Constitution and Bylaws

Article I

NAME

Section 1 The name of this organization shall be the Plano Art Association.

Section 2  The Plano Art Association is dedicated to encouraging the visual arts development of the membership, and inspiring awareness of the visual arts by sharing the joy, passion and beauty within and beyond our Plano community

Section 3  No part of the net earnings of the Plano Art Association shall inure to the benefit of, or be distributable to its members, trustees, officers, or other private persons, except that the association shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered and to make payments and distribution in furtherance of the purpose set forth in Article
1 Section 2, hereof.

Section 4  No substantial part of the articles of the association shall be the carrying on of propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation; and the association shall not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distribution of statements) any political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office. Notwithstanding any other provision of these
articles, the association shall not carry on any other activity not permitted to be carried on: a) by
an association exempt from Federal Income Tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenues Code of 1954, b) by an association for the corresponding provisions of any future United States Internal Revenue Law, or, c) by contributions to which are deductible under Section 170 (c) (2) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 (or the corresponding provision of the future United States Internal Revenue Law.)

Article II

MEMBERSHIP

Section 1.  The membership in this association shall be open to any person who is interested in the objectives of the association, regardless of race, creed, sexual orientation, gender identify, or national origin. The PAA shall strive to recruit a diverse and inclusive membership which is reflective of the community it serves

Section 2  The classes of membership in the association are as follows:

A. Student: Members in the 12-18 age groups. Student members have no voting privileges.
B. Senior: Members, age 55 and above, shall have full voting privileges and are eligible to serve in any official PAA capacity.
C: Adult: Members shall have full voting privileges and are eligible to serve in any official PAA capacity
D: Family: 2 Adult members shall have full voting privileges and are eligible to serve in any official PAA capacity
E: Senior Family: 2 Senior members shall have full voting privileges and are eligible to serve in any official PAA capacity.
 

Section 3. Honorary Membership may be bestowed at the Senior, Adult, or Family level by reason of character, achievement, and with a letter of recommendation. This designation will be determined by a two-thirds vote of the members present at any meeting, provided prior notice has been sent to every member at least one week before it is voted upon. Honorary Members shall not have full voting rights and shall not pay dues.
 

Section 4. Membership in this association is automatically in inactive status upon non-payment of dues by the anniversary of their previous payment. Members may upgrade their membership at any time during the year but their annual renewal date remains the date they first paid.
 

Section 5  Any member may resign or withdraw from the association as a member. The Board of Directors, by affirmative vote of two-thirds of all board members, may suspend or expel any member.
 

Article III

OFFICERS

Section 1. The officers of this association shall be a PRESIDENT, VICE PRESIDENT, SECRETARY and TREASURER

Section 2. The officers of this Association shall constitute an Executive Committee to meet on call by the President or any two members of the committee, for the consideration of special matters in the interim between regular meetings of the association and the Board of Directors. No member of the Executive Committee may hold office on any other art-related Board.

Section 3. The elected officers shall serve on the Board of Directors, which shall meet a minimum of three times per year. Special meetings of the Board may be called by the President or by a majority of the Board members. The immediate Past President shall serve as a member of the Board, and shall act in an advisory capacity with voting privileges.
 

Article IV

DUTIES OF OFFICERS

Section 1. The duties of the officers shall be as implied by their respective titles and as specified in these by-laws. Each officer shall keep accurate records, and these records shall be turned over to the new officers at the beginning of their term

Section 2. The PRESIDENT shall preside at all meetings of the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors. The PRESIDENT shall appoint standing committee chairpersons, subject to the ratification of the Executive Committee; He/She may be a member of all committees, except for the Nominating Committee.

Section 3. The VICE PRESIDENT shall act in the absence of the President. In the event the President is unable to fulfill the term of office, the VICE PRESIDENT shall become President for the unexpired term.

Section 4. The SECRETARY shall maintain an accurate record of the proceedings of all meetings of the association, Executive Committee, and Board of Directors. The SECRETARY shall preserve, in a permanent file, all records and letters of value to the association, to be transferred to the successor at the close of the term of office. The SECRETARY will provide a typewritten
copy of all minutes to the President prior to the next meeting. These minutes will be retained for that President’s successor. The SECRETARY will also accept nominations for new Board and Standing Committees.

Section 5. The TREASURER shall be custodian of all funds of the association, such funds to be deposited in a bank designated by the Board of Directors. The TREASURER shall keep an itemized account of all receipts and disbursements and present a full report at all Board meetings. All checks shall be signed by the TREASURER or the President. The TREASURER shall turn over to the successor within two weeks of vacating office all books, records and papers. The TREASURER shall serve as Chair of the Finance Committee, and all chairpersons are automatically a part of this committee. The outgoing TREASURER shall arrange for the transfer of permissions for the bank accounts.

 Article V

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Section 1
. A The EXECUTIVE committee shall have the power to act for the Board of Directors in the interim between meetings of the Board, and shall report thereon at the next meeting of the Board.

Section 2. The EXECUTIVE Committee shall ratify all appointments.
 

Article VI

DUTIES OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Section 1  The BOARD OF DIRECTORS shall transact any business of the association between meetings and shall report thereon at the next regular meeting of the association.

Section 2  The BOARD OF DIRECTORS shall make recommendations to the association
members regarding proposed amendments to the bylaws and shall post such revisions for review and or objections by the membership.

Section 3.  The BOARD OF DIRECTORS shall supervise the affairs of the association and shall devise measures for its growth and success.

