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Revised By-Laws of the Big Lake Historical Society

Trudi Davis

 

ARTICLE  1 - NAME OF CORPORATION

A.    The name of this corporation shall be Big Lake Historical Society (BLHS).

B.    It is registered with the State of Washington as a 501 (c) 3 – a non-profit corporation – as of July 21, 2004.  UBI Number:  602-414-080.

 

ARTICLE  2 - PURPOSE:  HISTORICAL PRESERVATION

A.    The BLHS shall work to preserve the history of communities in the Big Lake Valley.                           

B.    The BLHS will solicit, collect, and preserve materials, equipment, and memorabilia relating to the history of this area.

C.    The BLHS will work with the community, if and when appropriate, to enhance, preserve, and educate others about the area’s unique cultural and historic character.

D.    The BLHS shall encourage the continued development of the Big Lake Biennial Display of its historical photos, artifacts, and stories.

 

ARTICLE  3 - MEMBERSHIP

A.   Any person believing in the purpose of this Society as outlined in Article 2, may become and remain a member upon the payment of lifetime dues; unless membership is terminated for cause by the Board of Trustees.                     

B.    Types of membership:

  1. There are charter members and non-charter members.

  2. Charter members consist of the core group that founded this BLHS; eligibility for charter membership ceased as of September 13, 2004.

  3. Non-charter members shall support BLHS projects as interpreted in Article 2

C.    The Board of Trustees may terminate a member on two-thirds (2/3) affirmative votes. 

 

ARTICLE  4  -  BOARD OF TRUSTEES (BOARD

A.    The property, affairs, and activities of the BLHS shall be managed by a Board of Trustees (Board) consisting of five (5) to nine (9) persons approved from and by the general membership, unless said numbers are modified by the Board majority.  Past, or retired Board members, will automatically become Emeritus Board Members.

B.    The Board shall oversee as follows:                                                  

a.     Inventory of all property, by an Inventory Committee and Chairperson.

b.     Ensure that all property be maintained in good condition; and will preserve all records and documents pertaining to such property.

c.     The Board will oversee and approve the expenditure of BLHS funds required to conduct business.  Expenditures over $500.00 will require approval by the Board.  There are to be two (2) active BLHS Board Members to sign checks; names to be recorded in BLHS records and at its bank.

C.    Election of Board Members and Terms:

a.     Qualifications:  They shall be members of the BLHS.  They will be nominated by the Board and have 2/3 vote of approval to ensure that a valid slate of candidates will be presented to the membership at the BLHS Annual Membership Meeting in July.  Membership present at that meeting will provide a majority vote on the Board candidates for election.

b.     Terms:  Shall be for three (3) years.  Incoming Board Members will be elected on different years to ensure the continuity of the BLHS purpose and historical memory will remain intact. Each shall serve until he/she resigns; or is dismissed by the Board.  Either action shall be in writing and presented to the President.  Vacancies may be filled upon approval by the Board.  Interim Board Members will stand for election at the BLHS Annual Membership Meeting in July.

c.     Voting.  All Board Members will have equal voting privileges.  However, any Board Member holding two officer positions shall have only one (1) vote.

 

ARTICLE  5 - OFFICERS

D.    The Officers of the BLHS shall be:

a.     (1) President, (1) Vice-President, (1) Secretary, (1) Treasurer, and  (1) Historian.

b.     The terms of these offices shall be for two (2) years.   

c.     The position of Historian may be combined with another office upon approval by the Board.  The combined positions will have only one (1) vote.

d.     An Officer may be removed by two-thirds (2/3) of the entire Board of Trustees for failure to participate, non-performance of duties, or other causes deemed detrimental to the BLHS.        

e.     Vacancies.  The Board may fill vacancies for the remainder of a vacant term. The person filling the vacancy will stand for election at the next BLHS Annual Membership Meeting in July. 

