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

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

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 1965 - Leo J. Durante 1992 - James L. Quinn
1939 - J.J.K. Kelly 1966 - Leo J. Durante 1993 - Sandra Laase
1940 - George A. Trefelner 1967 - Russell H. Moline 1994 - Sandra Laase
1941 - Ferdinand Saiger 1968 - John J. O’Brien 1995 - Sandra Laase
1942 - Walter N. Saaby 1969 - James L. Quinn 1996 - Jim Podgers
1943 - Frank J. Smith 1970 - James L. Quinn 1997 - Jim Podgers
1944 - Arthur P. Murray 1971 - John R. O'Bryan 1998 - Jeff Manuel
1945 - Danald D. Magers 1972 - Hans G. Pierce 1999 - Jeff Manuel
1946 - Danald D. Magers 1973 - Robert T. Mulcahy 2000 - Petra M. Blix
1947 - Joseph E. Newton 1974 - Robert T. Mulcahy 2001 - Petra M. Blix
1948 - William M. Haddow 1975 - Robert T. Mulcahy 2002 - Petra M. Blix
1949 - Robert D. Lenth 1976 - John J. O’Brien 2003 - Petra M. Blix
1950 - Leonard R. Stensland 1977 - John J. O’Brien 2004 - Mary Biesty
1951 - Walter J. Mattick 1978 - Robert R. Mulcahy 2005 - Mary Biesty
1952 - Elmer A. Terwell 1979 - Robert R. Mulcahy 2006 - Dan Bell
1953 - William P. Heue1 1980 - Gerald Czarnecki 2007 - Elizabeth Monahan
1954 - Stanley R. Pulaski 1981 - Roger H. Wayman 2008 - Jeff Manuel
1955 - Robert H. Mourad 1982 - Roger H. Wayman 2009 - Jeff Manuel
1956 - Ervin F. Baur 1983 - Roger H. Wayman 2010 - Jeff Manuel
1957 - Jerome Williamson 1984 - Catherine Rhoter 2011 - Jeff Manuel
1958 - Edwin M. Lake 1985 - Catherine Rhoter 2012 - Jeff Manuel
1959 - Milton P. Christensen 1986 - Roger H. Wayman 2013 - Jeff Manuel
1960 - Milton P. Christensen 1987 - Roger H. Wayman 2014 - Jeff Manuel
1961 - William P. Heuel 1988 - Richard Knacki 2015 - Jeff Manuel
1962 - Paul W. Schneider 1989 - Richard Kunicki 2016 - Jeff Manuel
1963 - Joseph A. McErlean 1990 - George R. Bergstrom 2017 - Jeff Manuel
1964 - William M. Gibbons 1991 - James L. Quinn 2018 - Jeff Manuel