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Name:
This organization shall be called the Athens Senior Resource Network- Hereafter referred as the Network.
Purpose:
The purpose of ASRN are:

  • To serve professional needs of people who strive to improve the quality of life for Senior Adults and those with disabilities in Georgia.

  • To create a network for people in the field of aging that will strengthen efforts twords a common goal.

  • To promote the sharing of knowledge and resources among professionals and between the different disciplines in gerontology, geriatrics, those serving older adults, and those with disabilities.

  • To provide opportunities for professional growth for the membership.

  • To broaden communication between organizations which serve older adults and those with disabilities in NE Georgia.

  • To educate the public and the network member organizations about available resources in order to better serve seniors.

  • To develop and strengthen linkages with other professional organizations and groups.

  • To provide opportunitites for discussion and dialogue on topics of current interest and practice.

  • To provide specific knowledge about recent developments in aging laws, regulations, and practice.

  • To survey the membership in order to identify current issues of concern and interest.

  • To develop a membership with board representation of the different disciplines in Gerontology, aging services, and geriatrics.

  • To provide members with information about others in the network such as geographical location, professional organization, areas of expertise and special interest.

Board of Directors

Section 1. Composition of the Board

The board of Directors shall consist of 4 officers elected by the members at large.

  1. The officers shall be elected at large by the network members; seats shall have a limit of two consecutive terms. A term shall be 2 years.

  2. No member company shall have more than one representative on the Board of Directors at a time.

Section 2. Quorum:

The presence of one-half of the Board of Directors shall constitute a quorum. 

Section 3. Duties of the Board:

The Board of Directors shall have management and control of the affairs and funds of the Athens Senior Resource Network. Where official action in the name of the Athens Senior Resource Network is desired, such proposed action must be approved by the Board of Directors. 

Section 4. Vacancies: 

Vacancies may occur for:

  • Resignation

  • Failure to pay annual dues

  • Failure to attend 3 consecutive meetings

Board vacancies shall be filled as follows:

  • New appointees shall be recommended and nominated by the nominating committee.

  • Nominees shall be presented to the members at large for a vote.

  • The new officer shall be determined by majority vote and shall serve out the remainder of the unexpired term.

Membership

Section 1.

Membership in the Athens Senior Resource Network shall be open to any individual or organization interested in the purpose of the network. 

Section 2. Categories of Network Membership:

  • General membership- Individual

  • Non- Profit Organizational

  • For-Profit Organizational

  • Student

Section 3. Annual Dues:

The annual dues for the membership shall be established and approved by the Board of Directors. 

Section 4. Membership Year:

The term for membership in the network shall be one year beginning June of each year.

Section 5.

Dues shall cover one entity only. Subsidiaries, divisions, OR sister companies shall be required to pay dues separately as an organizational member. Each organizational membership shall include up to two (2) representatives per organization. 

Section 6. Voting:

Each organizational; membership shall be entitled to one (1) vote at meetings of the network. We will use the honor system with regard to this. 

Officers and Their Duties

Section 1. Officers:

The officers of the network shall be a President, Vice President, Secretary, and a Treasurer.

Section 2. Terms of Office:

All officers shall assume office at the June meeting, following elections and are eligible for re-election for one consecutive term. The term of office shall be two years beginning with the taking of office at the June meeting and continuing 24 months.

Section 3. Filling of Vacancies of Officers:

If the office President becomes vacant, then the Vice- President shall assume the office of President. If the office Vice- President, Secretary, and Treasurer should become vacant, the Nominating Committee shall appoint a successor from the membership at large (refer to Article III, Section 4). The successor shall serve the remainder of the unexpired term. Any service exceeding six (6) months shall be considered a full term of office.

Section 4. Duties of Officers:

The President & Executive Committee shall preside at all meetings of the network. The President shall be responsible for the administration of the business of the network, appoint a parliamentarian to assist with meetings of the network as needed, be and ex-officio member of all committees, and preform such other duties as are usually associated with this office. The president shall ensure maintenance of the official files pertinent to the operation of the network. 

The Vice-President shall preform duties of the President in the absence or disability of the President. Vice-President shall schedule and confirm hosts for each membership meeting.

The Secretary shall keep minutes of all the Executive Committee and Membership meetings of network, send out notices of meetings, and distribute other notices/information approved by the board.

