Lakeland Community Heritage Project

Preserving the history of African Americans in College Park, Maryland.

Proposed Bylaws for Lakeland Community Heritage Project


Section 1. The name and purpose of the Lakeland Community Heritage Project, Inc. are
set forth in the Articles of Incorporation. The name of the organization may be
abbreviated as LCHP.
Section 2. The organization may change its name by a majority vote of the Board of
Section 1. LCHP’s mission shall be to collect, preserve, interpret and honor the heritage
and history of African Americans and diaspora who created, lived in, and/or had
association with the Lakeland community of Prince George’s County, Maryland from the
late 19 th century to the present.
Section 1. The principal office of LCHP shall be 5011 Navahoe Street, College Park,
MD, 20740.
Section 2. Any future site designated by the Board of Directors shall remain within the
City of College Park.
Section 3. A copy of these bylaws shall be kept as a public record at the LCHP principal
office and in the College Park Municipal offices.
Section 1. Membership shall be open to people of all ages so long as their annual dues are
paid. A grace period of one (1) month shall be allowed for all members before payment is

considered delinquent. Membership criteria and benefits may be changed by a majority
vote of the Directors.
Section 2. All members shall have one vote. There shall be no proxy voting.
Section 3. Member benefits shall be determined by the Board of Directors with the
exception that members are entitled to use of the LCHP Archives.
Section 4.  Rates for dues shall be assessed according to the following categories: Youth
(2 to 18 years old); Student/Retiree; Individual; and Family/Household.
Section 5. The amount of dues for each category will be determined by the Board of
Directors by October 31 st of each year for the succeeding calendar year. Payment will be
expected by January1 st . A grace period of one (1) month shall be allowed for all members
before payment is considered delinquent. Membership benefits are suspended until dues
are paid. Those paying later than February 1 st will be expected to pay the full amount of
assessed dues.
Section 1. The general management, control, and direction of the affairs, funds, and
property of LCHP shall be vested in its Board of Directors.
Section 2. No part of the net earnings of LCHP shall inure to the benefit of any member,
director, or officer of the Corporation, or to any private individual. However, reasonable
compensation (as determined by the Board of Directors) may be paid for services
rendered to or for LCHP.
Section 3. If there shall be cash surplus at the end of the calendar year, it shall be
retained in the treasury of LCHP to be used to further the purposes of the corporation.
Section 4. No substantial part of the activities of the corporation shall be the carrying on
of propaganda or intervene in (including the publishing or distribution of statements) any
political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office except as authorized under
the Internal Revenue Code.
Section 5. LCHP shall not engage in activities not permitted by (a) a corporation exempt
from Federal income tax under Section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code or the
corresponding section of any future federal tax code or (b) by a corporation, contributions
to which are deductible under Section 170 (c) (2) of the Internal Revenue Code or the
corresponding section of any future federal tax code.
Section 1. Elections of all Board Members shall be held during the Annual Meeting of the
year that the term of office expires. Any office or offices becoming vacant by reason of

death, illness, resignation, or for any other cause shall be temporarily filled at the next
Executive Committee meeting in such manner as a majority of the Committee
membership shall determine. Such person or persons so named to such vacated office or
offices shall serve until the end of that term.
Section 2. Board Members shall be elected for a term of two (2) years and may be elected
to serve successive and subsequent terms in any office.
Section 3. A Nominating Committee of three (3) members in good standing shall be
appointed by the Chairperson three (3) months prior to the Annual Meeting. The
Nominating Committee shall nominate one person for each office and place their
nominations before the members during the Annual Meeting. After the Nominating
Committee has submitted the nominations, additional nominations may be submitted
from the floor by any member in good standing. Any person nominated to an office of
LCHP must be a member in good standing.
Section 4. Voting for all elections shall be by hand count, however, if more than one
candidate is nominated for an office, it shall be done by ballot. A majority of votes cast
shall be required to elect. In the event of a tie, a second and subsequent ballots shall be
cast until there is no longer a tie vote.
Section 5.  All Board Members elected at the Annual Meeting shall assume their duties at
the conclusion of the meeting at which they are elected. The retiring officers shall
continue to perform their duties as officers until the conclusion of the meeting at which
their successors are elected. Within 30 days of the election, retiring officers shall
surrender to their successor any applicable records in their possession. The Nominating
Committee is adjourned following the Annual Meeting.
Section 1.  There shall be only one class of Directors.
Section 2. The Board shall have no less than eleven (11) and no more than fifteen (15)
members. The specific number shall be determined from time to time by the Board. The
Board shall consist of the executive officers, the chairs of standing committees, the
president of the Lakeland Civic Association (LCA), and a minimum of two (2) but no
more than six (6) delegates elected from the membership to represent the community. A
delegate from the City may be appointed by the Mayor of College Park at the discretion
of the Mayor and LCHP. The City and LCA representatives shall serve on the LCHP
Board in an ex-officio capacity.
Section 3. All Board members shall serve two-year terms and are eligible for re-election.
Section 4. The Board is responsible for establishing policy and direction and for
delegating day to day operations to the Chairperson and committees. It shall have the
authority to act for and represent the organization in the interim between Annual

