By-Laws & Constitution


EDGEBROOK COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION, INC.

of Chicago, Illinois

CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS

Originally Adopted December 7, 1948
Revised October 5, 1971
Revised February 2, 1982
Revised November, 1995

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Placed on website: 12/15/2012

CONSTITUTION

Article 1 – Name

The name of this organization shall be THE EDGEBROOK COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION, INCORPORATED.

Article 2 – Object

The purpose of the Association is to encourage a community spirit, to seek the maintenance and improvement of and access to all public property and services in the community; to concern itself with the interests in general of the property owners, residents and commerce in the community.

Article 3 – Non inurement

No part of the earnings of the Association shall inure to the use or benefit of any individual.

Article 4 – Operational Limitations

The Association shall operate in accord with the appropriate provisions of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code.

Article 5 – Territory

The territory of the Association known as Old Edgebrook, Edgebrook Manor, Otto Wittbold’s Subdivision, Edgebrook Towers and adjacent properties included in the area bounded on the south by the North Branch of the Chicago River and on the east by the center line of Cicero Avenue and then northerly along said line to the City Limits, then west on the center line of Devon Avenue, then northwesterly along the center line of Ionia Avenue to Central Avenue, then north along the center line of Central Avenue to the City Limits, west along the City Limits to the City Limits line west of Dowagiac Avenue, following south City Limits to the alley southwest of Dowagiac Avenue southeast to the center of Waukesha Avenue, southwest on Waukesha Avenue to the center of Ionia Avenue, northwest down the center line of Ionia Avenue to Lehigh Avenue, northwest on the center line of Lehigh Avenue to the extended line of the alley west of Loleta Avenue to Hiawatha Avenue then northwest to the west alley of Loran Avenue, southwest in the center line of the alley to an extended line to the North Branch of the Chicago River.

Article 6 – Membership

Any person or entity may become a member of the Association by payment of the annual dues.

Article 7 – Officers and Directors

Section 1.

The President shall appoint a Nominating Committee by May each year. It shall report at the general and Board meetings preceding the November general meeting as well as present the slate of candidates for election at the general meeting in November. Prior consent of candidates to serve if elected must be obtained by the committee before submitting names for nomination.

Section 2.

Other nominations may be made by any member at the November general meeting. Prior consent of each nominee is required.

Section 3.

The officers shall consist of a President, a Vice-President, a Secretary, and a Treasurer; and there shall be a Board of Directors consisting of the officers and up to twenty (20) other members, also hereafter referred to as the “Board,” which shall have full power and authority to manage the affairs of the Association.

Section 4.

The officers shall be elected by majority vote of those members present at the November general meeting for a term of one year beginning January 1st of the following year.

Section 5.

At the November general meeting up to seven (7) Directors shall be elected for a term of three (3) years. The immediate Past President shall be a member of the Board Ex-officio for the year following the end of his or her term.

Section 6.

The Board shall have power to fill any vacancy occurring in any elective office or in the Board between the November general meetings; and each officer or director so appointed by the Board shall hold office until the next election or until his or her successor is elected.

Section 7.

The Board shall meet each month, except during July and August, with a calendar of meetings approved annually by the Board.

Section 8.

The President or any six (6) Board members shall have the power to call a special meeting of the Board at any time upon written notice to each Director.

Section 9.

Should business need to be transacted between Board meetings, the officers and three (3) Directors may be so empowered by the Board to act for the Board, subject to ratification of such transactions at the next Board meeting.

Section 10.

All members of the Board must be members in good standing of the Association and shall attend all Board and general meetings unless excused.

Section 11.

A motion to remove an officer or director for cause prior to the end of his/her term must be adopted by a two-thirds (2/3) majority of the Board.

Section 12.

The officers and directors are not personally liable for the actions of the Association.

Article 8 – Amendments

This Constitution and the appended By-Laws may be amended by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the members in good standing, who are present at any general meeting, provided the proposed amendment has been made available at the previous general meeting and in addition shall have been published in the Association’s newsletter at least five (5) days prior to the meeting at which said amendment is to be acted upon.

Section 1.

The dues provided for in the By-Laws shall be the only financial obligation of members of the Association. The solicitation of donations to support activities consistent with the purpose of the Association must be approved by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the Board.

Section 2.

The Association, as such, shall not take part in anything of a partisan political or sectarian religious nature.

Section 3.

All meetings of this Association shall be conducted by the Rules of Parliamentary Law, and Revised Robert’s Rules of Order shall be authority.


BY-LAWS

Article 1 – Order of Business

  • Approval of Minutes
  • Reports of Officers and Standing Committees
  • Reports of Special Committees
  • Special Orders
  • Unfinished Business and General Orders
  • New Business

Article 2 – Dues

Section 1.

The annual dues shall be as determined by the Association in accordance with the procedure set forth in Section 3 of this Article. Dues shall be non-refundable.

Section 2.

Payment of dues constitutes membership in the Association.

Section 3.

