NEW JERSEY LOCAL BOARDS OF HEALTH ASSOCIATION,
A NEW JERSEY NONPROFIT CORPORATION
BY- LAWS (.pdf format)
ARTICLE I – NAME
The name of this corporation shall be the New Jersey Local Boards of Health Association, a New Jersey Nonprofit Corporation and shall be abbreviated NJLBHA. Throughout these By-Laws, the use of the term “Association” shall mean the New Jersey Local Boards of Health Association, a New Jersey Nonprofit Corporation.
ARTICLE II – MISSION , OBJECTIVE & PURPOSE
MISSION : The mission of this Association is to protect and preserve the public health by helping the State’s local Boards of Health in meeting their responsibilities.
OBJECTIVE : To seek a rational public health consensus to guide the formulation of public policy and advocate a body of law designed to facilitate the protection and preservation of the public health; to increase the level of public health awareness among local, county and state officials and among the general public; and to promote regional cooperation on public health concerns.
- To establish and maintain communication between Boards of Health, elected and appointed officials and other public health organizations.
- To promote, develop and provide educational opportunities for Board of Health members designed to improve Board service and public health programs.
- To promote high standards for local public health service by:
- Supporting sound public health practice,
- Supporting sound fiscal policies,
- Supporting public awareness of public health issues,
- Providing a forum for discussion and input from Boards of Health on national and state health policies and programs.
ARTICLE III – ORGANIZATION & POLICY
NON-PROFIT STATUS : The Association shall be a non-profit organization within the definition of Section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code, and none of its income exception salaries, fees and other payments authorized or fixed by the Board of Trustees or by vote of the Association, shall be diverted to the personal benefit of any member, officer or other individual.
POLICY : The Association may work, to influence legislative or administrative actions that would assist or strengthen local Boards of Health and/or that relate to issues of broad environmental significance. The Association may provide information on public health issues to legislators, administrators and the general public. In no event shall the Association engage in any activity which is not permitted to a non-profit organization with the definition of Section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code or within any provision of law. The Association will not support of oppose any candidate for public office.
ARTICLE IV – MEMBERSHIP STRUCTURE
- Regular Membership – The members or past members of any municipal, autonomous or advisory Board of Health, Regional Health Commission or county Board of Health in New Jersey shall be eligible for Regular Membership with full voting privileges.
- Institutional Membership – Organizations including environmental groups; planning boards; municipal or county agencies, including committees, commissions or councils; State agencies, corporations and councils; shall be eligible for Institutional Membership as a non-voting members.
- Associate Membership – Students or other individuals interested in public health shall be eligible for an Associate Membership as a non-voting member.
- Sponsor Membership – Any private of public, for profit or not for profit, agency, organization or corporation committed to the Association’s mission & objectives shall be eligible for Sponsor Membership as a non-voting member.
DUES – Dues are payable on the first business day of January of each calendar year, and the Association shall notify those members whose dues are in arrears. No person or organization shall enter upon the privileges of membership until the appropriate dues shall have been paid into the Association treasury. No person whose dues are in arrears shall vote on any questions before any meeting of the Association or its several committees. Dues are set by the Executive Committee.
RESPONSIBILITIES – Qualified voting members in good standing shall bi-annually elect the Officers of the Association.
ARTICLE V – OFFICERS
OFFICERS OF THE ASSOCIATION – There shall be a President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer.
ELIGIBILITY – Any Regular Member as described in Article IV(A) and who is a currently serving Board member at time of election is eligible for election as Vice President, Secretary or Treasurer. Any Regular Member as described in Article IV(A) is eligible for election to the Executive Committee. Any Regular Member as described in Article IV(A) is eligible for election as President with the additional qualifications of at least two (2) years of regular membership and is a current member of the Executive Committee.
NOMINATION AND ELECTION OF OFFICERS – Candidates for Association Office and Executive Committee, eligible in accordance with Article V, Section B shall be nominated by the Nominating Committee or nominated from the floor at the Annual Meeting in an election year.
- The Committee shall select a slate of Executive Committee and offer candidates to be presented to the general membership at the annual meeting.
- Any qualified voting member may propose a candidate for nomination. The name of the candidate, together with essential background information shall be submitted to the Committee to be place on the ballot no later than forty-five (45) days prior to the annual meeting.
- The slate of candidates for Officers and Executive Committee selected by the Nominating committee, together with a notice of the time and place of the Annual Meeting shall be transmitted to the membership at least thirty (30) days prior to the date of the meeting. Such notification shall also include the provision for nominations from the floor at an Annual Meeting.
