Basic Principles to Cape Cod’s Waste and Drinking Water Issues

Basic Principles to Cape Cod’s Waste and Drinking Water Issues

Water is an important natural resource for Cape Cod.  As various individuals and organizations look into the problem of preserving this vital natural resource for future generations More »

GHCA Membership Discount Card Now Available!

GHCA Membership Discount Card Now Available!

Join the Greater Hyannis Civic Association and receive a membership card that provides discounts to various businesses in Hyannis.   Not a member join here. To see all the great discounts available click More »

Voices of the Village supports Early Literacy Initiative

Voices of the Village supports Early Literacy Initiative

The Greater Hyannis Civic Association has adopted the traffic island at the corner of South and Pleasant Streets.   There are spring bulbs which brighten the area as winter fades away, and during More »

 

A Positive Vision For Hyannis

View our new video which made its premier at last night’s Annual Meeting!

Fire Station Is a Go

Congratulations to the Hyannis Fire District voters on passing the vote to build a new Fire Station! Now we can all work together to support getting the new station built. The land is now cleared. Check out the Hyannis Fire District website for minutes of the building committee.

Call to artists for the 2016 Hyannis HyArts Artist Shanties

Applications available on line at www.HyArtsDistrict.com

 HYANNIS, MA, August 25, 2015,—The Town of Barnstable is accepting applications for artists and artisans interested in participating in the 2016 Hyannis HyArts Artist Shanty program. The shanties are located in the Hyannis HyArts Cultural District, at Bismore Park/Ocean Street, Hyannis.  Applications should be submitted by the fourth Friday in October of each year for the following season:  for 2016, applications are due Friday, October 23, 2015.  Artists will be juried and first selections made by December 31st based on applications received.  Subsequent applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis following this date for any remaining spots for the 2016 season and will be filled based on need and availability.

Applications can be downloaded from the home page at   www.HyArtsDistrict.com.  For more information, contact Melissa Hersh, Arts and Culture Coordinator at Melissa.hersh@town.barnstable.ma.us or call 508-862-4767.

The Hyannis HyArts Artist Shanty Program began in 2005, as the first in a series of arts related strategies designed to provide opportunities and exposure for local artists; enliven the economic climate in downtown Hyannis; and to establish an important vibrant backdrop for year round residents and visitors. The response to the Harbor your Arts (HyA) Shanty Program has been overwhelmingly positive.

The shanties are open weekends mid-May through mid-June and then on a daily basis through the end of September.   Work is hand made or hand crafted, and all artists are from Cape Cod.   A variety of work is represented including a wide variety of jewelry, paintings, photography, visual art, wood carving, fine Cape Cod inspired crafts, fiber arts, ceramics, rope work, glass work and more.    Literary arts are represented and each year local libraries participate as well.

During the season a variety of musical entertainment is offered and street performers are encouraged to participate.   For information contact Melissa Hersh at 508-862-4767 or email at melissa.hersh@town.barnstable.ma.us

This artist program is made possible in cooperation with the Town of Barnstable, the Main Street Business Improvement District (BID), Arts Foundation of Cape Cod (AFCC), Cape Cod Art Association (CCAA) and the Hyannis Area Chamber of Commerce.                                                                                              ###

Melissa Hersh | Arts & Culture Coordinator

Stories and Snacks for Children

The Hyannis Public Library is hosting a Stories & Snacks program in the Children’s Room on the 1st Tuesday of the month November to June from 4 to 5 p.m. Children ages 5 to 12 and their caregivers are welcome to share a favorite book and enjoy some snacks. The only requirement is that the book should be borrowed from the CLAMS network, either traditional or ebook. For information on more library programming please go to www.hyannislibrary.org and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Basic Principles to Cape Cod’s Waste and Drinking Water Issues

Water is an important natural resource for Cape Cod.  As various individuals and organizations look into the problem of preserving this vital natural resource for future generations, the GHCA, with the Hyannis Chamber of Commerce and other Cape associations, has agreed to adopt 5 basic principles which apply to the Cape Cod waste water and drinking water issue.  The 5 principles are:

  • We have a nitrogen problem.
  • We cannot afford to ignore the problem
  • Whatever we do it must be scientifically based and environmentally sound
  • Whatever we do it must be done in the most financially responsible way
  • We must educate our constituents and ourselves on the issue

The GHCA Board hopes that local, state, and federal environmental groups will recognize our concern and adopt these principles as they look for solutions to the Cape’s wastewater issues.

