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Bookstore volunteer training set for September 22

The Fall Training class for volunteers in the Friends of the Library Kingwood (FOLK) Used Bookstore is scheduled for Monday, September 22 at 10:00 a.m. Training consists of a one-hour orientation acquainting attendees with all aspects of the bookstore. A bookstore volunteer assists during a two-hour time period on a weekly basis, or as a substitute when a regular helper is absent. Please click on VOLUNTEER AT OUR BOOKSTORE for the bookstore volunteer form.

FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY, KINGWOOD BY-LAWS

ARTICLE I: NAME

The name of this association shall be the Friends of the Library, Kingwood (FOLK).

ARTICLE II: PURPOSE

The purpose of this organization shall be to promote the cause of the Kingwood Branch Library in the community by holding fundraising events and cultural activities; supplying those things deemed by the Board to enhance the overall quality of the library; focusing public attention on library services, facilities and needs; and stimulating gifts of books, magazines, desirable collections, endowments and bequests.

ARTICLE III: MEMBERSHIP

Section 1: Membership in this organization shall be open to all individuals in sympathy with its purposes, and to representatives of organizations and clubs when such representation is desired, in which case that organization or club shall pay dues.

Section 2: Each organization or individual member shall be entitled to one vote.

ARTICLE IV: OFFICERS AND COMMITTEES

Section 1: The officers shall be a President, a first Vice President/Purchasing, a Second Vice President/Membership, a Recording Secretary, a Corresponding Secretary and a Treasurer.

Section 2: The officers shall constitute the Executive Committee and may be convened at the discretion of the President. The Executive Committee shall have the authority to act for the Board in emergency matters, and the actions shall be reported to the Board at the next regular Board meeting.

Section 3: The standing committees shall be as follows: Fundraising, Special Projects, Used Book Sales, Publicity, Newsletter and any other committees as may be needed from time to time. All fundraising projects shall get prior approval from the Board.

Section 4: The officers and standing committee chairmen plus members-at-large and the Historian, appointed by the President, shall be known as the Board of Directors and shall serve as the governing body of this association.

Section 5: The direction of affairs of this association shall rest with the Board of Directors. The President shall appoint the standing committee chairmen with the approval of the Board. A quorum shall be a majority of those members who are present and voting for the transaction of business.

Section 6: The President is an ex-officio member of all committees with the exception of the Nominating committee.

Section 7: Nominees for officers and members-at-large shall be presented and elected at the annual meeting.

Section 8: Vacancies arising on the board shall be filled by appointment made by the remaining Board members for the duration of the unexpired term. For eligibility purposes, an appointment to an unexpired term is considered a full term.

Section 9: The librarian shall be an ex-officio, non-voting member of the Board.

Section 10: A position on the Board shall be declared vacant upon four (4) consecutive absences without prior notice.

ARTICLE V: MEETINGS

Section 1: This association shall hold its annual meeting in April for the purpose of election of officers, to receive various reports and to enact any other business. A written notice shall be sent to each member in advance.

Section 2: The Board shall meet monthly on the first Monday of the month unless otherwise ordered by the Board.

Section 3: A special meeting may be held as directed by the President provided the membership is notified with the business to be transacted stated.

ARTICLE VI: DUES

Section 1: The Board of Directors shall determine the annual dues. Dues paid after September 30th shall be one-half of the annual amount.

Section 2: The fiscal year of this organization shall begin on April 1st of each year and end of March 31st of the following year.

ARTICLE VII: FINANCE

Section 1: The Treasurer who shall be responsible therefore shall maintain adequate books of accounts. The books should be open to any member at any time.

Section 2: All checks written in excess of five hundred dollars ($500) shall be properly endorsed by both the Treasurer and the President or First Vice President.

Section 3: The Board shall approve all expenditures over two hundred and fifty dollars ($250).

Section 4: The Board of Directors, at its discretion, shall appoint an auditor who is not an officer of the association to audit the Treasurer’s books.

Section 5: A monthly treasurer’s report shall be given at each Board meeting.

ARTICLE VIII: AMENDMENTS

The by laws may be amended at any regular meeting of this association by a two-thirds majority vote of the members present provided that notice of the proposed amendment shall have been mailed to all members at least two (2) weeks prior to said meeting.

ARTICLE IX: PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY

All meetings shall be conducted according to Robert’s Rules of Order, Revised except when in conflict with these by laws or the laws of the State of Texas.

ARTICLE X: DISSOLUTION

Upon the earlier to occur of the termination of the Harris County Concession Agreement or the dissolution of Friends of the Library, Kingwood, Inc., aka FOLK or Friends, whether voluntary of involuntary, all funds and other assets held by FOLK become the County’s property and FOLK will deliver same immediately to the County Auditor.

Revised April 2014

Board of Directors

President—Carolyn Humphrey

1st Vice President - Richard LaFosse

Recording Secretary – Betsy Birkett

Treasurer - Roger Whitney

Membership –  Chair Marianne Lincoln

Corresponding Secretary – Chris Davis

Historian/Pavers – Becky Jinnette

Newsletter – Phyllis Louderback

Used Book Store – Richard LaFosse

Amazon Book Sales –  Patricia Sveda

Draggoneer Club – Raquel Henry

Special Projects –  Connie Jaeger

Publicity – Emily Maas

Webmaster – Chuck Dugand

Grant Writer –  Karen Buchler

Librarian –  Christi Whittington