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Article I - Name

ARTICLE I

NAME

Section 1.  The name of the organization, by agreement of the membership, shall be known as the Bald Eagle Watershed Association (BEWA). 

Article II - Purpose

ARTICLE II

PURPOSE

Section 1. The purpose and objectives of this Organization shall be to engage exclusively in any such educational, scientific, literary, historical and charitable pursuits as are set forth in its Certificate of Incorporation, if any, and or are the purposes and objectives of the Bald Eagle Watershed Association, and said purposes and objectives shall conform to the provisions of Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Section 2.  This Organization is not formed, nor shall it be operated, for pecuniary gain or profit, and it does not contemplate the distribution of gains, profits or dividends to the members thereof, or to any private shareholder or individual.  The property, assets, profits and net income of this Organization are irrevocably dedicated to charitable purposes and no part of the property, assets, profits or net income of this Organization shall ever inure to the benefit of any director, officer, or member thereof, or to the benefit of any private shareholder or individual.  Upon the dissolution, or upon abandonment, the assets of this Organization remaining after payment of, or provision for, all debts and liabilities of this Organization, shall be distributed for one or more exempt purposes within the meaning of Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future tax code, or shall be distributed to the federal government, or to a state or local government, for a public purpose.  Any such assets not disposed of shall be disposed of by the Court of Common Pleas of the county in which the principal office of the Organization is then located, exclusively for such purposes or to such organization or organizations, as said Court shall determine, which are organized and operated exclusively for such purposes. 

Article III - Vision

ARTICLE III

VISION

Section 1.  The Bald Eagle Watershed can be restored to the “original quality of life” by undoing harmful effects of factors such as chemicals, leachate, siltation and partnering with community groups, industries, and agencies to help alleviate bank erosion and flooding.  The entire Watershed can be “cleaned up” so that an informed, knowledgeable public can enjoy a multi-variable land use and activities while preserving, monitoring and protecting natural reproduction.  This should include a habitat for a stronghold of fish, wild birds, mammals, and diversified plant life. 

Article IV - Mission

ARTICLE IV

MISSION

Section 1.  The mission of the Bald Eagle Watershed Association, (BEWA,) is to protect the quality and the beauty of the Bald Eagle Creek and its feeder streams and to enhance life in the Bald Eagle Watershed by:

• promoting wise land use and management of natural resources in the Watershed, especially when dealing with property owners and issues which affect the water quality of the Bald Eagle Creek and its feeder streams;
• protecting and enhancing open space and natural areas in the Watershed and providing opportunities for the enjoyment of these natural areas;
• promoting awareness and appreciation of environmental issues through education so that the community can make sound choices for a sustainable, ecologically healthy future;
• promoting actions that improve quality of life within the watershed including those which would help to prevent future flooding of the homes, businesses, and agricultural land through storm water management within the watershed;
• organizing exclusively for charitable, educational, and scientific purposes, including, for such purposes, the making of distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code.
 

Article V - Membership

ARTICLE V

MEMBERSHIP

Section 1.  The members of the Association shall consist of the members of the Board of Directors (Board) and such other persons, firms, and corporations as shall pay dues fixed by the Board.  The members of the Association shall elect the members of the Board after the expiration of the initial terms provided for herein.  Each member of the Association, with the exception of family member, shall have one vote on every matter that comes before the members, and no member shall be entitled to accumulate his votes for any purpose.  Family Membership shall entitle a maximum of two votes per membership to be cast on all matters.

Section 2.  There shall be a minimum annual membership dues requirement by the Board of Directors.  The Board shall set the various classes of members and appropriate annual dues requirement for each class. 

Article VI - Offices

ARTICLE VI

OFFICES

Section 1.  Offices shall include:  Chairman, Vice Chairman, Treasurer, and Secretary.

Section 2.  Officers shall be elected at the October monthly meeting by the membership. 

Article VII - Board of Directors

ARTICLE VII

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Section 1.  The Board shall consist of all the four (4) officers, the immediate Past-Chairman, and six (6) members elected at-large:

• two (2) elected each year on a rotating basis to a three (3) year term. 

Article VIII - Meetings

ARTICLE VIII

MEETINGS

Section 1.  There shall be Regular Meetings of the membership held and any Special Meetings, which may be called by the Chairman or written request signed by any ten (10) members. 

Article IX - Quorum

ARTICLE IX

QUORUM

Section 1.  A quorum shall consist of the members present. 

Article X - Amendments

ARTICLE X

AMENDMENTS

Section 1.  The Constitution may be amended at any regular meeting by a 2/3 vote of those members present, provided the proposed amendment has been submitted in writing one (1) meeting prior to the vote. 

Article XI - Non Stock Status

ARTICLE XI

NON STOCK STATUS

Reserved. 

Article XII - Construction

ARTICLE XII

CONSTRUCTION

Section 1.  This Constitution shall be construed under the laws of the State of Pennsylvania.

Section 2.  The masculine pronoun, as used herein above, shall mean the masculine or feminine, where applicable.

Section 3.  Organization, as used herein above, shall mean the same as Association wherever applicable.