Article III: Members
Section 1. Membership may be obtained by anyone at least 18 years of age (1) residing, (2) owning real property, (3) owning a business, (4) working or (5) regularly involved in the area roughly bounded by Sutter Street (North), Eddy Street (South), Fillmore Street (West) and Van Ness Avenue (East). The Board of Directors, at its discretion, may establish one or more classes of Membership, with different voting rights and Membership duties or obligations, by amending the Articles of Incorporation and these bylaws as necessary.
Section 2. Membership is obtained by providing the Treasurer with the member’s name, address, telephone number, and at the member’s option, an e-mail address. (Note: a household or business may have more than one voting member, but each person must be registered on the membership list.)
Section 3. No one shall be denied membership on the basis of ethnic origin, religious beliefs, sex, age, sexual preference or disability.
Section 4. There shall be annual membership dues in amounts determined by a majority vote of CHNA Board of Directors present at a noticed Annual Meeting. The Board of Directors may, at its discretion, establish varying levels of annual membership dues for individuals, businesses, nonprofit organizations, condominium associations, and religious or eleemosynary organizations, among others. Dues shall be deposited into the CHNA’s bank account. The CHNA may, at the discretion of the Board of Directors, accept donations from persons or organizations expressing an interest in promoting the activities of the CHNA but who do not wish to be members of the CHNA.
Section 5. There shall be one vote per member. However a proxy may be designated in writing when the Board deems such a voting method necessary.
Section 6. Membership is terminated upon resignation of the member, or expulsion by the membership, provided that the expulsion is done in good faith and in a fair and reasonable manner. The procedure for expulsion or suspension must include at least fifteen days written notice to the member, setting forth the reasons for expulsion and the date of a hearing. Expulsion requires a 2/3 majority-vote of the Board of Directors, and can be appealed to the membership at a at a duly noticed meeting, such notice to be sent no less than 14 days prior to the meeting, to be sent by the Board of Directors at the request of the expelled member Overturning an expulsion requires a majority vote of the CHNA members attending the noticed meeting.
Section 7. Membership is non-transferable.
Section 8. Members are eligible for all official CHNA communications including e-mail, newsletters and other material that may be distributed.
Section 9. A mailing list will be maintained by the CHNA for official correspondence. The CHNA mailing list will be used only for CHNA business, and will not be sold or traded. To remain on the mailing list, members must renew their membership. Mailings may be via regular mail or e-mail. Notices may be sent by regular mail, e-mail, newsletter or posting to web page.