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(AS WRITTEN AND APPROVED BY MEMBERS APRIL, 1980)
(AS WRITTEN AND APPROVED BY MEMBERS APRIL, 1982)
(AS WRITTEN AND APPROVED BY MEMBERS MAY, 1984)
(AS WRITTEN AND APPROVED BY MEMBERS APRIL 1985)
(AS WRITTEN AND APPROVED BY MEMBERS OCTOBER 1985)
(AS WRITTEN AND APPROVED BY MEMBERS JUNE 1988)
(AS WRITTEN AND APPROVED BY MEMBERS MARCH 1990)
(AS WRITTEN AND APPROVED BY MEMBERS OCTOBER 1990)
(AS WRITTEN AND APPROVED BY MEMBERS APRIL 1991)
(AS WRITTEN AND APPROVED BY MEMBERS DECEMBER 1992)
(AS WRITTEN AND APPROVED BY MEMBERS JULY 1996)
(AS WRITTEN AND APPROVED BY MEMBERS APRIL 1997)
(AS WRITTEN AND APPROVED BY MEMBERS APRIL 1999)
(AS WRITTEN AND APPROVED BY MEMBERS SEPTEMBER 2005)

Article I Name

This organization shall be known as the CONNECTICUT ASSOCIATION FOR AVICULTURE, INCORPORATED, hereinafter referred to as CAFA

Article II Incorporation

Paragraph I

CAFA is a not for profit organization incorporated under the laws of the State of Connecticut and acting under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3).  All necessary information is on file with the Secretary of State’s Office, 30 Trinity Street, Hartford, Connecticut 06106. 

Paragraph ii

Notwithstanding any other provisions of the Articles, CAFA is organized as specified in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) of 1954, as amended, and shall not carry on any activities not permitted to be carried on by a corporation exempt from Federal Income Tax Law under IRC Section 501(c)(3) or corresponding provisions of any subsequent Federal Tax Laws.

Paragraph iii

No part of the new earnings of CAFA shall inure to the benefit of any member, trustee, director, officer of CAFA, or any other private individual (except that reasonable compensation may be paid for services rendered to or for CAFA), and no member, trustee, director, officer of CAFA, or any private individual shall be entitled to share in the distribution of any of CAFA’s assets upon dissolution of CAFA.

Paragraph iv

No substantial part of the activities of CAFA shall be devoted to political propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation (except as otherwise provided by IRC Section 501(h)) or participating in, or intervening in (including the publication or distribution of statements), any political campaign on behalf of any candidates for public office.

Paragraph v

In the event of dissolution, all of the remaining assets and property of CAFA shall, after necessary expenses thereof, be distributed The American Federation of Aviculture, to another organization, as long as it remains in existence exempt under IRC Section 501(c)(3), or corresponding provisions of any subsequent federal tax laws.  If the American Federation of Aviculture is no longer in existence, all remaining assets and property of CAFA shall be distributed as described above to another avian organization, exempt as described above.

Paragraph vi

In any taxable year in which CAFA shall distribute its income for a specified period and at such time and manner as not to subject it to tax under IRC Section 4942, the incorporation shall not:

  1. Engage in any act of self-dealing as defined in IRC Section 4941(d)
  2. Retain any excess business holding as defined in IRC Section 494?/li>
  3. Make any investments in such manner as to subject CAFA to tax under IRC   Section 4944, or
  4. Make any taxable expenditures as defined in IRC Section 4945(d) or in any corresponding provisions of any subsequent federal tax laws.

Article III   PURPOSE

The purpose of CAFA shall be to enhance the knowledge and the enjoyment of the field of aviculture; to encourage avian  preservation and conservation; to disseminate avicultural information and encourage avian breeding programs; and to introduce to share with the general public the joys and responsibilities of keeping and caring for avian species.

ARTICLE IV DEFINITIONS

Member: A person who has completed and submitted a Membership application, has paid the required Membership dues, and is current and up to date on said dues.

Membership: The status of being a member; or, the body of members of the organization

Member in Good Standing:: see definition of Member

Standing Committee: A committee established by the Board of Directors to serve the long-term needs of the organization.  If there is no Chairperson of a Standing Committee, said Committee shall still exist but will have no vote until the chairperson position is filled.

Ad Hoc Committee: A committee appointed by the President and/pr Board of Directors to serve a specific, short term objective of the organization.  The Chairperson of an Ad Hoc Committee is not entitled to a vote in Board matters.

Board: the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Association for aviculture.