Any increase in dues shall be proposed to the Association by vote of a majority of the Board. The proposed increase shall be announced at any regular meeting of the Association and shall be acted upon at the next succeeding general meeting of the Association, provided the proposed increase shall be published to the membership at least five (5) days prior to the general meeting at which it is acted upon. A two-thirds (2/3) vote of the members in good standing present at the meeting shall be required to adopt the proposed dues increase.

Section 4.

Each household shall be entitled to not more than two (2) votes on any matter brought before the membership at a general meeting.

Article 3 – Meetings

Section 1.

At least four (4) general meetings of the Association shall be held during the year, in accordance with a calendar approved by the Board. Annual elections for officers and directors shall be held at the November general meeting.

Section 2.

The President shall have the power to call a special general meeting of the members at any time upon notification to the members, not less than three (3) days prior to such meeting.

Section 3.

Fifteen (15) members shall constitute a quorum to transact business during general meetings of the Association and seven (7) members shall constitute a quorum to transact business during meetings of the Board.

Article 4 – Standing Committees

Section 1.

The Standing Committees shall be as follows, and their duties shall be to look after the work which is indicated by the name of the committee:

  1. Public Services
  2. Safety and Transportation
  3. Publicity
  4. Schools
  5. Forest Preserves and Parks
  6. Community Development
  7. Legal Affairs
  8. Membership
  9. Finance
  10. Program
  11. Police and Fire Coordination
  12. Snowplowing
  13. Special Events

Article 5 – Duties of Officers

Section 1.

The President shall be the executive officer of the Association. The president shall preside at all meetings of the Association and Board; shall appoint the chairs of all standing and special committees and shall be a member ex-officio of all committees except the nominating committee. In no case shall the President be counted in establishing a quorum, or cast a vote except to break a tie.

Section 2.

The Vice President shall perform all the duties of the President in the President’s absence or refusal or inability to serve.

Section 3.

The Secretary shall keep all records of the Association and Board.

Section 4.

The treasurer shall be custodian of all funds, shall keep a written record of all receipts and disbursements, shall collect all dues or monies, and shall be prepared at all times to give a report of the financial standing of the Association, and shall have the books audited at the close of each calendar year.

After the Finance Committee has prepared a budget which has been approved by the Board of the Association, the Treasurer shall be empowered to pay all bills upon approval of the appropriate committee chair. No officer or Director shall be empowered to make any expenditure beyond the budget without prior approval of the Board.


PAST PRESIDENTS OF
THE EDGEBROOK COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION

1938 J.J.K. Kelly
1939 J.J.K. Kelly
1940 George A. Trefelner
1941 Ferdinand Saiger
1942 Walter N. Saaby
1943 Frank J. Smith
1944 Arthur P. Murray
1945 Danald D. Magers
1946 Danald D. Magers
1947 Joseph E. Newton
1948 William M. Haddow
1949 Robert D. Lenth
1950 Leonard R. Stensland
1951 Walter J. Mattick
1952 Elmer A. Terwell
1953 William P. Heue1
1954 Stanley R. Pulaski
1955 Robert H. Mourad
1956 Ervin F. Baur
1957 Jerome Williamson
1958 Edwin M. Lake
1959 Milton P. Christensen
1960 Milton P. Christensen
1961 William P. Heuel
1962 Paul W. Schneider
1963 Joseph A. McErlean
1964 William M. Gibbons
1965 Leo J. Durante
1966 Leo J. Durante
1967 Russell H. Moline
1968 John J. O’Brien
1969 James L. Quinn
1970 James L. Quinn
1971 John R. O’Bryan
1972 Hans G. Pierce
1973 Robert T. Mulcahy
1974 Robert T. Mulcahy
1975 Robert T. Mulcahy
1976 John J. O’Brien
1977 John J. O’Brien
1978 Robert R. Mulcahy
1979 Robert R. Mulcahy
1980 Gerald Czarnecki
1981 Roger H. Wayman
1982 Roger H. Wayman
1983 Roger H. Wayman
1984 Catherine Rhoter
1985 Catherine Rhoter
1986 Roger H. Wayman
1987 Roger H. Wayman
1988 Richard Knacki
1989 Richard Kunicki
1990 George R. Bergstrom
1991 James L. Quinn
1992 James L. Quinn
1993 Sandra Laase
1994 Sandra Laase
1995 Sandra Laase
1996 Jim Podgers
1997 Jim Podgers
1998 Jeff Manuel
1999 Jeff Manuel
2000 Petra M. Blix
2001 Petra M. Blix
2002 Petra M. Blix
2003 Petra M. Blix
2004 Mary Biesty
2005 Mary Biesty
2006 Dan Bell
2007 Elizabeth Monahan
2008 Jeff Manuel
2009 Jeff Manuel
2010 Jeff Manuel
2011 Jeff Manuel
2012 Jeff Manuel
2013 Jeff Manuel
2014 Jeff Manuel
2015 Jeff Manuel
2016 Jeff Manuel