Section 4. The BOARD OF DIRECTORS shall conduct all business in a way that shows integrity, respect and mutual regard for human rights and for the community we serve.
 

Article VII

COMMITTEES

Section 1  These following committees are recommended, but not limited to: the:

A.  GALLERY COMMITTEE - It shall be the duty of the GALLERY COMMITTEE to:

  1. Conduct gallery operations.
  2. Coordinate gallery volunteers.
  3. Collaborate with Member Services to plan and coordinate exhibits and events which take place at the gallery.

B.  MEMBER SERVICES COMMITTEE - It shall be the duty of the MEMBER SERVICES COMMITTEE to plan and coordinate the following:

  1. Collaborate with Gallery Coordinator to plan and coordinate exhibits.
  2. Plan strategies for membership growth
  3. Manage membership renewal
  4. Manage calendar for members’ meetings
  5. Arrange for greeters at members’ meetings
  6. Facilitate member and non-member exhibits
  7. Facilitate Artist of the Month
  8. Facilitate Annual Member Art Shows
  9. Facilitate Programs and Demonstrations
  10. Facilitate and plan Social Events
  11. Facilitate and plan special member’s events

C:  MARKETING COMMITTEE - It shall be the duty of MARKETING COMMITTEE to plan and coordinate the following:

  1. Publicity
  2. Newsletter
  3. Website
  4. Social Media
  5. News Releases

D: FINANCE COMMITTEE - It shall be the duty of FINANCE COMMITTEE to plan and coordinate the following:

  1. Annual audit of books
  2. Annual budget

E: DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE - It shall be the duty of the DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE to facilitate the following:

  1. Fundraising events and projects
  2. Grants

Section 2  SPECIAL COMMITTEES may be appointed or created as needed. The chairperson
of a Special Committee shall have such duties as may be assigned by the President.

Article VIII

NOMINATIONS AND ELECTIONS

Section 1. Officers shall be elected at the association’s Annual meeting in May. They shall assume their duties at the beginning of the fiscal year on June 1st.

Section 2. At the March regular meeting, the association shall elect a Nominating committee of at least five members. At the April regular meeting, the Nominating committee shall present to the association members, a slate of nominations taken from the membership, one or more for each executive office. Nominations may also be made from the floor at the April regular meeting. The Nominating Committee shall seek to create a slate which is diverse and reflective of the population it serves. Elections may either be made by ballot online prior to the Annual meeting in May, or by ballot at the Annual meeting in May.

Section 3. Vacancies in office shall be filled for the unexpired term by the President with the approval of the Executive Committee.

Section 4. No member shall hold the same office for more than two consecutive years. An interval of two years shall elapse before a member is again eligible for re-election to the same office.

Section 5. Six months or more shall be considered a term of office in determining eligibility for re-election.
 

Article IX

Meetings

Section 1.  Regular member meetings shall be held at such times and places as scheduled and planned by the MEMBER SERVICES COMMITTEE, with approval from the Board of Directors. There shall be no fewer than seven regular meetings, of which there shall be a minimum of six program meetings. Prior notice of each meeting shall be given to the membership

Section 2, The Nominating Committee will be elected at the regular meeting in March. The proposed slate of executive officers will be presented to the members by the Nominating Committee at the regular meeting in April. Nominations may also be made from the floor at the regular meeting in April. The Annual meeting shall be held in May of each year, during which time, reports will be made to summarize the year’s activities, members will have an opportunity to cast ballots, and the newly elected officers will be installed.

Section 3. A special meeting of the membership may be held at any time on call of the President, or by a majority of the members of the Board of Directors, or by petition of one-fourth of the active members, after giving three days notice to the membership of time, place and purpose of such a meeting. The business transacted shall be limited to the purposes of the call. If other urgent matters need to be acted upon, they must be ratified at the next meeting.
 

Section 4. PAA may host exhibits of member artwork or invited artists’ work. Exhibits may be hosted at PAA’s gallery, or in appropriate spaces approved by the Board of Directors. Exhibits are to be open to the public.

Article X

QUORUM

Those members present at the meetings, after notice of such meeting has been given as herein
provided, shall constitute a quorum. A majority of members of the Executive Committee shall
constitute a quorum of that body. A majority of the members of the Board of Directors shall constitute a quorum of that body

Article XI

DUES

Section 1. Membership dues shall be determined by the Board of Directors and must be approved by the membership.

Section 2. Dues shall be payable on the anniversary of the month the member joined PAA.
 

ARTICLE XII

DISSOLUTION OF ASSETS

Section 1. Should dissolution of the Plano Art Association occur, the Board shall, after paying or making
provisions for the payment of all liabilities of the association, dispose of all the assets of the association exclusively for the purposes of the association, in such manner, to an organization
which operates exclusively for charitable purposes as shall, at the time, qualify as an exempt
organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 for the corresponding provision of the future United States Internal Revenue Law, as the Board shall determine.
 

Article XIII

AMENDMENTS

These by-laws may be amended by a two-thirds vote of the members present at any meeting,
provided a copy of the proposed amendment shall have been sent to every member at least two
weeks before it is voted upon.
 

Article XIV

PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY

All meetings of the membership, Board of Directors, Executive Committee and Standing Committees shall be governed by these by-laws and Roberts Rules of Order, Revised.

Article XV

POLICY

This association shall be non-sectarian, non-partisan and nonprofit.