Bylaws

Bylaws

BYLAWS
of the
Oregon Turfgrass Foundation (OTF)
As Amended January 17, 2017

ARTICLE I

Offices

1.1    Registered Office and Registered Agent. The registered office of the corporation shall be located in the State of Oregon at such place as may be fixed from time to time by the Board of Directors upon filing of such notices as may be required by law. The registered agent shall have a business office identical with such registered office.

1.2    Other Offices. The corporation may have other offices within or outside the State of Oregon at such place or places as the Board of Directors may from time to time determine.

 

ARTICLE II

Members

The corporation shall have no members.

 

ARTICLE Ill

Board of Directors

3.1    Number and Powers. The management of all the affairs, property, and interests of the corporation shall be vested in a Board of Directors, consisting of not less than nine (9) persons nor no more than fifteen (15) persons. The Board of Directors shall be elected by the then current Board of the OTF at each annual meeting. The Annual meeting will be the first meeting of each calendar year – typically in January. Directors shall be elected by the then current Board of Directors. In addition to the powers and authorities expressly conferred upon it by these Bylaws and Articles of Incorporation, the Board of Directors may exercise all such powers of the corporation and do all such lawful acts and things as are not by statue or by the Articles of Incorporation or by these Bylaw as directed or required to be exercised or done by the members of the corporation. Each director shall serve for a minimum term of one (1) year which shall commence upon the date of the annual meeting, subject to the provisions of 3.3 herein. The current President of the Oregon Golf Course Superintendent Association (OGCSA) will maintain a permanent position on the OTF Board for as long as their position exists on the OGCSA Board.

3.2    Change of Number. The number of directors may at any time be increased or decreased by amendment of these Bylaws, but no decrease shall have the effect of shortening the term of any incumbent director.

3.3    Vacancies. All vacancies in the Board of Directors, whether caused by resignation, death or otherwise, may be filled by the affirmative vote of a majority of the remaining directors even though less than a quorum of the Board of Directors. A director elected to fill any vacancy shall hold office for the unexpired term of his or her predecessor and until a successor is elected and qualified.

3.4    Regular Meetings. Regular meetings of the Board of Directors may be held at the registered office of the corporation or at such other place or places, either within or without the State of Oregon, as the Board of Directors may from time to time designate. The annual meeting shall be held without notice at the registered office of the corporation or at such other time and place as the Board of Directors shall designate by written notice. In addition to the annual meeting, there shall be regular meetings of the Board of Directors held, with proper notice, not less frequently than once each calendar quarter.

3.5    Special Meetings. Special meetings of the Board of Directors may be called at any time by the President or upon written request by any two directors. Such meetings shall be held at the registered office of the corporation or at such other place or places as the directors may from time to time designate.

3.6    Notice. Notice of all special meetings of the Board of Directors (and of all regular meetings other than the annual meetings to be held at the place and time designated in Section 4.4) shall be given to each director by three (3) days’ prior service of the same by fax, email, letter, or personally. Such notice need not specify the business to be transacted at, nor the purpose of, the meeting.

3.7    Quorum. A majority of the whole Board of Directors shall be necessary and sufficient at all meetings to constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.

3.8    Waiver of Notice. Attendance of a director at a meeting shall constitute a waiver of notice of such meeting, except where a director attends for the express purpose of objecting to the transaction of any business because the meeting is not lawfully called or convened. A waiver of notice signed by the director or directors, whether before or after the time stated for the meeting, shall be equivalent to the giving of notice.

3.9    Registering Dissent. A director who is present at a meeting of the Board of Directors at which action on a corporate matter is taken shall be presumed to have assented to such action unless the director shall file a written dissent or abstention to such action with the person acting as the secretary of the meeting before the adjournment thereof, or shall forward such dissent by registered mail to the Secretary of the corporation immediately after the adjournment of the meeting. Such right to dissent or abstain shall not apply to a director who voted in favor of such action.

