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Mission Statement

The Loess Hills Audubon Society exists to educate individuals and the general public, to enjoy and promote birding, to support ornithology, and to be an advocate for wild areas and environmental issues.

Chapter Goals

1.  To educate the public on the need to protect wild birds and all other animals, trees and all other plants, soil, air and water, and to promote a better public understanding of these natural resources.

Action Plan:

--Raise monies for the purchase and distribution of Audubon Adventures for local schools.

--Support the Important Bird Areas and Bird Conservation Areas programs.

--Promote issue advocacy.

--Increase membership.

2.  To provide the opportunity for study and observation of birds and other wildlife.

Action Plan:

--Schedule monthly outings to observe birds and educate club members and the public about bird and other wildlife habitat.

--Present bird identification classes as part of some monthly meetings.

--Maintain a bird hotline to advise members and the public of local sightings.

--Promote the marketing and distribution of our Siouxland Bird Guide.

--Continue Bird Food sales as a primary fund raiser.

3.  To contribute to research in the fields of conservation and ornithology by monetary support and active participation.

Action Plan:

--Participate in local annual Christmas Bird Counts.

--Participate in the annual Birdathon.

--Participate in the annual Great Backyard Bird Count.

--Participate in Feederwatch.

--Participate in local bird surveys.

--Maintain Bluebird trails and report results to the Iowa Bluebird Directory.

4.  To promote the conservation of wildlife and the natural environment and encourage interest in the study of nature.

Action Plan:   

--Hold 9 club meetings during the year that emphasize the conservation of birds and other wildlife.

--Publish a bi-monthly newsletter of club activities and conservation news.

--Publish club meeting dates and program  information in the Sioux City Journal.

--Maintain a web site of club activities and conservation news.

--Support Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center projects.

--Support Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve projects.

--Support Stone State Park projects.

--Support local Nature Conservancy projects.

 

 

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                                         BY-LAWS

                       Loess Hills Audubon Society

Amended during General Meeting January 5, 2017

 

ARTICLE I:  MEMBERSHIP

 

Section 1.  Any person interested in the purposes of the Society is eligible for membership.

Section 2.  Classes of membership shall be the same as those maintained by the National Audubon Society.

Section 3.  Annual dues of membership shall be as established by the National Audubon Society and shall include the following categories or others that may be set by the National Audubon Society: Individual, Family, Student, Sustaining, Supporting, Contributing, Donor, Life.

Section 4.  All classes of members shall enjoy all rights and privileges pertaining to the members of both this and the National Society.

Section 5.  Membership dues shall be payable at the time of application and shall effective from the date of election, and, in the case of Individual, Family, Student, Sustaining, Supporting, Contributing and Donor members, yearly thereafter.  In the case of Life members, dues shall be paid in full in one sum at the time of application and will be accepted as of the time of election.

Section 6.  Should renewal of membership dues not be paid within six months after the time they are payable, a member so in default shall forthwith be dropped from the rolls.           

 

ARTICLE II:  MEETINGS

 

Section 1.  Regular meetings of the Chapter shall be held at least once each month from September through May.

Section 2.  The Annual Meeting of the Chapter shall be held in May at which time new officers will be installed and take office.

Section 3.  Special meetings may be called by the President, or pursuant to a resolution of the Board.  Ten days written notice of such special meeting, stating objectives thereof, shall be given each member at his last known post office address or electronically.

Section 4.  If proper notice has been served of a regular or special meeting, and all attendees are in agreement that such notice was given, a quorum shall be deemed present for the transaction of business.

 

ARTICLE III:  BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

Section 1.  The control and conduct of business of the Chapter shall be vested in its Board of Directors.  The Board shall determine the policies of the Society.  The Board shall include (a) the elected officers (b) chairmen of Standing Committees and not more than six Directors elected by the members for terms of one year (c) the Past President, whose duties include assisting other Board members with their assignments; assisting the President with the annual report; assisting with the agenda; assisting with setting up events and generally providing continuity during the first year of the term of the new President.  The term of the Past President shall be for the period of one year.

