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 Coalition of Northland Development Organizations (Rev. 9/02)

 Purpose:

                   The purpose of the Coalition of Northland Development Organizations (herein known as CNDO), is to promote a regional vision to effectively utilize resources, solve common problems, attain common goals and to explore development potential for the betterment of cities, municipalities, Chambers of Commerce, economic development corporations and governmental entities located in Clay & Platte Counties in Missouri, effectively known and referred to as the “Northland.”

The CNDO has adopted as its Mission Statement the following:

“It is our mission to support positive and sustainable development of Greater Kansas City’s Northland region through enhanced communication, cooperation, professional development and long range planning.”

Membership

1.     Qualifications: Membership in the CNDO shall be open to all cities, municipalities, Chambers of Commerce, economic development corporations and governmental entities located in the Northland; however, such an organization must be approved for membership by the Board of Directors before membership status will be recognized.

2.      Election of Members: Any entity or organization described in (1) above may be elected a member upon being proposed for membership by a member and upon receiving a majority vote at a meeting of the Board of Directors. There will be one (1) vote per each member. Members will be recognized by the Board by a duly filed membership application on file.

3.      Resignation: Any member may withdraw from the CNDO, at anytime, for any reason, by giving written notice of such intention to the Secretary, which notice shall be presented to the Board of Directors by the Secretary at the first meeting after its receipt.

4.      Meetings of the Membership: The membership shall meet at such time and place as may be set by the Board of Directors. Notice of the meeting shall be mailed or e-mailed by the Secretary to each member at least ten (10) business days before the time appointed for the meeting. Meetings may be called by the president or by twenty percent (20%) of the members in good standing.

Fiscal Year:

The fiscal year of the CNDO shall begin January 1, and end on December 31 of each year.

Dues: 

The initial annual dues for each member organization will be $100.00. The Board of Directors may determine from time to time the amount of annual dues and adjust dues accordingly. Dues are payable to the Coalition of Northland Development Organizations and are due on January 1 of each year, and are non-refundable. 

When any member is in default of dues for a period of three months from January 1, that member shall be terminated by the Board of Directors as a member. 

Directors: 

1.                          Number and Term: The Board of Directors shall consist of seven  (7) persons elected by the general membership at the last regularly scheduled meeting prior to January 1 of each year.. These directors  shall consist of the following: 

Officer – President

                                     Officer - Vice President (President – Elect)

Officer - Secretary

Officer - Treasurer

         Board Member at Large – From Clay County Economic Development Office

         Board Member at Large – From Platte County Economic Development Office

         Board Member at Large – From the General Membership

The offices of President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer will be comprised of two (2) people from Clay County, and two (2) people from Platte County. All officers will serve a term of one (1) year, not to exceed two (2) consecutive years in one office position. The intention is that a person who is elected vice president in one year shall be elected president the next year, but this intention shall not prohibit the members from electing someone other than the then serving vice president as the president for the next year. 

The offices of President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer will be comprised of two (2) people from Clay County, and two (2) people from Platte County. All officers will serve a term of one (1) year, not to exceed two (2) consecutive years in one office position. The intention is that a person who is elected vice president in one year shall be elected president the next year, but this intention shall not prohibit the members from electing someone other than the then serving vice president as the president for the next year.

 

2.                  Duties of Directors: The Board of Directors may: (1) Hold meetings at such times and places at it deems proper; (2) appoint committees on particular subjects; (3) carry on correspondence and communication with other government entities and civic and charitable organizations; (4) devise and carry into execution such other measures as it deems proper and expedient to promote the interest of the Northland. 

3.                  Nominating Committee:  The President of the Board of Directors shall appoint a nominating committee consisting of two (2) officer(s) and three (3) at-large members who shall submit candidates. Nominations will be presented at the last regularly scheduled member meeting prior to January 1 of each year, at which time, open nominations from the members shall be accepted. The intention is that the person serving as vice president shall be nominated as president for the next year, but this intention shall not prohibit the Nominating Committee from making an alternate recommendation. 

4.                  Meeting of the Board of Directors: Regular meetings of the  Board of Directors shall be held at such time and place as may be set by the Board. Notice of the meeting, signed by the Secretary shall be mailed, e-mailed or faxed, at least five (5) business days prior to said Board meeting. Said meetings shall follow “Robert’s Rules of Order.”  General meetings may be called by the President at any time, or upon petition, in writing, of twenty percent (20%) of members in good standing. Notice of special meetings shall be mailed at least five (5) business days prior to meetings. Board meetings may be called by the President upon written application of four (4) members of the Board. Notice (including purpose of meeting) shall be given to each director at least five (5) business days prior to said meeting. 

5.                  Quorum: A majority of the Board shall be present in order for the transaction of business to take place. 

6.                  Vacancies:  All vacancies in a position on the Board of Directors shall be filled by the President with approval by the Board of Directors without undue delay, at its next meeting, or at a meeting specifically called for that purpose.

Officers:

Number of Officers and Term: The elected officers of the CNDO shall be the president, vice-president, secretary and treasurer. All officers will serve a term of one (1) year, not to exceed two (2) consecutive years in one office position. 

1.                    Method of Election: Annually, the Board of Directors shall recommend nominees for officers, and the vote for officers shall be made by the members at large. Elections will take place during the last regularly scheduled meeting prior to January 1 of each year. 

2.                    Duties of Officers: President shall preside over meetings. The Vice-President shall act and preside over meetings in case the President is absent. The Secretary shall record minutes and serve notice to the Board and/or members at large of all meetings at least five (5) business days, prior to meetings. The Treasurer shall keep an account of all monies received and expended for the use of the CNDO. He/she shall deposit all sums received in a bank approved by the Board of Directors and make a report at each meeting of the Board of Directors. Funds may be drawn upon the signature of the Treasurer. The Treasurer shall, if required by the Board of Directors, give to the CNDO such security for faithful discharge of his/her duties as the Board may direct. 

3.                    Vacancies: All vacancies in an office shall be filled by the President with approval by the Board of Directors without undue delay, at its next meeting, or at a meeting specifically called for that purpose. 

4.                    Compensation of Officers: No compensation shall be paid to officers or board members of the CNDO. 

General Membership Meetings:                       

                        Meetings for the general membership shall take place, no less than quarterly, or as deemed necessary by the Board of Directors. 

Amendment of Bylaws

These Bylaws may be amended, repealed or altered in whole or part by a majority vote at any duly organized meeting of the Board of Directors. The proposed changes shall be mailed to each Director at least ten (10) business days before the time of the meeting at which the change is to be  considered. 

The above Bylaws were adopted _____________________, 2002, at a duly called meeting of the Board of  Directors. 

 
 Secretary