SICA Board, Committee Chairs, Bylaws, and Policies

2014 Officers and Board of Directors

  • President – John Houle
  • Vice-President – Mark Greenfield
  • Treasurer – John Houle (temporary)
  • Secretariy – John Houle (temporary)
  • Board members at large
    • Katholeen McGinty
    • Grey Horton
  • Past President – Linda Wisner

SICA members may attend board meetings, which are held the first Tuesday of each month, but please follow the attendance policy below.

Standing Committees

  • Land Use and Transportation Committee,  Chairperson – Mark Greenfield
  • Communications and Outreach Committee, Chairperson – Jane Hartline
  • Business Committee – on hiatus

For a description of the committees, see the Bylaws, Article VII.


Sauvie Island Community Association Policy

Members in Attendance at Board of Director Meetings

Members of SICA may attend Board of Directors meetings, which are usually held at 5:00 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month. Anyone attending must:

  1. Be an active member in good standing.
  2. Notify the Board of his/her intention to attend the meeting at least 48 hours prior to the meeting by using the “contact us” page on this website. A reply will be sent with information about the location of that month’s meeting.
  3. Non-Board members attending meetings of the Board of Director shall not participate in discussions during the meetings without first being invited by the Board President.

Adopted May 17, 2012


Sauvie Island Community Association Policy

Anonymous Communication Policy

Anonymously written correspondence has been circulated among Island residents attacking the character, the motives, or the honesty of certain Island residents. The authors of these letters have apparently intended to damage the reputation of certain of our neighbors and seek to avoid responsibility for that damage.

Anonymous letters, e-mails, or any other written communication impugning anyone’s character cannot be judged for its accuracy or integrity and is often hurtful beyond its distribution.

Therefore, the Sauvie Island Community Association declares that any anonymous written communication concerning any Island resident or business is hereby condemned and unworthy of consideration by this Association and its members.

Adopted April 2010


Sauvie Island Community Association Policy

Public Comment Policy

SICA will provide for public comment at each of its regular member meetings. The public comment period will occur at the end of the regular meeting. The Board will listen to public comments and may ask questions for clarification, but will not engage in discussion or debate.

  1. Persons wishing to comment must be in attendance at the meeting and shall:
    • Sign in and state the topic you will comment on;
    • Speak only when recognized by the President of the Board or the person conducting the meeting.
  2. The public comment section of the agenda is reserved for non-agenda subjects.
  3. When called by the President, each speaker will:
    • Rise, state your name;
    • Make your comment;
    • Be courteous in your language and presentation
      1. There is an absolute prohibition on personal attacks on Board members or others. Comments considered profane, frivolous, harassing and/or repetitive are not appropriate for comment.
      2. The President of the Board or the presiding officer has the right to exclude such comments at his/her discretion, prohibit further comment for any speaker who violates the rules, and, if necessary, call for that person’s removal from the meeting.
  4. The maximum number of speakers on the same subject is three.
  5. Each speaker will have up to three minutes to make his/her comments.
  6. Speakers will be courteous in their language and presentation.
  7. Speakers will not discuss the following items:
    • Candidacy of any person seeking office;
    • Matters in current or anticipated litigation;
    • Matters which are made confidential by law.
  8. The President shall prohibit audience demonstrations, spontaneous verbal interjections, or other disruptive actions that affect the orderly conduct of the meeting.
  9. After each speaker has made a comment, he/she will be seated with no further debate, dialogue, or comment.

Adopted May 17, 2012


Bylaws of the
SAUVIE ISLAND COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION

ARTICLE I: GENERAL

Section l. Name of the Association. These Bylaws shall govern the structure, function and activities of the Sauvie Island Boosters Community Association, doing business as the Sauvie Island Community Association (the Association).

Section 2. Goals and Objectives of the Association. The Association is organized and operated to achieve the following goals and objectives:

  1. To encourage interaction and build a sense of community among Sauvie Island residents, businesses and property owners to promote the general welfare of the Sauvie Island community and enhance and preserve the livability of the island.
  2. To encourage, enhance, and facilitate cooperation and lines of communication among Sauvie Island residents, businesses and property owners, and between the Sauvie Island community and Multnomah and Columbia Counties.
  3. To provide a forum to explore and attempt to resolve issues of mutual concern to Sauvie Island residents, businesses and property owners.
  4. To serve as a source of information about Sauvie Island for island residents, businesses and property owners, as well as for visitors to the island.
  5. To provide input and representation for the larger Sauvie Island community before applicable local government and agency authorities on proposals relating to planning and zoning, agricultural and forest lands, parks, water resources, wildlife resources and habitat, open space and recreation, land use and transportation, community services and other factors affecting the daily lives of Sauvie Island residents, property owners and businesses.
  6. To provide opportunities for island residents, businesses and property owners to congregate and socialize together.