The Treasurer shall deposit or cause to be deposited the funds of the network in appropriate accounts, disburse or cause to be disbursed the funds of the network upon proper vouchers for disbursement, keep or cause records to be kept of all the assets and liabilities of the network, and in the event of dissolution of the network shall oversee the resolution of liabilities and the disbursement of any assets at the direction of the Executive Committee. The Treasurer shall also present a Financial Report to the Executive Committee at each board meeting, collect dues, and keep a log of all paid members, and keep membership current. 

Committees

 

Section 1. Executive Committee:

The Executive Committee shall be composed of the officers of the network. It shall act for the Network Membership between regular meetings. 

Section 2. Standing Committees:

Standing Committee Chairpersons shall be appointed from the membership by the Executive Committee. Standing Committee Chairpersons will appoint other members to their committees. Standing Committee chairs shall be appointed for one-year term and may be reappointed for a second consecutive year. Standing Committees may include but are not limited to the following.

  • The Advocacy and Public Policy Committee shall monitor current aging issues, legislation and recommend appropriate action if necessary to the Membership. They will arrange an annual legislative breakfast for local elected officials. 

  • The Senior Expo Committee shall plan and coordinate the Annual Expo of the network. 

  • The Communications Committee shall coordinate internal and external communications, and coordinate public relation activities. 

  • The Membership Committee shall promote the benefits of membership, recruit new/ renewed memberships, and publish the annual membership directory of the network.

  • The Nominating Committee shall consist of five (5) members. The chair of this committee will be elected by the general membership at the annual meeting and will serve for a period of 2 years. The nominating committee shall nominate candidates for election. At least one (1) person shall be nominated for each office of the network and nominating committee. The nominating committee shall strive to present members in good standing or interested parties who complete application for membership and pay dues. 

Section 3. Other Committees:

Other Committees shall be appointed by the Executive Board as needed.

Network Elections

Section 1.

Election of officers and Nominating Committee shall be by majority vote of the membership at large.

  • If the officer candidate is not a current member such candidate may run for office only after membership dues are paid and must have been a paid member of the network for at least one year. The Nominating Committee shall submit a slate of members to fill 5 slots for this committee.

  • Elections shall be by written secret ballot and shall allow for write-in candidates. The ballot shall be electronically mailed to all paid network members three (3) weeks prior to the June meeting and must be returned no later than one (1) week before the June meeting in order to be counted as a valid vote. In the event that two people receive and equal number of votes for a position, the Executive Committee along with the Nominating Committee (totaling 9) shall vote to break the tie between the two nominees. This vote shall occur prior to the June meeting and the results of the balloting shall be announced with the other election results. No mention needs to be made of the tie, or of the Executive Committee and the Nominating Committee balloting.

Meetings of the Network

 

Section 1. Annual June Meeting:

Annual meetings will be held in June. The time and place of the meeting shall be designated by the Board of Directors. Written notice of the time and place of the annual meeting shall be mailed or emailed not less than one (1) month before said meeting. 

Section 2. Special Meetings:

Special meetings may be called at any time by the President or the Board of Directors. The President shall call a special meeting upon the written request of ten (10) members of the network. Written notices of the time, place, and purpose of special meetings shall be mailed or emailed not less than ten (10) days before such meetings. 

Section 3. Quorum:

A quorum requirement is necessary for a meeting to approve changes in the by-laws. The quorum requirement is not needed for Board issues and discussions. The voting requirement for the network for amendments to the by-laws is a two-thirds majority of the members in attendance when quorum is present. At all meetings of the network as a whole, two-thirds members shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. 

Section 4. Board of Directors Meetings

Meetings of the Board of Directors shall be held monthly prior to the general meeting. Additional meetings shall be called by the President upon written request of two (2) members of the Board of Directors any time. Written notice of the time and place of all meetings of the Board of Directors shall be mailed or emailed to each member of the Board no less then ten (10) days before the meeting. 

Section 5. 

Roberts Rules of Order shall apply in all meetings.

Section 6.

The Network shall have a monthly meeting. The date and time will be voted on by the members. Each meeting will be sponsored by a host. A host must be a paid member or members of the network. 

Amendment OR Repeal

Propsed by-law amendments shall be submitted to the memebership one (1) month prior to the annual June meeting or any special meeting of the network. Affirmative vote of at least two-thirds of the members in attrendance at a meeeting where a quorum is present shall be required in order for an amendment to be effective.