By-Laws

RETIRED EMPLOYEES OF SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY

BYLAWS

ARTICLE I. NAME

The name of this organization shall be  “San  Bernardino  County  Retired  Employees’  Association” (hereafter “organization”). To distinguish this organization from others with similar names, the organization shall also be known as “Retired Employees of San Bernardino County” (RESBC). (Footnote #1)

ARTICLE II. PURPOSE 

Section 1. This organization is formed to band together the retired employees of the County of San Bernardino and other agencies as defined in Article III, Section 1 for the purpose of obtaining a mutual, benevolent, and protective association which will:

  • foster acquaintance, cooperation, and economic well-being among its members to promote their general welfare in all ways compatible with the public interest
  • provide a forum for discussion of matters of mutual interest to members as retirees and a means of dissemination of information related to that status
  • encourage volunteer work by members in public service institutions, and
  • maintain among its members a constant dedication to the principles of constitutional democracy as exemplified by our American federated systems of

Section 2. The organization is formed for non-profit purposes, and members will not derive profit from any operation or activity of the organization.

ARTICLE III. MEMBERSHIP

Section 1. Eligibility for active membership in this association shall be granted to a person who has contributed to the retirement fund of the County of San Bernardino and who is eligible for retirement in accordance with the provisions of the County Employees Retirement Act of 1937, as it may be amended, including retirees of the County of San Bernardino and other contracting agencies.

Section 2. The spouse of a deceased person eligible for active membership in this association under the provisions of Section1 shall also be eligible for active membership as an Associate member.

Section 3. Except as provided in Section 4 of this Article, payment of dues shall be a prerequisite to participation as active members of this association by those persons eligible for membership under  the provisions of Sections 1 and 2.

Section 4. The Executive Board may  grant membership to a retiree without the payment of dues if  the Board finds that the payment of dues would impose a hardship on the retiree.

ARTICLE IV. OFFICERS

Section 1. The elective officers of this association shall be President, First Vice President, Second Vice President, Recording Secretary, and Treasurer.

Section 2.  Elective officers shall serve collective terms of two years each.

ARTICLE V.  DUTIES OF OFFICERS

Section 1. The President shall preside at all meetings of this association and its Executive Board  and shall lead members in fulfilling the objectives of the association. The President shall appoint the Chairs of such Committees as shall be created by the Executive Board, and fill all vacancies subject to the ratification of the Executive Board. He/she shall be an ex-officio member of all Committees. He/ she shall appoint a qualified member who shall, after the annual meeting, review the books and re- cords of the Treasurer and report the findings in writing.

Section 2. The First Vice President shall preside in the absence of the President and shall assume any duties assigned by the President.

Section 3. The Second Vice President shall preside in the absence of both the President and First Vice President and shall assume any duties assigned by the President.

Section 4. The Recording Secretary shall keep a written record of the pertinent actions and proce- dures taken at all meetings of the association and the Executive Board.

Section 5. The Treasurer shall maintain an orderly account of all dues paid and all money received and paid out by the association, pay all bills authorized, and be prepared to make a financial report when called upon. All bills shall be paid by check signed by such persons as designated by the Ex- ecutive Board.  (Footnote #2)

ARTICLE VI. COMMITTEES

Committees shall be as established by the Executive Board.  (Footnote #2)

ARTICLE VII.  EXECUTIVE BOARD 

The Executive Board shall consist of the elected officers, the immediate Past President, appointed Committee Chairs, and such additional members as may be determined by the Executive Board.

ARTICLE VIII. MEETINGS

Section 1.  Regular meetings of this association shall be held as determined by the Executive Board.

Section 2. A majority of vote of members present at an Executive Board meeting, a regular members meeting, or a special members meeting  shall prevail.

Section 3.  The Annual Meeting shall be the regular meeting of June.

Section 4.  The Executive Board shall meet at the call of the President.

ARTICLE IX.  FISCAL YEAR

The fiscal year shall be from July 1 to June 30.

ARTICLE X. DUES

Section 1. Dues shall be an amount approved by the Executive Board and on which the members shall vote.

Section 2. Payment of dues shall be by retirement payroll deduction. Dues will only be paid by auto- matic deductions from each member’s monthly retirement check issued by the San Bernardino County Employees’ Retirement Association (SBCERA). Termination of the deduction authorization by the member will be construed as resignation from the Association, and membership will be immediately terminated.

ARTICLE XI.  NOMINATIONS AND ELECTIONS

Section 1.  The Executive Board will make nominations for the next Board.

Section 2. At a Spring regular meeting the Executive Board shall present the names of nominees for each office. Nominations may also be made from the floor at this meeting.  No one shall be nomi- nated who has not given consent to serve if elected.

Section 3. Election shall be conducted at a subsequent regular Spring meeting of election years. If there is only one candidate for the office, election may be made by voice vote. Otherwise, election shall be by written ballot, the candidate receiving the highest plurality of votes being declared elected.

Section 4. Vacancies occurring during the term of any officer shall be filled by Presidential appoint- ment with ratification by the Executive Board.

Section 5. Installation shall be held at the Annual Meeting in June of election years. The new officers shall assume their duties at the close of this meeting.

Section 6. Sections 1 through 4 shall not prevail when all offices are filled and the two-year terms of office have not been completed.

ARTICLE XII.  PARLIAMENTARY PROCEDURE 

Robert’s Rules of Order, Revised shall govern all matters not covered by the Bylaws.

ARTICLE XIII. AMENDMENTS

The Bylaws may be amended at any regular meeting of the Association by a majority vote of members present, providing prior notification has been provided to the membership.

ARTICLE XIV. DEDICATION

The property of the organization is irrevocably dedicated to social welfare purposes and no part of the net income or assets of this organization shall ever inure to the benefit of any Director, Officer, or member thereof, or to the benefit of any private person.

ARTICLE XV. DISSOLUTION

Upon the dissolution or winding up of the organization, all assets remaining after payment, or provi- sion for payment of all debts and liabilities of the organization shall be distributed to a non-profit fund foundation or corporation which is organized and operated exclusively for social welfare purposes and which has established its tax exempt status under Section 501©(4) of the Internal Revenue Code

FOOTNOTES

#1. Documentation of Federal IRS finding of tax exempt status dated May 13, 1980 and State tax ex- empt status dated July 1, 2009 is maintained by the Treasurer.

#2. A compilation of actions to guide the Association, which shall be known as Standard Operating Procedures, which are subordinate to the Bylaws and require only Executive Board action without membership approval and cover such subjects as Committees and their duties, shall be maintained by the Recording Secretary.

RESBC Bylaws first adopted 1982 Amended:

December, 1992

April, 2002

October, 2003

May, 2004

August, 2004

May, 2006

November 19, 2012

June 26, 2017 (if approved by members that date)