Meetings. It shall also be responsible for establishing rules and procedures for governing
and conducting organizational business. The majority of Board Members must be current
or former residents (or descendants of current or former residents) of Lakeland, or heads
of institutions within the Lakeland community.
Section 1. The Executive Committee shall consist of the officers of the corporation.
Section 2. The officers of Lakeland Community Heritage Project, Inc. shall consist of
Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Recording Secretary, Corresponding Secretary, and
Treasurer. The officers shall be elected at the Annual Meeting of the Corporation.
Section 3. Officer terms are for two (2) years. There are no term limits for Executive
Section 4. An officer may resign only by submitting a written resignation to the
Executive Committee.
Section 5. If an office is vacated for a period of time determined by the Board to
constitute a resignation, the Board shall proceed as if a resignation has been submitted for
that office.
Section 6. If the Office of the Chairperson is vacated at any time, the Vice Chairperson
shall succeed to the Chairperson and shall serve until the term is completed. At the next
meeting the Vice Chair position shall be filled by a vote of the Executive Committee.
Any other vacancy of an office shall be filled by the Executive Committee, and the
successor shall hold office until the term is complete.
Section 7. Executive Committee Officers can be impeached from office for dereliction of
duty or malfeasance by a majority vote of the active membership present. A full
investigation must be made, including (a) notification in writing to the officer of the
charge and by whom made, as well as the filing of said charges with the Executive
Committee; (b) investigation of the charges by a committee of three or more active
members, none of whom may be members of the Executive Committee, and chaired, if
possible by a former Chairperson or other former officer of this organization. The
committee will be selected by a majority vote of the Executive Committee. Following the
investigation, if a majority of the investigating committee votes to proceed, the
investigating committee will hold a hearing under circumstances that will give the
accused officer ample opportunity to present a defense.
If by a two-thirds (2/3) vote the investigating committee recommends impeachment,
notification of the call for impeachment must be mailed to all members, together with a
statement summarizing the recommendations of the investigating committee. At the next
membership meeting, after a full hearing of both sides, the membership will vote on

whether or not to impeach the officer. If the vote is to impeach, the officer shall be
removed from office.
Section 8. None of the members of LCHP shall receive any salary or compensation for
services rendered as such members. However, members may be compensated for special
services or purchases required by LCHP. Members who render services requested by
other organizations may keep any payment provided by that organization.
Section 9. The Chairperson shall prepare the agenda, preside at, and conduct all meetings
of the Board; sign all contracts and agreements in the name of the corporation after they
have been approved by the Board; serve as the representative of the corporation in
meetings and discussions with other organizations and agencies or appoint someone else
in his or her stead; and provide leadership to the Board in expediting goals of the
The Chairperson shall have authority to sign checks for Lakeland Community Heritage
Project, Inc.
Section 10. The Vice Chairperson shall perform the duties of the Chairperson in his/her
absence or inability to act; assist the Chairperson when requested by the Chairperson to
do so; and perform such other tasks as may be assigned by the Board.
Section 11. The Recording Secretary shall keep a correct and complete record of the
proceedings of the organization and maintain the Minutes-book along with the roll of the
organization’s members and guests present at regular and special meetings. The
Recording Secretary shall also make available minutes of previous meetings.
Section 12. The Corresponding Secretary shall maintain a current listing including phone
numbers and addresses of LCHP members and is responsible for notifying the members
of all meetings, conduct all correspondence ordered by the Board pertaining to its
business, and shall file all communications and copies of correspondence for
Section 13. The Treasurer shall be responsible for all funds of the corporation and receive
and deposit all such funds into the proper account within ten (10) days; record and
monitor receipts and disbursements from such account or accounts; keep accurate books
and records of the finances of the corporation; prepare a financial accounting for each
Board meeting; prepare all end of the year accounting; and file all federal and state tax
reports. The Treasurer shall also assist in the preparation of the budget and the business
plan. The Treasurer will also have the authority to sign checks with the approval of either
the Recording or Corresponding Secretary or Chairperson and otherwise distribute the
funds of the organization.


