Draft FHNA bylaws available for review and comment until March 17th

Calling all FHNA members!

Based on comments received so far on the proposal to update our bylaws, the Board has EXTENDED THE COMMENT PERIOD TO FRIDAY MARCH 17. Based on comments, the Board has made the following changes:

Term limits–Board members may serve three two-year terms, then could not stand for election again until after a two-year hiatus

item 6a (regarding Board being able to remove a member without consent of members) is removed.

A clarification for this May’s election: anyone nominated will be asked if they want to stand for a one-year term or a two-year term. This will allow terms for the newly elected board to be staggered in the future, with the goal of adding new members to the board while allowing ¬†continuity.

Why change the by-laws?

At a meeting last Spring the question of whether the bylaws needed updating was raised, in particular was whether our current bylaws were making it difficult for FHNA to respond a timely manner when issues arose, especially when City agencies were involved. Beth sought the assistance of a lawyer from the Community Law Center, who has expertise in the bylaws of neighborhood associations and small non-profits to review our current bylaws. Volunteers from the Board worked with Beth and the CLC lawyer during the Fall and Winter to develop a streamlined version of the bylaws to propose to the membership. YOUR COMMENTS ARE KEY TO THIS PROCESS, SO PLEASE WEIGH IN IF YOU HAVE CONCERNS!

Draft bylaws

NEW Meeting Procedures

NEW Financial Controls Policy

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