By-Laws

By-Laws

ARTICLE I - PURPOSES

The Kankakee Municipal Band is organized by and for the City of Kankakee, in the State of Illinois, to provide musical concerts for the Greater Kankakee Area during the summer months. The Kankakee Municipal Band is also established to present an opportunity for amateur and professional musicians to use and advance their musical accomplishments.

ARTICLE II - MEMBERSHIP

SECTION 1. MEMBERSHIP QUALIFICATIONS - Men and women shall be considered as candidates for membership, irrespective of race, creed or national origin. Members of the Kankakee Municipal Band shall be chosen by the Executive Board of Directors.

SECTION 2. VOTING RIGHTS - Each member shall be allowed to nominate candidates, run for position and vote in Kankakee Municipal Band elections.

SECTION 3. TERMINATION OF MEMBERSHIP - A member’s membership may be terminated by a majority vote of the Executive Board of Directors and said member shall be notified in writing. A person whose membership is terminated may appeal the termination. An Ad Hoc committee of members shall be appointed by the Board to hear the appeal. If desired, the member may appeal the decision of the Ad Hoc committee to the General Membership. The Executive board of Directors shall call a special meeting of the General Membership to hear the appeal. The member appealing termination shall not be allowed to vote on the appeal. The decision of the General Membership shall be considered final.

SECTION 4. RIGHTS TO PETITION - The right of any participant to publicly criticize with impunity the policies, decisions and management of the Kankakee Municipal Band is guaranteed. Any member or group of members has the right to propose bylaws, rules, regulations, policies, and guidelines; changes thereof or repeals thereof in written form and submitted to the Executive Board of Directors. The Executive Board of Directors must give a written reply to the petitioning member or members within a reasonable amount of time. This reply shall be considered a final decision and disposition unless so specified in the reply.

ARTICLE III - EXECUTIVE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

SECTION 1. GENERAL POWERS - The business of the Kankakee Municipal Band shall be managed by its Executive Board of Directors. The Executive Board of Directors may institute policies and enact rules and regulations which they deem necessary to uphold the purpose of the Kankakee Municipal Band. No decisions affecting the Kankakee Municipal Band shall be made without the approval of a majority of the Executive Board of Directors. The Executive Board of Directors shall be responsible for selecting all performing personnel for the Kankakee Municipal Band. Performing personnel need not be members of the Kankakee Municipal Band. The Executive Board of Directors shall determine the duties and compensation policies for performing personnel of the Kankakee Municipal Band. The Executive Board of Directors shall make available to members and other personnel the policies of the Kankakee Municipal Band.

SECTION 2. NUMBER,TENURE AND QUALIFICATIONS - There shall be seven Directors on the Executive Board, one of which shall automatically be the Conductor. The remainder shall be members of the Kankakee Municipal Band. The three Directors serving as Officers - specifically the President, Vice-President, and Secretary-Treasurer, shall serve terms of two years’ duration. The Conductor shall also serve a two-year term concurrent with the Officers. The remaining three Directors shall each serve one-year terms. There shall be no limit on the number of terms a member may serve as Director of Officer.

SECTION 3. MEETINGS - There shall be a minimum of four meetings per year of the Executive Board of Directors, the dates of which shall be designated and called by the President. The minutes of these meetings shall be made available upon request to any member or members.

SECTION 4. QUORUM - Five out of seven Directors shall constitute a quorum for transaction of business at any meeting of the Executive Board of Directors. The acts of the majority of the Directors present at a meeting at which a quorum is fulfilled shall be  the acts of the Executive Board of Directors.

SECTION 5. ELECTION OF DIRECTORS - Six of the seven Directors shall be elected from the membership of the Kankakee Municipal Band and the seventh Director shall be the Conductor. The election of the three Officers of the Executive board of Directors shall take place during even-numbered years. The Officers are: President, Vice-President and Secretary-Treasurer. The election of the other three Directors shall be held yearly. Elections shall be during the final rehearsal of the Kankakee Municipal Band’s regular season. Candidate nominations may be made by any member of the Kankakee Municipal Band or the member may declare his or her own nomination. Only members may be nominated and elected to the Executive Board of Directors. Elections will be conducted by a secret ballot and two Directors, or during even-numbered years two members appointed by the President, will conduct the counting. A majority vote of those voting shall be considered sufficient for election; in the case of no clear majority when more than two candidates are running, a second vote shall be conducted between the two candidates receiving the most votes. Terms for all Directors and Officers shall begin in October of the year they are elected.

