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Article I - NAME

            The name of this corporation shall be I CARE, INC., as shown in the Articles of Incorporation filed in the office of the Secretary of State of Kansas.


              To provide emergency food, other support services and assistance as designated by the Board of Directors to persons in need residing within I CARE'S service area or to church members/affiliates who live outside the service area upon pastor referrals.


            The organization shall be operated as a non-profit corporation for religious, educational, and charitable purposes.  The organizational structure shall consist of members, the Board of Directors, and the Officers.


            Membership in I CARE, INC., shall be limited to duly organized local religious bodies, civic and community organizations in the Southeast Topeka area.  Such bodies located within I CARE's service area can be considered for "Area Membership".  The area serviced by I CARE is defined as bounded by Kansas Avenue on the west.  The northern boundary shall be East 6th Street from Kansas Avenue.  The east and south boundaries shall be the Shawnee County line.

            Each member shall annually designate at least one person but no more than three persons as its representative or representatives to the Board of Directors.  Such representative or representatives shall be designated by name to I CARE, INC. by the member to fully represent the mind of and act in behalf of the member in conducing all the business of I CARE, INC.  Each member shall have three votes regardless of size.  Each representative shall have one vote if three representatives have been duly designated by the member, one and one-half votes if two representatives designated, and three votes if one representative designated by the member.  A representative may vote by proxy but only through the other representatives of the same member.

            The Board of Directors will accept up to five members-at-large from within the boundaries of I CARE, INC.  Members-at-large may be nominated by members, by board members, or by anyone else interested in I CARE, INC. and then elected to the board by a majority vote of board members.  Each member-at-large shall have one vote.

            Failure to meet membership responsibilities described in these By-Laws, and otherwise set forth by the Board of Directors, will be cause for expulsion of religious bodies, civic and community organizations from membership after review by the Board of Directors.

            Each member shall be expected to support the organization by gifts in kind, monetary contributions, personnel, and other necessary ways as fully as possible.

Article V - SPONSORS

            Sponsorship of I CARE, INC. shall be open to any community organization, person, or group interested in I CARE, INC. and I CARE, INC. service projects.  Sponsorship shall be support of I CARE, INC. through gifts in kind, monetary contributions, and/or services. 


            The Board of Directors shall constitute the governing body of the corporation.  Board members shall serve for a period of two years and may serve an unlimited number of terms. 

            Any vacancies on the Board of Directors shall be filled by the appropriate body in accordance with these by-laws.

            The officers of the corporation shall be elected by the Board of Directors annually.


            The officers of the corporation shall be the President, the Vice-President, the Secretary, and Treasurer.  No person shall hold more than one office at a time.

            The term of office for each position shall be one year.  No officer shall hold the same office for more than four consecutive yearly terms.  Election of officers will be held annually in January of each year.

            Vacancies shall be filled by appointment of the executive committee.

            These four elected officers specifically described above shall serve as directors of the corporation for legal purposes.  These directors elected in accordance with these by-laws shall be considered as the directors and/or trustees of this corporation for all legal purposes invested with all legal authority granted to directors or trustees of the corporation by law, including the power and authority to sign documents and legal instruments on behalf of the corporation.

            The President shall preside at all meetings of the corporation and shall be a member ex-officio of all committees.

            The Vice-President shall discharge all of the duties of the President when the President is absent or is otherwise unable to perform such duties.

            The Secretary shall make and keep the records and minutes of all meetings of the corporation, and shall preserve such records and shall make them available for inspection by any representative of any members.

            The Treasurer shall have charge of and be responsible for all money and funds of every kind and nature over which the Corporation has custody or control.  Both the Treasurer and the President shall be empowered to issue checks against the Organization; however, the President shall refrain from issuing any checks so long as the Treasurer is available for the performance of his or her normal duties.  Any check drawn for an amount over one-thousand dollars ($1,500.00) shall require the signature of both Treasurer and President.  The Treasurer shall make available all books and records to any Board member upon request.  The Board of Directors shall direct an annual internal audit of the books and records to be performed by a Board member as designated by the Board. Both President and Treasurer shall be bonded for an amount determined annually by the Board. 


            The Executive Committee shall consist of the four officers of the corporation and the food service director.  They shall provide leadership and vision pertaining to all activities of the corporation as will further its defined purposes and as empowered by the Board of Directors.

            A Standing Committee shall be created by the board as necessary to carry out the on-going services and ministries of I CARE, INC.  Membership on a standing committee shall be open to any person interested in the work of that committee regardless of membership in the Corporation.  Duties of the committee, selection of membership to the committee, and tenure of office shall be determined by the Board of Directors.

                        When a specific need or concern affects the ministry of I CARE, INC, the President in consultation with the member representatives may appoint a Task Force to study and make recommendations for dealing with the problem at hand.  The Task Force shall consist of those persons best suited to meet the specific need or concern in question and shall not be limited in membership to members of the corporation.  In every possible way the member representatives and all other I CARE, INC. entities shall freely involve residents of the service area and other resource persons for the purpose of identifying the needs of the community, and responding by offering services consistent with the purposes of I CARE, INC.


            Special meetings may be called by the President or by resolution of the Board of Directors upon five to ten days notice to all members.

            The Board of Directors shall have at least four meetings during each calendar year at such time and location as selected by the Board.  Notification of such meetings will be given at least ten days in advance of meeting date.  A majority of the voting strength of the Board shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of all business before the Board.

            A board member who attends less than thirty percent of the meetings each year shall be declared inactive and the position he holds declared vacant.  The appropriate body shall be notified and asked to select a new board member.


            These By-Laws may be altered or amended by the Board of Directors by a majority vote of all members of the Board of Directors.  All amendments shall be mailed out to all members at least twenty days in advance of the date they shall be voted on.


            Roberts Rules of Order shall be the parliamentary guide for all business sessions.


            Upon dissolution of the organization, all assets of the organization remaining after all liabilities and obligations of the organization have been paid, satisfied and discharged, will be transferred, conveyed, and distributed among member churches and/or organizations which are exempt under section 501(c)(3), or corresponding section of any future federal tax code.

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I CARE, INC.  2914 SE Michigan, Topeka, Kansas, 66605     Phone 267-5910

An Organization of Churches in Southeast Topeka

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