Austin LGBT Coalition on Aging
ARTICLE 1. Name
The name of the organization shall be the Austin LGBT Coalition on Aging.
ARTICLE II. Purpose
The purpose of the Coalition is to improve the condition of the LGBT aging community through advocacy, research, education and programs/services.
ARTICLE III. Goals
The goals of the Coalition are to:
- Strengthening Our Community Strengthen Our Community. Educate agencies providing aging services in order to increase their awareness to LGBT concerns in outreach and delivery of services.
- LGBT Sensitive Services Increase Coordination of LGBT Specific Services. Create a coordinated LGBT community addressing aging issues that provides opportunities to congregate, communicate, exercise political power and create a geographic center.
- Housing Options Increase Housing Options. Develop goals, objectives and strategies on housing options for LGBT seniors.
ARTICLE IV. Composition and Membership
Section 1a. Coalition Composition. The Coalition shall consist of a general body of members as well as a Steering Committee. Additional subcommittees may be determined to carry out the purpose and goals of the Coalition. New members may be received at any time during the year.
Section 1b. Coalition Inclusion. The Coalition welcomes all individuals regardless of age, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity and people with disabilities. Coalition membership is open to individuals and organizations with an interest in or who serve LGBT aging.
(NOTE: Committee suggested that SC may want to consider changing “disabilities” to “differently-abled” or “persons with disabilities.”)
Section 1c. Coalition Membership Dues. In order to maintain membership in the Coalition, each member shall pay annual dues to the Coalition in an amount established by the Steering Committee. In case of economic hardship, the Steering Committee may dismiss all or a portion of the dues by a majority vote at a regularly scheduled Steering Committee meeting.
Due shall be paid annually in October of each year. Coalition members who join mid-year will have their dues pro-rated. Coalition members will have a 60 day grace period to pay in full. They will receive a notice at 30 days past due indicating that they will have 30 additional days to either pay their membership dues or request an extension. Memberships not paid in full by the 60 day grace period date or any extension given will be terminated. Payment of dues after termination will be pro-rated for the remainder of the year.
Section 2a. Steering Committee Composition. The officers of the Coalition, Subcommittee Chairs, together with other members as elected by the Coalition shall serve on the Steering Committee. The Steering Committee shall consist of 6-10 members.
Section 2b. Steering Committee Responsibilities. Steering Committee members are responsible for overseeing the Coalition’s direction, affairs, and property. The Steering Committee shall transact business by a majority vote of the members present. Members serve on subcommittees and assist with special assignments as needed. The Steering Committee shall keep regular minutes of its proceedings and shall report the same to the Coalition at its meetings.
Section 2c. Steering Committee Terms and Vacancies. Steering Committee members are elected by a majority vote of those present at the Coalition’s annual meeting in September for the term of two years, commencing upon election. Requests for withdrawal from the Steering committee prior to the end of the term should be submitted in writing or email to the Steering Committee Co-Chairs. Vacancies may be filled by a majority vote of the Steering Committee at any of its meetings. Steering Committee members so elected serve until the next annual meeting, when they may stand for election to a full term. If re-elected, an individual may serve as a Steering Committee member for succeeding terms without limitation.
Section 2d. Steering Committee Member Removal. A Steering Committee member may be removed for cause by a vote of two-thirds of the Committee.
Section 3. Other Subcommittees. The Steering Committee may create other subcommittees consisting of one or more Steering Committee members and other persons as recommended by the Steering Committee or general membership of the Coalition. These subcommittees shall have such authority as the Steering Committee and these Bylaws direct.
ARTICLE V. OFFICERS AND ELECTIONS
Section 1a. Officers. Coalition officers shall consist of a combination of male-identified and female-identified Co-Chairs, a Treasurer, a Secretary, and other offices as the Steering Committee may establish.
(Note: The portion of the statement above referring to Co-Chairs was taken from presentation notes. The committee suggests the SC consider using a statement with more inclusive language. See statement below.)
Coalition officers shall consist of a combination of male-identified, female-identified, trans or gender non-conforming, or gender-fluid Co-Chairs; a Treasurer; a Secretary; and other officers as the Steering Committee may establish.
Section 1b. Co-Chairs. The Co-Chairs shall provide impartial and democratic leadership in co-facilitating Coalition and Steering Committee meetings, and develop meeting agendas in collaboration with members of the Steering Committee at least one week prior to a meeting. Co-Chairs will share the duties of office with the longest serving Co-Chair acting in a lead capacity.