- The Nominating Committee shall recommend nominees for interim Executive Committee or officer appointments when vacancies arise, for approval by the Executive Committee.
- The Executive Committee and Officers shall be elected by the qualified regular voting members through a letter ballot. There shall be no limitations on the number of candidates who may stand for any Association office, and the person having a plurality of votes shall be elected. If there is a tie, those involved shall take part in a run-off election.
- A letter ballot shall be mailed to each qualified regular voting member no later than 30 days after the Annual Meeting. The ballot shall indicate all candidates for each office to be voted on with a “check box” for each. The ballot shall state the return address for the completed ballot and clearly indicate a return postmark date to be no later than 90 days after the Annual Meeting. Ballots will be tabulated in the presence of two (2) non-candidate Executive Board members with the results available no later that 120 days after the Annual Meeting.
TERMS – Officers shall serve for a term of two (2) years.
DUTIES OF OFFICERS
- PRESIDENT – The President shall preside at all meetings of the Association, and the Executive Committee; shall execute the decisions of the Executive Committee; shall represent the Association in relations with other organizations and persons public and private; shall appoint committees with the advise and consent of the Executive Committee; shall report to the members annually on the state and activities of the Association; and shall perform such other duties as the Executive Committee may direct.
- VICE PRESIDENT – The Vice President shall perform the duties and exercise the powers of the President in his absence and shall perform such duties as from time to time shall be assigned by the President. In the event the Office of the President is vacant, the Vice President shall fill the unexpired term. The Vice President shall chair the Finance Committee.
- SECRETARY – The Secretary shall record the proceedings and prepare minutes of all meetings. He shall maintain all files, send notices to membership as to meetings of the Association and Executive Committee and shall perform such duties as directed by the President of Executive Committee. The Secretary shall notify the members of the Executive Committee of the time, place and agenda of each meeting at least ten (10) days prior to the meeting date. The Secretary shall give all notices in accordance with the provisions of these By-Laws or as required by law; be custodian of the corporate records and of the seal of the corporation and see that the seal of the corporation is affixed to all documents, the execution of which on behalf of the corporation under its seal is duly authorized in accordance with the provisions of these By-Laws; keep a register of the post office address of each member which shall be furnished to the Secretary by such member; and in general perform all duties incident to the office of the Secretary and such other duties as from time to time may be assigned to him by the President or by the Executive Committee.
- TREASURER – The Treasurer shall report to the members and the Executive Committee, at least quarterly, on the state of the Association’s finances. The Treasurer shall annually report to the membership in accordance with Article XII, Section E and within sixty (60) days of the end of the Association fiscal year, shall provide all financial records to the Audit Committee. He shall also perform such other duties as the President or Executive Committee may direct. The Treasurer shall give a bond for the faithful discharge of his duties in such sum and with such surety or sureties as the Executive Committee shall determine. He shall have charge and custody of and be responsible for all funds and securities of the Association; receive and give receipts of moneys due and payable to the Association from any source whatsoever, and deposit all such moneys in the name of the Association in such banks, trust companies or other depositories as shall be selected by the Executive Committee; and in general perform all the duties incident to the office of the Treasurer and such other duties as from time to time may be assigned to him by the President or by the Executive Committee. The Treasurer shall serve on the Finance Committee.
ARTICLE VI – EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
- The voting members of the Executive Committee shall be the Officers of the Association, all past Presidents and seven (7) voting members to be elected at large.
- The following organizations may have a non-voting member represent them on the Executive Committee of the Association.
- New Jersey Public Health Council
- New Jersey Public Health Association
- New Jersey Health Officers Association
- New Jersey Environmental Health Association
- New Jersey Public Health Nurses Association
- New Jersey Society of Public Health Educators
- Each Chapter of this Association created pursuant to Article VIII of these By-Laws may be represented on the Executive Committee by the Chapter President or his designee. Chapter representatives shall be in a non-voting status.
AUTHORITY – The Executive Committee shall conduct the business of the Association between meetings of the general membership and shall perform such other duties as the general membership may direct. The Executive Committee shall meet at least quarterly. Executive Committee members shall be notified of the time, place and agenda of meetings at least ten (10) days prior to the meeting date. The President may convene a special meeting of the Executive Committee with 48-hours notice. The purpose of any special meeting shall be clearly stated in the call notice. This meeting may be conducted telephonically.
CONDUCT OF MEETINGS – The President shall chair meetings of the Executive Committee.
QUORUM – A majority of the voting members of the Executive Committee seats that are filled.
MOTIONS – May be adopted by a majority of qualified voting members present.
