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COMMON FENCE POINT ASSOCIATION
Approved by the Board of Directors and Officers
Signed by: ____________________________________
Acting as its: Chairman of Board of Directors
Article 1. Purpose
The name of the organization shall be Common Fence Point Association.
Section 1. Purposes
Common Fence Point Association, formerly The Common Fence Point Improvement Association, is a non-profit Corporation organized exclusively for charitable purposes as described in Section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, and the regulations promulgated thereunder including, but not limited to:
- Safeguarding, maintaining and managing the beaches, causeways, recreation areas, community center, and other properties entrusted to it by deed to a five-member Board of Trustees in 1924 and 1926, recorded in the Portsmouth Land Records in Book 32, Page 108, and Book 33B, Page 123, for the use and mutual benefit of the residents of Common Fence Point, Portsmouth, Rhode Island;
- Acquiring, holding for investment or in trust, selling, leasing, managing, encumbering or disposing of any interest in real estate outside the parcels entrusted by the deeds of 1924 and 1926 referenced in part (a) above, personal property, or tangible assets in furtherance of its purposes, and;
- Engaging in all such other activities as are permitted by the Rhode Island Non-Profit Corporation Act and not inconsistent with the provisions of Section 501 (c) (3) and 170(h) of the Internal Revenue Code as they may be amended.
No substantial part of the activities of the Corporation shall be carrying propaganda or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, or participating in any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office.
Section 2. Powers
The Corporation shall have the power, either directly or indirectly, either alone or in conjunction or cooperation with others, to do any and all lawful acts and things and to engage in any and all lawful activities which may be necessary, useful, suitable, desirable or proper for the furtherance, accomplishment, fostering or attainment of any or all of the purposes for which the Corporation is organized, and to aid or assist other organizations whose activities further accomplish, foster, or attain any of the Corporation’s purposes. Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, the Corporation shall exercise only such powers as are in furtherance of the exempt purposes of organizations as set forth in Section 501(c)(3) and 170(h) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, and the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder.
Section 3. Non-Profit Status & Dissolution
The Corporation is not organized for profit and no part of the net earnings of the Corporation shall inure to the benefit of or be distributable to any member, director, officer or other private person (except that reasonable compensation may be paid for services rendered to and for the Corporation and distributions may be made in furtherance of the purposes set forth in Section 1 of these Bylaws). In the event of the liquidation of the Corporation, whether voluntary or involuntary, no member, director, officer, or other private person shall be entitled to any distribution or division of the Corporation’s property or the proceeds thereof, and upon such liquidation, the balance of all money, assets, lands, land rights, interests and other property of the Corporation, after payment of all its debts and obligations, pursuant to a resolution of the Corporation or an order of a court of competent jurisdiction in the State of Rhode Island, shall be used by or distributed to an organization or organizations which would then qualify as a non-profit Rhode Island Corporation under Section 501(c)(3) and 170(h) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, and the regulations promulgated thereunder, and is/are organized for the same or similar purposes as the Corporation and which will use such property to accomplish the purposes for which this Corporation is constituted in Article 1.
Article 2. Offices
Section 1. Principal Office
The principal office of the Corporation shall be located in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. The Corporation may have such other offices or places of business, either within or without the State of Rhode Island, as the Board of Directors may determine or as the affairs of the Corporation may require from time to time. The principal office of this Corporation is currently located at 933 Anthony Road, Portsmouth, Rhode Island 02871.
Article 3. Members
Section 1. Classes of Members
The Corporation may have various classes of members to be determined by the Board of Directors and Officers.
Section 2. Voting Rights
Each individual member shall be entitled to one vote on each matter submitted to a vote of the members. Family memberships get one vote for each adult member of the household.
Section 3. Annual Dues
The Board of Directors may determine from time to time the amount of annual dues payable to the Corporation by members of each class. Dues shall be payable upon joining and annually thereafter.
Section 4. Termination of Membership
Membership expires automatically upon non-payment of dues. The Board of Directors, by affirmative vote of majority of all the members of the board, after an appropriate hearing, may suspend or expel any member for cause.
