Section 1. The name of the organization shall be Partnership for Animal Welfare, Incorporated, hereinafter referred to as “the Partnership.”
Section 2. The objectives of the Partnership shall be to:
1. Facilitate the rescue and adoption of homeless domestic animals of pure or mixed breed lineage, and placing adoptable animals into solid and stable homes, while providing long-term care for those animals not appropriate for adoption;
2. Prevent cruelties of any form to any and all animals and to aid in the prosecution of such cruelties;
3. Help relieve suffering of and prevent cruelty to animals through dissemination of information to and education of the public;
4. Help reduce the numbers of homeless, relinquished, abandoned, and destroyed domestic animals through the dissemination of information to and the education of the public including, but not limited to, lectures, seminars, and shelter visits relating to humane and responsible treatment, adequate medical care, and sterilization.
The Partnership will determine the eligibility of each applicant to adopt an animal from the Partnership in accordance with the general policies in effect at the date of the application. Determination of eligibility will be made without regard to the race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, or disability of the applicants. It does so in accordance with local, state, and federal law.
The Partnership shall not be conducted or operated for profit, and no part of any profits or remainder or residue from dues or donations to the Partnership shall inure to the benefit of any members or individual.
The active volunteers of the Partnership shall adopt and may from time to time revise such By-laws as may be required to carry out these objectives.
Constitution Approved by the Partnership for Animal Welfare, Incorporated, Board of Directors and General Meeting Vote December 28, 2003.
The Partnership shall maintain a manual, hereinafter referred to as “the Policy Manual,” that provides detail on how to implement rules listed in the Bylaws; it shall be considered a working document and therefore can be modified at the Board’s discretion to facilitate the work of the organization.
Section 1. Volunteer Status. For the purposes of these Bylaws wherein the word “volunteer” is used it is interpreted to mean “active volunteer”. An active volunteer is someone who, on an ongoing basis, assists with the operations of the Partnership, including but not limited to helping at adoption shows, answering phone lines, participating in fundraisers, fostering, and/or participating in educational events. Volunteers are expected to conduct themselves in accordance with the Partnership’s Bylaws and policies.
Section 2. Insurance Coverage. The Partnership’s liability insurance covers incidents of bodily injury and property damage caused by Partnership animals against third parties. Partnership volunteers and temporary care givers are not considered a third party. The Partnership maintains non-profit directors and officers liability insurance.
a. Each volunteer shall sign the required legal agreements as specified in the Policy Manual.
b. Persons doing pet sitting for Partnership animals are required to sign a Hold Harmless agreement.
Section 1. General Meetings. General Meetings of the Partnership shall be held in the greater metropolitan Washington, D.C. area at such dates, hour, and place as may be designated by the Board of Directors (hereinafter referred to as the Board) at a minimum of three times per year. Notice of each General Meeting shall be distributed at least fourteen (14) days prior to the date of the meeting. General Meetings are open to all volunteers in good standing. The quorum for such meetings shall be ten (10) volunteers in good standing and 51 percent of the Board. If a quorum is not present at the meeting, no official actions can be taken.
Section 2. Special Meetings. Special Meetings may be called by the President, or by a majority vote of the Board who are present and voting at any Regular or Special Meeting of the Board, and shall be called by the Secretary upon receipt of a petition or email signed by five (5) volunteers of the Partnership who are in good standing. Such meetings shall be scheduled within 30 days of the original request and shall be held in the greater metropolitan Washington, D.C. area. Notice of such a meeting shall be set by the Board and notice distributed at least fourteen (14) days prior to the date of the meeting; said notice shall state the purpose of the meeting, and no other Partnership business may be transacted thereat. The quorum for such a meeting shall be ten (10) volunteers in good standing and 51 percent of the Board. If a quorum is not present at the meeting, no official actions can be taken.
Section 3. Board Meetings. Meetings of the Board shall be held in the greater metropolitan Washington, D.C. area on such dates, hour, and place as agreed to by the Board members. The minimum number of Board Meetings per year is set at three (3). Notice of each such meeting shall be distributed seven (7) days prior to the date of the meeting. The quorum for such a meeting shall be seventy-five percent (75%) of the Board. If a quorum is not present at the meeting, no official actions can be taken.
