CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS

CONNECTICUT ASSOCIATION OF

FUTURE FARMERS OF AMERICA FOUNDATION, INC.

 

Article I

OBJECTIVES AND PURPOSES

The objectives and purposes of the “Connecticut Association of Future Farmers of America Foundation, Incorporated” are to receive, maintain and hold, by bequest, devise, gift, or otherwise, either absolutely or in trust, for any of  its purposes, and property, real or personal, fund or funds, without limitations as to amount or value; to convey such property and to invest and reinvest any principal; and to deal with and expend the income and/or principal of the Corporation for such educational activities and in such a manner as in the judgment of the Board of Trustees will stimulate and promote margins

 the best interests of students and former students of vocational education in agriculture.

Article II

LOCATION OF PRINCIPAL OFFICE

The principal office of the Corporation shall be with the Secretary.

 

Article III

MEETINGS

1.        The annual meeting of the Board of Trustees shall be held during the month of July, unless otherwise arranged by the Board.

2.        Other meetings of the Board shall be held at such times and places as the Board shall prescribe.

3.        Special meetings of the Board may be held at the call of the President, or upon the written request of four members.

4.        Trustees will be notified of meetings at least five days in advance.

 

Article IV

QUORUM

A quorum at any meeting of the Board shall consist of eight members of the Board present.

  

Article V

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

 1.        The direction and management of the affairs and business of the Corporation including the control and disposition of its property and funds, shall be vested in a Board of Trustees, 16 in number, an appointed representative of the State Vocational Agriculture Consulting Committee; the Advisor of the Connecticut FFA Association; an appointed representative of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources; an appointed representative of the Executive Committee of the Connecticut FFA Association; two appointed representatives of the Connecticut Agriculture Association Educators;  an appointed representative of the Connecticut Department of Agriculture; one appointed representative of the Connecticut Farm Bureau Federation; an appointed representative of the Connecticut State Grange; three appointed representatives from the donors to the Connecticut Association of Future Farmers of America Foundation, Inc.; three appointed representatives from the Connecticut FFA Alumni Association; and, past president of the Connecticut FFA Association.

2.        In addition to the sixteen regular members, the Board of Trustees may elect up to six honorary Board members with full voting powers.

3.        The Board of Trustees shall possess and exercise all the powers and authority of the Foundation, and all such powers and authority as shall be necessary to complete execution of the purposes of the Foundation, except as limited by the Articles of Incorporation or by these by-laws.

 

Article VI

OFFICERS

1.        The officers of the Corporation shall be a president, a vice-president, a secretary and a treasurer.  An assistant treasurer may be elected at the will of the Trustees.

2.        The president, vice-president, treasurer and assistant treasurer shall be elected at the annual meeting of the Board of Trustees.

3.        The secretary shall be the Advisor of the Connecticut Association of Future Farmers of America.

4.        All officers shall be regular or honorary members of the Board of Trustees.

 

Article VII

DUTIES OF THE PRESIDENT

The president shall preside over meetings of the Board of Trustees; in his absence, the vice-president shall serve.

(In the event that both are absent, the Board shall elect a temporary chairman.)  The president shall make such reports to the Trustees as he may deem necessary, or as may be properly required of him by the Board of Trustees, and shall perform such other duties and exercise such other powers as may be authorized from time to time by the Board of Trustees.

Article VIII

DUTIES OF THE VICE-PRESIDENT

The vice-president shall perform the duties and exercise the powers of the President during the absence or incapability of the President.

Article IX

DUTIES OF THE SECRETARY, TREASURER, AND/OR ASSISTANT TREASURER

1.        The Secretary shall prepare, under the direction of the President, dockets of business and shall take and keep true and accurate minutes of all meetings of the Corporation and shall discharge such duties as shall be assigned to him by the Board of Trustees.

2.        It shall be the duty of the Treasurer, and/or Assistant Treasurer to have the care and custody of all funds and property of the Corporation and to deposit funds and documents in such bank, banks, trust company, or depositories as the Board of Trustees shall designate.  They shall, under the direction of the Board of Trustees, disburse all Monies by check.

3.        The Treasurer and/or Assistant Treasurer shall give the Corporation a bond in the amount stipulated by the Board of Trustees, at the expense of the Corporation, with surety satisfactory to the Board of Trustees, for faithful performance of the duties of his office and for delivery, upon demand by said Board, of all books, papers, vouchers, records, money, and other property of whatever kind belonging to the Corporation that have been in his custody.

4.        The Treasurer’s accounts shall be audited annually by an auditor not connected with the Corporation, who shall be named by the Board of Trustees.

 

 

Article X

THE FISCAL YEAR

The fiscal year of the Board shall commence on the first day July in each year and shall end on the following thirtieth day of June of the next succeeding year.

Article XI

ADVISORY COMMITTEES

There may be an Advisory Committee and Sponsoring Board designated by the Board of Trustees.  These committees shall be composed of persons whose advice and counsel may be deemed helpful in determining policies in formulating and carrying out specific programs of work.

Article XII

MEMBERS OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES

1.        The term of office of the appointed members shall be for a term of three years with the exception of the representatives of the Executive Committee of the FFA and Treasurer.  Whenever a vacancy occurs during the terms of members of the Board of Trustees, other than from expiration of the term of office, the organization which they represent will appoint his or their successor(s).

2.        Whenever a vacancy occurs among the Donor members of the Board of Trustees other than expiration of terms of office, the Board of Trustees shall appoint his or their successor(s) from the representatives of the Donors.

3.        The Treasurer may serve at the discretion of the board beyond the three year term.

 

Article XIII

DISSOLUTION

Any assets at time of dissolution will be distributed in accordance with the purposes of the Foundation as approved by the Board of Trustees.

 

 

Article XIV

AMENDMENTS

These by-laws may be amended at a any meeting by an affirmative vote of a majority of all Board members, provided that at least thirty days’ notice has been given to all members of the Board of Trustees of the character of the proposed amendment, or amendments, to be voted upon.