Section 1. The Annual Meeting of the Corporation shall be held in the month of February
or as such time as soon as practical thereafter as determined by the Executive Committee.
Section 2. In addition to the Annual Meeting, the Board shall determine a meeting
schedule that enables the work of the corporation to be discussed and executed. The full
meeting schedule shall be made available so that any interested member could attend any
meeting in a non-voting capacity.
Section 3. Special meetings shall be called by the Chairperson or by at least three
Directors whenever, in their judgment, it may be necessary. It shall be mandatory for the
Chairperson to call a special meeting if asked to do so in a written request signed by a
minimum of seven (7) members. Business at Special Meetings shall be confined to the
purposes of the meeting as stated in the notice of the meeting.
Section 4. Notices of Annual and other meetings shall include the date, time, and place
and must be delivered not less than 2 weeks preceding the meeting. In cases of special
meetings, the notice shall also include the nature of the business to be considered.
Section 5. The presence of seven (7) members in attendance shall be required to
constitute a legal quorum at any Board meeting. The Executive Committee can be
convened with a quorum of three (3) members. A majority vote shall consist of fifty (50)
percent of those present and entitled to vote at the meeting, except as otherwise provided
by law or these bylaws.
Section 1. Any action which may be properly taken by the Board of Directors assembled
in a meeting may also be taken without a meeting, if consent in writing setting forth the
action so taken is signed by all of the Directors entitled to vote with respect to the action.
Such consent shall have the same force and effect as a vote of the Directors assembled
and shall be filed with the minutes.
Section 1. Any policy or procedure not contrary to law or these bylaws may be approved
or amended by a majority vote of the Executive Committee. A record of such policies and
procedures shall be compiled by the Recording Secretary or other person appointed by
the Executive Committee. Copies shall be made available at cost to any member who
requests them.
Section 2. Any meeting of the organization and/or its Executive Committee shall be
conducted in accordance with the parliamentary procedure prescribed by the current
edition of Robert’s Rules of Order or by any other generally accepted procedure agreed
upon by the Board and announced to the members.