Article IV   CALENDAR YEAR

The calendar year for CAFA shall be a period of twelve (12) months from January through December of each year.

Article V OFFICERS

The elected officers of CAFA shall  include a President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer.

Each officer may hold one elected position at a time only. 

The President shall preside over all meetings of CAFA.  In case of the President’s absence, the Vice President, Secretary, or Treasurer, in that order, may preside over said meeting.

Any elected officer who has been found by the Board of Directors to be injurious to CAFA may be removed from office by a sponsored resolution of the Board of Directors and accomplished by a two-thirds vote of those members present at a regularly scheduled Membership meeting of CAFA.  In no case shall any two elected officers reside in the same household or be on the same family Membership. 

Article VI   BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The Board of Directors shall consist of all elected officers, Standing Committee chairpersons, and past President. 

The Board of Directors shall consist of all elected officers, standing committee chairpersons, and past officers.

All matters of business may be completed at any regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Directors by a majority two-thirds vote of those board members present.  No vote(s) shall be taken at Board meetings unless there is a quorum present.  A quorum is one more than one half of the number of members comprising the Board of Directors.  currently holding elected office and/or appointed chair positions.

The Board of Directors , by majority vote, may establish policies and/or  procedures to address matters of concern brought before the Board.  Such policies and/or procedures shall remain in effect, and be binding upon all CAFA members, until such time as they are subsequently rescinded b a majority vote of the Board. The Board of Directors may, from time to time, establish policies and/or procedures to address matters of concern brought before the Board.  Such policies and/or procedures shall then be presented to the Membership to be voted on at a regularly scheduled Membership meeting and passed by a majority of those members present at said meeting.  Such policies and/or procedures shall remain in effect, and be binding upon all CAFA members, until such time they are subsequently rescinded. 

Board of Directors meetings are always open to any member of CAFA in good standing.

Article VII   STANDING COMMITTEES

The President with the approval of a majority of the board of Directors may from time to time from ad hoc committees to reach certain goals of CAFA.  Ad hoc committees are formed for the short-term and such Committee Chairperson has no vote on the Board. Standing Committee Chairperson one (1) vote on the Board.  The following are deemed to be Standing Committees:

The President shall appoint the Chairperson to each Standing Committee and may, if deemed necessary, also appoint a Co-Chairperson to said Committee. 

The President may, from time to time, form ad hoc committees to reach certain goals of CAFA.

Adoption.  The Adoption Committee shall be responsible for taking in unwanted evaluating birds released to CAFA for adoption; for fostering such birds; and for finding permanent homes, subject to a majority vote of the committee, for such birds.  The Adoption Committee shall have a designated monetary fund as authorized by a majority vote of the Board of Directors.  Membership.  In emergency conditions the Board reserves the right to approve such expenditures upon a two-thirds majority vote of the Board.

Conservation. The Conservation Committee shall be  responsible for any research work requested by the President or the Board of Directors and for keeping the Membership updated on the status of national and international avian conservation efforts.

Education.  The Education Committee shall be responsible for providing education to the Membership and general public on the care and breeding of avian species.

Fund-raising.  The fund-raising Committee shall be responsible for the raffle monthly fund-raising drawing and any other fund-raising activities at the monthly Membership meetings and CAFA events.

Historian.  The Historian Committee is responsible for gathering,  maintaining , and preserving official records of the organization and referring to said records at the Board requires.

Hospitality.  The Hospitality Committee shall be responsible for welcoming visitors to our monthly meetings and any special events sponsored by CAFA and be shall be responsible for welcoming new members and guests. 

Legal. Legal assists in advising the Board on matters of a legal nature.   

Legislative The legislative committee shall be responsible to keep the Membership current on legislation affecting the organization.  The committee chairperson will have the authority to act in the club’s behalf if any money needs to be spent.  All cost for the same shall be borne by the organization.

Library.  The Library Committee shall be responsible for maintaining an inventory of old and new publications, and a supply of video tapes electronic media materials for borrowing by any member in good standing.  The Library Committee shall have a designated monetary fund as authorized by a majority vote of the Board of Directors Membership. 

Membership.  The Membership Committee shall be responsible for enhancing the Membership of CAFA, and shall from time to time conduct Membership drives, and be responsible for welcoming new members and guests.

Merchandise.  The Merchandise Committee shall procure items for retail sale to Membership and the general public.  The budget is determined by a majority vote of the Membership.

Program.  The Program Committee shall be responsible for providing avicultural programs for the Membership.