Report Card on 2016 Program Year


GHCA Program Year – Adopted at Board Meeting – June, 2016

  • Coordination with others – Finding Common Ground to Work Together
    • Concerning Hyannis
      • Town of Barnstable
        • Regular meetings with the Town Manager on issues of concern to the GHCA
      • Greater Hyannis Chamber of Commerce & BID
        • Monthly coordinating meeting
        • Hyannis Open Streets
      • Hyannis Historical Society
        • Members of GHCA have become founding members of the Board
      • Historic Waterfront Committee
        • Member of GHCA chairs committee
      • Hyannis Library
        • Members of GHCA are on the board
      • Social Services
        • Members of GHCA have been active in the Transitional Living Center Executive Committee and the Town Committee on Homelessness,
      • HySOY (Hyannis Supporting Our Youth)
        • Sponsored the year end mentoring mentee party
        • In celebration of the HyWest students success in the MCAS , provided funding for Dr. Seussâ book,Oh the Places You’ll Go! for the third graders.
        • Member of the HySOY Advisory Committee
        • Members of GHCA are on the Board
      • Hyannis Fire District
        • Members of the GHCA are members of the ByLaw review committee and have made significant improvements to the By-Laws
        • Members of GHCA are Fire Commissioners
        • The Moderator is a member of GHCA
      • Concerning Town – Other Civic Associations – no action
        • Attempts to have a joint candidates night for Town Council were unsuccessful
    • Standing Committees from Our Bylaws
      • 1.  Membership Committee:  The Membership Committee shall invite newcomers to membership, earnestly seeking to achieve a membership embracing all residents, property owners and businesses of Hyannis, Hyannis Port and West Hyannisport. -Chair Laura Cronin
        • Membership folders were created and were at all GHCA meetings and events
        • Membership discount card program was continued and expanded
      • 2.  Public Issues Committee:  The Public Issues Committee shall be charged with the responsibility of formulating issues of concern to the  residential and business communities of Hyannis, Hyannis Port and West Hyannisport in order to focus the attention and action of the Greater Hyannis Civic Association. – Chair needed
        • Without a chair it is challenging to coordinate
        • Action
          • Dockside Project – Letter to Planning Board; attendance at Hyannis Waterfront Historic and Barnstable Planning Board expressing the concerns of the GHCA; Hosted a meeting for residents to learn more
          • McEvoy Property – Hosted a meeting for residents to learn more
          • Oceanside Performing Arts Center – Working to get a public meeting with the planning committee
      • 3.  Fund Raising and Events Committee:  The Fund Raising and Events Committee shall be charged with promulgating and implementing fund raising ideas and project and events. – Chair Brad Pfeiffer
        • All events were held and were successful
          • 4th of July Bike Parade – D. Krau
          • Santa’s Boat Parade – B Pfeiffer
          • Kalmus Summer Picnic – A. Feltham
      • 4.- Communications/Marketing Added to our bylaws at the May 2016 Annual Meeting
        • Chair Sarah Colvin moved to Osterville and resigned
        • Website,Facebook – Updated and made current
        • Press -Papers, Radio Stations – For our open events, articles were published
        • Poster in Library, etc for membership and event focus
        • Newsletters were sent to membership when there was news and/or events of interest
    • Major Projects
      • Homeless and Addicted including expansion of social services in the area
        • Actively participated in the Transitional Living Center Executive Committee
        • Very instrumental in getting the shelter under new leadership – it is now a significantly better program
      • Open Streets – Jane Walsh, Debra Dagwam, Ed Maroney, Elizabeth Wurfbain, Jessica Sylver
        • Sponsored two successful events in 2016 – September and October
        • Sponsored 2 events in April and May 2017 with two more planned for September and October
      • Parking – Allen Goddard, Alan Feltham
        • Many members actively participated in public meetings to provide input to the town’s planning process
      • Problem Properties – Larry Decker, Bill Cronin, David Jones
        • Members submitted property addresses that were considered problematic
        • Meeting held with Regulatory to get an update
        • Meeting held with Town Manager to again request action on these properties
      • Creating Neighborhoods – Pat Richards, Lori Luciano
        • NEEDS TO BE A MAJOR PROGRAM FOR THE PROGRAM YEAR 2017-2018
      • Oversight Committee for the Fire Station Building -Larry Decker, Allen Goddard
        • Make recommendations for the Hyannis Fire District Annual Report-Larry Decker, Alan Feltham, Ralph Krau
          • Recommendations made and moved forward thru the ByLaw Review Committee
          • Many of the recommended Changes have been made
        • Members attend the Building Committee meetings
      • Main St – Chair needed
        • Walk on Wednesdays-Lee Jones
          • Very successful at the beginning but when Lee’s job kept him out of town it was difficult to sustain
        • Appropriate Windows -an opportunity to pull together groups to address ideas like hookahs in windows along with other drug devices and selling Spice in a positive concerned neighborhood approach
          • No action due to lack of a chair
        • Hyannis Ambassadors on the Street – coordinated with the Hyannis Open Streets Program
  • Service Projects
    • Robbins Square – South and Pleasant Street – Garden and General Maintenance of the Square – Milt Berglund, Jane Walsh
      • Great job under Milt’s leadership with the help of Jay Doherty who mows the lawn
      • New chair needed for this coming year
    • Coordination with HySOY – an organization that supports the youth in our community that was created during the Voices of the Village – Deb Krau, Liaison
      • Member of HySOY advisory board