Section 3. Contact. Correspondence with the Association shall be through its Board of Directors. Contact information and general information about the Association can be found at its website, www.sauvieisland.org.

ARTICLE II: MEMBERSHIP

Section 1. Boundaries and Membership Eligibility. The boundaries of the Association include all of Sauvie Island (Multnomah and Columbia Counties) and the houseboat moorages on the west side of Multnomah Channel within Multnomah County. Any person, 18 years of age or older, lawfully residing or owning property within those boundaries is eligible to become an Active Member of the Association.

Section 2. Active Membership. An Active Member is any person qualified for membership who has documented attendance at a general, special, board or committee meeting, has expressed interest in being a member of the Association, and has provided the Secretary with name, full street address, mailing address, and email address and/or telephone number. New members may be required to show proof of eligibility.

Section 3. Non-Discrimination. The Association shall not engage in discriminatory practices in granting membership or in its programs and actions.

Section 4. Voting.

  1. As provided in subsection E below, Active Members may vote in annual elections to choose a Board of Directors; on proposals to amend the Association’s Articles of Incorporation or Bylaws; on matters for which these Bylaws authorize a vote of the Active Membership; and on any issues for which the Board of Directors requests a vote of the Active Membership. On all other matters, voting shall be limited to the Board of Directors.
  2. Voting is limited to Active Members. Voting by Active Members shall take place in person at General or Special meetings at which voting is permitted. Except as provided for hardship situations in subsection D below, voting shall be conducted by a show of hands or by written ballot at meetings of the membership. Voting by mail, email or by proxy is not permitted.
  3. Active Members shall have one vote per person in matters in which they vote. Persons over 18 years of age who are eligible for Active Membership may qualify for voting on the day of an election by becoming Active Members as set out in these Bylaws, provided such persons show proof of eligibility (e.g., driver’s license or Oregon identification card, utility bill or property tax statement showing name and address within Association boundaries) to the Board. Unless otherwise specified in these Bylaws, decisions by the Active Membership shall be made by a simple majority vote.
  4. In hardship situations, ballots may be cast in accordance with this paragraph no sooner than 14 days prior to the annual meeting. To be valid, the ballots must be filled out, placed in a sealed envelope and signed in the presence of the President, Vice President or Secretary, with the name of the person claiming the hardship printed onto the envelope. Hardship ballots shall not be opened until the night of the annual meeting. The Board may adopt procedures for establishing times for casting hardship ballots. A hardship exists where a person whose Active Membership has been previously established is unable to attend the annual meeting due to illness, vacation, work hour conflicts, or similar excusable circumstances.
  5. The following limitations on voting shall apply in all matters open to voting by Active Members.
    1. All resident Active Members shall have just one vote per person, even if they also qualify for membership as a property owner.
    2. Active Members who are non-resident owners of property within the Association’s boundaries shall have just one vote. Where a non-resident Active Member owns multiple properties within the Association’s boundaries, that Active Member shall have just one vote representing all of those properties. Where property is owned by multiple non-resident Active Members, the Active Member owners shall have just one vote through a single representative identified to represent them.
  6. The results of votes taken at general, special or annual meetings of the Association shall be recorded in the minutes.

Section 5. Membership Termination. Active Members may relinquish their active membership in writing by notifying the Board of Directors that they wish to terminate their membership.

ARTICLE III: BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Section l. Directorate. The business and affairs of the Association shall be managed by a Board of Directors (Board). The Board shall consist of seven Directors: four officers (President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer), and three Directors at Large.

Section 2. Terms of Office. Each Director shall hold office for a term of two years for which he or she is elected. The terms shall be staggered on a rotating basis. A Director shall not serve more than four consecutive terms.

Section 3. Impeachment. Any Director may be removed by a two-thirds vote of the Active Membership at a general or special meeting of the membership.

Section 4. Immediate Past President. If not still a Director, the Immediate Past President may serve on the Board in a non-voting, ex officio capacity for a period of up to two years from the date of leaving office.