ARTICLE VII – REMOVAL & VACANCY FROM THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
- The President will notify, in writing, the Director in question of allegation(s). If unable to resolve the allegation(s).
- Charges will be presented at a duly called Executive Committee meeting and shall be referred to a special committee for review, report and recommendation(s) in writing. This committee will be appointed by the President and shall consist of at least three (3) voting members. This shall not include current Executive Committee members.
- The special committee will report to the Executive Committee at a future meeting with a definite schedule for the report and proposed Executive Committee resolution set by the President upon appointment of the committee.
- In the event the Executive Committee does not come to a resolution, the matter and all pertinent information will be referred to the Association’s attorney for review and recommendation to the Executive Committee.
In the event of the death, inability to serve, removal for cause, or resignation of any Officer or voting Executive Committee member, other than a past President, the vacancy shall be filled by the remaining voting members of the Executive Committee. Any person appointed by the Executive Committee to fill a vacancy shall serve until the next Annual Meeting at which time an election shall be initiated, as part of the letter ballot process for the unexpired term, if any.
ARTICLE VIII– CHAPTERS
JURISDICTION AND RELATIONSHIP – Chapters may be formed representing one or more county level jurisdictions. Chapters are subunits of the Association and as such their creation must be approved by the Executive Committee of the Association.
ORGANIZATION AND AUTHORITY – Each Chapter shall elect, from among its members, a President, Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer who shall serve no more that two (2) consecutive
2-year terms. The President or his designee may represent the Chapter as a non-voting member of the Executive Committee of the Association. Chapters may bring local concerns and issues to the attention of the Association through the Executive Committee. The Association may empower a Chapter to act in specific circumstances.
Each Chapter shall hold an election of Chapter Officers annually and shall submit a report of election results to the Association Secretary. The Chapter shall also forward a Chapter Treasurer’s report to the Association Treasurer at the same time.
ARTICLE IX – STAFF
STAFF – The staff shall fulfill the purposes and the objectives of the Association, subject to the guidance and direction of the Executive Committee.
ARTICLE X – MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS
ANNUAL MEETING – There shall be an annual meeting at such time and place as the Executive Committee shall select. The membership shall be informed of the time and place of the meeting by mail at least thirty (30) days in advance. The agenda for the annual meeting shall include the slate of candidates for Officers and the Executive Committee as appropriate, the annual report of the state of the Association and its operations by the President and the report of the Association’s finances by the Treasurer.
REGULAR MEETINGS – Shall be called by the Executive Committee with thirty (30) days advance notice given.
SPECIAL MEETINGS – Shall be called by the President upon written request of one-third of the voting membership of the Executive Committee or upon the written petition of ten percent (10%) of the qualified voting members. The purpose of any special meeting shall be clearly stated in the call notice.
QUORUM – Ten (10) regular members shall constitute a quorum for any membership meeting. At least two (2) shall be voting members of the Executive Committee.
ARTICLE XI – COMMITTEES
STANDING COMMITTEES – The President with the concurrence of the Executive Committee shall be an ex-officio member of all standing committees. With the exception of the Finance Committee, the President shall name committee chairs. All standing committees shall report as requested to the Executive Committee. No standing committee shall be empowered to act for the Association without specific resolution, in each and every case, of the Executive Committee.
- THE NOMINATING COMMITTEE – The Nominating Committee shall consist of five (5) voting members: two (2) shall be members of the Executive Committee with not more that one (1) being an Officer. The Committee Chair shall hold no other Association office. The Committee shall present a slate of candidates for Officers and Executive Committee at least sixty (60) days prior to the annual meeting.
- BY-LAWS COMMITTEE – The By-Laws Committee shall consist of at least five (5) voting members: with no more than two (2) serving as voting members of the Executive Committee. The Committee shall periodically review the By-Laws for legality, currency and appropriateness. Any voting member may submit proposed changes in writing to the Committee for review. The Committee shall make a recommendation in regard to each proposed change to the Executive Committee. Each proposal, accompanied by the recommendation of the By-Laws Committee shall be voted on pursuant to Article XIII, Section B of these By-Laws.
- THE FINANCE COMMITTEE – The Finance Committee shall consist of five (5) voting members: including the Vice President, who shall chair the committee, and Treasurer. The committee shall present the annual budget to the Executive Committee and shall develop projects and strategies to raise funds to support the Association’s activities.
- THE MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE – The Membership Committee shall consist of at least five (5) voting members, each representing a different region of the state. The Membership Committee shall contact Boards of Health within their region to encourage and promote membership in the Association.
- THE LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE – The Legislative Committee shall consist of at least five (5) voting members. The Committee shall monitor proposed and pending legislation at county, state and national levels, as well as, legal decisions which may affect public health in New Jersey .