3.10  Executive and Other Committees. The Board of Directors may appoint, from time to time, from its own number, standing or temporary committees consisting each of no fewer than two (2) directors. Such committees may be vested with such powers as the Board may determine by resolution passed by a majority of the full Board of Directors. No such committee shall have the authority of the Board of Directors in reference to amending, altering, or repealing these Bylaws; electing, appointing, or removing any member of any such committee or any director or officer of the corporation; amending the Articles of Incorporation; adopting a plan of merger or adopting a plan of consolidation with another corporation; authorizing the sale, lease, or exchange of all or substantially all of the property and assets of the corporation other than in the ordinary course of business; authorizing the voluntary dissolution of the corporation or adopting a plan for the distribution of the assets of the corporation; or amending, altering, or repealing any resolution of the Board of Directors which by its terms provides that it shall not be amended, altered, or repealed by such committee. All committees so appointed shall keep regular minutes of the transactions of their meetings and shall cause them to be recorded in books kept for that purpose in the office of the corporation. The designation of any such committee and the delegation of authority thereto, shall not relieve the Board of Directors, or any member thereof, of any responsibility imposed by law.

3.11  Remuneration. No stated salary shall be paid directors, as such, for their service, but by resolution of the Board of Directors, a fixed sum and expenses of attendance, if any, may be allowed for attendance at each regular or special meeting of such Board; provided, that nothing herein contained shall be construed to preclude any director from serving the corporation in any other capacity and receiving compensation therefor.

3.12  Loans. No loans shall be made by the corporation to any director.

3.13  Removal. Any director may be removed at any time, with or without cause, by the affirmative vote of two-thirds (2/3) of the votes cast by members having voting rights with regard to the election of any director represented in person or by proxy at a meeting of members at which a quorum is present.

3.14  Action by Directors without a Meeting. Any action required or permitted to be taken at a meeting of the directors, or of a committee thereof, may be taken without a meeting by a written consent setting forth the action so to be taken, signed by all of the directors, or all of the members of the committee, as the case may be, before such action is taken. Such consent shall have the same effect as a unanimous vote. Any such action may also be ratified after it has been taken, either at a meeting of the directors or by unanimous written consent.

 

ARTICLE IV

Officers

4.1       Designations. The officers of the corporation shall be a President, a President–Elect, a Vice-President, a Secretary and a Treasurer, and such Assistant Secretaries and Assistant Treasurers as the Board may designate. All officers shall be elected for terms of two years by the Board of Directors except that the President-Elect shall be elected for a term at the discretion of the Board of Directors.

4.2    The President. The President shall preside at all meetings of the Board of Directors, shall have general supervision of the affairs of the corporation, and shall perform such other duties as are incident to the office or are properly required of the President by the Board of Directors.

4.3    Vice Presidents. During the absence or disability of the President, the Executive Vice Presidents, if any, or any of the Vice Presidents in the order designated by the Board of Directors, shall exercise all the functions of the President. Each Vice President shall have such powers and discharge such duties as may be assigned to him or her from time to time by the Board of Directors.

4.4    Secretary and Assistant Secretaries. The Secretary shall issue notices for all meetings, except for notices of special meetings of the Board of Directors which are called by the requisite number of directors, shall keep minutes of all meetings, shall have charge of the seal and the corporate books, and shall make such reports and perform such other duties as are incident to the office, or are properly required of the Secretary by the Board of Directors. The Assistant Secretary, or Assistant Secretaries, in the order designated by the Board of Directors, shall perform all of the duties of the Secretary, and at other times may perform such duties as are directed by the President or the Board of Directors.

4.5    The Treasurer. The Treasurer shall have the custody of all monies and securities of the corporation and shall keep regular books of account. The Treasurer shall disburse the funds of the corporation in payment of the just demands against the corporation or as may be ordered by the Board of Directors (taking proper vouchers for such disbursements) and shall render to the Board of Directors from time to time as may be required, an account of all transactions undertaken as Treasurer and of the financial condition of the corporation. The Treasurer shall perform such other duties as are incident to the office or are properly required by the Board of Directors. The Assistant Treasurer, or Assistant Treasurers, in the order designated by the Board of Directors, shall perform all of the duties of the Treasurer in the absence or disability of the Treasurer, and at other times may perform such other duties as are directed by the President or the Board of Directors.

