BYLAWS of the KMM HISTORICAL COMMITTEE
ARTICLE I – NAME AND PURPOSE
– Name: The name of the incorporated organization shall be: “KMM
Historical Committee.” It shall be a nonprofit organization incorporated under the laws of the State of Minnesota.
1 – Purpose: KMM Historical Committee is organized exclusively for charitable and educational
purposes. The objective of this corporation is:
to promote the preservation of the historical assets of the 1850’s Territorial Pioneer families, including, but
not limited to, immigrant settlements and artifacts.
to support activities related to the research of territorial pioneer history, as represented by the land, agricultural
and cultural assets in the 19th century settlement areas of the Kanne-Marzahn-Minske (KMM) Territorial pioneer
produce and distribute educational materials to the general community related to the immigration, settlement, and subsequent
migration of the 1850’s Minnesota Territorial Pioneers and their descendents.
ARTICLE II – MEMBERSHIP
Section 1 – Membership: Membership
in the corporation shall be classified under three (3) categories, as follows:
Active Committee Members – The Board of Directors and other volunteers, chosen from the members at large,
who actively participate in the regular meetings to plan, coordinate and direct the ongoing activities and events of the KMM
1. b. Members at Large – Membership is open
to any persons who are willing to abide by these Bylaws, support the purposes of the interested in the ongoing activities
of the committee and pay the dues as required
1. c. Voting Members – Descendents
and their spouses as of record in the KMM genealogical database, who number over 6,800 individuals as of July 10, 2004, the
last general membership meeting, and who are in attendance at the general membership meetings at which time the voting occurs.
2 – Dues: There shall be no regular dues required, unless
changed by a simple majority vote of the Voting Members.
Section 3 – Rights of members:
Each member has the right to participate in and receive information about the KMM Historical Committee, its events
Section 4 – Resignation and termination of active committee members:
The board can demand return of, and shall be entitled to receive, any material belonging to and/or essential to the
work of the corporation following the resignation or termination of an active committee member. The Chair or Vice Chair may
replace the vacant position as needed. Termination of an active committee member requires a simple majority vote of the active
Section 5 – Non-voting membership: The board shall have the
authority to establish and define non-voting categories of membership.
ARTICLE III – MEETINGS OF MEMBERS
Section 1 – Regular Meetings:
Regular meetings of the members shall be held at least annually, at a time and place designated by the Chair of the
active committee members.
Section 2 – General Membership Meetings: General
membership meetings shall be held each Leap Year, at a time and place designated by simple majority of the active committee
Section 3 – Special Meetings:
Special meetings may be called by the Chair or by a simple majority of the active committee members.
4 – Notice of Meetings: Printed or verbal
notification of each regular meeting and any special meetings shall be given to each active committee member within a reasonable
period of time preceding the meeting.
Printed notification of each general membership meeting shall be mailed to the members
at large who have indicated their interest in the organization’s activities by prior participation or attendance, or
by other means of communication. Notice shall be by mail, not less than six (6) months prior to the meeting.
5 – Quorum: Members present at any properly announced meeting constitutes a quorum.
6 – Voting: All issues to be voted on shall be decided by a simple majority of those present at the meeting in
which the vote takes place, except as provided for bylaw amendments.
ARTICLE IV – BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Section 1 – Board role
and size: The board is responsible for overall policy and direction of the association, and for delegation of duties
to the committee and volunteers. The board shall consist of a minimum of three officers: Chair, Treasurer
and Secretary. The active committee members may appoint a Vice-Chair as activity warrants.
2 – Compensation: The board receives no compensation.
3 – Terms: Board members shall serve four-year terms, and are eligible
for re-appointment at the end of the term. Each term ends at the first regular meeting following the general membership meeting.
4 – Meetings and notice: The board shall appear at
the same meetings and according to the same notifications posted for regular and general membership meetings.
5 – Board elections: The active committee members shall be responsible for maintaining
a board of directors. Nominations for open board positions can be received from the floor at the general
membership meeting. Voting members may vote on the appointment or re-appointment of board members at the general membership
Section 6 – Responsibilities: The board members shall be responsible for understanding
the fiduciary duties of directors of charitable organizations, to exercise the property duty of care, and to direct the disposition
of the organization’s activities in compliance with these duties as outlined by the Charities Division of the Minnesota
Attorney General’s Office and as required under Minnesota law.
The chair and vice chair are responsible for organizing the meeting agenda. The secretary shall take minutes at all
meetings and make them available to all members in a timely fashion, and shall maintain a list of all active committee members
and their assignments. The treasurer shall collect all receipts and deposit them in the organization’s accounts, shall
pay all bills by checks from the organization’s checking account, shall keep a record of all transactions and shall
publicly post an annual financial report.
ARTICLE V – AMENDMENTS TO THE BYLAWS
Amendments to these bylaws may be proposed and
voted upon at any regular or general meeting according to the procedures of Article IV, Section 6. In order
to for a proposed amendment to take place, a three-quarter majority voting in favor of the change is required. A record of
amendments must be kept as an attachment to these Bylaws of the KMM Historical Committee.
ARTICLE VI –
event the membership is unable to support the KMM Historical Committee, all property belonging to the organization shall be
transferred to a charitable organization, determined by the board of directors as having similar interests in the preservation
and dissemination of territorial history.
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