The Higdon Family Association, Inc.
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Bylaws of The Higdon Family Association, Inc.
The purpose of the Higdon Family Association shall be to unite those persons
with an interest in the history and genealogy of the Higdon family; to encourage
Higdons and Higdon descendents to develop an interest in and educate themselves in
their family heritage; to assemble and publish a source of genealogical, historical, and
educational material for use by the members of this Association in their furtherance of
the history and genealogy of the Higdon family.
Eligibility of Membership:
Applicants for Regular membership shall have attainted the
eighteenth anniversary of their date of birth. The Board of Directors of the Association shall review, approve or disapprove all applications for membership. The Secretary
shall keep a roster of all members and shall issue a membership receipt at the time of
acceptance, provided payment of the specified dues has been received. Persons under
eighteen (18) years of age may become Associate Members. Spouses and children
under eighteen are included in the $30.00 membership fee.
All Regular Members in good standing shall be entitled to vote on all matters
brought before the Association.
Eligibility to be Officer or Director:
Any Regular Member in good standing shall be
eligible to hold elective office in the Association.
Term of Office:
The President, First Vice-President, Second Vice-President, Third
Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer shall serve one-year terms. The four at-large
members of the Board shall serve two and one year terms as determined by the Board
of Directors and approved by the membership at the annual meeting of the Association.
The President shall not succeed himself. Officers and Directors shall take office at an
appropriate session of the regular annual meeting at which they are elected and shall
hold office until their successors have been duly elected.
Whenever a vacancy occurs in the office of President, it shall then become
the duty of the Board of Directors to decide, in accordance with the amount of time
remaining before the next general election, to either nominate two candidates for the
office of President and put these to a vote of the Regular Membership, or wait until the
next regularly scheduled election to nominate candidates to fill the vacancy of
President. The First Vice-President shall assume the duties of the President until the
office is filled by election. Whenever a vacancy occurs in the office of First Vice-
President, Second Vice-President, Third Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, or At-
large Director, the Board shall appoint a regular member of the Association, who is
in good standing, to fill the vacancy for the remainder of the existing term.
The Board shall meet at least once each year, upon the call of the
President. The President shall serve as Chairman of the Board of Directors. The
President shall select a date and place, convenient for the majority of the members of
the Board, and shall instruct the Secretary to notify, by mail, all members of the Board
of Directors of said meeting and notice shall be mailed at least ten days prior to
A special meeting of the Board of Directors may be called by the
President, by the Executive Committee, or by a simple majority of the Board of
Directors. Any and all business may be transacted at a special meeting. Each call for a
special meeting shall state the business to be transacted and the time and place of such
meeting. All members of the Board of Directors shall be notified of the special meeting
by regular first class mail, telephone, or telegraph at least ten days prior to the time of
A majority of the Board of Directors shall constitute a quorum at any
meeting of the Board of Directors. The percentage of the Regular Membership of the
Association present at any meeting shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of
business at any meeting of the Association, and the concurrence of a simple majority of
those present and voting on any matter before the Association shall be necessary for
Management of Business:
The Board of Directors shall have general supervision and
control of the affairs of the Association and shall make all rules and regulations not
inconsistent with law or with these Bylaws for the management of the business of the
Association and the guidance of members, officers, agents and/or employees of the
Association. The Board of Directors shall keep proper records of all business transactions.
The Board of Directors shall submit to the regular members of the Association
an accurate report of the disbursements and receipts for the year, at the annual meeting.
The Board of Directors may secure the services of a competent auditor or accountant to
audit the accounts of the Association and render a report in writing.
Depository of Funds:
A bank account for The Higdon Family Association, Inc.
shall be opened by the Treasurer, and all receipts shall be therein deposited.
Report by the Treasurer to the Members of the Board of Directors:
The Treasurer shall furnish the members of the Board of Directors with an accurate report of
disbursements and receipts of the Association at each regular and special meeting of the
Board of Directors, or in the absence of meetings, a report of disbursements and
receipts should be made to the members of the Board of Directors annually.
The Board of Directors shall have the power to establish an
Executive Committee to consist of five members of the Board of Directors, these being
the President, the Secretary, the Treasurer, and two other members of the Board who
are elected by the Board, to transact matters specifically prescribed by the Board of
Directors, and these duties and powers shall be subject to the general direction,
approval and control of the Board of Directors.
