as defined in Article VI, Section 1, shall be default members and the remaining five members will be considered as appointed. Any elected officer leaving office will not retain status as a Board member unless re-appointed to a Directors position.
Section 3. The appointed members of the Board of Directors shall be elected at the annual meeting of the Active Members of the society and shall serve for terms of three years except that at the first election following the adoption of these bylaws, one fifth of the appointed members shall be elected to serve one year, two fifths for two years and two fifths for three years, the initial staggering of terms to be determined by lot.
Section 4. In case any director shall by death, resignation, incapacity to act, or otherwise cease to be a director during his or her term, his or her successor shall be chosen by the board to serve until the next meeting of the general membership. At such meeting the Active Members shall elect a director to fill the unexpired term, unless the unexpired term of the director whose vacancy is to be filled expires at such meeting, in which event a director shall be elected for a full term by the Active Members.
Section 5. An annual organizational meeting of: the Board of Directors of the society shall be held not more than 30 days after each annual meeting of the members of the society. Regular meetings of the Board of Directors shall be held at such times and places as shall be fixed by the Board, provided that the Board of Directors shall meet at least quarterly for the transaction of business.
Section 6. Special meetings of the Board of Directors may be called by the President at his discretion or by the Secretary when requested to do so in writing by any three directors.
Section 7. A majority of the members of the Board of Directors shall constitute a quorum.
Section 8. If any member of the Board of Directors shall be absent from three consecutive regular meetings, without being excused from attendance by the Board, the Board may declare his office vacant and the vacancy shall be filled as herein provided for.
Section 9. Except as otherwise specifically prescribed in these Bylaws, decisions at any meeting of the Board of Directors, the Executive Committee, or other committees, shall be by majority vote of those present and voting. Each Director shall have one vote and no voting by proxy shall be permitted.
Section 10. Directors, as such, and members of committees, shall be classed as volunteers and shall not receive any salaries or fees for their services but may be reimbursed for any expenses incurred in fulfilling their duties.
Article VI. Officers
Section 1. At the general meeting of the society held in January, called the Annual Meeting, except for the first January after the election of the first slate of officers, the active membership shall elect from their number a President, a Vice—President, a Secretary, and a Treasurer, and such other officers and agents as the business of the society may require.
Section 2. Whenever any vacancy shall occur in any office of the society by death, resignation, or otherwise, the vacancy may be filled by the Board of Directors.
Section 3. The Executive Committee will be comprised of the President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasure. Any member of the Executive committee may call for a meeting of the Executive Committee at which at least three members are needed for quorum. Decisions brought forward to the Board of Directors or General Membership will have a majority vote of the Executive Committee members present at the meeting.
Section 4. The President shall preside over all meetings of the society, the Board, and the Executive Committee; shall be ex—officio with vote, a member of all committees of the Board; shall be empowered to appoint all committees except the Executive Committee; shall deliver to the annual meeting of the members of the society acomprehensive report of the program and policies followed by the Board in the preceding year.
Section 5. The Vice—president shall fill all functions of the President when the latter is incapacitated, is unavailable, or for any reason, cannot serve.
Section 6. The Secretary shall take and preserve minutes of all meetings of the members of the society and of the Board, publish notice of annual, regular and special meetings, and perform other duties assigned by the Board. The Secretary shall cause the minutes of all membership and Board meetings to be preserved in a form whichshall be available upon request, to all members. The Secretary shall receive and make available all correspondence to the Board, or the Executive Committee, shall answer all correspondence, unless otherwise directed by the Board, and shall have custody of all files, records, and other documents, and be responsible for their safekeeping.
Section 7. The Treasurer shall receive and deposit in a bank or banks designated by the Board, all monies and securities; shall draw checks for disbursement of funds approved by the Board of Directors, and shall submit to the Board and to the annual meeting of the society, an annual report, subject to independent audit as directed bythe Board, of the income and expenditures of the society of the preceding year, arid of liabilities and assets.
Article VII. Miscellaneous
Section 1. All meetings of members of the society, the Board of Directors, and Committees, shall be conducted pursuant to Robert's Rules of Order as set forth in the last published revision thereof.
Section 2. The fiscal year of the society shall commence on January 1 of each year.
Article VIII. Amendments
These Bylaws may be amended by a two—thirds majority of the members present and voting at any annual or special meeting; provided that a proposal to amend shall be submitted in writing to the Secretary, with signature of at least ten active members, to such meeting.