ARTICLE I. NAME
The name of this council shall be Community Wellness Council of Rutherford County. This body shall be know as the Community Wellness Council (hereafter referred to as "CWC") and will exist within the geographic boundaries of Rutherford County, Tennessee. The council shall exist as an non-incorporated, not-for-profit, voluntary membership community service organization.
ARTICLE II. PURPOSE AND GOALS
The overall mission of the Council is to assist the Department of Health by advising the Department regarding the health needs of Rutherford County, and thus assist the Department in its responsibility to undertake "Community Diagnosis". The Council will promote the prevention of premature death, disability, and illness by developing a Rutherford County community health plan for recommendation to the Department. The role of the Department of Health is to support the Council by providing the resources needed by the Council to undertake the work, and by facilitating the planning process. The following is a proposed objectives statement. The mission of the Council is to assist the Department of Health by:
ARTICLE III. AUTHORITY
ARTICLE IV. MEMBERSHIP (Amended October 6, 2004)
SECTION 1. NUMBER. The Council shall consist of no less than 10 members and no more than 35. A vacancy shall not prevent the Council from conducting business. Membership will be restricted to those that either work or reside in Rutherford County. The Council shall consist of an adequate number of voting members so as to be effectively representative of all segments of the community. Leaders in the areas of health care, education, finance, business, industry, civic organization, social welfare organization, advocacy groups, and government may be invited to serve. The Council shall also invite the membership of health care consumer representatives from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds.
SECTION 2. APPOINTMENT AND REMOVAL. Members to fill vacancies of the Council shall be appointed by the Council. The Council shall have the right to remove Council members for good cause shown after notice and hearing before the Council as a whole. A two-thirds (2/3) majority is required for removal. Automatic removal results when a member misses three (3) consecutive meetings or six (6) meetings in a calendar year. Recommendations for membership will be accepted from any source.
SECTION 3. TERM OF SERVICE. Members shall serve a term of Three (3) years. Additional terms may be served as deemed appropriate by the Council. Council officers will serve a term of one (1) year. Appointment and election for new officers will be made by the Council Members. Members will leave with the Council the handouts and notebook to be passed on to new members when the term of service expires.
ARTICLE V. COUNCILS
Subcommittees may be appointed specializing in concerns of relative specific populations or subject matter.
ARTICLE VI. TASK FORCE
Task forces may be appointed as needed to accomplish specific short-term objectives.
ARTICLE VII. BOOKS AND RECORDS
The Council shall keep minutes of all proceeding of the Council and such other books and records as may be required for the proper conduct of its business and affairs.
ARTICLE VIII. MEETINGS
SECTION 1. REGULAR MEETINGS. The Council will conduct regularly scheduled meetings, at intervals of no less than once every three (3) months, to be held at a time and place specified by the Council Chairman.
SECTION 2. SPECIAL MEETINGS. The Council Chairman may call a special meeting, as deemed appropriate, upon ten (10) days written notice to the membership.
SECTION 3. QUORUM. A quorum shall consist of one-half (1/2) the voting membership of the council.
SECTION 4. VOTING. All issues before the Council shall be decided by majority vote of those members entitled to vote and present in person at the meeting. A member not present may not vote by proxy. Each member with voting privileges shall be entitled to one (1) vote.
SECTION 5. PUBLIC CHARACTER OF MEETINGS. All Council meetings will be held open to the public and at a location available to community residents. All meetings will be appropriately announced for public notice.
SECTION 6. RULES OF ORDER. The latest published edition of Robert's Rules of Order shall be the authority for questions pertaining to the conduct of Council business.
ARTICLE IX. OFFICERS
SECTION 1. OFFICERS. The officers of the Council shall consist of the Chairman, Co-Chairman, Secretary, and Treasurur.
SECTION 2. CHAIRMAN. The Chair will be elected by the council. The Chairman will preside over all meeting of the Council.
SECTION 3. CO-CHAIRMAN. The Co-Chair will be elected by the Council. The Co-Chairman will preside over those Council meetings when the Chairman is absent and will perform such other duties as assigned by the Council.
SECTION 4. SECRETARY. The Secretary will be elected by the Council. The Secretary will be in charge of keeping the minutes of all proceedings and appropriate announcements for public notice. Minutes will be distributed via U.S. Mail no less than one week prior to the next scheduled Council meetings.
SECTION 5. TREASURER. The Treasurer will be elected by the Council. The Treasurer will be in charge of keeping financial records of the Council.
SECTION 6. TERM OR OFFICE. Elected officers shall be selected at the first meeting of the Council for a term ending the following calendar year. Thereafter, officers shall be elected at the first meeting in the following year for a term of one (1) year. Officers may be re-elected to serve additional terms.
SECTION 7. REMOVAL. Any officer may be removed from office for cause by a two thirds (2/3) majority vote of the member at any regular or special meeting of the Council.
SECTION 8. VACANCIES. Any vacancy caused by the resignation, removal or death of an officer will be filled by action of the Council by motion, 2nd and voting majority.
ARTICLE X. AMENDMENTS
These Bylaws may be amended at any regular or special meeting of the Council. Written notice of the proposed Bylaw change shall be mailed or delivered to each member at least thirty (30) days prior to the date of the meeting. Bylaws changes require a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of the Council members present.
ADOPTED BY THE COMMUNITY WELLNESS COUNCIL OF RUTHERFORD COUNTY
THIS THE 20th DAY OF August , 1997;
AMENDED THIS THE _______ OF _______________, 2000.