Section 5. Transfer of Membership
Membership in this Corporation is not transferable or assignable.
Section 6. Annual Meeting
An annual meeting of the members shall be held as soon as practicable after the close of the fiscal year and on a date as shall be designated by the Officers at any regular or special meeting for the purpose of electing officers and/or for the transaction of such other business as may come before the meeting.
Section 7. Special Meetings
Special meetings of the members may be called for any purpose or purposes by the President, by a majority of the Board of Directors, or by one-tenth of the members having voting rights. Any such call shall state the purpose or purposes of the meeting.
Section 8. Place of Meetings
Each meeting of the members shall be held at such place as shall be stated in the notice of meeting that shall be delivered as provided for in these bylaws.
Section 9. Notice of Meetings
Written notice that states the place, day and hour of any meeting of members shall be posted on the CFP website, the sign at entrance to the neighborhood, on CFP’s social media platforms, and/or by email to each member entitled to vote at such meeting, not less than 5 nor more than 50 days before the date of such meeting, by or at the direction of the Officers or Directors calling the meeting.
Section 10. Voting
At any meeting of the members, ten members present shall constitute a quorum. Proxy votes are allowed. Each member shall have one vote.
Article 4. Board of Directors
Section 1. General Powers
The affairs of the Corporation shall be managed by its Board of Directors, as authorized under the Rhode Island Nonprofit Corporation Act.
Section 2. Number of Directors
The number of Directors of this Corporation shall be five and shall be held by the five-member Board of Trustees which has been held in perpetual succession established in 1922, who hold title in trust of the corporation real estate deeded to them by the original developer in 1924 and 1926 for the benefit of the Common Fence Point community. Directors shall own property and reside in Common Fence Point. Common Fence Point is defined as any land or structures north of the railroad right of way shown in Portsmouth Assessor’s Plats 1,2,3,4,& 5. Henceforth, in this document, the Trustees shall be referred to as Directors.
Section 3. Tenure
The Corporation must, at all times, maintain a five (5) member Board of Directors in perpetual succession. If a Director resigns, s/he must recommend his directorship to a member in good standing (good standing means paid membership dues) with the voted approval of the majority (3) of the Directors. Any vacancy on the Board of Directors must be filled promptly. If the Director who resigns or fails to serve does not recommend a replacement, or the selected member recommended does not receive the majority (3) approval by the remaining Directors, then the remaining four Directors must select from the membership a member in good standing and present his/her name at a special meeting of the Officers and Directors called for this purpose and by vote of the majority of the Officers and Directors, s/he shall be declared elected.
The Directors, individually and as representatives of the Board of Directors, must, at all times, govern themselves in accordance with this article and perform their duties as set forth in the Bylaws of this corporation.
Section 4. Meetings
Meetings of the Board of Directors shall be held at their discretion – with the exception of the annual meeting mandated by these Bylaws.
Section 5. Special Meetings
Special meetings of the Board of Directors may be called at the request of the President or Secretary.
Section 6. Quorum
A majority of the Board of Directors shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business at any meeting of the Board. If less than a majority of the Directors are present at said meeting, a majority of the Directors present may adjourn the meeting from time to time without further notice. Presence at a meeting shall include such alternatives as prescribed by law such as telephone or video conference.
Section 7. Manner of Acting
The act of three (3) of the Directors present at a meeting at which a quorum is present shall be the act of the Board of Directors, unless the act of a greater number is required by law or these bylaws. Presence at a meeting shall include such alternatives as prescribed by law such as telephone or video conference.
Section 8. Removal
Any Director elected or appointed may be removed by a vote of the entire remaining Directors in favor of removal whenever in its judgement the best interest of the Corporation would be served thereby. Such removal shall be without prejudice to the contract rights if any, of the Director so removed, subject to being notified and having the opportunity to be heard.
