Amended November 2008 1. In these by-laws unless there is something in the subject or context inconsistent therewith(a) "Society" means Chester Municipal Heritage Society;(b) "Board" means the Board of Directors of the Society, lawfully holding office and includes any proper quorum thereof;(c) "Member" means any member of the Society, whether or not a member of the Board of Directors;(d) "Seal" means the corporate seal of the Society;(e) "Societies Act" means the Nova Scotia Societies Act (Chapter 435 of the Revised Statutes, 1989, amended 1993, c. 42); (f) "Registrar" means the Registrar of Joint Stock Companies appointed under the Nova Scotia Companies Act.By-Law Number One: GeneralArticle I: Membership1. The subscribers to the Memorandum of Association and such other persons as shall be admitted to membership in accordance with these by-laws, and none other, shall be members of the Society, and their names shall be entered in the Registry of Members accordingly.2. For the purposes of registration, the number of members of the Society is unlimited.3. Every member of the Society shall be entitled to attend any meeting of the Society and to vote at any meeting of the Society and to hold any office, but there shall be no proxy voting.4. The following shall be admitted to membership in the Society: any individual over the age of 18 years who upholds the objects of the Society and contributes to the support of the Society an amount to be determined from time to time by the Board.5. Membership in the Society shall not be transferable.6. No formal admission to membership shall be required and the entry in the Register of Members by the Secretary of the name and address of any organization or individual shall constitute an admission to membership in the Society.7. Membership in the Society shall cease upon the death of a member, or if, by notice in writing to the Society, he or she resigns his/her membership, or if he or she ceases to qualify for membership in accordance with these by-laws.8. The membership of the Society shall consist of four classes:(a) Honourary life members: shall be those persons designated by the Board in recognition of outstanding contributions or service to the Society.(b) Individual members: shall be those persons who pay the annual individual membership fee that shall from time to time be determined by the Board.(c) Family members: shall be those persons who pay the annual family membership fee that shall from time to time be determined by the Board.(d) Corporate members: shall be a representative from any company that pays the annual corporate membership fee that shall from time to time be determined by the Board.9. Privileges of Membership.(a) All members in good standing of the Society shall have the right to attend and vote at all General Meetings of the Society, to attend all Board Meetings, and have such other privileges as may from time to time be determined by the Board. (b) Any member of the Society shall be eligible to serve in any role on one or more committees and to be elected a Director of the Society. (c) The privileges of the Society shall be withdrawn from all corporate, individual and family members of the Society who have not paid their annual membership fee by such date as may from time to time be determined by the Board.10. Withdrawal and Removal of Members.(a) Any member of any class may withdraw from the Society by notifying the Secretary. (b) The Board by a three-quarters vote at any of its meetings may remove from the membership roll the name of any member of any class whose conduct, in the opinion of the Board, has been considered to be unsatisfactory, subject to a ratification by a simple majority of the members present at a General Meeting or specially called meeting. Article II: Governance by the Board of Directors1. The Governance of the Society shall be entrusted to the Board of Directors, from whom the Chair, the Vice Chair, the Director of Finance, the Secretary and the Program Chair shall also serve as Officers of the Society.2. The Board shall be empowered to act in the name of the Society in any matter consistent with the powers vested in the Society by reason of the Societies Act, subject to such limitations therein contained and without limiting the generality of the foregoing: (a) It shall have full power of authority as a Board to control and manage business and affairs of the Society; (b) It shall enter into agreements, either oral or in writing for the better management or furtherance of the objectives of the Society as the Board shall from time to time deem wise. (c) It shall have the power to accept gifts of all types of real and personal property, including money or kind, by and on behalf of the Society; (d) It shall have general powers of borrowing as are defined in these by-laws; (e) It shall supervise the performance of the duties of other officers and employees of the Society; (f) It shall ensure that the aims and objectives of the Society are properly carried out and supervised; (g) It shall ensure that the records required by the Societies Act are kept at all times and that suitable records of the items in charge of the Society shall be properly kept;.(h) It shall ensure that the assets of the Society are insured in such amount for such purposes and of such a type of insurance as it considers advisable and that real and personal property in the possession of the Society is insured in the sum and subject to such conditions as it deems advisable..3. The Board Chair may delegate such duties as to the management of the Society to such persons who are
The Chester Municipal Heritage Society was established in 1981 to promote and cultivate awareness of the unique heritage of the Municipality of the District of Chester for the enjoyment and benefit of present and future generations through the preservation of historically significant properties and the delivery of educational programming.