Chestnut Addition Neighborhood Association
"a neighborhood of sharing and caring"
The Chestnut Addition Neighborhood Association (C.A.N.A.) is a group that seeks to
provide a place for discussion and action towards a healthy and thriving
neighborhood to live and work in that is a treasure in Austin. These bylaws are
intended to foster a more cohesive and effective community organization that is
already strong in nature.
Article I. Name
The name of the organization shall be: Chestnut Addition Neighborhood Association
Article II. Purpose
The purposes of the Association shall be:
To increase communication within and without the neighborhood:
* Promote open discussion of neighborhood issues.
* Pursue solutions and actions favored by members.
* Monitor and inform C.A.N.A. members of public and private initiatives,
developments and policies significant to C.A.N.A.
To increase community
To increase safety
To increase beautification
Article III. Boundaries
The boundaries of the Association shall be:
West Boundary: East side of Chicon Street
East Boundary: Miriam Street
South Boundary: North side of East 12th Street
North Boundary: South side of Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard
Article IV. Membership
Membership. All residents and/or property owners 18 years or older within the
boundaries of C.A.N.A. shall be a member of C.A.N.A. upon attendance at any meeting
and enrollment of his or her name on the membership roll maintained by the secretary
or his or her designee.
Voluntary Dues. Members of C.A.N.A. may, but are not required, to pay dues. The
Treasurer or his or her designee may collect voluntary dues at any meeting.
Suggested monthly dues are $2.
Article V. Meetings of the Membership
General Meetings. General meetings of the membership shall be held on the fourth
(4th) Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. A regular meeting may be cancelled or
rescheduled by majority vote of the membership at the regular meeting preceding the
meeting to be cancelled. General membership will be notified via phone/email tree.
Special Meetings. Special meetings of the members may be called by the Officers or
upon receiving the written request of not fewer than 10 members. General membership
will be notified of special meetings via phone/email tree. Only the business
specified in the call can be taken up at a special meeting.
Annual Meeting. The annual meeting of the C.A.N.A. membership shall be held on the
fourth (4th) Tuesday in the month of October in each year. The purposes of the
annual meeting are the election of officers, receipt of the Secretary and
Treasurer's annual reports and the transaction of such other business as may come
before the meeting.
Quorum. A quorum for votes of record is twelve members. With or without a quorum,
"sense-of-meeting" votes are open to all attending members. "Sense of meeting" is a
report of what the group as whole thought about an issue.
Place of Meeting. The president in consultation with the C.A.N.A. membership may
designate any place within the boundaries of C.A.N.A. as the place of meeting for
Agendas/Guests. Meetings shall follow the agenda developed by the President and
Secretary. Guests, not on the agenda, may have no more than 10 minutes at the
beginning of the agenda, unless a written request to the president is received and
approved prior to the meeting. If guests wish to speak more than 10 minutes, and did
not gain prior approval, they may speak at the end of the agenda items. Generally,
no more than two (2) guests are allowed to speak at one meeting.
Notice of Meeting. The Vice President or his or her designee shall attempt to
provide notice, whether by telephone or other means, to the C.A.N.A. membership of
all meetings. The preferred means for meeting notification is the phone/email tree
Article VI. Officers (For Upcoming Elections!)
Officers. The officers of the Association shall be the President, Vice-President,
Secretary and Treasurer.
Duties. The duties and responsibilities of officers shall be:
President: The President shall preside at all meetings of the membership. The
President shall, with the Secretary, be responsible for developing agendas for the
meeting and notifying the Vice President in order that the phone captains can relay
agenda topics. The President shall be the principal representative of the
Association but may designate duties as required.
Vice-President: The Vice-President shall perform the duties of the President as
necessary. The Vice-President shall be responsible for providing required meeting
notices and notifying the phone captains of agenda topics. The Vice-President shall
be responsible for sending cards to the ill and/or hospitalized association members
as authorized by the President. The Vice-President shall also be responsible for
the distribution of neighborhood fliers. The Vice-President shall be responsible
for the Holiday gift basket program to our elderly and indigent neighbors.