ARTICLE IV: RESPONSIBILITIES OF BOARD MEMBERS

Section 1. President. The President shall prepare the agenda for and preside over all meetings of the Board and membership. The President shall call special meetings when necessary, as outlined by these Bylaws. The President, with the majority of the Board, shall appoint members of committees not elected as provided in these Bylaws. The President also shall perform all other duties usually required of an executive and presiding officer.

Section 2. Vice President. The Vice President shall assist the President in the performance of his or her duties and shall function as President in the absence of the President. The Vice President also shall perform such other duties as may be assigned by the Board.

Section 3. Secretary. The Secretary shall keep accurate minutes of all meetings of the membership and of the Board. The Secretary shall make draft minutes available to the Board and to the membership for review prior to the next meeting. The Secretary shall maintain and keep current the Active Membership roll and general membership mailing list, be responsible for all correspondence of the Association, and accomplish correspondence that may be at the direction of the President or Vice President. The Secretary shall submit copies of the Association’s annual report with the Secretary of State, Corporate Division and submit amendments to the Articles of Incorporation or Bylaws with the Multnomah County Office of Neighborhood Involvement. The Secretary also shall perform such other duties as may be assigned by the Board.

Section 4. Treasurer. The Treasurer shall receive, account for and deposit all revenue and income received by the Association and be responsible for all the Association’s funds. The Treasurer shall pay all Association expenses as needed. The Treasurer shall keep complete financial records, reconcile the Association’s records with those of the depository on a monthly basis, and be responsible for the integrity and completeness of all accounting. At each annual meeting, the Treasurer shall make a full report to the membership on the business and financial status of the Association. The Treasurer shall compile such reports as may be required by law and file annual financial reports with the Oregon Department of Justice, Charitable Activities Section. All expenditures of Association funds shall be made by check, and disbursements over fifty dollars ($50) shall require a vote of the Board and the additional signature of the President or Vice President.

Section 5. Directors at Large. Directors at Large shall participate in the business of the Board and perform such duties as prescribed by the Board. If serving as Chairperson of a committee, Directors at Large shall inform the Board and membership of the activities of the committee.

Section 6. Records and Archiving. The Board, through its Secretary or a Director at Large designated by the Board, shall retain electronic copies of Association documents in perpetuity. The Board also shall retain paper copies of Association documents for a minimum period of three years, except that paper copies of meeting minutes, financial reports, and official correspondence of the Board of Directors shall be retained in perpetuity.

ARTICLE V: DUTIES OF THE BOARD

Section 1. Conduct Affairs. The Board of Directors shall:

  1. Conduct the business and manage the affairs of the Association.
  2. Establish the operating and other policies of the Association and make the rules and regulations, not inconsistent with law, to implement these Bylaws.
  3. Be accountable to the membership of the Association.
  4. Solicit the views of its members who may be affected by any proposed policies, positions or actions before adopting any recommendations on behalf of the Association.

Section 2. Conduct General Meetings. The Board shall hold general meetings for its membership on a monthly basis at a regularly scheduled day, time, and place on Sauvie Island.

Section 3. Conduct Board of Director Meetings. The Board shall meet between monthly membership meetings as needed to conduct the business of the Association. All meetings of the Board are open to the general membership; however, non-Board members attending Board meetings shall not participate in discussions at Board meetings without first being invited to do so by the President. Notice of Board meetings shall be provided by email or other effective means at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting. The Board may meet in executive session as it deems necessary consistent with state law. Prior to such meetings, the legal basis for such meetings shall be announced to the Active Membership. Meetings in executive session shall not be open to the general membership.

Section 4. Conduct Special Meetings. The Board may schedule and hold special meetings for its membership as authorized by these Bylaws.

Section 5. Notice of General and Special Meetings. General meetings of the Association shall be held on the third Thursday of each month, or as otherwise scheduled by the Board of Directors. The Board shall notify the Active Membership of general meetings by mail, electronic mail (e-mail), telephone, posting or other effective means at least seven (7) days prior to the meeting and shall provide a meeting agenda at least seven (7) days prior to the meeting. For special meetings the Board shall provide notice at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting. Posting locations shall include, at a minimum, the general store near the Sauvie Island Bridge.

Section 6. Board Vacancies. Any vacancy on the Board, other than by expiration of term, may be filled by affirmative vote of a majority of the remaining Directors. Prior to filling a vacancy, the Board shall announce the vacancy at the next general meeting and ask the membership to suggest names of qualified Active Members who may be interested in a Director position. A vacancy may occur through resignation or impeachment of a Director or from a Director’s absence from three (3) consecutive Board of Director meetings. An Active Member appointed to fill a Director vacancy shall serve the remainder of the unexpired term of his or her predecessor in office.