Section 4. Special Board Meetings. Special Board Meetings may be called by the President or shall be called by the Secretary upon receipt of a written request or email signed by at least three (3) Board members. Such meetings shall be held in the greater metropolitan Washington, D.C. area. Notice of such meeting shall be distributed at least seven (7) days prior to the date of the meeting. Any such notice shall state the purpose of the meeting and no other business shall be transacted thereat. A quorum for such meeting shall be seventy-five percent (75%) of the Board. If a quorum is not present at the meeting, no official actions can be taken.
Section 5. Volunteer Voting. Each volunteer who has been active (as defined in Article I of these Bylaws) for a period of at least six (6) months preceding a vote shall be entitled to one vote. Volunteers vote for Bylaws revisions and annual elections. Volunteers must be present to vote for Bylaws revisions at a General or Special Meeting. The only volunteer vote allowed by electronic means or by mail is the vote in the Annual Election (see Article IV). Proxy votes are not allowed.
Section 6. Board Voting.
a. Board votes may be in person at a Board Meeting or by electronic means.
b. Seventy-five percent (75%) of the Board members must vote for official action to be taken.
c. No proxy votes are allowed.
Section 7. Order. Robert’s Rules of Order shall govern all proceedings except where otherwise specified in these by-laws or the Policy Manual.
Section 1. The Board. The Board shall be comprised of the officers: President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and one representative from each specialty as designated in the Partnership policy manual. All shall be volunteers in good standing and all shall be elected for one-year terms prior to the Partnership’s Annual Meeting each year. General management of the Partnership’s affairs shall be entrusted to the Board.
Section 2. Officers. The Partnership’s officers, consisting of the President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer, shall serve in their respective capacities with regard to the business of the Partnership.
a. The President shall preside at all General and Special Meetings and Board Meetings, and shall have the duties and powers normally appurtenant to the office of President in addition to those specified in these Bylaws.
b. The Vice-President shall have the duties and exercise the powers of the President in case of the President’s death, absence, or incapacity.
c. The Secretary shall keep a record of all General and Special Meetings of the Partnership and of all matters of which a non- financial record shall be ordered by the Partnership. He or she shall have charge of official correspondence, notify members of meetings, notify candidates of their election to office, keep a roll of the volunteers with their addresses, and carry out such other duties as are prescribed in these Bylaws and the Policy Manual.
d. The Treasurer is responsible for the collection and receipt of all monies due or belonging to the Partnership. He or she (or an assistant) shall deposit the same in a bank designated by the Board, in the name of the Partnership. The Treasurer is responsible for paying all bills owed by the Partnership from these funds. The Treasurer and President will be authorized signators on the account. The Treasurer shall be bonded in such an amount as the Board shall determine. The books and records of the Partnership shall be maintained by the Treasurer and shall at all times be open to inspection by the Board. He or she shall report at every General Meeting the condition of the Partnership’s finances. At the Annual Meeting he or she shall render an account of all monies earned and expenses incurred for the eleven (11) months ended November 30th of the current year. The Partnership’s financial statements will be presented using the accrual basis of accounting in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. The Treasurer will be responsible for timely filing of all returns and registrations required by federal, state, and local authorities. He or she will be responsible for contracting with an independent Certified Public Accounting (CPA) firm to perform an annual audit of the Partnership’s financial statements to be completed by June 30th of the following year. The Treasurer shall maintain a list of donations by individuals, organizations and foundations.
Section 3. Vacancies. Any vacancies occurring on the Board during the year shall be filled until the end of the term by a majority vote of all the remaining members of the Board at its first Regular Meeting following the creation of such vacancy, or at a Special Board Meeting called for that purpose; except that a vacancy in the office of President shall be filled automatically by the Vice-President; the resulting vacancy in the office of Vice-President shall be filled in the same manner as any other Board vacancy. In the absence of a Vice-President, the Treasurer assumes the duties of the President, followed by the Secretary.
Section 4. Removal of Board Members. Any Board member who does not comply with Partnership policies can be asked to resign or be removed by a 2/3 majority of the remaining Board; the vacancy would be filled in the same manner as any other Board vacancy.
Section 5. Removal of Volunteers. Any volunteer who does not comply with Partnership policies, at the discretion of the Board, will no longer be a volunteer, and will be removed from the volunteer roster and from Partnership communications.
Section 1. Partnership Year. The Partnership’s fiscal year shall begin on the first (1st) day of January and end on the thirty-first (31st) day of December. The Partnership’s official year shall be concurrent with the fiscal year.
Section 2. The Elections Official.
An Elections Official will be designated by the Board and must be an active volunteer in good standing with no conflict of interest in the elections outcome or a contracted party with no vested interest in the elections outcome. The Elections Official must keep all votes strictly confidential and will keep the voting record including each volunteer’s name and ballot for three months after the election for the purposes of inspection by a chosen third party in case of dispute.
Section 3. Nominations.
a. No person may be a candidate in a Partnership election who has not been an active volunteer as defined in Article II of these Bylaws and the Policy Manual since June 1st of the election year.
b. Nominations may be made after the announcement date of the election up until thirteen (13) days prior to said election date, after which time nominations shall be closed. Nominations may be made at such last General Meeting prior to elections or by submitting the nomination to the Elections Official, setting out the full name of the person being nominated and the position for which they are being nominated. To be included on the ballot, nominees must submit an acceptance statement prior to the close of nominations. No person may be a candidate for more than one position at one time.
c. Immediately after the close of the nominations, the Elections Official shall provide the volunteers with the name and proposed office of each candidate by sending a special Elections email and by posting the aforesaid information in the first issue of Partnership This Week distributed after nominations are closed.
Section 4. Annual Elections Voting Process.
a. Method of Voting. Officers and directors shall be elected by confidential ballot from among those nominated in accordance with Section 3 of Article IV. Ballots shall be submitted via delivery on paper or by electronic means other than telephone to the Elections Official.
b. Timing of Voting. The Election Official shall advise the voting membership of the election date no less than thirty (30) days prior to the election. Votes may be submitted to the Elections Official starting at the time nominations are closed and the official ballot is announced. All ballots must be received by the Elections Official six (6) days prior to the Annual Meeting. Election results shall be announced via email to the entire roster of volunteers two (2) days prior to the day of the Annual Meeting and again at the Annual Meeting. The first issue of Partnership This Week following the Annual Meeting shall include the aforesaid notice of the election results. In each case, the announcement of election results will name each Board member and his or her position on the Board; it will not include the vote tally for any contested position.
Section 5. Elections. The nominated candidate(s) receiving the greatest number of votes for each seat on the Board shall be declared elected.
Section 6. Annual Meeting. The Annual Meeting shall be held in December; this meeting is intended for volunteers to meet the newly elected members of the Board.
Section 7. Transfer of Duties. Those whose election is announced at the Annual Meeting shall take office on January 1st of the year following such elections, unless elected under the terms of Article III, Section 3 (Vacancies), in which instance such elected Board member shall take office immediately. Each retiring officer shall turn over to such successor in office all properties and records relating to that office within thirty (30) days after the election.
Section 1. The Board may create or disband standing committees to advance the work of the Partnership. Ad-hoc committees may also be appointed by the Board to aid with particular projects. Committees shall always be subject to the final authority of the Board.
Section 2. Any committee appointment may be terminated by a majority vote of the Board upon written notice to the appointee; and the Board may appoint successors to those persons whose services have been terminated.
Section 1. Amendments to the Constitution and Bylaws may be proposed by the Board or by written petition addressed to the Secretary, signed by twenty (20) percent of the volunteers. Amendments proposed by such petition shall be considered by the Board within thirty (30) days and must be submitted to the volunteers with recommendations of the Board by the Secretary for a vote within three (3) months of the date when the petition was received by the Secretary.
Section 2. The Constitution and Bylaws may be amended by a two-thirds vote of the volunteers present and voting at any General or Special Meeting called for the purpose, provided the proposed amendments have been included in the notice of the meeting and mailed to each volunteer at least two (2) weeks prior to the date of that meeting.
Section 1. The Partnership may be dissolved at any time by the written consent of not less than two-thirds of the volunteers. In the event of the dissolution of the Partnership, other than for purposes of reorganization whether voluntary or involuntary or by operation of law, none of the property of the Partnership nor any proceeds thereof nor any assets of the Partnership shall be distributed to any volunteers, but after payment of the debts of the Partnership, its property and assets shall be given to a charitable organization for the benefit of animals selected by the Board.
Section 1. At General meetings, the order of business, so far as the character and nature of the meeting may permit, shall be as follows:
Section 2. At meetings of the Board, the order of business, unless otherwise directed by a majority vote of those present, shall be as follows:
By-laws Approved by the Partnership for Animal Welfare, Incorporated, Board of Directors and General Meeting Vote, December 28, 2003.