Secretary: The Secretary shall keep a complete record of all actions (including a
separate list of policies and bylaws) of meetings. The Secretary shall also be
responsible for reviewing action items at the end of each meeting, and shall also
provide copies of minutes and agendas at the beginning of each meeting for the
membership in attendance. At the annual meeting, the Secretary shall report the
current number of enrolled members and distribute a membership roster.
Treasurer: The Treasurer shall maintain an Association savings account or leger,
collect and disburse funds including dues as authorized by the Association, account
for Association assets, and report at each regular meeting on Association finances.
At the annual meeting, the Treasurer shall provide a report on the total revenue
received during the previous year and the total expenditures during the previous
year. It is recommended that the Treasurer also propose a budget for the upcoming
year at the annual meeting.
Election and Term of Office. The officers of C.A.N.A. shall be elected annually at
the annual meeting while a quorum is present. If the election of officers is not
held at such meeting, such election shall be held, as soon thereafter as is
convenient while a quorum is present. Each officer shall take office immediately
upon being elected. Each officer shall hold office until his or her successor has
been duly elected and qualifies or until his or her death, resignation, or removal.
Officers may be re-elected.
Vacancies. A vacancy in any office because of death, resignation, removal,
disqualification or otherwise, may be filled by the membership for the unexpired
portion of the term until a quorum vote can be held.
Removal. Any officer may be removed by a two-third (2/3) vote of the membership at
a regular meeting while a quorum is present whenever in its judgment the best
interests of C.A.N.A. would be served thereby. No officer shall be removed without
one month written notice and an opportunity to be heard. Any officer removed is not
eligible for an office for a minimum of one year.
Salaries. No officer shall receive a salary or monetary compensation for service as
an officer. An officer may be reimbursed for reasonable expenses, authorized by the
president, incurred on behalf of C.A.N.A.
Article VII. Committees
Nominating Committee. The Nominating Committee shall be a standing committee
consisting of five members, no more than two of who shall be Officers. It shall
present a slate of candidates at the September general meeting. In presenting a
slate of candidates, it shall attempt to balance the membership of the Officers with
respect to geographic residence, age, sex, race, ethnicity, occupation, and areas of
expertise, choosing from among persons who have demonstrated interest in furthering
the goals of the Association. Nominations from the floor at the general membership
meeting may also be accepted.
Other Committees. The Officers shall consider and propose establishing such
standing committees, temporary committees and task forces as necessary to organize
the Association's work effectively and encourage community-oriented volunteer
Article VIII. Political Activities
Neither the Association nor any member purporting to speak for it shall endorse any
candidate for public office or any political party. Membership rosters of the
Association shall not be used for political, commercial, or any other activity not
directly related to the Association.
Article IX. Books and Records
All books and records of the Association may be inspected by any member at any
Article X. Parliamentary Authority.
The rules and procedures contained in the current edition of ROBERT'S RULES OF
ORDER, Newly Revised, may serve as guidelines for the Association in all cases in
which they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with these by-laws.
Article XI. Contracts, Loans, Checks and Deposits
Contracts. The membership may authorize any officer or officers to enter into any
contract or execute and deliver any instrument in the name of and on behalf of
C.A.N.A., and such authority may be general or confined to specific instances.
Loans. No loans shall be contracted on behalf of C.A.N.A. and no evidences of
indebtedness shall be issued in its name unless authorized by a resolution of the
Checks, Drafts, or Orders. The treasurer or president shall sign all checks,
drafts, or other orders for the payment of money.
Deposits. All funds of C.A.N.A. not otherwise employed shall be deposited from time
to time to the credit of C.A.N.A. in such banks, trust companies, or other
depositaries as the treasurer may select.
Article XII. Repeal
With adoption of these by-laws, all previous by-laws are hereby repealed.
Article XIII. Amendments
These bylaws may be altered, amended, or repealed and new bylaws may be adopted by
majority vote of the membership at any meeting; provided, however, that a quorum is
We certify that the foregoing constitutes a true and correct copy of the bylaws of
C.A.N.A. as adopted by C.A.N.A. on April 27, 2004 in Austin, TX.