Chamber Bylaws

 Lac La Ronge & District Chamber of Commerce





Amended September 2020



BYLAW 1/2020



SECTION A: NAME AND OBJECTIVES                                                   


ARTICLE 1        The name of this organization will be the La Ronge and District Chamber of Commerce.

ARTICLE 2        The objectives of the La Ronge and District Chamber of Commerce will be to promote and improve commerce and the economic, civic and social welfare of the district.


ARTICLE 3        The usual place of meeting will be in the Town of La Ronge, Village of Air Ronge or the Lac La Ronge Indian Band, La Ronge Reserves, Saskatchewan.


ARTICLE 4        The La Ronge and District Chamber of Commerce will be non-partisan and non-sectarian and will not lend its support to any candidate for public office.


SECTION B: INTREPRETATION                                                                   

ARTICLE 5        Wherever the words “The Chamber” occur in these bylaws, they will be understood to mean, “The La Ronge and District Chamber of Commerce” as a body.


ARTICLE 6        Wherever the words “The Executive” appear in these bylaws, they will be understood to mean “The Executive of the La Ronge and District Chamber of Commerce”.


ARTICLE 7        Wherever the words “member” appear in these bylaws, they will be understood to mean “the Chamber member”.


ARTICLE 8        Wherever the word “District” occurs in these bylaws, it will mean that area, within and for which this Chamber was established, as defined in the Certificate of Registration under the Boards of Trade Act (R.S. c.18,s.1)



SECTION C: MEMBERSHIP AND DUES                                                 


ARTICLE 9        A member is any person, association or corporation who has paid their annual fee in full and who is directly or indirectly engaged or interested in commerce or the economic and social welfare of the District.


ARTICLE 10      The annual dues payable by members will be determined annually by the Executive at the Annual General Meeting.


ARTICLE 11      The Chamber has one class of members: regular member.  


ARTICLE 12      The membership year January to December.


ARTICLE 13      Any member of the Chamber who contravenes this bylaw may be expelled by two-thirds vote of the Executive.


ARTICLE 14      Persons who have distinguished themselves by some meritorious or public service may be elected honorary members by a majority vote of the Executive.  Such recognition will be for a term of one year and may be repeated.  Honorary membership will be exempted from the payment of annual dues.



SECTION D: THE EXECUTIVE                                                                                  

ARTICLE 15      The Executive will be comprised of the following officers: President, Past President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and four directors.


ARTICLE 16      The Executive may include one member each from the councils of Town of La Ronge, Northern Village of Air Ronge, and the Lac La Ronge Indian Band, or as appointed by said councils.


ARTICLE 17      Elections for Executive members, with the exception of Past President and appointed council members listed in ARTICLE 16, will take place at the Annual General Meeting.


ARTICLE 18      The term of an Executive member is two years.


ARTICLE 19      No Executive member will hold the office for more than three terms in succession.


ARTICLE 20      Where a member of the Executive dies or resigns from office or is absent from three consecutive meetings of the Executive without cause, a by-election will be held at any regular meeting of the Executive (see ARTICLE 46). 


ARTICLE 21      An Executive member may be suspended or terminated from office by motion if, in the opinion of the Executive, they have been grossly negligent in the performance of their duties and the majority of Executive members vote accordingly at any regular meeting of the Executive. The motion wording must include the reasons for suspension or termination. 


ARTICLE 22      The Executive has the general power of administration, provided that such powers are not inconsistent with the provisions of the Boards of Trade Act. 


ARTICLE 23      The Executive may make or authorize petitions or representations to various levels of government, other jurisdictions, or others as it may determine.   


ARTICLE 24      The Executive can adopt and amend bylaws and policies to best promote the welfare of the Chamber and will submit them for adoption at the Annual General Meeting.


ARTICLE 25      The Executive may appoint committees, designate members of the executive, the Chamber or others to examine, consider and report on any matter or take such action as the Executive may request.


ARTICLE 26      Any committee may be terminated by the Executive.


ARTICLE 27      No paid employee of the Chamber will be a member of the Executive.  


ARTICLE 28      Executives members receive no remuneration for services rendered. 



SECTION E: EXECUTIVE ROLES                                                             


ARTICLE 29      The responsibilities of an executive member are to: 

  1. Be committed to the mission, goals and policies of the Chamber.

  2. Perform the functions and work of the board to the best of one’s ability. 

  3. Recommend others who could serve on the board or be of particular value to the organization in other capacities.

  4. Avoid any conflicts of interest and situations that would compromise the principles of the Chamber or lead to the perception of compromise. 

  5. Be knowledgeable about the Chamber, the services it provides and the community in which it operates.


ARTICLE 30      The duty of the President is to:

  1. Present a general report of the activities of the year at the Annual General Meeting.  

  2. Regulate the order of business at the Annual General Meeting and Executive meetings, receive and put forward lawful motions, and communicate to the meeting what they may think concerns the Chamber.Along with the Secretary, sign all papers and documents requiring signatures on behalf of the Chamber.  If the President is absent, the Vice President will be the signatory.  If the President and Vice President are absent, then an Executive member will be the signatory as chosen by the majority of Executive members.  


ARTICLE 31      The Vice President is the operations officer of the organization and will: 

  1. Perform those functions delegated to the Vice President by the President.

  1. Perform the duties of the President when the President is unable to perform them. 


ARTICLE 32      The Secretary will:

  1. Be the executive officer of the Chamber and will be responsible to the Executive for the general control and management of the Chamber’s business and administrative affairs.  

  2. Be responsible for keeping the records of the Chamber, conducting its correspondence, retaining copies of all official documents, and will perform all such other duties as properly pertain to the office. 

  3. Along with the President, sign and when necessary seal with the seal of the Chamber, of which the Secretary will have custody, all papers and documents requiring signature or execution on its behalf.  