Section 2.  Regular meetings of the Board shall be held at least once every other month, September through June.

 

Section 3.  A majority of the Board shall constitute a quorum at any meeting.

Section 4.  Special meetings of the Board may be called by the President or upon request of the majority of the Board.

 

ARTICLE IV:  OFFICERS

 

Section 1.  The elected Officers of the Chapter shall be a President, a Vice-President, a Secretary, and a Treasurer.  The President shall hold office for a two-year term and shall not succeed himself.  All other officers shall serve for one-year terms, but no individual may hold the same office for more than three consecutive terms.

      Section 2.  A vacancy in the office of the President or in any other office shall be filled by the majority vote of the Board of Directors to hold office until the next annual meeting at which time the vacancy shall be filled in the regular way.

      Section 3.  The President shall be President of the Chapter, Chairman of the Board of Directors and an ex-officio member of all committees and shall perform all other duties associated with the Office of President.

      Section 4.  The Vice-President shall assist the President in the carrying out of his duties and shall preside at all meetings in the absence of the President.  He shall be designated by the President to head one of the Standing Committees.

      Section 5.  The Secretary shall keep a record of all proceedings of the Board and the Chapter and conduct the correspondence of the Chapter.  Important letters will be signed by the President of the Chapter.

      Section 6.  The Treasurer shall have custody of the Chapter’s funds.  He shall disburse the funds as may be ordered by the Board.  He shall report to the Board of Directors at their regular meetings, or as requested.  He will prepare an annual report on the financial condition of the Chapter as required by National Audubon Society.

      Section 7.  All checks and drafts of the Chapter may be signed by the Treasurer or the President.

 

ARTICLE V:  NOMINATING COMMITTEE

 

Section 1.  The Board of Directors shall annually appoint prior to February 1, a Nominating Committee to consist of not less than three members.  The names of the members of the Nominating Committee shall be made known to the membership of the Chapter  and suggestions for nominations for officers may be submitted to the Committee by any member of the Chapter.

Section 2.  The Nominating Committee shall nominate candidates for officers to succeed those whose terms of office expire.  Its report shall be presented to the membership at a regular meeting one month prior to the Annual meeting.

Section 3.  Nothing herein contained shall prevent nominations of officers from the floor at the time of the meeting at which elections are to be held.

 


 

ARTICLE VI:  ELECTIONS

 

Section 1.  The election of officers and directors shall take place at the Annual Meeting.  The Officers will be installed at the Annual Meeting

Section 2.  Officers presented by the Nominating Committee shall be elected by a voice vote of the membership present at the Annual Meeting, or by motion of the Membership instructing the Secretary to cast a unanimous ballot in favor of the recommendations presented by the Nominating Committee:  Provided, however, if there is more than one candidate for any office, the election to such office shall be by ballot with the winner receiving the majority vote of the ballots cast.

 

ARTICLE VII:  COMMITTEES

 

Section 1.  The President, with the approval of the Board of Directors, shall appoint chairmen of Standing Committees who, in turn may select their own committee members with recommendations and suggestions from the Board.  Terms of office shall be for one year or until their successors are appointed; but no Chairman shall serve more than three consecutive years for the same committee.  Standing committees shall be composed of not less than three members. 

Section 2.  The President, with the approval of the Board of Directors, may appoint Special or Task Force Committees whose terms of office will be determined by the length of the assignment to be done.

Section 3.  Standing committees of the Chapter may be as follows, and other such Committees as become necessary to carry out functions of the Chapter.

 

MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE

 

The President shall appoint a Membership Chairman.  It shall be the duty of this committee to cooperate with the Membership Department of the National Society by such measures as obtaining lists of names and addresses of potential members residing within the allotted territory of this Chapter.  It shall also be the duty of this committee to conduct membership campaigns and to attempt to obtain the continuing membership of those who have become delinquent on the payment of their dues.

