Bylaws of the
Council of Georgist Organizations

Last Amended-September 23 ,2000

Article I - Name & Location.

This organization shall be known as the COUNCIL OF GEORGIST ORGANIZATIONS, INC., hereafter referred to as "the Council." The Council and Registered Agent as provided for by state law shall have and continuously maintain a registered office in the State of Pennsylvania.

Article II - Purpose

Section 1. The purposes of the Council shall be to foster cooperation and communication among organizations working for the philosophy and reforms advocated by Henry George; to sponsor an Annual Conference; to issue and distribute suitable literature; and to engage in such other activities as shall be deemed fitting for these purposes.

Article III - Membership

All organizations which agree with the purposes of the corporation may apply for membership by signing an application form and remitting dues. Upon acceptance by the Council, members shall receive a Certificate of Membership, periodic communications, an allotment of free literature, and shall be entitled to vote on the election of officers and other business coming before the organization. Members shall be listed in the organization directory. Membership dues shall be determined with due regard to geographic location.

Individuals may join as Affiliates and shall receive all benefits except voting and listing in the directory; and in lie of the Certificate of membership, shall receive an Affiliate Certificate.

If the President or any other officer or member deems it advisable to remove a particular member from membership, the matter shall be submitted to all members in a statement signed by at least three members; an appeal or counter-argument may also be submitted. It shall then require a two-thirds vote of the members voting to effect such removal.

Article IV - Officers

Section 1. The officers of the Council shall be an elected President, Vice President, Secretary & Treasurer. They shall be elected for a three-year term by a plurality of those members voting, the term taking effect at the close of the organization.s annual conference. Officers may be removed from office by a two-thirds vote of the members voting.

Section 2. The duties of the officers shall be those defined in Robert.s Rules of Order, Revised.

Section 3. Such staff as may be required shall be appointed by the President for an indefinite period.

Article V-Voting & Nomination:

Section 1: Voting Rights: Each organization shall have one vote. A member organization may appoint any person to serve as its delegate to the CGO, with the limitation that no delegate may vote on behalf of more than two organizations.

Section 2: Voting by Mail. An organization member may vote by mail on any issue that the Executive Committee deems important enough to call for a mail ballot. The Executive Committee shall determine the exact procedure to be followed for each vote.

Section 3: Nominations: A nominating committee shall be appointed at the Annual business meeting prior to the election cycle. The committee shall consist of at least 3 member organization representatives, but not more than 5. The committee members shall chose a chair among themselves. All ballots shall be by mail in advance of the annual meeting where the officers are to take office. Any voting member shall have the right to inspect the ballots at the meeting at which the results are announced.

Article VI - Meetings

An annual meeting of members shall be held in conjunction with the Annual Conference, for the purpose of conducting organization business. Other meetings may be called by the President in consultation with the Advisory Committee.

Article VII - Parliamentary Procedure

Where necessary and in matters not covered by these bylaws, Robert's Rules of Order, Revised shall serve as a guide to proper procedure.

Article VIII - Ratification & Amendments

These bylaws shall be ratified by a vote of two-thirds of the members voting; and may be amended on the initiative of at least three members and subject to a two-thirds vote of the members voting.

Article IX - Prohibited Activities

Section 1. Distribution: No part of any net earnings shall ever inure to the benefit of private members or individuals.

Article X - Dissolution

In the Event of Dissolution or termination of the Corporation, the Executive Committee shall after paying or making provisions for the payment of all the liabilities of the Corporation as a nonprofit corporation in accordance with the Pennsylvania General Non For Profit Act, shall distribute the assets as the Executive Committee shall determine.

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