Promotions.  The Promotions Committee shall be responsible for promoting CAFA and its  activities to the Membership, general public, and media outlets.  This committee’s  budget is determined by a majority vote of the Membership. 

Bulletin.  Publishing The Publishing  Committee shall be responsible for publishing a monthly newsletter for the Membership and any other printed materials deemed necessary by the President or the Board of Directors.  It is the Committee’s responsibility to insure that no one is allowed to place an ad in the Bulletin “for sale?of birds knowingly received through any avian adoption or rescue program.  (Or move)

Refreshments.  The Refreshments Committee shall be responsible for providing refreshments at any CAFA meeting or event.  All associated costs shall be paid by the organization.

Website.  The Website Committee shall be responsible for the design and maintenance of CAFA’s Internet website.

Article VIII DUES

The dues for CAFA shall be determine from time to time by a majority vote of the members present as a regularly scheduled Membership meeting. Memberships run from March 1st to February 28th (or 29th, in the event of Leap Year).  All members will renew on their anniversary month of joining CAFA.  Dues for Membership renewal will be five dollars ($5.00) less than for a “new?Membership.  Dues for Membership renewal must be paid by the renewal month otherwise the Membership will expire.  An expired Membership can be renewed, at the “new?nbsp; current Membership fee.

Article IX   ELECTIONS

Election of officers shall be held in December November of each year.  Newly elected officers will preside over all  meetings beginning in January of the following year.

To be eligible for elective office, a member must have been a member for at least twelve (12) months and must have his or her dues paid in full.

The President shall appoint a Nominating Committee.  The Nominating Committee must consist of at least three members.  The Nominating Committee must be formed at least three months prior to elections. The Committee must present a recommended slate of officers to the Board no later than the November October meeting for the consideration of the CAFA Membership at the December November Membership meeting.

Nominations for elective office from the floor of the December November Membership meeting are in order and must be seconded by one other members.

Balloting will be conducted as defined in CAFA Procedures, “Procedures For Elections? Procedure #06-01,  created 4/5/06

All elections of officers of CAFA will be by a majority vote of those members present at the November Membership meeting.  Only the Treasurer of CAFA will b restricted to two (2) consecutive one year terms in office.

Once the ballots have been counted, the President will ask for a first motion and second motion to destroy the counted ballots.  Once the Membership has so approved,  the President will direct the Secretary to destroy the ballots.  

In the event that an elected official cannot complete his or her term of office, the President shall appoint an interim officer to occupy that office until the end of its current term.

Article X Membership MEETING PROCEDURES

A regularly scheduled Membership meeting shall be held on the second Tuesday in the months of March through December.  The time of the meting shall be determined by a simple majority vote of the Membership.

All regular business shall be limited to forty-five (45) minutes.  A majority vote is required by the members present to extend said business meeting.

From time to time the President may call for Special Meetings.  Such meetings may preclude the regular Membership meetings for that month.

A speaker program of some type shall be held at each regular Membership meeting.

Motions in any business  transacted at a regular Membership meeting must be seconded and approved by a majority vote of those present.

Article XI   BY LAW AMENDMENTS

The President,  from time to time, with the approval of a majority of the Board of Directors, may appointment a Bylaw s Committee to review the current bylaws and to recommend any needed changes in the best interests of CAFA.

Any member of CAFA may propose an amendment change to the bylaws of CAFA and such proposal if seconded by another member of CAFA ; such proposed amendment change must then be acted on according to the procedures listed herein.   

Prior to submitting proposed bylaw changes to the Membership it must be established that said revision is in compliance with CAFA’s 501(c)(3) non-profit status.

Proposed amendments to these bylaws must be published in a monthly newsletter mailed to the Membership of CAFA at least thirty (30)  days prior to any vote.

A two-thirds (2/3) majority of those members present at a regularly scheduled Membership meeting of CAFA is required for passage of any proposed amendment.

Article XII Membership

The following are the Memberships available through CAFA:

Junior   Single individual member under the age of 16 years

Single individual   Single individual 16 years of age or older

Family 1 OR 2 adults and their children under the age of 16 with the same mailing address.

Individual and Family Memberships offered by CAFA shall be entitled to only one monthly newsletter  mailing to their address of record. 

Individual Membership shall if in good standing with dues paid up to date be entitled to one vote on any issue to be voted on. 

Family Membership shall if in good standing with dues paid up to date, be entitled to only one vote for each adult person, but no more than two votes total on any issue to be voted on.

Any member convicted of a crime against avian animal  life will henceforth lose his/her rights of Membership in CAFA.


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