Bylaws

    ARTICLE I

    Name and Object 

    Section 1. Name. The name of this Corporation is THE CHICAGO FARMERS.

    Section 2. Object. The Chicago Farmers is a 501(c) 6 not-for-profit organization. The purpose of The Chicago Farmers is to provide a forum for education and the exchange of information between its members and others allied to agribusiness. This is carried out with a number of member-directed activities scheduled throughout the year and the promotion of agricultural education through a scholarship awards program. 

    ARTICLE II 

    Members

    Section 1. Qualification. Any person who owns or operates a farm, or who is interested in the advancement of agriculture or animal husbandry, shall be eligible for membership. 

    Section 2. Good Standing. Any member is in good standing if organizational dues are paid in full for the current year which begins September 1 and ends the next August 31.

    Section 3. Dues. The fiscal year of The Chicago Farmers will run from July 1 of each year to June 30 of the following year. Annual dues shall be set by the Board of Directors and will be due and payable by August 31. Any member who fails to pay their dues by November 1 shall be deemed to have resigned. 

    Section 4. Transferability and Termination of Membership. Memberships are not transferable nor will dues be refunded upon termination. 

    Section 5. Annual Meeting. An annual meeting shall be held in May at which time Officers and Directors shall be elected for terms previously selected by the Board of Directors. Notice of the meeting shall be given to the members 30 days in advance. 

    The President shall appoint a nominating committee of three members in good standing, to prepare a slate of candidates for the open offices and open directorships. The nominating committee's report shall be submitted to every member in good standing. Notice of the nominated slate shall be mailed two weeks in advance of the annual meeting with an official printed ballot. Those members who cannot attend the annual meeting may cast a ballot by mail if postmarked five days prior to the annual meeting or may choose a named proxy to vote for them. In case there is more than one cadidate for a position, those shall be included on the printed ballot in alphabetical order. 

    Section 6. Special Meetings. Special meetings may be called by the President or by a majority of Officers and Directors at a place designated on the printed notice sent to all members ten days in advance of said special meeting. 

    Section 7. Voting Rights and Proxies. Every member shall be entitled to one vote, in person or by offcial proxy. 

    ARTICLE III

    Section 1. Composition of the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors shall consist of the elected President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer, the immediate Past President, and six members elected by the membership. 

    Section 2. Officers. There will be an elected President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer to be elected by the membership to one-year terms. No officer, other than the Treasurer, can be elected to exceed two consecutive terms in the same office. The officer serving as Treasurer can, if so elected each year, serve up to three consecutive one-year terms in the office of the Treasurer. 

    Section 3. Directors. Directors shall be six members elected by the membership, three to be elected each year for a two-year term. No Director shall serve more than two consecutive terms as a Director. The Board of Directors shall appoint a member to fill any remaining term should there be a vacany in the offices or among the Directors until the election at the next annual meeting. 

    Section 4. Powers. The Board of Directors shall have control and management of the affairs and funds of the corporation, and may designate one or more committees, which shall have such powers as may be delegated legally by the Board. The Board may not make any assessment upon the members without their consent, expressed by vote at any annual or special meeting of members. The Board may from time to time adopt rules and regulations as to the management of the affairs of the corporation and for the accomplishment of the purposes of the corporation. 

    Section 5. Meetings. The Board of Directors shall hold meetings whenever notified by the President or Secretary, or as may be ordered by the Board, at any time and place. Six (6) shall constitute a quorum. 

    ARTICLE IV

    Officers

    Section 1. President; Vice President. The President shall maintain a general over-sight of the affairs of the Corporationa nd shall preside at all meeting. He or she may from tim to time appoint such Committee as shall in his or her judgement be necessary and proper for best carrying out hte purposes of the Corporate and as shall not conflict with Section 2 of Aricle III, such appointments to be subject, however, to the approval of the Board of Directors at its next succeeding meeting thereafter. If the office of the President shall become vacant for any reason, or upon the President's request, the Vice President shall perform the duties of President. If the office of Vice President shall become vacant for any reason, the Board of Directors shall appoint a sucessor thereto for the unexpired portion of the term.

    Section 3. Secretary. The Secretary shall have custody of the seal of the Corporation, and shall keep a record of all proceedings of the Board and of the Corporation. 

    Section 4. Treasurer: The Treasurer shall have custody of the funds of the Corporation and shall at each Board meeting render to the President or the Directors an account of all his or her transactions as Treasurer, and of the financial condition of the Corporation. 

    ARTICLE IV

    Amendments

    These By-Laws may be revised, altered or amended at any annual or special meetings of the members by a vote of two-thirds of the members present at such meetings in person or by proxy notice of the substance of the proposed revision or amendment having been given by the Secretary to each members at least two weeks in advance of the meeting. 

    (As amended June 9, 2020)