 

E.    Duties of Officers – shall follow Roberts Rules of Order:

a.     The President shall:  Exercise the usual executive powers pertaining to the Office of President and preside at all meetings.

b.     The Vice-President shall:  Act as President in the absence of the President, act as Co-Chairperson of the Inventory Committee; take minutes in the absence of the Secretary.                                                                                              

c.     The Secretary shall:  Keep accurate records relating to correspondence and other business matters, including legible copies of minutes from both the Board Meetings and the General Membership meetings. The Secretary shall send to the Board, within 30 days after these meetings, a draft copy of the   minutes taken, to review for additions or corrections.   These additions or corrections will be sent to the Board about one week prior to the next Quarterly Board Meeting, then read for review and approval into the minutes at that Meeting. An approved copy will be included into the records.

d.     The Treasurer shall

i.     Handle all accounts and funds and maintain accurate records of such.

ii.     Review income, investments, and the disbursement of monies, and funds required to do business.

iii.     Give a financial report at all Board Meetings and present copies to the Board Members.  

iv.     Present to the Board for approval any expenditure to be in excess of $500.00.

v.     Maintain and submit the Non-Profit Corporation Annual Report and fee due in July.

vi.     Give donors a letter of acknowledgment for their donations of items or money; and give donors a written note of items to be copied and returned.

e.     The Historian shall

i.     Determine proper context of all photos, documents, and artifacts. Co-chair an Inventory Committee, with the Vice-President assisting.

ii.     Will ensure each donor receives a letter of acknowledgement regarding donated items to the BLHS.

iii.     Shall give a report at all Quarterly Board and Membership Meetings and give a copy to the Secretary for inclusion into the minutes.       

 

ARTICLE  6 - MEETINGS

Note:  Conflicts with meeting dates and holidays may require rescheduling.

A.    Board Meetings will be held once each a quarter, at 6:00 p.m., or just prior to the start of the Quarterly BLHS Membership Meeting, depending on content and/or volume of business for the purpose of taking care of the BLHS business.  A quorum is necessary to conduct  detailed business.   * See quorum definition in F below.                                                                                                                                                  

B.    Special Meetings may be called, if deemed necessary, by the President.  Notice of Special Meetings must be at least twenty-four (24) hours prior, and the President is to ensure that all received the message.  A quorum is necessary to conduct business. *See quorum definition in F below.

C.    Quarterly Meetings of the BLHS will be held on the fourth (4th) Thursday of: January, April, July, and October, at a place established by the Board.  A quorum is necessary to conduct business. *See quorum definition in F below. Notice of Quarterly Membership Meetings shall be at least one (1) week prior to this meeting by e-mail; or by mail or telephone to those without computer capabilities.  Agenda items set by the Board will be discussed; speakers follow after business, then adjourn, and socialize.

D.    Annual meetings – An Annual Membership Meeting will be held on the fourth (4th) Thursday in July, in conjunction with the Quarterly Meeting.  Notice of time and place will be sent to all membership two (2) weeks in advance by e-mail, or by mail to those without computer capabilities.  This Annual Meeting will enable the election of Board Members, review and approve any bylaw changes, review and approve significant proposals, and approve the minutes from the previous Annual Meeting.

E.    “Robert’s Rules of Order” shall be used as a guide to conduct all meetings.

F.     *Quorum definition:   A quorum shall be two-thirds (2/3) of the Board of Directors, including two (2) officers.                                        

 

G.   ARTICLE  7 – COMMITTEES

Committees may be formed by the Board as necessary to perform special tasks. Such committees shall appoint a Chairperson.

a.     Committee Chairpersons, or other designated committee members, shall submit committee activity reports at the Board Meetings.  These reports, in brief form, may be presented to the Membership at the discretion of the Board.

b.     Committees may be dissolved by the Board if they are no longer required.

c.     Formation or dissolution of committees shall be submitted to the Board for approval at any regular meeting of the Board and reported at the General Membership meeting.

                                                                                                                                       

ARTICLE  8 - CONFLICT OF INTEREST

Conflict Disclosure.  Occasionally, a Board Member, Chairperson, or Committee Member of the BLHS might be a director, officer, or member of another entity which is interested in a transaction or contract with the BLHS.  All such interests must be disclosed in advance to the Board for consideration and any approval of a transaction or contract.  If no conflict of interest is found, approval of transaction(s) may be granted by the Board majority.    

 

ARTICLE  9 - BYLAWS CHANGES

The Bylaws of the BLHS may be altered or amended by two-thirds (2/3) vote of the Board, including two (2) officers.  Bylaws shall be posted on the BLHS website. 