PROGRAM COMMITTEE

 

The President shall appoint a Program Chairman.  It shall be the duty of this committee to make all plans and arrangements for the regular meetings of the Chapter, and it shall promote interest and appreciation through lectures, discussions, exhibits, publications and meetings.


 

CONSERVATION COMMITTEE

 

The President shall appoint a Conservation Chairman.  It shall be the duty of this Committee to keep informed on local state and national governmental policies and actions affecting natural environment and the conservation of natural resources, to advise the Board of Directors, and to carry out the policies of the Chapter.  It shall be the duty of this committee to endeavor to coordinate its actions and the policies and activities of the National Audubon Society insofar as conservation measures and policies of national scope are concerned and to keep the National Audubon Society informed of such actions.

 

FIELD TRIP COMMITTEE

 

The President shall appoint a Field Trip Chairman.  It shall be the duty of this committee to plan, organize and arrange for the proper conduct of field trips, that may be participated in, not only by members of the Chapter, but by non-members and friends.

 

SOCIAL COMMITTEE

 

The President shall appoint a Social Committee Chairman.  It shall be the duty of this committee to provide the social aspects of regular meetings such as refreshments, as may seem desireable to the Board of Directors.

 

PUBLICITY COMMITTEE

 

The President shall appoint a Publicity Chairman.  It shall be the duty of this committee to publicize, through newspaper, radio, TV and other publicity media, the purposes and program of the Chapter.

 

EDUCATION COMMITTEE

 

The President shall appoint an Education Chairman.  It shall be the duty of this committee to further the Educational Services of the National Society; to encourage the schools and colleges of the community to conduct courses in or otherwise stress natural history, ecology and conservation; to conduct lectures and/or workshops in natural science for members and friends through other means to inform and educate the public about the natural environment.

 

PUBLICATIONS COMMITTEE

 

The President shall appoint a Publications Chairman.  It shall be the duty of the committee to publish a Bulletin or Newsletter for the members of the local chapter and to prepare any other publications helpful to the on-going programs of the local Chapter.


 

ARTICLE VIII:  COMMITMENTS

 

This Chapter, of its officers or Board of Directors, shall not enter into any commitments binding on the National Audubon Society without authorization from the latter.  In like manner, The National Audubon Society shall make no commitments binding on this Chapter without its consent.

 

ARTICLE IX:  DISCONTINUANCE

 

The Chapter reserves the right to terminate its Chapter status on six-months’ notice, given in writing to the National Audubon Society, in which case all allocation of dues by the National Society to this Society will cease on expiration of the six-months’ period.  This Society recognizes the right of the National Society to terminate the Chapter relationship on six-months’ notice, given by it to this Society in which case the members of this society continue as members thereof for the balance of the term for which dues have been paid.

 

ARTICLE IX

 

Upon the dissolution of the corporation, the Board of Directors, shall, after paying or making provision of the payment of all the liabilities of the corporation, dispose of all of the assets of the corporation exclusively for the purposes of the corporation in such manner, or to such organization or organizations organized and operated exclusively for charitable, educational, religious or scientific purposes as shall at the time qualify as an exempt organization or organizations under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 (or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Law), as the Board of Directors shall determine.  Any such assets not so disposed of shall be disposed of by the District Court of the county in which the principal office of the corporation is then located, exclusively for such purposes or to such organization or organizations, as said Court shall determine, which are organized and operated exclusively for such purpose.

 

 

ARTICLE X:  PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY

 

In matters not covered by these By-Laws, Roberts Rules on Order shall govern.

 

ARTICLE XI:  AMENDMENTS

 

The Constitution and By-Laws may be amended by a majority vote of members in good standing present at any regular meeting or at any special meeting thereof, regularly called, provided a quorum is present and provided further that notice of such amendments shall have been mailed to each member of the Society at his known address or given electronically, at least fifteen days before said meeting.