Bylaws

BY-LAWS

OF

FRIENDS OF TAMARAC NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE, INC.

Revised October, 2012 

ARTICLE I.

Name and Location

The organization shall be a not-for-profit corporation known as Friends of Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge, Inc. (hereinafter Friends of Tamarac or Corporation) located in Becker County, Minnesota.

ARTICLE II.

Mission/Purpose

Section 1: The mission of Friends of Tamarac is to facilitate activities and programs that interpret, protect and restore the natural and cultural resources of Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge.

Section 2: The purpose of this corporation is to promote a better understanding and appreciation of the natural and cultural history, natural environment and wildlife management of the Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge.  In this connection, the corporation will enter into an agreement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to:

2.1:  Produce and make available to refuge visitors, by sales or free distribution, suitable interpretive and educational materials such as books, pamphlets, posters, photographs, drawings, maps and other items of interest, to increase the visitors’ understanding of the natural history of their surrounding environment.

2.2: Sell products and handcrafts which interpret or symbolize the significance of events, cultural development and personage associated with the refuge and to stimulate public interest in our nation’s natural history, natural resource management, culture, heritage and history.

2.3: Acquire objects and materials pertaining to the natural history of the refuge for the purpose of adding them to the visitor center collections.

2.4: Aid in development of suitable educational facilities, equipment, library of educational materials and visitor center exhibits when aid is requested by refuge management.

2.5: Aid and improve refuge volunteer program when aid is requested by refuge management.

2.6:  Aid and improve refuge research programs when aid is requested by refuge management.

2.7:  Assist the refuge in starting innovative programs in interpretation, cultural demonstrations, open houses or other activities requested by refuge management.

2.8: Take and hold by purchase, gift, devise or bequest, real or personal property and/or to carry out the obligations or provisions of any trust, imposed by will, deed, trust or otherwise, where created for any charitable or public purpose, and where the same is not repugnant to any law of the State in which located, and to use and dispose of any property of any kind only for the purpose for which this corporation was formed.

ARTICLE III.

Membership

3.1:  Any individual or organization approving of the objectives of the corporation and who is willing to assist the corporation in its activities shall be eligible for membership.

3.2:  The membership year shall commence on October 1st.  Membership dues shall be set by the Board of Directors.  Membership shall be effective on receipt of membership application and payment of dues.  Renewal of membership shall be payment of dues.

3.3: Only members in good standing shall be eligible to participate in business meetings, or serve in any of the corporation’s elective or appointive positions.  Members in default of dues payment for more than six months shall be dropped from the rolls.

3.4: Each member shall be entitled to one vote.

3.5: All members in good standing shall be eligible for a ten (10%) percent discount on all books or other items offered for sale by the corporation.

ARTICLE IV.

Meetings

4.1: The annual meeting of the Corporation shall be held at a date, time and place to be designated by the Board of Directors with written notice to each member at least 10 days prior to the meeting.

4.2: Special membership meetings may be called by the Board of Directors with at least 10 days prior written notice to the members, stating the purpose of the meeting.

4.3: Special member meetings may be called by the membership with at least 10 days prior written notice. Notification must include all members in good standing. A quorum for a meeting of members is ten per cent (10%) of the members entitled to vote.

 

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