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Bylaws of the HCBG

Hart County Botanical Garden, Incorporated

 

BY-LAWS

 

Article I

The organization shall be known as the Hart County Botanical Garden, Incorporated.

 

Article II

It shall be the purpose of this organization to:

·        Promote public gardening education through an outreach program to groups, individuals and schools in the communities.

·        Enhance and maintain the Hart County Botanical Garden.

·        Promote better gardening and horticultural practices in our communities.

·        Aid members in their gardening endeavors and provide continuing education.

 

Article III

Four (4) tiers of membership, with individual dues structures, shall be:  Individual, Family, Student, and Corporate.

 

Article IV

Section I:  The officers of this organization shall be:  President, President Elect, Secretary, and Treasurer. 

 

Section II:  The officers shall be elected by a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of the members present at the October Annual Meeting, with membership notified at the September meeting.

 

Section III:  The terms of the officers shall be one year,  January 1 – December 31.

 

Section IV:  The regular membership meeting schedule shall be established by the Board and approved by the membership.  Robert’s Rules of Order shall govern the conduct of all meetings, regular, called and Board.  Application and interpretation of the rules of order shall be determined by the Board-appointed Parliamentarian.

 

Article V

Section I:  The Board of Directors shall consist of all current officers (listed in Article IV), a Garden Director, and the immediate past president.  Also, elected for two-year terms, one (1) member-at-large, and two (2) members from the community.  All elections shall be at the October meeting (Article IV, Section II).

 

Section II:  The Garden Director position shall be for a minimum term of 3 years.   This position is a Board appointment.  Qualifications are determined by the Board.

 

Section III:  The Board shall meet a minimum of once a quarter.  Five (5) members present shall constitute a quorum.  The president shall serve as Board chairman.

 

Section IV:  The Board reserves the right to recall and/or replace anyone in elected or appointed positions.

 

Section V:  The Board, by majority vote of those present, may expend funds up to $2,000, without membership approval, and conduct other business that may come before it.

 

Article VI

It shall be the duty of each member to pay dues.  The dues shall be dispersed for such expenses as the Board and membership shall direct.  The amount of annual dues for each tier of membership shall be determined, from time to time, by the Board of Directors and approved by the Membership.

 

Article VII

These BY-LAWS may be altered, amended or repealed in the following manner:  at any regular or stated meeting, after a 10-calendar-day notice to all members, by mail or email, and with two –thirds (2/3) majority vote of the members present. 

 

Article VIII

Standing committees shall be appointed by the president with approval of the Board of Directors.

 

Article IX

Pursuant to questions of liability, the following paragraph is hereby made part of this document:

 

The Georgia Recreational Property Act, enacted in 1965 and codified in Title 51 of the Georgia Code (Code 51-3-20 et seq., the "Act"), was passed to provide relief to landowners and occupiers who held their land open to the public, without charge, for recreational use.  It effectively causes any visitor to qualified recreational property to be treated as a licensee, and not an invitee.

 

Exhibits A & B outline the Georgia Laws that apply in our case.

 

 

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