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HANC Membership Meeting - Feb 2024

BYLAWS

Haight-Ashbury Neighborhood Council

1. Article I - Name

The name of this organization shall be the Haight-Ashbury Neighborhood Council, also known as HANC.

 

Article II - Purpose and Boundaries

The Haight-Ashbury Neighborhood Council is a neighborhood group whose mission is to aid and encourage the people of the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood to work through democratic means and in a spirit of neighborliness, mutual respect and goodwill toward the improvement and enrichment of life and living conditions in their neighborhood.

The boundaries of the neighborhood shall be Arguello Boulevard on the west; Fulton Street on the north; Divisadero and Castro Street on the east, and on the south 17th Street ,then west to Clayton, north on Clayton to Parnassus, then west to Stanyan, south on Stanyan to Parnassus, then west on Parnassus to Arguello. These boundaries may be extended by a two thirds (2/3) vote of general membership. 

 

Article III - Membership

Section 1: Membership in this Council shall be open to all persons residing and/or owning property or a business within the boundaries of this Council; and to individuals who work, live or perform a service in the Haight-Ashbury, as defined by our boundaries.

Section 2: Membership becomes effective upon annual payment of dues. Renewal is on an annual basis. Only members of at least three (3) month’s standing shall be eligible to hold or run for a board position. This provision can be waived by a ⅔ vote of members present at a general meeting. Only members of at least one (1) month's standing shall be eligible to vote on issues before the Council, including election of officers. General members or Board members in whatever capacity, may not speak or act or make requests in the name of the Council without due authorization from the Council or Board of Directors.

Section 3: Annual membership dues shall be set annually by the Board of Directors on a sliding scale. Renewal is on an annual basis.

 

Article IV - Board of Directors

Section 1: Powers and Duties: The Board of Directors shall have full charge of the business and property of the Council with the power and authority to act in the name of the Council in all matters, subject to the provisions and intent of these By-Laws and/or the instructions of the general membership.

Section 2: Directors: The Board of Directors shall consist of the officers of the Council, the Chairs of the standing committees, and six (6) Directors-At-Large.

Section 3: Terms of Directors: Officers and Directors-At-Large of the Council shall serve on the Board of Directors for the terms as stated in Article V and VI for the period of the election; Chairs of the standing committees shall serve for the period of their appointment or election. No person shall serve more than two full consecutive terms on the Board of Directors in the same capacity. However, the Treasurer, the Membership Chair, and the Housing and Land Use Chair may serve for more than two consecutive terms if approved by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the Council (general membership) at the annual meeting.

Section 4: Elections: The slate shall be presented to all Council members one (1) month before the annual meeting and again at the annual meeting when Council members may make additional nominations provided such nominee has consented and has been a HANC member in good standing for three (3) or more months. Elections shall be by ballot, except that when there is only one nominee for each office, in which case the President may call for a voice vote.

Section 5: Vacancies: The Board of Directors shall elect persons to fill any vacant elected position, and such persons shall serve until the next annual meeting at which time election for any of the remaining positions shall occur. A two-thirds (2/3) vote of the Board of Directors the Council can vacate any Board position whose incumbent is recorded as having missed more than three (3) consecutive Board meetings or five (5) Board meetings for whatever reason.


Article V - Officers

Section 1: The officers of the Council shall be the President, the Vice-President, Recording Secretary, Corresponding Secretary, and Treasurer. Their terms shall be twelve (12) months and elected at the end of the annual meeting of the Council by a simple majority of the required quorum as defined in Article VIII and assume their duties at the next regular meeting of the Board of Directors. Directors' term shall begin on December 1st of each year.

Section 2: The President shall preside at all meetings of the Council and the Board of Directors and perform all the duties of that office.

Section 3: The Vice-President shall perform the duties of the President when the president is absent or unable to act and such other duties as the President shall designate.

Section 4: The Recording Secretary shall take the minutes of the Council and Board of Directors meetings and shall keep a file of all the proceedings and records of the organization, and shall serve as Corporate Secretary.

Section 5: The Corresponding Secretary shall have charge of all of the correspondence.

Section 6: The Treasurer shall have charge of the funds of the Council, making expenditures upon the direction of the Board of Directors and shall keep regular books of accounts and treasurer vouchers for the payment of money. The Treasurer shall make reports at Board of Directors and Council meetings, as necessary and annual reports of all receipts and disbursements.

