Vote on proposed Chantilly Neighborhood Association bylaws Thursday September 17, 2015 7:00 pm (Update 9/26/2015)
Neighbors, as you know from the newsletter and discussions during past neighborhood meetings, your 2015 neighborhood board, elected in the fall of 2014, endeavored to make sure all neighborhood status documents were in order and properly up-to-date.
The Chantilly Neighborhood Association, Inc., is a North Carolina nonprofit corporation – incorporated January 1999. Research revealed it had acquired nonprofit status at one point. However, at some point, the 501(c)(3) status of CNA had expired. As of April this year, that status was restored. (Please remember to pay your annual dues (click) to maintain your status as a voting member – consult your tax preparer about any applicable tax deduction)
But a key document does not currently exist in any ‘official’ format – bylaws. Without bylaws, the Association cannot properly function.
With the help of a team of Chantilly residents (both new and 20 year neighborhood veterans), who are also attorneys in a variety of legal fields, a Bylaws Committee was formed. Longtime Chantilly neighbor Catherine El-Khouri has served as committee chair, overseeing the work of Derick Thurman, Kira Rheingrover, David Driscoll, and Rick Winiker. Molly Putnam and Jonathan Story, your 2015 Secretary and Treasurer, have reviewed drafts and approved the final changes.
The committee also benefited from the prior research and consultation with a former Plaza-Midwood board member who was instrumental in the recent revision of the Plaza-Midwood bylaws. The Charlotte School of Law also contributed a law student who had worked in a neighborhood outreach clinic with other neighborhood associations who were forming bylaws for the first time.
The result is a document that is the proposed bylaws of the Chantilly Neighborhood Association, found here (Click) [As of 9/10/15 – the current Board would recommend the bylaws not include the language: “Each member must be otherwise eligible to vote in a general election in the State of North Carolina” as it would prohibit voting membership of Chantilly landowners. That has been updated at the attached link. Please discard drafts older than 9/17/15]
The highlights include the formation of a Board of Directors with a goal to extend not only a diversity of neighborhood involvement and oversight, but maintain institutional knowledge from year to year. Directors will have term limits, with a goal to cycle in as many interested neighbors as possible over the years. Any decision by the Board can be overturned by a majority vote of voting neighbors.
An initial slate of proposed directors (nine) will be presented after a vote on the proposed bylaws at the September meeting. Your 2015 board is completing the recruitment of volunteers for this slate of directors – but anyone is free to present nominations from the floor at the meeting. It will be intended for Directors to assume their duties immediately.
Please do not hesitate to send any comments to board@iChantilly.org. Thank you and see you September 17!
Six neighbors, as well as the current Chantilly Board, have volunteered to run as an initial slate of proposed candidates for the board positions. Absent nominations from the floor, the neighborhood will be asked to approve this slate after the bylaws vote (if approved). If there are any votes against, we can then vote on folks individually.
Vacancies will be open by next year – please consider serving on the board if you are interested in ‘getting you feet wet’ and helping your CNA.
Thanks to the following neighbors for agreeing to volunteer: