Updated February 23, 2012


Section 1 Name

A. The name of this organization shall be the Cedars Neighborhood Association, a nonprofit association, hereafter referred to as the Association. (Organized under Texas State Law)

Section 2 Purpose and Objectives

A. The purpose of the Association is to improve the quality of life in the neighborhood in matters such as land use, traffic control, social functions, environmental protection, public services, and other matters of neighborhood concern.

B. To represent and advance the interest of residents, businesses and other stakeholders in the neighborhood (herein referred to collectively as “residents”).

C. To keep all residents informed of issues vital to the neighborhood by appropriate communications and meetings.

D. To establish Standing and Ad-Hoc Committees to investigate and make recommendations to the Association on all matters of neighborhood concerns.


Section 1 General

A. Neighborhood boundaries are defined as follows: South of I-30, north of Al Lipscomb Way., east of Riverfront Blvd., and west of I-45.


Section 1 Membership

A. Resident Membership is available to full-time residents 18 years of age or older who maintain a primary residence within Neighborhood boundaries.

B. Non-resident membership is available to property owners and businesses located within Neighborhood boundaries.

C. Membership in the Association shall be contingent upon payment of the annual dues. Members are allowed to vote, hold office, serve on committees, and receive notices of the Association.

D. All memberships will be listed in the name of an individual and not a business entity.

Section 2 Dues

A. Dues shall be used to fund Association-sponsored activities. Dues may be paid in check/money order payable to “Cedars Neighborhood Association.” The Treasurer (or designee) will accept dues and provide receipts at monthly meetings.

B. Annual dues are as follows and may not be pro-rated:
1. Resident Membership: $25
2. Non-resident Membership: $75

C. Dues paid after January 31 by any member will prevent the member from voting in February officer elections.


Section 1 General

A. No member shall cast more than one vote. Voting is available only per individual membership and each individual membership will have only one vote.

B. Voting rights will vest thirty (30) days after the later of verification of membership eligibility or payment of membership dues.

C. Votes may be cast in person or by written proxy. A member may grant no more than two proxies per calendar year, and during a vote or meeting may exercise a proxy for only one granting member. Both the granting and the exercising members, or their attorneys-in-fact, must be in good standing with the Association. To be valid, each proxy shall: (i) be signed and dated by the granting member; (ii) name the member who has agreed to exercise the proxy; (iii) identify the vote or meeting for which the proxy is granted; (iv) not purport to be revocable without notice; and (v) be delivered to the secretary or person presiding over the designated vote or meeting by midnight (CST) prior to the vote or meeting. The proxy shall terminate after the designated vote or meeting. To revoke a proxy, the granting member must give actual notice of revocation to the secretary or person presiding over the designated meeting. Unless revoked, any proxy designated for a vote or meeting which is adjourned, recessed, or rescheduled shall be valid when such meeting reconvenes.

D. Unless otherwise specified in these bylaws, decisions of the general and special Association meetings shall be determined by a majority vote.

E. Decisions of the Executive Committee meetings shall be determined by a majority vote of all Executive Committee members in attendance.

F. Decisions of the General Committee meetings shall be determined by a majority vote of all general committee members in attendance.

Section 2 Voting by Membership Type

A. Resident Members shall have one vote each at general and special meetings.

B. Non-Resident Members shall have one vote each at general and special meetings. All memberships will be registered in the name of an individual. The individual must own at least 50% of the business or property located in the Neighborhood boundaries in order to qualify for Non-Resident Membership. 1. Non-Resident memberships representing a business or property shall designate, at the time of registration, the individual who will vote on behalf of that business or property.
2. Non-Resident Members who own multiple properties must designate on behalf of which single property or business they wish to register their membership.
3. The designated individual in a Non-resident membership must provide documentation from DCAD or the entity’s corporate articles as filed with the Secretary of State.


Section 1 General

A. A quorum shall be necessary to transact business at any general or special Association meeting. The minimum number of Members present at a meeting to constitute a quorum shall be thirty percent (30%) of the total active membership.

B. An affirmative vote of more than fifty percent (50%) of the quorum shall be required to approve motions presented to the Association.


Section 1 General

A. Whenever possible, when a policy vote of the membership is to be taken, a description of the item to be voted on shall appear on the neighborhood website (currently or in the newsletter or minutes preceding that meeting. However, no action taken shall be invalid because of lack of such publication.

Section 1 Nominating Committee
A. The function of the nominating committee is to prepare a slate of nominees for the annual election. B. The committee will consist of three members, elected by the membership at the November general meeting. This committee shall elect its own chairperson. The president may not serve on the nominating committee.

Section 2 Nomination of Officers and Committees

A. Nomination for officers or committees shall be held at the January meeting each year.

B. All officers and nominees must be members of the Association.


Section 1 Positions and Terms of Election

A. The officers of the Association shall be elected from the active membership and shall be President, Vice President of Membership, Vice President of Communication, Recording Secretary and Treasurer.

B. These elected officers shall comprise the Executive Committee.

C. Officers shall be elected by a majority vote of the members present at the February meeting each year.

D. Elected officers will assume their positions the day after the election, for a one-year term. The officers shall not serve more than three consecutive terms in the same elected office.

E. The outgoing Executive Committee and/or committee members will continue in an advisory role for thirty (30) additional days to assist with transitioning of new members, up to and including the next regularly scheduled meeting.

Section 2 Duties of Officers

A. President
1. Either the President or a Vice-President shall preside at all meetings of the Association and of the Executive Committee and shall be an ex-officio member of all Standing and Special Meetings.

2. One of these officers, either the President or Vice-President(s), shall serve as co-signer with Treasurer on all checks drawn on the account of the Association.

B. Vice President of Membership

1. Shall greet and register member attendees at general meeting

2. Provide verification of attendees membership

3. Coordinate annual membership drives

4. As described in 8.2.A, preside at meetings and/or co-sign checks as needed.

C. Vice President of Communication

1. Coordinate website content.

2. Provide an overall strategy for neighborhood communication on topics relevant to the neighborhood.
3. Solicit regular input from area representatives.
4. As described in 8.2.A, preside at meetings and/or co-sign checks as needed.

D. Recording Secretary
1. Shall keep an accurate record of all topics discussed at official meetings of the Association, including regularly scheduled and special meetings of the Association and the Executive Committee.
2. This officer shall also be responsible for the accumulation and maintenance of the central permanent file of such records which will also include official correspondence records.
3. If the designated Recording Secretary is not present at an Association meeting or Executive Committee meeting, the presiding officer shall designate a Secretary for that meeting. The minutes or records for that meeting shall be given to the Recording Secretary for inclusion in the Association’s permanent records.

E. Treasurer
1. The Treasurer shall be responsible for the collection and disbursement of Association Monies.
2. Shall keep an accurate record of all receipts and expenditures, and shall (along with the President or Vice President) sign all checks drawn on the account of the Association.
3. Twice a year the treasurer shall present a full financial accounting of Association monies to the Executive Committee.
4. This officer will also provide a report at each regularly scheduled meeting of the Association of the Association’s financial condition.

Section 3 Removal from Office

A. Any officer may be removed from office for cause at any meeting by majority vote of the quorum, providing that notice has been furnished to the membership at least two weeks prior to said meeting. Section 4 Replacement of Officers A. When necessary, vacant offices may be filled by appointment from the Executive Committee for the remainder of the original term.


Section 1 Frequency

A. Normally meetings of the general membership of the Association shall be held monthly. The Executive Committee shall set the specific time, place, and agenda of each meeting.

B. Special meetings may be called by the Executive Committee upon determination that they are justified as a means of disseminating information and discussion of issues of neighborhood concern before the next regularly scheduled meeting. Notice may be given by a Website, Telephone Committee, email, or other methods, if time allows.

C. Meetings are open to all members of the Association. Non-members and guests may be allowed as determined by the Executive Committee.

Section 2. Organizational Operations

A. The fiscal year of the Association shall be from January 1 – December 31.

B. The Executive Committee shall transact all business necessary to further the purpose and objectives of the Association, as specified in Article 1, in the intervals between regular meetings, as well as such other business which may be proposed by the membership. A majority of the Executive Committee shall constitute a quorum for the conduct of business.

C. Standing and Special Committees may be appointed by the President, with their reports and recommendations to be submitted at general meetings of the Association.


Section 1 General

A. No member may act as spokesperson or represent the Association without the permission of the Executive Committee or a majority of the quorum at a duly called regular or special meeting.


Section 1 General

A. The rules contained in Robert’s Rules of Order, Revised, shall govern the Association in all cases to which they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with these bylaws.


Section 1 General

A. These Bylaws may be amended at any regular or special meeting by a two-thirds vote of the quorum provided that the amendment(s) have been submitted in writing to the membership prior to the vote.


Section 1 General

A. Upon the dissolution of the Cedars Neighborhood Association, no class of members shall have any right to nor receive any assets of the Association. The assets of the Association are permanently dedicated to a tax-exempt purpose. B. In the event of dissolution, the Association’s assets, after payment of debts, will be distributed to an organization which itself is tax-exempt under the provision of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.