 

ARTICLE  10  -  DISSOLUTION

A.   Resolution to Dissolve.  A resolution to dissolve the corporation may be adopted upon a three-quarters (3/4) vote of the Board, with notification sent to the general membership. The distribution of assets of the corporation shall follow the requirements of RCW 24.03225, except that all assets remaining after all liabilities and obligations have been discharged shall be distributed to those nonprofit corporations, as defined by Internal Revenue Code 501 (c) 3, selected by the Board and noted below in:  B. Distribution of Assets.  Distribution of the assets pursuant to the Articles of Incorporation shall take place only upon involuntary dissolution.

B.    Distribution of Assets: In the case of dissolution, the BLHS prefers that its BLHS collection be kept as one collection and be given to one of the following 501 (c) 3 organizations: 

a.     Preference 1:  The Big Lake Firefighters Association

b.     Preference 2:  The Clear Lake Historical Association

c.     Preference 3:  The Sedro-Woolley Museum

 

Bylaws Approved October 26, 2004

Amendments adopted July 24, 2007

Amendments adopted July 23, 2009

 

 

The 2018 BLHS Biennial Exhibit

Trudi Davis

Join us at the Big Lake Historical Society's display of historical photos and artifacts. The exhibit is being held at a new location this year, in the Community Room at the Big Lake Volunteer Fire Department located at the north end of Big Lake, across from Big Lake School and next to the old fire station. This year's theme is How Timber and Mills Shaped the Big Lake Valley. The valley includes the communities of Walker Valley, Montborne, Ehrlich, Finn Settlement, Big Rock, Baker Heights, as well as Big Lake. This is an opportunity to better understand our past and appreciate the present. Docents will be present to share history, answer questions, tell stories, and guide tours of the old Big Lake town site. Melba Hall, BLHS Historian, will give a PowerPoint presentation of the history of Big Lake.

The exhibit will be Saturday, August 10th (10:00 AM - 5:00 PM) and Sunday, August 11th (10:00 AM - 5:00 PM). Postcards and copies of our book, Big Lake Valley will be available for purchase. There will be coffee, punch, and cookies to share as well as occasions to sit and visit with friends and neighbors about the past and present.

 

Meet the Authors

Trudi Davis

The Images of America--Big Lake Valley book, a pictorial history of the Big Lake Valley communities and former towns, was released by Arcadia Publishing June 20, 2016. The BLHS is excited to present this work to the public and would like to introduce you to the authors who made the publishing possible. Click on the READ MORE link to meet the authors and read their biographies.

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BLHS Board's Fall Activities

Trudi Davis

The fall season found the BLHS busy with a number of activities. Thursday, August 25, following the Biennial Exhibit the board met to debrief and discuss the successes and areas needing improvement. From that meeting guidelines were created in preparation for our next exhibit in 2018. Included were the possibility of a change of venue as it becomes more difficult to use the school because of school board policy and the new Big Lake Fire Hall’s community room now is being made available for such events as our exhibit. We also purposed to follow our mission and begin the arduous task of permanently archiving and preserving our collection of photos, clippings, and artifacts in 2017.

Also this fall the Society received a letter from Darrell Drummond of Drummond Associates (California) requesting that our funds be transferred to Skagit Community Foundation for management and investing. The advantage being our funds would be locally managed and the society becoming a part of the foundation benefits from the local non-profit networking. Trudi Davis began meeting with Mary McGoffin, director of SCF to begin the transfer of monies and also to evaluate the society’s legal role as a non-profit as recognized by the Secretary of State’s office.

November 9, a majority of board members attended a three-hour workshop sponsored by Washington Nonprofits and the Secretary of State’s Office, called Boards in Gear. This workshop emphasized the role that boards play in an organization's success and was designed to provide information and tools that elevate board practice. Discussions included the board's connection to cause, responsibilities, operations, and composition and development.

November 17, the board met to debrief and process the information from the workshop. Discussion centered on our identity as a board, our goals, funding, and our meetings. Results of the discussion led to a decision to separate our business meetings from our open quarterly meetings. Board business meetings will occur quarterly the third Thursday of the month, a week before the open Society Quarterly Meetings, which will focus on community education. It was also decided that the bylaws needed to be reviewed and updated. Each board member was given a copy and asked to read and edit as they saw a need and return and discuss the bylaws  at the January 19 Board Meeting.  

December 13, President Trudi Davis and Secretary Christine Farrow participated in an online webinar titled Nonprofit Legal Checklist. A discussion about compliance of non-profit organizations, the information was shared at the board business meeting January 19.