Reminder – General Meeting on East End Developments

The Greater Hyannis Civic Association is pleased to host the proposed developers for two areas in the East End on Tuesday, are targeting different populations and are at different stages in their development. Therefore each presentation will be separate.  Each developer will share his current thinking on his project and answer your questions as best they can. 

As you know, the weather cancelled our meeting with Shoestring Properties on March 14th.  They have graciously agreed to come back to see us before their next meeting with the Planning Board scheduled for Monday, April 24th.   CapeBuilt Development has some initial drawings but is still gathering input before starting their permitting process.

Elizabeth Jenkins, Director of Growth Management, will be available to answer any questions.

Parking for the evening is available at the Dockside Property and in the lot across School St from the Dockside.

This is your chance to see the proposed projects and ask your questions.  Please come and bring a friend.

2016 Program Year

GHCA Program Year – Adopted at Board Meeting – June,  2016

Coordination with others – Finding Common Ground to Work Together

  • Concerning Hyannis -Town of Barnstable, Greater Hyannis Chamber of Commerce, BID, Hyannis Historical Society, Historic Waterfront Committee, Hyannis Library, Social Services, HySOY, HFD
  • Concerning Town – Other Civic Associations

Standing Committees from Our Bylaws

  • Sec. 1.  Membership Committee:  The Membership Committee shall invite newcomers to membership, earnestly seeking to achieve a membership embracing all residents, property owners and businesses of Hyannis, Hyannis Port and West Hyannisport. – Chair Laura Cronin
  • Sec. 2.  Public Issues Committee:  The Public Issues Committee shall be charged with the responsibility of formulating issues of concern to the  residential and business communities of Hyannis, Hyannis Port and West Hyannisport in order to focus the attention and action of the Greater Hyannis Civic Association. – Chair needed
    • o Streamlining how to do business with the town – epermit??
  • Sec. 3.  Fund Raising and Events Committee:  The Fund Raising and Events Committee shall be charged with promulgating and implementing fund raising ideas and project and events. – Chair Brad Pfeiffer
    • o 4th of July Bike Parade – D. Krau
    • o Santa’s Boat Parade – B Pfeiffer
    • o Kalmus Summer Picnic – A. Feltham
  • Sec. 4.- Communications/Marketing to be added to our bylaws at the next annual meeting–- Chair Sarah Colvin Nelson with Ed Maroney

o   Website,Facebook

o   Press -Papers, Radio Stations

o   Poster in Library, etc for membership and event focus

Major Projects

o   Homeless and Addicted including expansion of social services in the area– D. Krau

o   Hyannis Open Streets – modelled after the Healthy Living – Jane Walsh, Debra Dagwam, Ed Maroney, Elizabeth Wurfbain, Ralph Krau