Section 9. Resignations and Unexcused Absences
Any Director may resign from the Board of Directors at any time by giving written notice to the Board. The resignation shall take effect at the time specified in the notice, and unless otherwise specified in such notice, the acceptance of the resignation shall not be necessary to make it effective. If the notice of resignation does not specify a time for the resignation to take effect, then it shall take effect on receipt of the notice by the Board. The unexcused absence of a Director from three consecutive meetings of the Board of Directors shall be considered cause for removal and Section 8 shall apply.
Section 10. Action Without a Meeting
Any action required by law to be taken at a meeting of the Directors, or any action which may be taken at a meeting of Directors, may be taken without a meeting if a consent in writing, setting forth the action so taken, shall be signed before or after such action by all eligible directors. Electronically transmitted signatures shall be acceptable.
Article 5. Officers
Section 1. Officers
The Officers of the Corporation shall be a President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, as well as any other At-Large Officers may be elected in accordance with the provisions of these bylaws. Each officer must be a member of the Corporation. All Officers will have such authority and perform such duties including running the CFP Arts, Wellness, and Community Center and as prescribed, from time to time, by the Board of Directors. Any two or more offices may be held by the same person with the exception of treasurer which must be held singularly. All officers, including At Large Officers, get to vote on decisions taken at Officer meetings. More than 50% of Officers must own property and reside in Common Fence Point. Common Fence Point is defined as any land or structures north of the railroad right of way shown in Portsmouth Assessor’s Plats 1,2,3,4,& 5. c
Section 2. Election and Term of Office
The members shall elect the officers at their Annual Meeting, or at any special meeting held in lieu of such Annual Meeting. Each officer shall be elected to serve for one year or until his or her successor shall have been elected and shall have qualified, or until death, resignation or removal. New offices may be created by the Officers and approved by the Board of Directors.
Section 3. Removal
The Board of Directors may remove any officer whenever in its judgment the best interests of the Corporation would be served thereby.
Section 4. Resignations
Any officer may resign at any time by giving written notice to the President or Secretary. The resignation shall take effect at the time specified in the notice or if no time is specified, immediately on receipt of such notice by the President or Secretary. The acceptance of resignation shall not be necessary to make it effective.
Section 5. Vacancies
A vacancy in any office because of death, resignation, removal, disqualification, or otherwise, may be filled by the Officers or Board of Directors for the unexpired portion of the term.
Section 6. Authority and Duties of the President
The President shall preside at all meetings of the Corporation. S/he shall be an ex officio member of all committees. S/he shall provide leadership to the Board of Directors in reviewing and deciding upon matters which exert major influence on the manner in which the Corporation’s business is conducted, and shall act in a general advisory capacity to the other officers and Directors in all matters concerning the interests of the Corporation.
The President shall be the Corporation’s Chief Executive Officer. The President shall provide leadership and overall direction and administration of the corporation, and shall approve and forward for confirmation to the Board of Directors objectives, a plan of organization structure, and the policies developed and recommended by operational departments, if any. S/he shall interpret and apply the approved policies of the Board of Directors within which the various activities of the Corporation are performed, and shall guide and develop long-range planning and evaluation activities in terms of the objectives.
The President is the deputy of the Board of Directors and acts for it in an executive capacity. S/he may take any reasonable action necessary to carry out the duties and responsibilities assigned, always, however, in accordance with established Corporation policies and consistent with sound business judgment, and within the specific limitations that may be imposed upon his/her authority from time to time by the Board of Directors.
Article 6. Committees
Section 1. Appointment of Committees
The Officers, with approval of the Board of Directors, by a resolution adopted by a majority of the Officers present at a meeting at which a quorum is present may designate one or more standing committees the Officers may determine to be necessary or appropriate for the conduct of the corporation’s affairs. Except as provided in the Rhode Island Nonprofit Corporation Act as amended, any such committee will have and may exercise all the authority granted to it by resolution of the Officers. Such committee or committees will have such name or names as may be determined from time to time by resolution adopted by the Officers. Each committee will keep regular minutes of its proceedings and report the same to the Officers. The Officers may by resolution passed by a majority of the Officers in office, at any time limit, expand or alter the authority of, and discharge any committee.
