Article I – Name
The name of this Association shall be known as the Finger Lakes Funeral Directors Association.
District 3 of the New York State Funeral Directors Association.
The Association shall be known by the logo:
Article II – Purposes
The purposes of this Association are as follows:
- To cultivate and promote the art and science of funeral directing.
- To elevate and sustain the professional character and education of funeral directors.
- To enlighten and direct public opinion in relation to the advantages of enacting and enforcing proper, just and uniform laws on funeral directing in their community at large.
- Collectively represent, have cognizance of and safeguard the common interests of its members and to foster and maintain among them high professional ideals of public service.
Article III – Membership
- Membership shall consist of any funeral directors in the Counties of Chemung, Cortland, Schuyler, Tioga, Tompkins, and Cayuga.
- An Associate Member shall be any funeral director in good standing from other counties or states.
- Any business or organization affiliated with the funeral industry may become an Associate Member.
Article IV – Election to Membership
- Any Funeral Director engaged in the funeral directing business in the above named counties, who shall be possessed of a good moral character, a good professional understanding of funeral directing and being suitably equipped to carry on such business and be a holder of a certificate as a Licensed Funeral Director issued by the State of New York may by payment of annual dues be considered a member in good standing.
- The annual dues shall be determined by the membership prior to the annual meeting. Dues shall be made payable annually in advance of the annual meeting in March each year.
- By payment of annual dues, the Member or Associate Member subscribes to the Constitution and Bylaws of the Association.
Article V – Privileges
Only Members and Associate Members in good standing may participate in Association functions at the
discounted membership rate.
Article VI – Meetings
- The Association shall hold a minimum of one annual Meeting every March before the last day of the month.
- The President shall have the power to call a Special Meeting by giving every member forty-eight hours notice of such meeting.
- Ten members shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.
Article VII – Officers
- 1.The Officers of this Association shall be a President, one or more Vice-Presidents, a Secretary, and Treasurer, each to serve one year beginning with the date of his or her election and until his or her successor shall take office. Each may be reelected. Only Members and Associate Members in good standing may be elected an Officer of the Association. The officers elected to each position shall receive for compensation all educational credits within our association at no cost. All officers are required to pay annual dues to the Association.
- President. It shall be the duty of the President to preside at all meetings, enforce order, appoint all committees not otherwise provided for, and together with the Board of Directors have general supervision of the affairs of the Association. President shall have no vote except in the case of a tie vote when he or she shall cast the deciding ballot. The President shall appoint all committees with the concurrence of the Board of Directors and shall serve as ex-officio member of all committees.
- Secretary. The Secretary shall keep a record of the proceedings of all meetings of the Association. The Secretary shall notify the Officers and all committee members of their election or appointment, shall mail notices to members of all meetings, and in case of special meetings shall add a brief note of the object of the call. The Secretary shall be the keeper of the Seal of the Association and shall conduct the correspondence of the Association with the concurrence of the President. The Secretary shall be compensated at a rate of $149 per quarter, plus expenses
- Treasurer. The Treasurer shall at all times keep a complete roll of the members. The Treasurer, at the discretion of the Board, disburses all funds from the Association. He or she shall keep regular accounts in books belonging to the Association, which shall be open to the inspection of any member of the Board of Directors or other Officers. The Treasurer shall report in writing at each stated meeting the balance of money on hand and any existing appropriations, which may affect the same. At the annual meeting, he or she shall make a full report of the receipts and disbursements of the past year, and all outstanding obligations of the Association with an estimate of the resources and probable expenses of the coming year, and any suggestions that he or she may think proper to make. The Treasurer shall give a surety bond when directed by the Board in such sum, as the Board deems proper, the premium of which is to be paid by the Association. The Officer acting as Treasurer shall be compensated at the rate of $149 per quarter, plus reasonable
expenses, as approved by the membership.
- A slate of officers must be made public and published in a public forum 30 days prior to the date of election.
- In order to be selected and nominated for re-election to this Association, a Finger Lakes Funeral Directors Association (Officer) Trustees shall have current membership in the Association and have attended at least 50% of the meetings called by the Association or the President during his/ her term.
Article VIII – Board of Directors
- There shall be a Board of Directors consisting of all the Officers and three (3) elected Member trustees.
- It is the duties and responsibilities of the Board of Directors to conduct an annual audit of the activities and transactions of the secretary and treasurers’ records.
- Each (member of the Board of Director) trustee shall receive for compensation all educational credits within our Association at no cost. All (officers) trustees are required to pay annual dues to the Association
- In order to be selected and nominated for re-election to this Association, a Board of Director shall have current membership in the Association and have attended at least 50% of the meetings called by the Association or the President during his/her term.
Article IX – Committees
The President may appoint special committees, as he or she deems necessary.
Article X – Amendments
This Constitution and Bylaws may be amended provided that a quorum is present and the amendment is
approved by a two-thirds vote of all members present at any regular meetings. Due notice of said
proposed amendment or amendments shall be sent to each member by the Secretary at least 48 hours
before the meeting.
Article XI – Dissolution
In the event of dissolution of the Association, the funds in the hands of the Treasurer shall be paid to the
members currently in good standing pro-rata after all bills of the Association have been paid.