Friends of Hannon Library Constitution

CONSTITUTION
SOUTHERN OREGON UNIVERSITY
FRIENDS OF HANNON LIBRARY


ARTICLE I

Name. The name of the organization shall be the Southern Oregon University Friends of Hannon Library.

ARTICLE II

Purpose. The purpose of this organization, as an affiliate of the SOU Foundation, shall be three-fold: to foster beneficial relations between the Southern Oregon University Library and the residents of the region it serves; to assist in the growth and development of the Library's resources and services; and to provide for all interested persons an active forum for the discussion of books and ideas.

ARTICLE III

Membership. Members of the Friends of Hannon Library at the time of adoption of this constitution and others hereafter joining shall constitute the membership.

ARTICLE IV

Limitations. No part of the net income of the Friends, from membership dues or other sources, shall serve the particular benefit of any member; all funds shall be used for the benefit of the Southern Oregon University Library.

ARTICLE V

Governance. The governance of the Friends shall be vested in a Board of Directors of not fewer than seven members nor more than fifteen members, who shall be elected for three-year terms. Approximately one-third of the Board members shall be elected each year. In addition, the Board of Directors shall include as ex-officio and non-voting members the President of Southern Oregon University or his/her designee, a representative designated by the Southern Oregon University Foundation, and the Library Director or higher designee. No more than two voting positions on the Board shall be occupied at any one time by members of the faculty or administration of Southern Oregon University. No Board member shall serve more than two consecutive terms.

The Board of Directors shall have the power to make and to amend by-laws consistent with the provisions of this constitution, but only with the approval of two-thirds of the members present and voting at a regular meeting.

The Constitution may be amended only at the annual membership meeting by a two-thirds vote of the membership present, after the membership has been notified by mail thirty days prior to the meeting.


BY-LAWS
SOUTHERN OREGON UNIVERSITY
FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY


ARTICLE I
Membership

Section 1. Any person, business, or organization interested in the purposes of the Friends may become a member by payment of the annual membership dues.

Section 2. The Board of Directors shall fix and from time to time review the amounts of the membership dues. Membership categories shall be:

Section 3. Membership shall expire one year from payment of annual dues.

Section 4. Honorary membership may be awarded by a vote of the Board of Directors to individuals or organizations who make notable contribution to the Library or the Friends.


ARTICLE II
Board of Directors

Section 1. A vacancy on the Board of Directors shall be filled by a vote of the remaining Board members, effective until the next annual election, when a new Board member shall be elected for the remainder of the term.

Section 2. A majority of the members of the Board shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.

Section 3. All actions of the Board shall be by a majority vote of those present and voting.

Section 4. Regular meetings of the Board shall be held at times and places specified by the Board; special meetings shall be called as appropriate with due notice to all Board members.

Section 5. The Board may appoint standing committees and ad hoc committees for special purposes.

Section 6. Board members shall be elected by members present at the annual membership meeting. Board members shall hold office from the end of that meeting to the end of the meeting three years later.

ARTICLE III
Officers

Section 1. The officers of the Friends of Hannon Library shall be a president and vice president; they shall be elected annually by the Board of Directors at its first meeting after the annual membership meeting. The Library Director will appoint a staff member to serve as the non-voting Secretary of the Board at the same time.

Section 2. The Board shall have the power to fill vacancies in the above offices.

Section 3. The duties of the respective officers shall be:

President: To preside at meetings; be responsible for arranging speakers and other activities at meetings and any special programs, with the assistance of the vice president and Library staff.

Vice President: To preside in the absence of the president and assist the president with programs and meetings.

Secretary: To record and preserve the minutes of the Board meetings and the annual meetings of the general membership; be responsible for mailing meeting announcements and other information to members; assist the president with programs and meetings.


ARTICLE IV
Finances

Section 1. All money received from whatever source shall be deposited with the Southern Oregon University Foundation in accounts in the name of the Southern Oregon University Friends of Hannon Library.

Section 2. The fiscal year of the Friends shall be that of the Southern Oregon University Foundation.

Section 3. Expenditures from the above accounts shall be made by the Library Director with the authorization of the Board of Directors.

Section 4. A report of receipts and expenditures shall be made regularly to the Board of Directors; a report of receipts and expenditures shall be made to the general membership at the annual membership meeting.


ARTICLE V
Dissolution

Section 1. In the event of dissolution of the Friends of Hannon Library organization, all residual assets shall be transferred to the Southern Oregon University Library for continuance of the purposes stated in the Constitution of the Friends.

Current revision approved by the Friends of Hannon Library general membership at the Annual Benefit Dinner on May 10, 2002.

Direct inquiries to the Library Administration, at (541)552-6816.