Bylaws

ARTICLE 1 - Name and Object

Section 1. The name of this organization shall be the Kankakee Kultivators.  

Section 2. The purpose is to foster knowledge and love of gardening, to further community beautification and to aid in protection of trees, wildflowers and birds.

 

ARTICLE 2 - Membership 

Section 1. The membership shall be limited to 70 active members. 

Section 2. Each member must be interested in gardening, must enter each Standard Flower show, participate in each Garden Tour held by Kultivators, and serve as host or hostess for one meeting. 

Section 3. A person interested in membership shall attend two (2) meetings as a guest. At a subsequent third meeting, the person shall notify the Membership Chairman of their desire for membership in the Club. The Membership chairman shall announce and welcome the person as a new active member or place the person's name of the waiting list as appropriate. A new member shall remit appropriate dues to the Treasurer.

Section 4. Membership shall be limited to those residing in Kankakee and Iroquois Counties. 

Section 5. Resignation from membership shall be made in writing. 

Section 6. Members to remain on the active list must attend a minimum of three meetings per year.  Members who do not attend three meetings will be responsible for special projects. 

Section 7. If a member resigns for good reason, and at the time of such resignation states in writing that such member will desire membership at some future date, then the name of member so resigning shall be placed on the inactive list and be given preference to rejoin over applicants for membership on the waiting list.

Section 8. There shall be an associate membership available to all present and past members of the Kankakee Kultivators who have served fifteen (15) years or more.  This membership shall have all privileges of active members other than the voting privilege. 

     The associate membership shall be limited to twenty (20) and a waiting list shall be kept by the membership chairman.  The dues for an associate membership shall be forty ($40) dollars per year

with no exceptions. 

     Those desiring to become associate members shall so state in writing to the executive board.  Application for associate membership must be made by January 1st. 

     All associate members must attend one meeting per year and must participate in either the garden walk or the flower show yearly.

Section 9. There shall be a life time membership available after 20 years of membership (Active or Associate). A member may petition to become a life member. A life member must pay a one-time fee of one hundred and twenty-five ($125) dollars. There are no commitments.

 

ARTICLE 3 - Officers 

Section 1. The officers of this organization shall be president a first vice-president and program chairman, a second vice-president, a secretary, and a treasurer, who shall be nominated in October and elected in November. Election shall be by ballot, except that, if only one candidate for each office is nominated, election may be by voice. The secretary shall be responsible for keeping a record of number of meetings each member attends.

Section 2. The term of office shall be one (1) year.  No officer may serve more than two (2) terms consecutively. 

Section 3. The executive board shall consist of the five officers and the chairmen of the standing committees. This board shall transact all routine business. 

Section 4. The retiring president shall automatically become the second vice-president for the year succeeding their term as president. 

 

Section 5.

(a) The standing committees shall be: Civic and Constitution, Horticulture, Constitution and Bylaws, Membership, Publicity, Ways and Means, Awards and Budget.

(b) The special committees shall be: Audit, Nominating, Historian and Scrapbook, Sunshine, Calling, Hostess, Library and Properties, and Parliamentary Authority. 

(c) The special projects shall be: City Beautification, The Flower Show, The Garden Tour, Gallery of Trees, Fine Arts Column Garden, and Let Freedom Ring Garden. 

(d) All committee chairmen are to be appointed by the president. 

 

Section 6. Vacancies occurring in any elective office shall be filled through an appointment by the executive board for the unexpired term. 

 

ARTICLE 4 - Dues 

Section 1. The annual dues for a regular member shall be twenty-five ($25) dollars per year payable at the March meeting each year.

Section 2. The annual dues for an associate member shall be forty ($40) dollars per year payable at the March meeting each year.

Section 3. The annual dues for a life member is a one-time fee of one hundred and twenty-five ($125) dollars. 

Section 4. New members elected to membership after July 1st shall pay the sum of fifteen ($15) dollars for dues. 

Section 5. Regular members and associate members who have not paid their dues by the May meeting shall forfeit membership.

 

ARTICLE 5 - Meetings 

Section 1. Only the Executive Board shall meet in January. 

Section 2. The Annual meeting shall be held in November at which time the new officers will be elected. 

Section 3. The new officers shall be installed at the meeting in December. 

 

ARTICLE 6 - Quorum 

Section 1. One-third (1/3) of the current membership shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business at any club meeting. 

Section 2. A simple majority of the executive board shall constitute a quorum. 

 

ARTICLE 7 - Amendments 

The constitution may be amended at a regular meeting by a two-thirds vote of the members present, provided notice of the proposed amendment has been presented in writing at the previous meeting. 

 

STANDING RULE 

Each active member is responsible for purchasing two (2) Garden Walk tickets, per club year, to be paid prior to the Garden Walk. Any unpaid ticket money will be collected along with the member's dues at the Christmas Luncheon.

 

Revised and approved June 2012