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Changes to Omaha Artists Inc. Constitution and By-laws

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Anything with a strike through is taken out.

Constitution

Name:

The name of the organization shall be “Omaha Artists, Incorporated.”

Purpose:

The purpose of Omaha Artists, Inc. shall be to promote the development and appreciation of art in Omaha and the surrounding areas.

Membership:

All persons are eligible for membership upon application and payment of the annual membership dues Application and dues are submitted to the Membership Chairperson.

Meetings

The organization shall hold General Meetings once each month. except July, August, and December. usually on the fourth Wednesday of the month. A special meeting may be called by the President, a majority of the Board and at the request of a quorum of the membership.

Quorum:

General Meeting: Twenty members will constitute a quorum.

Board Meeting: Majority will constitute a quorum.

Officers:

Executive Officers of OAI shall be President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Advisor (immediate Past President.) The Board shall consist of the Executive Officers and Committee Chairpersons. Any member of Omaha Artists, Inc. may attend Board Meetings. Terms of office shall be June to June. Vacancies: In the event of a vacant office the Executive Board will choose a replacement to be voted on at the next general meeting.

Elections:

Officers are elected by the general membership.

Authority

Omaha Artists, Inc authorizes shall use Robert’s Rules of Order when conducting a meeting.

Constitution:

The Constitution may be amended at any General meeting by a two-thirds vote of the members present, providing there is a quorum and notice was given at the previous meeting. By-laws shall be reviewed yearly by a Committee of five, which includes the President. The changes in the by-laws shall be presented at the April Board Meeting, listed in the May Newsletter and voted on at the May General Meeting.

Disbandment:

In the event of disbandment of the Omaha Artists, Inc., all Association funds and properties in excess of liabilities shall be disposed of to qualified tax exempt organization in whatever manner the Executive Board deems advisable, subject to the approval of the General Membership. In no event will any distribution be made to any of the members of the Association.

By-laws

Election and Nomination for the Executive Officers:

The Advisor at the February meeting shall select a Nomination Committee of three. The Advisor shall serve as Chairperson. They shall present a slate of Executive officers at the April General Meeting. This report is to be voted on by the members in May. Installation is to be at the June meeting.

Vacancies:

In the event of a vacant office the Executive Board will choose a replacement to be voted on at the next general meeting.

Dues:

The dues of active members of Omaha Artists, Inc shall be $22.00 per year until changed by a vote of the membership. Dues are payable May 1st and delinquent July 1st. To be included in The Roster, dues need to be paid by July 1st. Please note that you may not renew your membership or join Omaha Artist’s Inc. during registration of an art show. Dues and membership forms must be submitted at least one week prior to an art show in order to be a member in good standing to participate in an art show. The art show committee is not equipped to take people’s dues or handle membership.

The amount of ANAC dues shall be at the discretion of that organization.

By-laws:

The by-laws may be amended at any general meeting by a majority vote of members present, provided there is a quorum and notice was given at the previous meeting.

Annual Review:

By-laws shall be reviewed yearly by A Committee of five, (including the President) shall review the by-laws yearly. which includes the President The changes in the by-laws shall be presented at the April Board Meeting, listed in the May Newsletter and voted on at the May General Meeting.

Duties Of The Officers And Committee Chairmen

The Board, presided over by the President, shall discuss and formulate all business and bring it before the General Meeting of Omaha Artists, Inc. for action. The Board shall also recommend such appropriations as necessary to accomplish the purpose of OAI. and shall keep an activity report to be passed on to their successors. The Board shall revoke membership if any person knowingly works to defeat the object or pur-pose of Omaha Artists, Inc. The President shall call special meetings.

Terms Of Office

The term of office shall be from June installation to the following June installation.

President

The President shall call meetings and preside over them, and cast the deciding vote in case of a tie; shall preside at all General Meetings; shall be Chairman of the Board; shall, with the Treasurer, sign all contracts. The President shall be a member ex-officio of all committees not otherwise provided for in these By-laws. The President receives membership free during the time served as President and the following year when serving as Advisor, thereafter, returning to dues paying status. At the request of the majority of the Board, a meeting may be called, and, at the request of the quorum of the membership, a special meeting may be called.

Vice President

The Vice President shall act as aide to the President, and, in the absence of the President, perform all du-ties of the office; and, with the Membership Chairman shall be responsible for compiling and distributing the Roster.

Secretary

The Secretary shall keep records of the General and Board Meetings and shall conduct all correspondence as directed by the President.

Treasurer

The Treasurer shall be responsible for all receipts and disbursements of funds received and related to Omaha Artists, Inc., and ANAC. The Treasurer shall oversee the Genie Schafer Memorial Art Fund. The Treasurer will pay the bi-annual fee to the State of Nebraska. (Detailed instructions to be given to the new Treasurer at time of assuming office.)

Advisor

The Advisor shall help incoming President with his/her duties. The Advisor shall form a committee of the Advisor and [3] three members to select the winner of the Genie Schafer Scholarship and the OAI Memorial Scholarship. The Advisor shall contact Bellevue Artist Association to notify them that the Genie Schafer Scholarship application should be placed in their January newsletter. The Advisor should also communicate with the Schafer family each year to keep them advised as to the Scholarship gift(s).

Committee’s

(This is just a list of the committee’s) nothing has changed except taking out Historian and Authority )

Committee Chairmen
  • ANAC (Association of Nebraska Art Clubs)
  • Community Art Reach
  • Art Bridge [formerly Sudanese Art Project]
  • Courtesy
  • Funshop
  • Historian
  • Hostess
  • Membership
  • Newsletter
  • Program
  • Publicity & Public Relations
  • Web Master
  • Authority Omaha Artists, Inc. authorizes Robert’s Rules of Order.
  • Fellowship and Scholarship (Advisor)
    • The Genie Schafer Art Memorial Scholarship
    • The Omaha Art Memorial Scholarship