(As amended March 2013)
These are the by-laws relating generally to the transaction of the affairs of Owen Sound Hunger Relief Effort corporation without share capital incorporated under the Ontario Corporations Act. Ontario Corporation Number 1866941
1) The head office of the corporation shall be in the City of Owen Sound, ON . The directors may, from time to time, determine the specific location of the head office.
946 3rd Avenue East,
Owen Sound ON, N4K 2K9
2) The fiscal year of the corporation shall begin on January 1st of each year and end on December 31 of the same year.
3) The following persons shall be eligible for membership in the corporation:
a) Individuals who support the objects and activities of the corporation and who apply to and are approved by the board of directors for admission and who pay the membership fee
b) Corporations, unincorporated associations, and trusts that have similar objects and activities and that apply to and are approved by the board of directors for admission and that pay the membership fee
4) Annual membership fees are set at $10 for individual members, $25 for corporations, unincorporated associations or trusts. The directors may, from time to time, set another amount or waive the fee.
5) Every individual member in good standing and who has paid the applicable annual membership fee for that year is entitled:
a) To attend the Annual General Meeting of the corporation
b) To attend any meeting of the corporation
c) To vote at any meeting of the corporation
d) To hold any office of the corporation.
Members that are corporations, unincorporated associations or trusts are not entitled to vote by proxy at the meeting.
6) Each member is entitled to one vote. The chair of the meeting is entitled to a casting vote in the event of a tie on any matter before that meeting that has been voted upon by the members.
7) Membership shall cease:
a) Upon death of a member
b) If the member has not renewed his or her membership and paid the applicable annual membership fee prior to or at the annual general meeting
c) If the member resigns by written notice given to the secretary
d) If the member no longer qualifies for membership in accordance with the by-laws
e) If the membership has been terminated by a vote of at least two-thirds of the members at a meeting duly called for that purpose. Notice of the meeting shall be served upon the member and shall set out the grounds for the proposed termination of his or her membership
8) The annual general meeting of the corporation shall be held no later than 18 months after the incorporation and not later than 15 months after the last annual general meeting in subsequent years. The following business shall be conducted at the annual general meeting:
a) Reading of the financial reports
b) Election of the directors
c) Appointment of auditors
d) Any other business that may properly be brought before the meeting
9) The directors may, from time to time, call a general meeting of the corporation.
10) The directors shall call a general meeting of the corporation if at least 10 per cent of the members of the corporation request that a general meeting be called.
11) Notice of the annual general meeting or of a general meeting shall be given to the members by the secretary at least two weeks before the date of the meeting.
12) Quorum for the annual general meeting or for a general meeting of the corporation shall be six members of the corporation present in person, provided that at least two members, other than directors, are present in person at the meeting.
13) Any meeting of the corporation may be adjourned to any time and from time to time. No notice shall be required for any adjournment. An adjournment may be made with or without a quorum being present.
14) Any notice required to be given under the Act, the Letters Patent, the by-laws or otherwise by a member, director, officer or auditor shall be deemed to have been given if it is:
a) Delivered personally to the person to whom it is to be given
b) Delivered to the person’s address as recorded in the corporation’s records
c) Mailed to the person’s address as recorded in the corporations records by prepaid ordinary mail
d) Send to the person’s address as recorded in the corporation’s records by any means of prepaid transmittal, delivery or recorded or electronic communication to which the person has responded that they have received the notice. A notice shall be deemed to have been given when it is delivered personally or to the person’s address, or three days after it was mailed or transmitted.
15) The notice shall specify the business to be attended to at the annual general meeting, the general meeting or the meeting.
Board of Directors
16) The affairs of the corporation shall be managed by a board of directors. The number of Board of Directors for OSHaRE will be seven (7).
17) The board of directors shall appoint from among themselves a president, vice-president, secretary and treasurer who shall serve until the second annual general meeting or until he or she is removed from office by resolution of the board of directors.
18) The directors may, on behalf of the corporation, exercise all the powers that the corporation may legally exercise under the Act, the Letters Patent or otherwise, unless the directors are restricted by law or by the members from exercising those powers. These powers include, but are not limited to, the power:
a) To enter into contracts or agreements
b) To make banking and financial arrangements
c) To execute documents
d) To direct the manner in which any other person or persons may enter into contracts or agreements on behalf of the corporation
e) To purchase, lease or otherwise acquire, sell, exchange or otherwise dispose of real or personal property, securities or any rights or interests for such consideration and upon such terms and conditions as the directors may consider advisable
f) To borrow on credit of the corporation for the purposes of operating expenses, or on the security of the corporation’s real or personal property
g) To purchase insurance to protect the property, rights and interests of the corporation and to indemnify the corporation, its members, directors and officers from any claims, damages, losses or costs arising from or related to the affairs of the corporation.