Article - VI - Directors-At-Large

Section 1: There shall be five (5) Directors-At-Large of the Council. Directors-At-Large shall be elected at the annual meeting of the Council. The term of office shall be two years, and Directors-At-Large may not serve more than two full successive terms in the same office.

Section 2: Three (3) Directors-At-Large shall be elected in 1966 and in subsequent even-numbered years. Two (2) shall be elected in 1967 and in subsequent odd-numbered years.

Section 3: Directors-At-Large shall endeavor to be alert to developments in the broader community and how they affect this neighborhood and shall perform such general and special duties for the Board as they may be assigned from time to time by the President or at the direction of the Board.

Article VII – Committees

Section 1: The standing committees of the Council shall be Housing and Land Use, Membership, Nominating and Finance. These committees shall be established within a month following the annual meeting. The chair of the Nominating Committee is to be elected at the annual meeting for a term of one year. The chairs of the standing committees shall be elected by the general membership with the exception of the Finance Committee which shall be chaired by the Treasurer. The Board of Directors will approve all committee members. These committee chairs with approval of the Board of Directors shall select their committee members. All committees are recommended to have no fewer than/then three (3) members. All Committees will have odd-numbered memberships.
Section 2: The Housing and Land Use Committee shall keep the Board and Council informed of proposals and programs affecting public and/or private housing and land use in the neighborhood, and shall encourage neighbors' interest in the preservation and rehabilitation of existing housing stock for current residents. It shall also provide liaison with County, State and Federal agencies and officials, as authorized by the Council or Board.

Section 3: The Membership Committee shall promote new memberships and shall keep membership and participation records up to date.

Section 4: The Nominating Committee shall have at least three members (see Section 1) and no person may serve no more than two full successive terms . It shall be the duty of this Committee to prepare a slate of nominees for Officers, Directors-At-Large, and their own successors on the Nominating Committee. This eligible candidate’s pool should be made up of people who have been HANC members for three (3) months or more. The Committee shall make all reasonable effort to provide a slate that reflects the various facets and interests of the neighborhood and shall solicit nominations from the general membership in the September Haight-Ashbury Voice Newsletter. The slate shall be presented to all Council members one (1) month before the annual meeting and again at the annual meeting when Council members may make additional nominations provided such nominee has consented and has been a HANC member in good standing for three (3) months. Elections shall be by ballot, except that when there is only one nominee for each office, in which case the President may call for a voice vote.

Section 5: The Finance Committee. This committee will comprise of a minimum of three board members and is chaired by the Treasurer.  The Finance Committee will make decisions on the management of organization funds, under direction from the HANC Board.  The Treasurer will report to the HANC Board at its monthly meetings.

Section 6: Special committees and subcommittees may be appointed by the President as deemed necessary by the Board of Directors.

Article VIII - Meetings

Section 1: Regular meetings of the Board of Directors shall be held monthly on the 3rd Thursday of the month unless otherwise decided by the Board of Directors or the Council. Eight (8) members of the Board of Directors shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. Special meetings may be called by the President upon proper notification; and shall be called by the President upon written request by three (3) members of the Board.

Section 2: Regular public meetings of the Council shall be held on the 2nd Thursday of each month unless otherwise decided by the Board of Directors. Eleven (11) members of the Council shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. Special meetings may be called by the Board of Directors upon proper notification,; and shall be called by the President upon written request by ten (10) members of the Council.

Section 3: The annual meeting of this Council shall be the November meeting and shall be governed by rules for regular meetings.

Article IX - Amendments

Section 1: These By-Laws may be amended at any regular or special Council meeting by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of members present and voting, provided proper notification of such amendment has been mailed to the members at least ten (10) days in advance of the meeting. Proper notification means that proposed amendments shall be published in the Haight-Ashbury Voice Newsletter and sent to the general membership before a vote is taken.

Article X Rules

Section 1. Roberts' Rules of Order, Revised, shall govern the conduct of the meetings of the Council except that they may be suspended by unanimous consent at any meeting.

Copies of the HANC By-Laws are available upon request and shall be maintained on the HANC website.

Adopted March 13, 1960; Amended October 30, 1961; *July 3, 1963; December 8, 1966; April 5, 1970; November 11, 1973; January 16, 1974; September 11, 1975; September 9, 2004; November 9, 2023.

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