4.6    Executive Director. The Board may select an Executive Director who shall be responsible for the administration and conduct of the business and affairs of the corporation pursuant to guidelines established by the Board. The Executive Director shall have full authority for direction of the employees of the corporation, if any. The Executive Director, if selected, may be compensated for his or her services in that capacity in such amount and manner as the Board of Directors shall determine.

4.7    Delegation. If any officer of the corporation is absent or unable to act and no other person is authorized to act in such officer’s place by the provisions of these Bylaws, the Board of Directors may from time to time delegate the powers or duties of such officer to any other officer or any director or any other person it may select.

4.8    Vacancies. Vacancies in any office arising from any cause may be filled by the Board of Directors at any regular or special meeting of the Board.

4.9    Other Officers. The Board of Directors may appoint such other officers or agents as it shall deem necessary or expedient, who shall hold their offices for such terms and shall exercise such powers and perform such duties as shall be determined from time to time by the Board of Directors.

4.10  Loans. No loan shall be made by the corporation to any officer.

4.11     Term-Removal. The officers of the corporation shall hold office until their successors are chosen and qualified except that the President shall be elected for a term of two (2) years and the President-Elect shall be elected for a term of two (2) years. The President shall not serve consecutive terms whether by election or appointment but may serve as President multiple times. Upon the expiration of the second (2nd) year term of the President, the President-Elect shall immediately succeed the President at the next scheduled regular or special meeting of the Board of Directors of the corporation. At this next regularly scheduled or special meeting of the Board of Directors a new President-Elect shall be voted to hold office for the next succeeding two (2) years. Any officer or agent elected or appointed by the Board of Directors may be removed at any time, with or without cause, by the affirmative vote of a majority of the whole Board of Directors, but such removal shall be without prejudice to the contract rights, if any, of the person so removed.

4.12   President-Elect. The President-Elect shall have such powers and discharge such duties as may be assigned to him or her from time to time by the Board of Directors.

4.13  Bonds. The Board of Directors may, by resolution, require any and all of the officers to provide bonds to the corporation, with surety or sureties acceptable to the Board, conditioned for the faithful performance of the duties of their respective offices, and to comply with such other conditions as may from time to time be required by the Board of Directors.

 

ARTICLE VI

Depositories

The monies of the corporation shall be deposited in the name of the corporation in such bank or banks or trust company or trust companies as the Board of Directors shall designate, and shall be drawn from such accounts only by check or other order for payment of money signed by such persons, and in such manner, as may be determined by resolution of the Board of Directors.

 

ARTICLE VII

Seal

The corporate seal of the corporation, if any, shall be in such form and bear such inscription as may be adopted by resolution of the Board of Directors, or by usage of the officers on behalf of the corporation.

 

ARTICLE VIII

Indemnification of Officers, Directors, Employees, and Agents

The corporation shall indemnity its officers, directors, employees, and agents to the greatest extent permitted by law. The corporation shall have power to purchase and maintain insurance on behalf of any person who is or was a director, officer, employee, or agent of the corporation or who is or was serving at the request of the corporation as an officer, employee, or agent of another corporation, partnership, joint venture, trust, other enterprise, or employee benefit plan, against any liability asserted against such person and incurred by such person in any such capacity or arising out of any status as such, whether or not the corporation would have the power to indemnity such person against such liability under the provisions of this Article.

 

ARTICLE IX

Books and Records

The corporation shall keep correct and complete books and records of account and shall keep minutes of the proceedings of its Board of Directors; and shall keep at its registered office or principal place of business, or at the office of its transfer agent or registrar, a record of its directors, giving the names and addresses of all directors.

 

ARTICLE X

Amendments

The Board of Directors shall have power to make, alter, amend, and repeal the Bylaws of this corporation; provided, that the Board will not approve any such alteration, amendment, or repeal that would adversely impact the rights of any class of members unless such alteration, amendment, or repeal shall first have received the approval of two-thirds (2/3) of the board.