Section 3. The regular order of business may be suspended at any meeting by a majority
vote of the members present.
Section 1. Committees and members of committees necessary to carry out the business of
the Corporation may be appointed by the Board of Directors as deemed necessary by the
Bylaws of the organization. No committee shall involve the Corporation in the advocacy
for or opposition to any subject or group without prior confirmation by the Board unless
such confirmation is clearly granted under the general powers delegated by the Bylaws.
Section 2. Standing Committees shall include Executive, Collections/Archives, Planning
and Outreach, Publicity, and Finance. Standing Committees shall be composed of a
minimum of three (3) people. Standing committee chairpersons shall be appointed by the
Executive Committee and shall also assume membership on the Board of Directors.
Section 3. Ad hoc committees shall be formed and discontinued as needed. The
Chairperson shall have the power to appoint Ad hoc committees when they have been
authorized by the Board in response to a specific need determined by the Board. Ad hoc
committees shall consist of three (3) to five (5) people. Ad hoc Committee chairs shall be
appointed by the Executive Committee, but the Ad hoc Committee Chairperson does not
assume membership on the Board of Directors.
Section 4. The five (5) officers of the Board shall serve as the Executive Committee. This
Committee shall develop the organization and ensure that its yearly goals are
accomplished. Except for the power to amend the Articles of Incorporation and the
Bylaws, the Executive committee shall have all of the powers and authority of the Board
of Directors in the intervals between the Board meetings, subject to the direction and
control of the Board.
Section 5. The Collections/Archives Committee shall ensure the continued collecting of
archival materials, including photos, oral histories, letters, and memorabilia. The
committee shall also be responsible for establishing and maintaining the preservation,
storage, records, and proper use of the Archives. It shall establish policy pertaining to the
Archives, monitor those policies, and make suggestions to the Board for changes it deems
Section 6. The Planning and Outreach Committee shall plan, compile, and recommend
activities for the following year to the Executive Committee at the quarterly meeting
prior to the annual meeting. After review, the Executive committee will present the plans
to the Board at the Annual Meeting for approval. The Planning Committee shall also
recommend/request any Ad hoc committees needed to accomplish these activities. The
Planning and Outreach Committee is responsible for creating special events such as youth
programs and public exhibits. They are also responsible for cultivating contact with other
individuals and programs with similar endeavors and whose collaboration will be of
benefit to them and to Lakeland Community Heritage Project, Inc.

 Section 7. The Publicity Committee shall ensure that the community is aware of
upcoming organizational accomplishments and events. It shall consider how best to
generate publicity and monitor publicity generated by other committees to ensure that
publicity is appropriate and timely. They shall initiate other publicity actions as directed
by the Board. Among their tools are the organization’s website and newsletter, social
media and other technologies. The Publicity Committee is responsible for timely update
of the website and publication of the newsletter.
Section 8. The Finance Committee shall develop and review fiscal procedures,
fundraising plans, and the annual budget. It shares with other committees the
responsibility to seek and present suggestions for grant applications and other funding
sources. It also shall develop and prepare the budgetary components of grant requests
and applications as consistent with organizational goals. Grant submissions require
approval of the Executive Committee. The Treasurer is Chair of the Finance Committee,
which includes two (2) other Board members
The Board shall approve the budget and all expenditures must be within the budget. The
Board and Executive Committee must approve any major changes in the budget. Prior to
the Annual Meeting written reports shall be distributed to the Board members showing
income, expenditures, and pending income.
Section 9. The fiscal year shall be the calendar year.

Section 1. These Bylaws may be amended or altered so long as the suggested policy or
procedure is not contrary to law or the organization’s goals.
Section 2. Any proposed changes to these Bylaws shall be submitted verbally or in
writing by any member at any regular meeting or special meeting. The resolution shall
then be discussed and tabled for consideration and review by a special committee. Notice
of changes or additions to the Bylaws must be posted on the website, included in
notification sent to members, and any other appropriate public places until the following
regular or special meeting. Members may also submit a written request for a copy of the
proposed changes, but they must do so no less than seven (7) days prior to the next
meeting. Following discussion of the proposed changes at the regular or special meeting,
a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the Board of Directors shall be required to adopt the resolution
for change or additions to the Bylaws.


Section 1. Dissolution of the Lakeland Community Heritage Project, Inc. shall take place
only after a proposal for same has been accepted by two-thirds (2/3) of the Executive
Committee and thereafter distributed in writing to the Board. Voting on the proposal shall
be done by active members and shall require a two-thirds (2/3) affirmative vote by the
members who participate in the voting.
Section 2. Upon dissolution of the Lakeland Community Heritage Project, Inc., its
property and assets shall be distributed as follows: (a) all liabilities and obligations of the
organization shall be paid, satisfied, and discharged, or adequate provisions made
hereafter; (b) assets held by the organization requiring return, transfer, or conveyance
which condition occurs by reason of the dissolution shall be returned, transferred, or
conveyed in accordance with such dissolution requirements; (c) any remaining assets
shall be distributed among tax-exempt organizations whose purpose is consistent with the
purpose and goals of Lakeland Community Heritage Project, Inc., including any state or
local government.


%d bloggers like this: