Los Angeles County Firemen's Benefit & Welfare Association
Mike Takeshita, President
County of Los Angeles
CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS
TABLE OF CONTENTS
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The corporation shall be known as the County of Los Angeles Firemans Benefit & Welfare Association, Inc..
The principal office for the transaction of business of the corporation shall be the home address and phone number of the current President of the Benefit & Welfare Association.
CONSTITUTION - ARTICLE II
The purpose of this corporation shall be the promotion and protection of the best interests of the membership; the creation and maintenance of a familial spirit and attitude among all members, both active and retired, their dependents and families.
The provision of aid and assistance financially, materially and spiritually to all members, both active and retired, their dependents and families who are ill or injured.
The provision of social and recreational activities for all members, both active and retired, their dependents and families.
The publication of a regular magazine or newsletter for the information, entertainment and enjoyment of the membership. The name of the publication shall be "Straight Streams" and its name, trademark and all copyrights shall be the exclusive property of this corporation.
CONSTITUTION - ARTICLE III
Those eligible may become members of the corporation by paying the stipulated monthly dues.
Retired permanent paid employees who were paying dues while still active are not required to pay dues once they retire. This is the only exception to Section 2 preceding.
In exceptional cases aid and assistance may be provided to a non-member of this corporation at the discretion of the Board of Directors. One example might be aid to the dependent of a deceased member.
CONSTITUTION - ARTICLE IV
Officers and Directors
CONSTITUTION - ARTICLE V
Election of Officers and Directors
The officers shall be nominated and elected annually by the Board of Directors at the regularly scheduled meeting in December and seated at the regularly scheduled meeting in January.
The Directors and Alternate Directors for the even numbered battalions, as well as those from LAO, Camps and Air Ops shall be elected in the even numbered years. The Directors and Alternate Directors for the odd numbered battalions, as well as those from Forestry and Retirees shall be elected in the odd numbered years. Directors and Alternate Directors added later shall be included in ether even or odd year elections to maintain as practicable, an even number to be elected annually. In order to serve as an Officer, Director or Alternate Director one must be a member in good standing at the time of the election and throughout the term of office.
Elections shall be held under procedures to be determined and specified by the Board of
Directors. All elections are to be by written, secret ballot.
Beginning in November, Directors shall furnish each of their battalion or
section members with one blank ballot. The Director will then collect
the ballots and turn them in to the Secretary. Election of Directors
are to be held in November. All ballots shall be counted at the
regularly scheduled meeting in December by a committee of three (3)
uninvolved Directors. The President shall, at that time, appoint the
winners. The winners and losers are then notified by the Secretary
prior to the January meeting. The new Directors are then seated at the
regularly scheduled meeting in January.
CONSTITUTION - ARTICLE VI
Terms of Office
The regular term of office for all officers shall begin with the regularly scheduled Board of Directors meeting in January and shall continue for a period of one year, or until a successor has been elected or appointed. The terms of the President and Vice-President shall be limited to two (2) consecutive terms.
The regular terms of newly elected Directors or Alternate Directors shall begin with the regularly scheduled Board of Directors meeting in January and shall continue for a period of two (2) years or until a successor has been elected or appointed.
It shall be the prerogative of the Board of Directors, by a simple majority vote, to replace any Officer or Director who fails to attend two (2) Board meetings within a twelve (12) month period without being excused, and/or in the case of an Alternate Director failing to attend in the Directors absence.
It shall be the prerogative of the Board, by a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote, to replace any Officer, Director or Alternate Director who, by their action(s) and/or demeanor has proved unworthy of representing the Benefit and Welfare Association.
Vacancies occurring in any of the offices shall be filled by a simple majority vote of the Board of Directors at a scheduled meeting. Officers so elected shall hold office for the remainder of the unexpired term or until their successor has been elected or appointed.
Vacancies among the Directors or Alternate Directors may be filled by appointment, subject to the approval of the Board of Directors. They shall serve the remainder of the term, or if temporary, until a successor has been elected or appointed.
CONSTITUTION - ARTICLE VII
Duties and Powers
PRESIDENT - Unless unable, the President shall preside at all meetings of the Board of Directors. The President's responsibilities shall include the following:
This corporation does not contemplate the distribution of gains, profits, or dividends to any of its members and is formed for charitable, social and recreational purposes.
The principal source of revenue for this corporation shall be derived from the membership dues. Membership dues are secured from voluntary salary deductions from those eligible employees of the County of Los Angeles Fire Department. Revenue may also be secured by other lawful means with the approval of the Board of Directors or by any of the following:
Voluntary salary deductions to the corporation shall be divided between the WELFARE FUND and the BENEFIT AND WELFARE FUND as deemed appropriate by the Board of Directors. All other sources of income shall be deposited into the BENEFIT AND WELFARE FUND.
BY-LAWS - ARTICLE IIOBJECTIVES AND METHODS BENEFIT FUND
This corporation shall maintain a fund to be known as the County of Los Angeles Firemen's Benefit Fund. The purpose being to support social and recreational activities for the membership and their families. The corporations shall operate this fund in accordance with the Internal Revenue Code. The Board of Directors is authorized to make expenditures, which in their opinion are in the best interest of the corporation.
Upon dissolution of said fund all net assets shall be distributed to a legally recognized charitable organization(s) pursuant to existing Federal, State and County laws.
No monies from this fund may be used for or contributed to any political activity or be used in any manner than to accomplish the objectives as stated in the preceding sections.
This corporation shall maintain a fund to be known as the County of Los Angeles Firemen's Benefit and Welfare Fund. The purpose to include the following:
The Board of Directors shall be kept informed as to the needs of the membership by requiring the Directors and Alternate Directors to report at each regularly scheduled meeting, all cases where assistance may be needed. It is essential that the Directors cooperated with the Department Chaplains, Officers and the membership in carrying out this task.
As a matter of policy, no monies from the Benefit and Welfare Fund may be used for or contributed to any political function or be used in any manner other than to accomplish the objectives as stated in this Article.
BY-LAWS - ARTICLE IVCOMMITTEES
Regular Standing Committees, whose members are appointed by the President, shall include the following:
Additional committees may be appointed by the President at their discretion with the approval of the Board of Directors.
The President, at the beginning of their term, shall appoint a member of the Constitution and By-Laws Committee, to serve as Parliamentarian. This member shall act in accordance with this Constitution and By-laws and with "Robert's Rules of Order," revised edition.
Officers of this corporation shall not be assigned to committees except as an ex-officio member.
Directors, Alternate Directors or Members may be assigned to committees. No Director, Alternate Director or Member may be assigned to more than one committee concurrently.
The Finance Committee shall be responsible for an annual audit of all financial activities for the calendar year. The audit shall be presented to the Board for approval, not later than July of the following year. The Finance Committee may have the annual audit conducted by a Certified Public Accountant, the cost of which is paid by the corporation.
A member of the Finance Committee may be appointed to serve as a special event treasurer and shall be responsible for, and provide a written accounting of, all funds expended for that event.
A member of the Publication Committee shall be appointed to the position of Publication Editor. The Publication Editor's responsibilities shall be to perform all functions necessary to publication and distribution of the monthly magazine called "Straight Streams."
BY-LAWS - ARTICLE VMILEAGE AND EXPENSES
Officers, Directors and Alternate Directors, when engaged strictly on corporation business, shall be paid a mileage allowance in accordance with the current County mileage scale. Such claims are to be submitted to the Treasurer on the approved expense voucher, listing the reason or event, the starting point, the destination and the mileage total.
All expense claims must be submitted within sixty (60) days of occurrence. Any expense in excess of $50.00 must be approved by the Board.
BY-LAWS - ARTICLE VIQUORUM
A quorum shall consist of eight (8) Directors (or their Alternate if the Director is excused.) At least two (2) of the quorum shall be Officers. A quorum shall be present to transact any official business of the corporation.
The President shall be present at all meeting to transact official business of the corporation. Should the President not be able to attend a meeting the Vice-President may act as President upon approval of the Board of Directors.
BY-LAWS - ARTICLE VIIAMENDMENTS
These By-Laws may be amended or revised by a resolution in writing, made at a regularly scheduled meeting and acted upon at a subsequent meeting by a favorable two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of the entire Board of Directors.
BY-LAWS - ARTICLE VIIIRATIFICATION
These By-Laws shall be in full force and effect immediately upon adoption by the Board of Directors, and shall supersede and render null and void any existing By-Laws of this organization.
Any amendment of these By-Laws shall be in full force and effect immediately upon adoption by the Board of Directors.