  • Openstreetsproject.org

o   Parking – Allen Goddard, Alan Feltham

o   Problem Properties – Larry Decker, Bill Cronin, David Jones

o   Creating Neighborhoods – Pat Richards, Lori Luciano

o   Oversite Committee for the Fire Station Building – Larry Decker, Allen Goddard

  • Make recommendations for the HFD Annual Report – Larry Decker, Alan Feltham, Ralph Krau

o   Main St – Chair needed

  • Walk on Wednesdays – Lee Jones
  • Appropriate Windows – an opportunity to pull together groups to approach ideas like hookahs in windows along with other drug devices and selling Spice in a positive concerned neighborhood approach
  • Youth Committee and other High School Groups
  • Hyannis Ambassadors on the Street

Service Projects

o   Robbins Square – South and Pleasant Street – Garden and General Maintenance of the Square – Milt Berglund, Jane Walsh

o   Coordination with HySOY – an organization that supports the youth in our community that was created during the Voices of the Village – Deb Krau, Liaison

GHCA Newsletter: July 2016

Board of Directors for the year 6/1/2016 – 5/31/2017:

Officers:

  • Deborah Krau – President
  • Sarah Colvin Nelson – Vice President
  • Larry Decker – Treasurer
  • Ralph Krau – Executive Secretary

Executive Board:

  • William Cronin
  • Laura Cronin
  • Debra Dagwan
  • Allen Goddard
  • David Jones
  • Anthony Pelletier
  • Brad Pfeiffer
  • Uta Quint
  • Kathy Strudwick

Board of Directors for the year 6/1/2016 – 5/31/2017:

Officers:

  • Deborah Krau – President
  • Sarah Colvin Nelson – Vice President
  • Larry Decker – Treasurer
  • Ralph Krau – Executive Secretary

Executive Board:

  • William Cronin
  • Laura Cronin
  • Debra Dagwan
  • Allen Goddard
  • David Jones
  • Anthony Pelletier
  • Brad Pfeiffer
  • Uta Quint
  • Kathy Strudwick

 By-Laws of Greater Hyannis Civic Association,   Inc.

Updated June 2016

Article I

Name and Mailing Address

Sec. 1.  The name of this Corporation shall be the Greater Hyannis Civic Association, Inc.,  hereinafter “Association”.

Sec. 2.  The mailing address of the Association shall be P.O. Box 783, West Hyannisport, MA 02672. The Association may, from time to time, change its mailing address and shall inform, in writing, all of the Members of the Association of the new mailing address.

 

Article II

Purpose

Sec. 1.  The purpose of this Association shall be to provide an active voice for residents of the communities of Hyannis, Hyannis Port, and West Hyannisport to our elected representatives, the business community, and other civic groups or interested parties.  The Association will be a collective forum to discuss and develop consensus on issues affecting the quality of life in our communities. In addition, the Association shall participate in such community events as it deems beneficial to the residents of our communities.

Sec. 2.  The Greater Hyannis Civic Association shall operate exclusively for charitable, educational, or recreational purposes, as said terms have been and shall be defined in and pursuant to Sections 170(c) and 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code, and within the provisions of Chapter 180 of the General Laws of the State of Massachusetts.

Article III

Membership and Dues

Sec. 1.  Any person, property owner or business owner residing in one of our communities, or who is the owner of property or a business in one of our communities, and who has an interest in joining the Greater Hyannis Civic Association may become a Member upon payment of dues. A non-resident of our communities may become a member upon payment of dues and shall enjoy all the rights and privileges of membership, except that such a Member may not vote on any matter requiring a vote of the membership.

Sec. 2.  Membership dues shall be established on an annual basis by the Board of Directors.  Membership is applicable for the year starting on June 1st and ending on May 31st.  Dues may be raised, waived or pro-rated at the discretion of the Board of Directors.