Article 7. Contracts, Loans, Checks, Deposits and Funds
Section 1. Contracts
The Board of Directors may authorize any officer or officers, agent or agents of the Corporation, in addition to the officers so authorized by these bylaws, to enter into any properly authorized contract or execute and deliver any instrument in the name of and on behalf of the Corporation, and such authority may be general or confined to specific instances.
Section 2. Loans
No loans shall be contracted on behalf of the Corporation and no evidence of indebtedness shall be issued in its name unless authorized by a resolution of the Board of Directors. Such authority shall be confined to specific instances.
Section 3. Checks, Drafts or Similar Orders
All checks, drafts or orders for the payment of money, notes or other evidences of indebtedness issued in the name of the Corporation, shall be signed by such officer or officers, agent or agents of the Corporation and in such manner as shall from time to time be determined by resolution of the Board of directors. A roster of authorized persons will be maintained by the appropriate banking institution(s). The President and Treasurer are deemed agents of the Corporation. The Board of Directors can name other agents to sign such instruments in addition to the Treasurer and President.
Section 4. Deposits
All funds of the Corporation not otherwise employed, shall be deposited from time to time to the credit of the Corporation in such banks, trust companies or other depositories as the Board of Directors may select.
Section 5. Gifts
The Board of Directors and/or their assigned agents, may accept on behalf of the Corporation any contribution, gift, bequest or devise for the general purposes, or for any special purpose, of the Corporation. Any such contribution, gift, bequest or devise shall be recorded on the books and records of the Corporation indicating the intent of the grantor.
Article 8. General Provisions
Section 1. Conflict of Interest and Code of Ethics and Standards of Service
The effectiveness of the Corporation is especially dependent upon its credibility. It is essential to maintain the Corporation’s reputation for objectivity and fairness. It is expected that all members of the Board of Directors, Officers, and staff will follow the Corporation’s Code of Ethics and Conflict of Interest Policy as they may be amended from time to time by the Board of Directors.
Section 2. Books and Records
The Corporation shall keep correct and complete books and records of account and shall also keep minutes of the proceedings of its members, Board of Directors and committees having any of the authority of the Board of Directors and shall keep at the registered or principal office a record giving the names and addresses of the members entitled to vote. Any member, or agent or attorney may inspect all books and records of the Corporation for any proper purpose at any reasonable time.
Section 3. Fiscal Year
The fiscal year of the Corporation shall begin on the first day of January and end on the last day of December in each year.
Section 4. Seal
The corporate seal shall have inscribed thereon the name of the corporation and such other appropriate language as the Board of directors may from time to time determine.
Section 5. Severability
If any provision of these bylaws is held to be invalid or unenforceable, all other provisions shall nevertheless be valid and remain in full force and effect.
Article 9. Indemnification
The Corporation shall, to the extent legally permissible and only to the extent that the status of the Corporation as a corporation exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 as amended, is not affected thereby, indemnify the Directors and officers against expenses (including attorney’s fees), judgments, fines and amounts paid in settlement arising from a threatened, pending or complete action, suit or proceeding, to the extent permitted by Section 7-6-6 of the Rhode Island Nonprofit Corporation Act as amended. The Board of Directors may authorize the corporation to purchase and maintain insurance on behalf of any person who is or was a director, officer, employee, agent or member of the Corporation, or is or was serving at the request of the Corporation as a director, officer, employee or agent of another corporation, partnership, joint venture, trust or other enterprise, against liability asserted against such person, and incurred by such person in any such capacity or arising out of his or her status as such. Furthermore, the Corporation shall maintain adequate director and officers’ insurance coverage which shall afford minimum limits of not less than one million dollars ($1,000,000) for each loss.
Article 10. Amendments to Bylaws
These bylaws may be altered, amended or repealed or new bylaws adopted at any meeting of the Board of Directors and Officers by the affirmative votes of a majority of the members voting at any such meeting in person; provided, however, that such alteration, amendment, repeal, or adoptions of new bylaws shall be contained in the notice of such meeting.