By-Laws – Below is the text of the By-Laws that govern operation of the Task Force:
Article I -Membership and dues
Section 1 – Any person(s) in the Pine River watershed and other parties interested in the proper and complete cleanup of the Velsicol Superfund Site and related sites in the Pine River Basin who applies for membership in any classification of membership and who tenders the necessary dues shall thereby become a member
Section 2 – Annual dues for individual active members shall be $5.00 per family.
Section 3 – Annual dues for contributing members shall be $25.00.
Section 4 – Annual dues shall be payable in advance, and members in arrears more than six
months after payment is due shall be dropped from membership.
Article II – Schedule and Quorum for Meetings
Section 1 – Regular meetings of the Task Force shall be held monthly.
Section 2 – Special meetings may be called by the Chairperson.
Section 3 – The Board of Directors shall meet when necessary. Meetings shall be called by the Chairperson of the Board or any 2 Officers.
Section 4 – Seven active members of the Task Force shall constitute a quorum.
Article III – Duties of the Officers and Directors
Section 1 – The Chair shall have executive supervision over the activities of the Task Force
within the scope provided by these Bylaws. The Chair shall preside at all meetings, shall report annually on the activities of the Society’ and shall appoint the members of the committees and delegates not otherwise provided for.
Section 2 – The Vice chair shall assume the duties of the Chair in the event of an absence,
incapacity or resignation of the Chair.
Section 3 – The treasurer shall maintain bank accounts, oversee financial transactions and
financial policies, formulate budgets and provide financial reports to the Board of Directors and Membership. Bills shall be paid out by numbered checks signed by any two of the following: Treasurer, Secretary, Chair or Vice Chair. The Treasurer will collect dues for Membership, maintain a list of dues-paying members and shall render an annual report at year’s end. The Treasurer shall assume the duties of the Chair in the event of the absence, incapacity or resignation of both the Chair and Vice Chair.
Section 4 – The Secretary shall keep the minutes of the meeting of the organization and of the Board of Directors, submit quarterly reports of activities, draft letters in accord with the Chair and render an annual report at years end.
Section 5 – The Board of Directors shall have the power to conduct all affairs of the Task Force. It shall select candidates for office, pursuant to the constitution. The Board of Directors shall decide questions of the policy that for any reason cannot be acted upon at a meeting of the Task Force and perform such other functions as designed in the Bylaws or otherwise assigned to it.
Section 6 – The membership shall elect at least three members to serve on the Board of Directors at the biennial election. These elected members will serve for a two-year term.
At any meeting of the Board of Directors, four members shall constitute a quorum. The Board of Directors will elect its own Chairperson. The Board of Directors, through the Chairperson, shall render an annual report at each annual meeting.
Section 1 – The Task Force shall have the following standing Committees:
1)Technical Committee – Responsible for meeting regularly to read technical reports, to review technical and scientific data, and to report to the Membership with recommendations
2) Legal Committee – to meet as needed to consider filing claims in bankruptcy court, to request information from attorneys, to initiate lawsuits and other legal actions that may be required, and to report to the Membership with recommendations
3) Health Committee – to meet as needed to pursue grants, organize conferences, to seek medical and community health information and to report to the Membership with recommendations.
Section 2 – The Chair shall appoint members and chairperson of the standing committees.
Section 3 – Other committees, standing or special, may be appointed by the Chair as directed by the society or Board of Directors.
The rules contained in Robert’s Rules of Order shall govern the proceedings of the Task Force, except in such cases as are governed by the constitution of Bylaws.
Article VI – Amendment to the Bylaws
These Bylaws may be amended at any regular or adjourned meeting by a two-thirds vote of those voting, provided not less than 14 days notice was given at the previous meeting. Or they may be amended at a special meeting called for that purpose, with a previous 14 day notice given and a two-thirds vote. All proposed amendments must be submitted in writing.
Amendments to Bylaws:
February 3, 2009. Added Section 6 to Article III.
February 27, 2009. Changed the standing committees.
September 18, 2013. Changed section 2, 3 and 4 of Article III