ARTICLE 1 - Name and Object
1. The name of this organization
shall be the Kankakee Kultivators.
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
1. The membership shall be limited
to 70 active members.
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.
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
4. Membership shall be limited to
those residing in Kankakee and Iroquois Counties.
5. Resignation from membership
shall be made in writing.
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.
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.
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
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.
2. The term of office shall be one
(1) year. No officer may serve more than two (2) terms
3. The executive board shall
consist of the five officers and the chairmen of the standing committees. This board shall transact all
4. The retiring president shall
automatically become the second vice-president for the year succeeding their term as
(a) The standing committees shall be: Civic and
Constitution, Horticulture, Constitution and Bylaws, Membership, Publicity, Ways and Means, Awards
(b) The special committees shall be: Audit, Nominating,
Historian and Scrapbook, Sunshine, Calling, Hostess, Library and Properties, and Parliamentary
(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
(d) All committee chairmen are to be appointed by the
6. Vacancies occurring in any
elective office shall be filled through an appointment by the executive board for the unexpired
ARTICLE 4 - Dues
1. The annual dues for a regular
member shall be twenty-five ($25) dollars per year payable at the March meeting each year.
2. The annual dues for an
associate member shall be forty ($40) dollars per year payable at the March meeting each year.
3. The annual dues for a life
member is a one-time fee of one hundred and twenty-five ($125) dollars.
4. New members elected to
membership after July 1st shall pay the sum of fifteen ($15) dollars for dues.
5. Regular members and associate
members who have not paid their dues by the May meeting shall forfeit membership.
ARTICLE 5 - Meetings
1. Only the Executive Board shall
meet in January.
2. The Annual meeting shall be
held in November at which time the new officers will be elected.
3. The new officers shall be
installed at the meeting in December.
ARTICLE 6 - Quorum
1. One-third (1/3) of the current
membership shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business at any club meeting.
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.
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.
approved June 2012