BYLAWS OF Save Indian Farmers LLC.
ARTICLE I – NAME, PURPOSE
Section 1: The name of the organization shall be Save Indian Farmers (SIF).
Section 2: The SIF is organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes, more specifically to help support the plight of Indian farmers and address issues affecting the high suicide rate among farmers in India.
ARTICLE II – MEMBERSHIP
Section 1: Membership shall consist only of the members of the board of directors.
ARTICLE III – ANNUAL MEETING
Section 1: Annual Meeting. The date of the regular annual meeting shall be set by the Board of Directors who shall also set the time and place. The meeting may be organized through a conference call (via internet) to accommodate board members who are separated by considerable geographical distance.
Section 2: Special Meetings. Special meetings may be called by the President or the Executive Committee.
Section 3: Notice. Notice of each meeting shall be given to each voting member, by email, not less than 7 days before the meeting.
ARTICLE IV – BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Section 1: Board Role, Size, Compensation. The Board is responsible for overall policy and direction of the Council, and delegating responsibility for day-to-day operations to the Council Director and committees. The Board shall have up to 7 and not fewer than 2 members. The Board receives no compensation other than reimbursement for reasonable expenses.
Section 2: Meetings. The Board shall meet at least once in 2 months via conference call, at an agreed upon time and place (on-line).
Section 3: Board Elections. Election of new directors or election of current directors to a second term will occur as the first item of business at the annual meeting of the organization. Directors will be elected by a majority vote of the current directors.
Section 4: Terms. All Board members shall serve 1-year terms, but are eligible for re-election.
Section 5: Quorum. A quorum must be attended by at least 50 percent of the Board members before business can be transacted or motions made or passed.
Section 6: Notice. An official Board meeting requires that each Board member have email notice or verbal communication 7 days in advance.
Section 7. Officers and Duties. There shall be four officers of the Board consisting of a President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. Their duties are as follows:
- The President shall convene regularly scheduled Board meetings, shall preside or arrange for other members of the executive committee to preside at each meeting in the following order: Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer.
- The Vice-President shall chair committees on special subjects as designated by the board.
- The Secretary shall be responsible for keeping records of Board actions, including overseeing the taking of minutes at all board meetings, sending out meeting announcements, distributing copies of minutes and the agenda to each Board member, and assuring that corporate records are maintained.
- The Treasurer shall make a report at each Board meeting, chair the finance committee, assist in the preparation of the budget, help develop fund-raising plans, and make financial information available to Board members and the public.
Section 8: Vacancies. When a vacancy on the Board exists, nominations for new members may be received from present Board members by the Secretary two weeks in advance of a Board meeting. These nominations shall be sent out to Board members with the regular Board meeting announcement, to be voted upon at the next Board meeting. These vacancies will be filled only to the end of the particular Board member’s term.
Section 9: Resignation, Termination and Absences. Resignation from the Board must be in writing and received by the Secretary. A Board member shall be dropped for excess absences from the Board if s/he has three unexcused absences from Board meetings in a year. A Board member may be removed for other reasons by a three-fourths vote of the remaining directors.
Section 10: Special Meetings. Special meetings of the Board shall be called upon the request of the President or one-third of the Board. Notices of special meetings shall be send out by the Secretary to each Board member postmarked two weeks in advance.
ARTICLE V – COMMITTEES
Section 1: The Board may create committees as needed, such as fund-raising, housing, etc. The Board President appoints all committee chairs.
Section 2: The five officers serve as the members of the Executive Committee. Except for the power to amend the Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws, the Executive Committee shall have all of the powers and authority of the Board of Directors in the intervals between meetings of the Board of Directors, subject to the direction and control of the Board of Directors.
Section 3: Finance Committee. The Treasurer shall be the chair of the Finance Committee, which includes three other Board members. The Finance Committee is responsible for developing and reviewing fiscal procedures, a fundraising plan, and annual budget with staff and other Board members. The Board must approve the budget, and all expenditures must be within the budget. Any major change in the budget must be approved by the Board or the Executive Committee. The fiscal year shall be the calendar year. Annual reports are required to be submitted to the Board showing income, expenditures and pending income. The financial records of the organization are public information and shall be made available to the membership, Board members and the public.
ARTICLE VI – AMENDMENTS
Section 1: These Bylaws may be amended when necessary by a two-thirds majority of the Board of Directors. Proposed amendments must be submitted to the Secretary to be sent out with regular Board announcements.
These Bylaws were approved at a meeting of the Board of Directors of Save Indian Farmers on October 8, 2011.