SECTION 6. REMOVAL - Any Director or agent appointed or elected by the Kankakee Municipal Band or Executive Board of Directors may be removed by the Executive Board of Directors whenever in its judgment the best interests of the Kankakee Municipal Band would be served thereby. Any Director charged with cause for removal has the right to a fair hearing before the Executive Board of Directors. 

SECTION 7. VACANCIES - Any vacancy on the Executive Board of Directors due to resignation, removal, or death shall be filled by appointment of the Executive Board of Directors within thirty (30) days of the vacancy. The successor shall complete the remaining portion of the normal term.

SECTION 8. COMPENSATION - No Director shall receive payment for duties and responsibilities performed as a Director unless authorized by the Executive Board of Directors.

SECTION 9. PRESIDENT - The president shall preside over all meetings of the Kankakee Municipal Band and its Executive Board of Directors; he shall sign, with the Secretary-Treasurer, all checks, contracts, and other instruments on behalf of the Kankakee Municipal Band; and perform all acts and duties usually required of an executive and presiding officer.

SECTION 10. VICE PRESIDENT - The Vice President shall perform such duties as from time to time may be assigned to him by the President or by the Executive Board of Directors. The Vice President shall act in place of the President whenever the latter is absent or unable to perform his duties.

SECTION 11. SECRETARY-TREASURER - The Secretary-Treasurer shall keep the minutes of the meetings of the Executive Board of Directors and be responsible for all correspondence pertaining to the Executive Board of Directors and the Kankakee Municipal Band. The Secretary-Treasurer shall countersign all contracts sanctioned and entered into by the Executive Board of Directors, and have custody of all contracts, leases, or other valuable documents pertaining to the business of the Kankakee Municipal Band. The Secretary-Treasurer shall receive and disburse all funds, keep a full and accurate account of all the financial transactions of the Kankakee Municipal Band in books belonging to the Kankakee Municipal Band, make a full report of all matters and business pertaining to his office to the Executive Board and the Kankakee Municipal Band whenever required or requested, deposit all Moneys of the Kankakee Municipal Band in their name and to their credit, and in such depositories as may be designated by the Executive Board of Directors. The address for the Kankakee Municipal Band for mail, correspondence and the like, shall be that of the Secretary-Treasurer, unless designated otherwise by the Executive Board of Directors.

SECTION 12. CONDUCTOR - The newly-elected Executive Board of Directors shall be responsible for hiring the Conductor of the Kankakee Municipal Band and establishing the salary and responsibilities of the Conductor. Should the Conductor be unable to complete the two year term, the Board of Directors shall hire a replacement to fill out the term. The Conductor shall have the right to expel anyone from practicing or performing with the Kankakee Municipal Band. The expulsion may be immediate and need not be in writing. Members expelled may appeal to the Executive Board of Directors. The ruling of the Executive Board of Directors shall be considered final. Expulsion from rehearsal or performance shall not affect the membership status of a member.

SECTION 13. CONCERTS - The Executive Board of Directors shall have the responsibility for facilitating the preparations necessary for concert performances by the Kankakee Municipal Band.

SECTION 14. COMMITTEES - Any committee may be formed by either the Executive Board of Directors or its President whenever they may deem the function of a committee would facilitate the purposes of the Kankakee Municipal Band.

ARTICLE IV - FINANCES

SECTION 1. BUDGET - The Executive Board of Directors shall be responsible for preparing and executing the fiscal budget. All expenditures require the authorization of the Executive Board of Directors; however, contracts made on behalf of the Executive Board of Directors need only the signature of the President and Secretary-Treasurer.

SECTION 2. EXPENDITURES - The Executive Board of Directors shall authorize all expenditures for the purpose of meeting operational and miscellaneous expenses which carry out the expressed purposes of the Kankakee Municipal Band.

ARTICLE V - AMENDMENTS

These Kankakee Municipal Band Bylaws may be altered, amended, or repealed, and new Bylaws may be adopted by a two-thirds vote of the total membership.

Revised - July, 1997

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