Section 7. Establish Committees. The Board shall establish standing committees and special committees as provided by these Bylaws.

Section 8. Elections. The Board shall conduct elections as provided for in these Bylaws.

Section 9. Insurance/indemnification. The Association will provide and maintain insurance for its Directors. The Association will indemnify its Directors to the fullest extent allowed by Oregon law. The personal liability of each Director, for conduct as an officer of the Association, shall be eliminated to the fullest extent permitted by law.

ARTICLE VI: MEETINGS

Section 1. General Meetings. Member participation at monthly meetings is highly encouraged, and non-members are welcome to attend. The Board may establish rules of conduct for participation at monthly meetings to ensure that all Active Members have a reasonable opportunity to be heard, promote an atmosphere of respect for opposing viewpoints, and provide a healthy and robust atmosphere that encourages and supports the continued participation and support of Active Members in the affairs of the Association. Such rules may include setting reasonable time limits for persons to speak on a matter so that the Board can complete all of its business on an agenda within a reasonable time.

Section 2. Special Meetings. Special meetings of the membership may be called by the President or by a majority of the Board. Notification of special meetings shall be provided at least 48 hours in advance as provided by these Bylaws.

Section 3. Agenda. In setting meeting agendas, the President shall consider matters proposed for consideration by the Board or an Active Member. At general meetings, with the concurrence of the Active Membership, the Board may amend the agenda to include discussion of an item proposed for consideration by an Active Member, or it may defer discussion of that item to a future meeting or refer it to a committee. The Board may establish reasonable time limits for consideration of matters proposed by the Active Membership.

Section 4. Annual Meeting. The annual membership meeting of the Association shall be held at a location on Sauvie Island in April of each year, on such day and hour as is determined by the Board. The election of Directors shall be held at this meeting.

Section 5. Quorum. A majority of the number of Directors on the Board, excluding vacancies, shall constitute a quorum, provided that in no case shall a quorum consist of fewer than three Directors. Decisions of the Board shall be made by majority vote. A quorum for general membership shall be a simple majority of the Active Members in attendance.

Section 6. Open Meetings. All general and special meetings of the Association shall be open meetings held in accordance with ORS 192.410-192.710.

Section 7. Transaction of Business. No meeting or business of the Association shall be held or transacted after 10:00 P.M. local time, unless a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the Directors present call for an extension of the meeting. In such case, the President shall determine the duration of the extension.

ARTICLE VII: COMMITTEES

Section 1. Committees. There are two classes of committees: standing committees, which are permanent, and special committees, which are of limited duration and purpose. The activities of committees shall reflect the purposes of the Association.

  1. The Board shall establish and appoint members of permanent standing committees, which at a minimum shall include a Communications and Outreach Committee and a Land Use and Transportation Committee. By majority vote, the Board may establish additional standing committees. At least one Director shall participate on each standing committee. Each committee shall select a chairperson, with the approval of the Board.
  2. Special committees may be established by majority vote of the Board. Special committees are temporary in nature and shall be dissolved when their work is completed. At least one Director shall participate on each special committee. The Board shall appoint the chair of each special committee, who shall serve at the discretion of the Board.

Section 2. Appointment to Committees. The Board shall request volunteers to fill committee positions, but appointment to committees shall require a majority vote of the Board. The Board may remove a member from a committee by two-thirds majority vote. The meeting minutes shall reflect the reasons for any such removal. To ensure efficiency, the Board may limit the number of members serving on any committee. No Active Member shall serve on more than two standing committees at one time.

Section 3. Communication and Outreach Committee. The Communications and Outreach Committee shall encourage awareness of and participation in the activities of the Association. The Committee shall advise persons eligible for Active Membership in the Association of what the Association is and what it does. The Committee shall maintain the Sauvie Island website and assist the Board in keeping the membership informed and up to date on meetings and elections, Association activities, current issues and events, and Association actions.

Section 4. Land Use and Transportation Committee. As it deems appropriate, the Land Use and Transportation Committee shall solicit and review information regarding land use proposals within the Association’s boundaries, identify pertinent issues, solicit Active Member comments, and report to the Board and Active Membership on such proposals.