- THE COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE – The Communication Committee shall consist of at least five (5) voting members. The chair of this Committee shall edit the newsletter. The Committee shall oversee distribution of all Association published communications as directed by the President. The Committee may also prepare news releases for approval by the President.
- THE AUDIT COMMITTEE – The Audit Committee shall consist of three (3) non-check signing voting members. Within sixty (60) days after the end of the fiscal year, the Treasurer shall make available to the Audit Committee all financial records of the Association for the past year. The Committee shall conduct an audit of the records and present a written report at the next Executive Committee meeting. The report will address the financial condition of the Association and cite any management or fiscal controls requiring action.
SPECIAL COMMITTEES – From time to time, the President may establish, in addition to the standing committees, other special committees with the advice and consent of the Executive Committee.
ARTICLE XII – FINANCE
Each year, the Finance Committee shall prepare a balanced budget for the new fiscal year. The budget shall provide a breakdown of proposed income and expenses, by accounting category, to include sources and uses of funds. The proposed budget shall be presented by the Finance Committee at the Annual Meeting. The budget shall be approved by a simple majority vote at the Annual Meeting. The President is responsible to ensure that during the term of office, expenditures do not exceed budgeted income.
All financial instruments, documents of fiscal obligation, withdrawals of funds, notes and drafts pertaining to the operating funds and investments of the Association shall be signed by two (2) of the following three (3) Officers: President, Vice President, Treasurer. All expenditures of funds, in accordance with the budget, shall be approved by the Executive Committee.
INVESTMENTS AND LOANS
All short- and long-term investments, bank accounts, cash assets, loans and any other financial obligations shall be managed by the Executive committee through the Treasurer. Recommendations by the Finance Committee in regard to investing, transferring, withdrawing or borrowing of funds, other than budgeted operating funds, shall be made to the Executive Committee for possible action.
DISPOSAL OF PROPERTY
All property of the Association shall be held in the name of the New Jersey Local Boards of Health Association. Property shall be disposed of as determined by the Executive Committee in accordance with the budgetary process unless otherwise prescribed by an instrument of trust. Disposal of items, with a current market value greater that five percent (5%) of the Association’s equity, shall require approval of the voting membership.
The Treasurer shall present periodic reports of income and expenditures with a budget comparison. The Treasurer shall, within sixty (60) days of the end of the fiscal year, prepare a balance sheet showing all assets and liabilities and the net worth of the Association at the end of the fiscal year and a statement of income and expenses with a budget comparison for the fiscal year. These reports shall reflect the status of all Association funds including short- and long-term investments, as well as, reports of purchases and sales; interest, dividends, or fees, realized or paid; and any profits or losses. The Treasurer shall also report on the status and effect of any gifts, grants, bequests or loans.
And audit of all Association financial records and accounts shall be conducted in accordance with Article IXI, Section A( 7).
ARTICLE XIII – IMPLEMENTATION AND AMENDMENT
RATIFICATION – These By-Laws shall come into effect after having been ratified by concurrence of the majority of members at the first annual meeting.
AMENDMENT – Amendments may be adopted by a three-fifths majority of qualified voting members present at the annual meeting or any special membership meeting provided that notice of the proposed changes have been mailed to each member at least thirty (30) days prior to the meeting.
AVAILABILITY – A copy of these By-Laws shall be available on demand during business hours at the Association offices for the inspection of any member.
ARTICLE XIV – GENERAL PROVISIONS
GOVERNING RULES – The Association shall be governed by the current corporate charter filed with the State of New Jersey , all applicable Federal & New Jersey state laws and these By-Laws. The rules contained in the current edition of Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised shall govern the Association in all other cases to which they are applicable and which are not inconsistent with any laws, these By-Laws and any special rules of order which the Association may adopt.
ARTICLE XV – INDEMNIFICATION
The Association shall indemnify to the extent allowed by New Jersey law, any Officer, Executive Committee member, employee or agent for expenses and costs, including legal fees, actually and necessarily incurred by them, by action in court or otherwise, by reason of them being or having been such Officer, Executive Committee member, employee or agent.
ARTICLE XVI – DISSOLUTION
DISPOSITION OF ASSETS – Should the Association be dissolved, all its assets remaining after payment of its just debts and obligations shall, under the direction the Executive Committee, be distributed among non-profit organization which espouse objectives consonant with those of the Association, Provided such organizations shall be in compliance with Section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code as amended. No member or officer or trustee of the Association shall disqualify an otherwise eligible conservation or environmental organization from sharing in such distribution.