Meetings of the Executive Committee:
The Executive committee shall meet upon
call of the President or upon call of a majority of the members of the Executive
Committee. The Secretary shall notify the members of the Executive Committee of the
time and place of each meeting, which will be at the office of the Association, unless
otherwise designated by the President.
Duties of the President:
The President shall (1) preside over all meetings, (2) call
meetings of the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee, (3) perform all acts
and duties usually performed by an executive and presiding officer, and (4) sign all
papers of the Association that he may be authorized or directed to sign by the Board of
Directors, provided, however, that all checks shall be signed by the Treasurer or the
member of the Board of Directors designated by the Board. The President shall perform
such other duties as may be prescribed by the Board.
Duties of the Vice-Presidents:
In the absence of the President, the First Vice-President
shall perform the duties of the President. In the event of a vacancy in the office of
President, the First Vice-President shall assume the duties of the President until a new
President is elected. In the event that neither the President nor the First Vice-President
is in attendance at a meeting of the Board of Directors or the Association, and if a
quorum is present, the Second Vice-President shall preside. In the event that neither the
President, the First Vice-President, nor the Second Vice-President are in attendance at
a meeting of the Board of Directors, the Third Vice-President shall preside. All Vice-
Presidents shall serve as members of the Board of Directors and shall perform such
duties as are assigned by the President.
Duties of the Secretary:
The Secretary shall keep a complete record of all meetings of
the Association, the Board of Directors, and the Executive Committee and shall have
general charge of the books and records of the Association, including the membership
roster. The Secretary shall serve all notices required by law and these Bylaws and
shall make a full report of all matters and business pertaining to the office of Secretary
at the annual meeting. The Secretary shall make all reports required by law and shall
perform such other duties as prescribed by the Board of Directors or the Executive
Committee. Upon the election and qualification of a successor, the Secretary shall turn
over to said successor all books and other property belonging to the Association that
may be in his/her possession.
Duties of the Treasurer:
The Treasurer shall receive and account for all monies of the
Association, furnishing a report of same to the Board of Directors, and shall make full
report of receipts and disbursements to the regular members of the Associaton at its
The President, with the advice and consent of the Board of Directors,
shall have the power to appoint such special and standing committees as are necessary
to carry out the purpose of the Association, and to assign tasks to said committees.
The annual meeting shall be held each year at a date and place
determined by the Board of Directors. Each member of the Association shall be mailed
a notice of the annual meeting at his last known address, at least thirty (30) days prior
to the annual meeting.
Special Meetings of the Association may be called by the Board of
Directors. Each member of the Association shall be given notice of the special meeting
by mail to his last known address, or by telephone or telegraph, at least ten (10) days
prior to such meeting.
All meeting notices shall state the time and place and purpose of the
meeting being called. Any and all business may be transacted at the annual meeting
and at any special meeting.
The seal of the Association shall contain these words: The Higdon Family
The fiscal year of the Association shall be established by the Board of
Directors by resolution, and in the absence of such resolution the fiscal year of the
Association shall commence on the first day of July and end on the last day of June of
the next year.
Books and Records:
All books and records shall be kept by the Secretary and may be
inspected by any member, or his agent or attorney, for any purpose at any reasonable
time during regular business hours. Any and all property or records belonging to the
Association held by an officer or director shall be turned over to his successor in office
or to such other person as may be authorized by the Board of Directors.
Removal from Office:
Any officer or director may be removed from office by a
majority vote of the Regular Members, in good standing, of the Association.
The President of the Association, with approval of the Board of
Directors, shall each year appoint a member of the Board of Directors to serve as
parliamentarian at the meetings of the Association. Decisions by the parliamentarian
shall be in accord with "Robert's Rules of Order."
The President of the Association, with the approval of the Board of
Directors, shall each year designate a member of the Association who shall maintain
pertinent historical records of the activities of the Association to be passed on to his/her
successor following the annual meeting. The Historian shall attend meetings of the
Board of Directors but shall not vote on resolutions or other business matters considered
by said board.
The President of the Association, with the approval of the Board of
Directors, shall each year designate a person or persons responsible for the publication
and distribution of the Higdon Family Newsletter.
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Provided by The Higdon Family Association, Inc. Last revised: May 11, 2001