  4. Maintain an accurate record of the proceedings of the Chamber and of the Executive.  

  5. At the expiration of their term of office, will deliver to the Chamber all books and papers and other property of the Chamber.


ARTICLE 33      The Treasurer will:

  1. Have charge of all funds of the Chamber and will deposit, or cause to have deposited, the same in a financial institution selected by the Executive.  

  2. Out of such funds, the Treasurer will pay amounts approved by the Executive and will keep a regular account of the income and expenditures of the Chamber. 

  3. Will submit a reviewed financial statement thereof for presentation to the Annual General meeting and at any time required by the Executive.  

  4. The Treasurer will make such investments of funds of the Chamber as the Executive my direct.  The Treasurer will, with the President or Vice-President, sign all notes, cheques and drafts.



ARTICLE 34      Five or more members of the Executive will be a quorum. 


ARTICLE 35      Special meetings may be held at any time at the discretion of the President or as requested in writing by at least three members of the Executive.  At least one week’s notice of such meetings will be given to the membership via the membership email list.


ARTICLE 36      The Executive will meet at least once a month to carry on the business of the Chamber.


ARTICLE 37      Notice of all meetings, naming the time and meeting location, will be given to all members through the Chamber member email list, and optionally through any social media platform deemed appropriate by the Executive. 


ARTICLE 38      Agendas and minutes of all Executive meetings will be entered in records to be kept for that purpose by the Secretary and posted to the Chamber website if available.  The entry of such minutes will be signed by the person who presides at the meetings at which they are adopted.


ARTICLE 39      The President is the chair of all Executive meetings. 


ARTICLE 40      The Vice-President will act in the absence of the President, and in the absence of both these executive members, the remaining Executive members will appoint a temporary chair person to act temporarily by majority vote.


ARTICLE 41      All Executive meetings will be open to Chamber members who may attend but not take part in any of the proceedings.






ARTICLE 42      Every Executive member in good standing is entitled to one vote at Executive meetings. 


ARTICLE 43      The vote of the majority will decide.


ARTICLE 44      Voting will be by show of hands. 


ARTICLE 45      A recorded vote must be requested before the motion is made.


ARTICLE 46      The President will vote only in the case of a tie.  


ARTICLE 47      Following ARTICLE 20, by-elections can be held at any regular meeting of the Executive.  Three weeks notice to members must be given for a by-election. 





ARTICLE 48      The Annual General Meeting of the Chamber will be held annually each April at a time and place determined by the Executive.  At least two weeks’ notice of the Annual General Meeting will be given.


ARTICLE 49      The President is the chair at all Annual General Meetings. 


ARTICLE 50      The audited or reviewed financial statements will be available for viewing by members at the Annual General Meeting and posted to the Chamber website if available.


ARTICLE 51      Voting will take place at the Annual General Meeting for: 

  1. Executive positions for whose terms who have expired.

  2. New or amended bylaws. 


ARTICLE 52      Every Chamber member in good standing is entitled to one vote at the Annual General Meeting.


ARTICLE 53      The vote of the majority will decide.


ARTICLE 54      Votes will be tabulated by show of hands at the Annual General Meeting, or by advanced electronic ballot submission if applicable. 


ARTICLE 55      The President will vote only in the case of a tie.  


ARTICLE 56      Agendas and minutes of all Annual General Meetings will be entered in records to be kept for that purpose by the Secretary and posted to the Chamber website of available.  The entry of such minutes will be signed by the person who presides at the meetings at which they are adopted.




SECTION I: PROPOSING AND AMENDING BYLAWS                             


ARTICLE 57      Bylaws can only be made or amended by a majority of Chamber members present at the Annual General Meeting.  Notice of the amendment(s) and amendment wording must be sent to all Chamber members via the Chamber member email list (and posted to the Chamber’s website if available) at least two clear weeks before the Annual General Meeting.


ARTICLE 58      Any member can submit a bylaw proposal or amendment for consideration by the membership. The proposal or amendment for consideration must be submitted before the Chamber is required to send out notice and wording, following ARTICLE 56.


ARTICLE 59      A bylaw comes into force when carried by the majority of members. 



SECTION J: AFFILIATION AND REPRESENTATION                                


ARTICLE 60      The Chamber, at the discretion of the Executive, will have power to affiliate with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce, or any other organization in which membership may be in the interest of the Chamber.


ARTICLE 61      No public pronouncements in the name of the Chamber may be made unless authorized by the Executive or by some person to whom the Executive has delegated the authority.


ARTICLE 62      At their discretion, the President may engage in media interviews.



SECTION K: FISCAL YEAR                                                                                          


ARTICLE 63      The fiscal year of the Chamber starts on January 1st and ends on December 31st. 



SECTION L: AUDITOR AND REVIEWER                                                 


ARTICLE 64      An auditor or reviewer as required by The Non-profit Corporations Act, being non-partisan to the Chamber, will be appointed at an Executive meeting before the Annual General Meeting by majority vote.  An audited or reviewed financial statement, as the case may be, will be presented by the Treasurer at each Annual General Meeting.




SECTION M: ADMINISTRATION                                                           


ARTICLE 65      Chamber agendas, minutes and annual financial statements will be posted to the Chamber’s website for public viewing or, if a website is not available, available for viewing in paper form upon request.  The cost of photocopying is born by the person requesting a copy.


SECTION N: PROCEDURE                                                                     


ARTICLE 66      Parliamentary procedure will be followed at all general and executive meetings in accordance with Roberts Rules of Order.


ARTICLE 67      Where time is of the essence, Executive motions may be made and voted on by electronic means.  The Secretary will retain a hard copy of such motions to be read into the minutes at the following meeting.





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