Bylaws

I. PURPOSE: The Human Services Council exists to support and improve services in Champaign County through the following activities:

A. Advocacy for selected community projects and concerns.

B. Informing agencies and organizations concerning policies, procedures, programs and problems of county human services.

C. Education of the entire community concerning human services needs and programs and services to meet those needs.

D. Efforts to enhance interagency and inter-organizational coordination, cooperation and collaboration in the delivery of human services.


II. MEMBERSHIP: Any government agency or any not-for-profit organization, which has an interest in the delivery of human services, may designate a representative to be a member of the Council. Individuals who support the purposes of the Council may become members of the Council. Each member shall have the right to vote so long as dues for that member are not in arrears.

III. OFFICERS: The officers shall be a Chair, a Co-Chair, a Secretary and Treasurer. The Co-Chair, the Secretary and the Treasurer shall be elected each year by and from among the members of the Council. The Co-Chair shall assume the office of Chair the following year after election. Vacancies in these offices shall be filled promptly by election.

A. The Chair is responsible for the agendas of the Council meetings, presides over the meetings and promotes an orderly flow of business. The Chair represents the Council in an official capacity. The Chair shall be an ex-officio member of all committees. B. Besides the usual duties of the office, the Co-Chair shall be responsible for all aspects of plans and arrangement for meetings, including set-up of room, coffee and donuts and programs such as agency updates and invited speakers.

C. The Secretary shall be responsible for the minutes of the Council meetings, the distribution of minutes and agendas, and maintaining the mailing list.

D. The Treasurer receives and deposits dues and other income, signs the checks, pays the bills, accounts for all receipts and disbursements and makes monthly and year end reports to the council.


IV. ELECTION OF OFFICERS AND TERMS OF OFFICE: Officers shall be elected at the May meeting each year. They shall take office June 1 and shall serve until their successors are elected and take office. The Nominating Committee shall report its nominations at the April meeting. Additional nominations may be made from the floor at the April meeting.

V. MEETINGS: There shall be a meeting of the Council each month at a time and place determined by the Council. Additional meetings may be called by and at the discretion of the Executive Committee.

VI. EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE: There shall be an executive committee consisting of the four officers, the chair of each standing committee and any additional members as the Chair considers necessary. It shall have authority to act for and in the name of the Council and shall report all such actions to the next meeting of the Council. Action by the Executive Committee shall require approval by a majority of the entire committee.

A. Nominating Committee: The Chair shall appoint at least three members of the Council charged to nominate at least one member of the Council for election as to-Chair, Secretary, Treasurer and to report its nominations at the April meeting. B. Forum Committee: The Forum Committee will organize a community forum at least once a year on a human service issue pertinent to Champaign County.

C. Anti-Racism/Diversity Committee: The Anti-Racism/Diversity Committee addresses the issues involving racism and diversity in Champaign County by educating the community and advocating for justice in all issues related to anti-racism and diversity.

D. Legislative Committee: The Legislative Committee keeps the Council informed of current and up-coming legislative issues related to human services.

E. Budget and Audit Committee: The Budget and Audit Committee will set the budget for each year and audit the books at the end of the fiscal year.

VII. VOTING: Each member in good standing is entitled to one vote on each question before the Council. A member who represents an organization may designate an alternate who may vote instead of that member. There shall be a roll call vote upon request by any member or alternate.

VIII DUES: Dues shall be set from time to time by action of the Council and shall be due and payable in June of each year. Dues not paid in full within sixty days shall be in arrears. Any member whose dues are in arrears shall not have the right to vote or be sent mailings until payment of dues is made.

IX. QUORUM: A quorum shall consist of those members qualified to vote who are present at a regularly called meeting of the Council.

X. FISCAL YEAR: The fiscal year shall begin on June 1 and end on May 31.

XI. AMENDMENT: Amendment of these bylaws requires approval by two-thirds of those voting. Proposed amendments shall be placed on the agenda to be considered at one meeting and voted upon at the next regular meeting.

XII. PARLIAMENTARY PROCEDURE: The latest edition of Robert’s Rules of Order Revised shall govern the Council unless otherwise stated in these by-laws.

Updated 24 January 2000