Section 1c. Treasurer. The Treasurer shall be responsible for the collection of dues, maintain records of all monies collected, and report on the status of the account at each Steering Committee meeting and Coalition meeting. The Treasurer shall be authorized to make withdrawals and deposits. All check/payments must be approved in writing (paper or by email) by the lead Co-Chair. In the absence of both Co-Chairs, the Treasurer shall preside over the meeting.
Section 1d. Secretary. The Secretary shall provide typed minutes of Coalition and Steering Committee meetings and make them available to the Coalition at or prior to each meeting.
Section 2. Terms. Officers shall serve a two-year term. An officer may not hold the same office for more than two successive terms.
Section 3. Elections. Officers are elected to a two-year term by a majority vote of the Coalition members present at the annual meeting. A quorum is needed for the election to take place. Officers shall be nominated by the Steering Committee at least two months prior to the annual meeting. With the consent of each nominee, the nominations shall be submitted to the membership at least one month prior to the annual meeting. Additional nominations may be submitted by the Coalition membership with the consent of the nominee.
Co-Chairs shall be elected on a staggered basis. The Coalition shall elect a new Co-Chair to serve a two year term of office to begin in October of the same year. The newly elected Co-Chair will replace the longest serving of the two existing Co-Chairs.
Section 4. Vacancies. In case of a mid-term vacancy, the Steering Committee may elect by majority vote a successor to fill the vacancy. Officers so elected serve until the next annual meeting, when they may stand for election to a full term.
ARTICLE VI. MEETINGS
Section 1a. Coalition Meetings. Coalition meetings shall be held quarterly. A majority of the membership shall constitute a quorum. General Coalition meetings are open to the public. The calendar of meeting dates will be set at the beginning of the year and distributed to the Coalition. Annual meetings will be held in September.
Section 1b. Coalition Annual Meeting. An annual meeting shall be held in September for the purpose of electing Steering Committee members and its officers, and hearing reports on the business of the organization from the previous year. Coalition members shall be notified in writing at least on month prior to the date of the meeting.
Section 2a. Steering Committee Meetings. Steering Committee meetings shall be held monthly. Steering Committee meetings are open to any member of the Coalition.
Section 2b. Steering Committee Special Meetings. Special meetings may be called at any time by the Co-Chairs for the purpose of conducting business.
Section 3. Subcommittee Meetings. Each subcommittee shall meet monthly, or as needed to complete the tasks assigned.
ARTICLE VII. FISCAL
Section 1. Fiscal Year. The fiscal year of the Coalition shall start on October 1 and end on September 30. A budget for the fiscal year shall be approved by the Steering Committee prior to the year’s commencement.
Section 2. Expenses. No Coalition member, Steering Committee member, or subcommittee shall incur any expenses on behalf of the Coalition unless duly authorized by the Steering Committee.
Section 3. Fiscal Agent. AustinUp, a 501(c)(3) organization, shall serve as the Coalition’s fiscal agent. A Memorandum of Understanding shall be maintained with AustinUp to receive tax-deductible donations and maintain a bank account on behalf of the Coalition.
ARTICLE VIII. CONFLICT OF INTEREST
No part of the net earnings of the Coalition shall inure to the benefit of, or be distributable to its members, officers, or other individuals, except that the Coalition shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered and to make payments and distributions in furtherance of the purposes of the Coalition. The Coalition may enter into a fiscal contract with individual Coalition members, Steering Committee members or sub-committee members who have unique-subject matter expertise to accomplish a specific scope of work with a majority vote of the Coalition. Where conflict of interest may be thought or perceived to exist for a Steering Committee member, the member shall inform the Steering Committee and abstain from any inappropriate participation in the matter.
ARTICLE IX. BYLAWS
These bylaws may be amended, in whole or in part, by two-thirds vote of those present at a meeting of the Coalition provided that the meeting notice contains specific notice of intention and that a summary of proposed change/changes is included.
ARTICLE X. PARLIAMENTARY PROCEDURE
When any formality beyond the ordinary courtesies of joint action is required, Roberts Rules of Order (most recent edition) shall govern the proceedings.
ARTICLE XI. DISSOLUTION
Upon the dissolution of the Coalition, assets shall be distributed to an organization(s) providing established services or programs with aging LGBT adults. The organization(s) shall be selected by a vote of the Coalition membership.