Article IV

Officers

Sec. 1.  Officers.  The officers of the Association shall consist of a President, a Vice-President, a Secretary, and a Treasurer.

 

Article V

Powers and Duties of Officers

Sec. 1.  President.  The President shall have the powers and duties usual to his or her office subject to any provisions elsewhere in these By-laws concerning his or her powers and duties, and shall have such other duties as the Directors may from time to time delegate to him or her.  The President shall preside at all meetings of the Association and of the Board of Directors.  The President shall be an ex officio member of all committees except the Nomination Committee. The President, with approval of the Board of Directors may appoint ad hoc and/or standing committees as may be deemed necessary by the Board.

Sec. 2.  Vice-President.  The Vice-President shall act at the request of or in the absence of a President and at such times shall exercise the powers and discharge the duties of the President, and shall have other powers and duties as the President or Board of Directors may prescribe.

Sec. 3.  Secretary.  The Secretary shall keep a record of and publish the proceedings of the Association and of the Board of Directors, and of any committee that may be appointed by said Board, shall attend to the correspondence of the Association, and of the Board of Directors, and shall perform such other duties as the Board of Directors shall designate.

Sec. 4.  Treasurer.  The Treasurer shall have the powers and duties usual to his or her office, subject to such conditions and restrictions as may be made by the Directors and to any provision contained elsewhere in these By-laws concerning his or her powers and duties.  He or she shall keep accurate account books, including but not limited to a monthly report of revenue and expenses, which shall always be open to inspection by the Directors at his or her office during business hours, and shall render to them at the annual meetings of the Board of Directors, or whenever the Board of Directors may require, from time to time, a brief written statement or accounting of the financial condition of the Association. The Treasurer is authorized to pay any obligation of $200.00 or less, without approval of the Board of Directors and should keep accurate records and receipts of such payments.  Payment of amounts in excess of $200.00 must be approved by a vote of the Board of Directors.

Sec. 5.  Term of Office for Officers.  Officers shall be elected each year for a period of one (1) year or until a successor is appointed, except that an officer’s term shall be considered ended when said officer shall die, resign, or be removed.

Article VI

Board of Directors

Sec. 1.  Board of Directors.  The Board of Directors shall be comprised of officers and voting Members of the Association. There shall be a minimum of eleven (11) and a maximum of twenty-one (21) directors on the Board of Directors. The President of the Association shall also serve as Chairman of the Board of Directors.

Sec. 2.  Quorum.  The presence of a majority of the members of the Board of Directors shall constitute a quorum. If less than a quorum is present any meeting may be adjourned, without notice, to a subsequent date or until a quorum is available.

Sec. 3.  Meetings of Board of Directors.  The Board shall meet monthly, at a time agreed upon by the members, though it may waive meetings during July and August.  The Board shall hold special meetings at the call of the Chairman, or at the call of any three of its members, who shall notify, in adequate time and in writing, all Board members of the subject, time and place of the special meeting.  The Board shall maintain appropriate records of its proceedings. The records of the meetings of the Board of Directors shall be open to inspection to any Member of the Association in good standing. The date, time and place of regular meetings of the Board shall be published.

Sec. 4.  Board of Director Meeting Participation and Voting.  Any member of the Association in good standing may attend meetings of the Board and be heard on matters of business, but only members of the Board shall vote on its decisions.

Sec. 5.  Scope of Authority of Board of Directors.  The Board shall represent the Association in all matters affecting its interests and shall have general supervision and full power to control the affairs of the Association during intervals between meetings. Acts performed by the Board in its general supervision and control of the affairs of the Association shall be binding and shall have the same force and effect as the acts of the Association, unless reversed by a majority vote of the members present at a regular meeting of the Association, or at a special meeting of the Association called to review the actions of the Board of Directors.

Sec. 6.  Vacancies in the Board of Directors.  The Board may fill vacancies in any officer positions until a regular election is held.

Sec. 7.  Resignation Due to Absence.  Any officer or director who has three consecutive and unexcused absences from Board of Directors meetings without giving prior notice to the President may be asked to resign from the Board.