Section 5. Conflict of Interest. A member of the Land Use and Transportation Committee who is also an applicant for a land use proposal or a relative, employee, renter, lessee, business partner or co-owner of property that is the subject of a land use proposal, shall be deemed to have a conflict of interest in the proposal.

Section 6. Committee Procedures. Standing committees may establish and publish a statement of policy and set of procedures, subject to Board review and Active Membership approval.

ARTICLE VIII: ELECTIONS

Section 1. Nominating Committee. At least 90 days prior to each election cycle, the Board shall appoint a Nominating Committee to submit a slate of candidates to serve on the Board. In selecting a slate of candidates, the Nominating Committee shall consider needed skills, time for and interest in the governance of the Association, and representation of diverse island interests. The Nominating Committee shall consist of at least three Active Members, including at least one Director and at least two Active Members not currently holding office as Directors. No Nominating Committee member may be a current candidate for a Director position. The slate of candidates shall be submitted at least 45 days prior to the Annual Meeting.

Section 2. Board Qualifications. Any Active Member may serve on the Board of Directors, provided that person has been an Active Member for at least 24 months and has attended at least three General Meetings over the previous 12 months, as reflected by the records of the Association.

Section 3. Voting. Directors shall be elected by written ballot of the Active Membership as provided for in these Bylaws. Each ballot shall provide opportunity for write-in candidates. Candidates receiving the greatest number of votes shall be declared the winners, provided such candidates receive votes in support of their election on at least 33 percent of all ballots cast in the election. Elected Directors shall assume their positions at the end of the Annual Meeting.

Section 4. Officers. Immediately following the Annual Meeting, the newly elected Board shall hold a brief Board meeting to elect a President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer to serve for the following 12 months. No person shall serve in the role of President for more than four consecutive years.

ARTICLE IX: FINANCIAL

Section l. Fiscal Year. The Association’s fiscal year shall begin on the first day of January of each year and shall end on the last day of December of each year.

Section 2. Funds for Common Purpose. Funds for any specific purpose of common interest to the Association shall be collected on a volunteer basis from the membership and shall be receipted as a donation to a non profit organization (Tax ID #93-1005328).

Section 3. Auditing. The Association shall have installed such system of accounting as to permit conducting business in an orderly and prudent manner and shall have its books and records audited annually by a three (3)-member auditing committee appointed by the President. The books shall be audited prior to the annual membership meeting of the Association.

Section 4. Dues. There shall be no dues or membership fees.

Section 5. Fund-raising. The Association may seek voluntary contributions from members and may conduct Fund-raising functions and activities. Any donations, grants, funds, or property received shall be used to further the Association goals and objectives set out in these Bylaws.

Section 6. Compensation. No Association Director, or his or her agents, shall be entitled to receive a salary for their services on behalf of the Association. Expenses related to Board activities and approved by the Board prior to spending shall be reimbursed.

Section 7. Bonds, Insurance, and Depository. The Board shall designate one or more depositors for funds of or in possession of the Association and specify proper safeguards for handling funds, including that persons authorized to sign checks and vouchers be bonded.

ARTICLE X: GRIEVANCES

Section 1. Persons or Groups Adversely Affected. Any member adversely affected by a decision of the Board may submit a written complaint to the Board within thirty (30) days after the date of the decision.

Section 2. Special Meeting. Within fourteen (14) days of receipt of the written complaint, the Board shall schedule with the complainant a mutually acceptable place, day, and time for a special meeting to review the complaint.

Section 3. Resolution of Grievance. Within thirty (30) days following the special meeting, the Board shall resolve the complaint or refer the matter to its Active Members for a vote on its resolution at a general or special meeting. The Board shall advise the complainant of the final determination within seven (7) days of the determination.

ARTICLE XI: AMENDMENTS

These Bylaws may be amended by a 2/3 majority affirmative vote of those Active Members present at any annual meeting, provided that the text of the amendments have been sent in writing to all Active Members at least ten (10) days before the meeting. Prior to the annual meeting where the vote is taken, the proposed Bylaws amendments shall be discussed at least in summary form at a general or special membership meeting.

CERTIFICATE OF REVISION

We, the President and Secretary respectively of the Sauvie Island Community Association, hereby certify that the foregoing document of 11 pages constitutes a full and true copy of the Bylaws as amended of said community association and as adopted by the members thereof in session at Sauvie Island on April 15, 2010.

A copy of these amended Bylaws will be maintained at the Office of Citizen Involvement in Multnomah County, Oregon.

Lora Creswick, President
Beverley Westlund, Secretary