19) Each director shall be a member of the corporation at the time of his or her election or appointment, or within ten days of election or appointment and shall remain a member throughout his or her term of office. A director shall be at least 18 years of age. A director may not be an undischarged bankrupt nor a mentally incompetent person.
20) Each director shall be elected to hold office until the second annual general meeting after he or she was elected or until his or her successor shall have been duly elected.
21) Directors shall not serve for more than 3 consecutive terms.
22) The directors may appoint a director to fill a vacancy, provided that a quorum of directors remains in office. If there is no quorum of directors, the remaining directors shall call a general meeting of the corporation to fill the vacancies.
23) The members of the corporation may elect a director or directors, as the case may be, by a show of hands or by ballot if requested by a member.
24) The members of the corporation may remove a director by a resolution passed by at least two thirds of the votes cast at a general meeting for which notice was given and may by a majority of votes cast elect at that general meeting any person who is qualified to be a director in his or her stead for the duration of the term.
Meetings of the Directors
25) A quorum for a meeting of the board of directors shall be four directors. The board may hold its meetings at any place in Ontario as it may, from time to time, determine.
26) Meetings of the board may be called by the president, the vice-president, the secretary or any two members of the board.
27) No formal notice of any meeting of the board shall be necessary if all the elected directors are present or if those absent have indicated their consent to the meeting being held in their absence.
28) The board may appoint a day or days in any month or months for regular meetings at an hour to be named. If regular meetings are scheduled, no additional notice is required. A meeting of directors may also take place without notice immediately after an annual general meeting or a general meeting to transact any business.
29) No error or omission with respect to notice for a meeting of the board shall invalidate the meeting or invalidate or make void any proceedings taken or had at the meeting.
30) The directors shall vote on any resolution arising at any meeting of the board. A majority of votes shall decide the resolution. In case of a tie vote, the chair of the meeting shall have a casting vote in addition to his or her original vote.
31) A declaration by the secretary that a resolution has been carried and an entry to that effect in the minutes shall be admissible in evidence as prima facie proof of the fact without proof of the number or proportion of the votes recorded in favour or against any resolution.
32) If a member of the corporation wishes to attend a board of Directors’ meeting, they must submit their request, along with the agenda item(s ) they wish to discuss, in writing, two weeks prior to the meeting they wish to attend. The Directors shall determine whether to grant the request.
33) The officers of the corporation shall have the following duties:
a) President – chair all meetings of the corporation and of the board, when present in person and able; have general supervision of the affairs of the corporation; sign all by-laws and execute any documents with the secretary; perform any other duties which the board may, from time to time, assign
b) Vice-President – exercise any or all of the duties of the President in the absence of the President or if the President is unable for any reason to perform those duties; and perform any other duties which the board may, from time to time, assign
c) Secretary – keep and maintain the records and books of the corporation, including the registry of officers and directors, the registry of members, the minutes of the annual general meeting, general meetings and meetings of the board, the by-laws and resolutions; certify copies of any record, registry, by-law, resolution or minute; give any notices required for the annual general meeting, general meetings and meetings of the board of directors; and perform any other duties which the board may, from time to time, assign
d) Treasurer – keep and maintain the financial records and books of the corporation; countersign all cheques or other payments with the President or Vice-President, as the case may be; assist the auditor in the preparation of the financial statements of the corporation; and perform any other duties which the board may, from time to time, assign.
34) The corporation shall indemnify and save harmless the directors, their heirs, executors and administrators, and estates and effects, respectively from time to time and at all times from and against:
a) all costs, charges and expenses whatsoever that he or she sustains or incurs in or about any action, suit or proceeding that is brought, commenced or prosecuted against him or her, for or in respect of any act, deed, matter or thing whatsoever made, done or permitted by him or her in the execution of the duties of his or her office
b) all other costs, charges and expenses that he or she sustains or incurs in or about or arising from or in relation to the affairs except costs, charges or expenses thereof as are occasioned by his or her own wilful neglect or default.
By-laws of the corporation may be enacted, repealed, amended, added to or re-enacted by the directors in accordance with the provisions of the Corporations Act.