Sec. 8.  Terms of Office for Directors:  Directors shall be elected for a period of one (1) year or until a successor is appointed, except that an officer’s term shall be considered ended if said officer shall die, resign or be removed.

Article VII

Powers and Duties of Board of Directors

            Sec. 1.  The Board of Directors shall have the control and management of the business and property of the Association and also shall have and exercise all powers conferred upon them by these By-laws.  Without in any manner limiting the general powers otherwise set forth in the general laws or any powers conferred in these By-laws, but subject to any specific limitations elsewhere contained in these By-laws, it is expressly declared that the Board of Directors shall have the following powers:

  • To purchase, lease, or otherwise acquire for the Association any or all rights, privileges, franchises, or property, whether real or personal, business, goodwill, fixtures, patents and interests hereunder, whenever they, in their judgment, deem it beneficial for the purposes of the Association and which the Association is authorized to acquire, and to pay for the same either wholly or partly in money or in stocks, bonds, debentures, or other securities of the Association, or on such terms and conditions and for such considerations they may think fit.
  • To borrow or raise money when they deem it necessary, and to issue any and all notes or any obligations convenient for the business of the Association and to secure the same by pledge or deed of trust on such parts of the property of the Association as may be necessary and to draw, make, accept, endorse, discount, execute and issue contracts, promissory notes, bill of exchange, warrants and negotiable and transferable instruments
  • From time to time to provide for the management of the affairs of the

Association in such manner as they may think fit and in particular, from time to time, to delegate such power and authority as the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts will permit to any committee, officer, or agent.

  • At their discretion, to appoint and remove managers, subordinate

assistants, committees, clerks, agents, servants, employees, both permanent or temporary, fill vacancies in their positions and determine their duties and from time to time change their salaries, if any, or the compensation of all officers and also fees of the Directors, if any, and require security consistent with the other provisions of these By-laws.  The Board, in its discretion, may vest any officer or committee of the Association with any and all of the powers in this section contained.

Sec. 2.  At all meetings of the Board of Directors, each director present shall have

one vote.

Sec. 3.  Any director may resign at any time by giving written notice to the Board

of  Directors, the President, or the Secretary of the Association.  Unless otherwise specified in such written notice, such resignation shall take effect upon receipt thereof by the Board of Directors or such officer, and the acceptance of such resignation shall not be necessary to make it effective.

Sec. 4.  Any vacancy in the Board of Directors occurring by reason of an increase

in the number of directors, or by reason of the death, resignation, disqualification, removal or inability to act of any director, or otherwise, shall be filled for the unexpired portion of the term by majority vote of the remaining directors, though less than a quorum, at any regular meeting or special meeting of the Board of Directors called for that purpose.

Article VIII

Meetings of the Association

Sec. 1.  Regular meetings of the Association shall be held at such times as the Directors may designate.  The May meeting shall be the annual meeting of the Association.

Sec. 2.  No less than seven (7) days prior to a regular meeting, the Secretary shall send notices of the meeting to all Association members, either by regular mail or electronically.

Sec. 3.  Special meetings of the Association may be called by the President or by the Board.  In addition, on written request of ten (10) members of the Association in good standing, the President shall be required to call a special meeting of the Association, and to notify all members by appropriate means of communication of the date, place and time of the meeting.  Notice of any special meeting shall state the matters to be considered and no other business may be transacted.

Sec. 4.  At any regular or special meeting of the Association, twenty (20) individuals who are qualified to vote shall constitute a quorum of the transaction of business.  Written proxies shall be recognized with respect to any or all agenda items of the meeting, except to determine the presence of a quorum.

Sec. 5.  Meetings of the Association shall be governed by Roberts Rules of Order, except where contrary rules are authorized herein.

Article IX

Standing Committees

Sec. 1.  Membership Committee:  The Membership Committee shall invite newcomers to membership, earnestly seeking to achieve a membership embracing all residents, property owners and businesses of Hyannis, Hyannis Port and West Hyannisport.

Sec. 2.  Public Issues Committee:  The Public Issues Committee shall be charged with the responsibility of formulating issues of concern to the  residential and business communities of Hyannis, Hyannis Port and West Hyannisport in order to focus the attention and action of the Greater Hyannis Civic Association, Inc.

Sec. 3.  Fund Raising and Events Committee:  The Fund Raising and Events Committee shall be charged with promulgating and implementing fund raising ideas and project and events.

Article X

Elections

Sec. 1.  The election of officers and directors shall be held at the Annual Meeting.  All officers shall be elected for a term of one Association year, and shall assume their duties immediately following their election.  They shall continue to hold their respective offices until their successors are duly elected and installed.  The annual meeting shall be in May of each calendar year.

Sec. 2.  The President shall appoint an ad hoc Nomination Committee no later than March first of each year.  The committee shall consist of 3 to 5 Members. The Chairman shall also be appointed by the President.  This committee shall furnish to the President, by April 1st, the name of at least one candidate for each office and one candidate for each vacant directorship. The Nomination Committee must obtain the consent of any person whose name is place in nomination.

Sec. 3.  No less than fifteen (15) days in advance of the Annual Meeting, the Secretary shall furnish all members a written notice of the impending election and slate of nominees.

Sec. 4.  Election shall be by voice vote or show of hands though, at the sole discretion of the President, the election may be by ballot, and absentee ballots shall be permitted.  A plurality of the votes cast shall constitute an election.  In the event of a tie, the winner shall be determined by the toss of a coin.

Article XI

Fiscal Year

Sec. 1.  The fiscal year of the Association shall be June 1st to May 31st.

Article XII

Indemnity

 

Sec. 1.  Any person made a party to any action, suit, proceeding, by reason of the fact that he, his testator or intestate representative is or was a director, officer or employee of the Association, or of any entity in which he served at the request of the Association, shall be indemnified by the Association against the reasonable expenses, including attorney’s fees, actually and necessarily incurred by him in connection with the defense of such action, suit or proceedings, or in connection with any appeal therein, except in relation to matters as to which it shall be adjudged in such action, suit or proceeding, or in connection within any appeal therein that such officer, director or employee is liable for negligence or misconduct in the performance of his duties.

Sec. 2.  The foregoing right of indemnification shall not be deemed exclusive of any other rights to which any officer or director or employee may be entitled apart from the provisions of this section.

 

Sec. 3.  The amount of indemnity to which any officer or any director may be entitled shall be fixed by the Board of Directors, except that in the case where there is no disinterested majority of the Board of Directors available, the amount shall be fixed by arbitration pursuant to the then existing rules of the American Arbitration Association.

Article XII

                                       Dissolution of Association and Inurement

Sec. 1.  Upon dissolution, all of the remaining assets and property of the Association, after payment of necessary expenses thereof, shall be distributed to another Association exempt under said section of the code, to be applied by such other Association for those purposes of that Association that are most similar to the purposes of this Association. The choice of the tax-exempt Association to receive the assets and property shall be made according to the following priority: a Town of Barnstable tax-exempt Association, Corporation, organization or other entity having a purpose similar to the Greater Hyannis Civic Association, Inc.; if none, to any Town of Barnstable tax-exempt Association or Corporation. With respect to the distribution of assets, no member, director or officer of this Association shall profit thereby.

Sec. 2.  No part of its net earnings shall inure to the benefit of any member, director or any officer of the Association or any private person. No officer, director or member of the Association or any private individual shall be entitled to share in the distribution of any of the corporate assets upon the dissolution of the Association.

Article XIII

 Amendment of By-Laws

Sec. 1.  The By-laws may be amended, altered, or repealed by a majority vote of the voting members in good standing present in person at any regular or special meeting at which there is a quorum present, provided that notice of the proposed amendment shall have been mailed or delivered to the members not less than ten (10) days prior to the meeting at which action on the proposed amendment is contemplated. Notices concerning an amendment shall briefly state the purpose of the amendment, shall cite the articles to be amended, and shall recite the proposed amendment.

 

The undersigned officers certify that they have adopted the foregoing By-Laws,

as approved by the Membership of the Association at its Annual Meeting held on the 23rd day of May, 2016 in Hyannis.

President – Deborah Krau

Vice President – Sarah Nelson Colvin

Secretary – Ralph Krau

Treasurer – Larry Decker

Newsletter – July 27