The name of this organization shall be Martin Luther King, Jr. Dream Team (hereinafter called the MLK Dream Team).
ARTICLE II : PURPOSE
A. At the heart of Dr. King’s philosophy was the concept of service. He sought to forget the common ground on which people from all walks of
life could join together as equals to address important community issues.
B. The MLK Dream Team is the coming together of a diverse group of volunteers to promote the ideologies of Dr. King.
C. The purpose of the MLK Dream Team is to stimulate, promote and foster harmonious relationships among all people; to provide a venue
for candid dialogue; to develop and sponsor community activities and educational programs for youth and adults; to promote and facilitate
services for those in need through a network of organizations; to dispel racial stereotypes and intolerance; and to be an activist for non-violent
ARTICLE III : MEMBERSHIP
Membership shall be available to any individual who is approved by the Board of Directors and committed to the fundamental doctrines of Dr.
King without regard to race, sex, religion, age, disability or socio-economic status. The MLK Dream Team is an inclusive organization and
welcomes any person committed to the principles of Dr. King. Any member who fails to attend three (3) consecutive meetings without an
acceptable excuse shall be removed for just cause. Excused absences shall be reported to the secretary. Members may select a delegate or
representative to attend in their absence.
ARTICLE IV : BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND OFFICERS (EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE)
A. The officers of the MLK Dream Team shall consist of a Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, Assistant Secretary, Treasurer, and Immediate Past
Chair of each of whom shall hold office for three (3) consecutive years or until resignation, removal or death. An individual shall serve only two
(2) consecutive terms in any one position. The Executive Committee shall appoint a Nominating Committee of three (3) members to select a
slate of officers. Nominations will also be accepted from the membership at the annual meeting.
B. The officers shall be elected by the membership by a simple majority. Elections shall be conducted in the month of October of each
election year. Members will be notified by mail of the slate of officers thirty (30) days prior to the election
C. The Chair shall preside over all meetings and shall implement all decisions of the MLK Dream Team in accordance of its wishes. The
Chair or his/her designee will serve as the spokesperson for the organization.
D. The Vice Chair shall perform the duties of the Chair in his/her absence.
E. The Secretary shall keep a record of all meetings including attendance records of the MLK Dream Team, Board of Directors and Executive
Committee. The Secretary shall keep the membership roster updated and notify the membership of all regularly scheduled or special
meetings of the membership and/or the Board of Directors, and/or the Executive Committee.
F. The Treasurer shall collect and maintain custody of all funds and shall render monthly reports on the financial status of the MLK Dream
Team. Signatories of all accounts shall be the Treasurer and one of three (3) other designated Executive Committee members.
G. The Board of Directors shall consist of the officers and the standing committee chairs.
H. All contracts, grants received, proposals for contributions and/or financial payment shall be first presented and approved by a majority of
the Board of Directors at any regular or special meeting. Routine operating expenses of the Association shall be paid for by the Treasurer as
they are incurred. A majority of the Board of Directors shall determine those expenses, which are considered “normal routine operating
I. No part of the assets of the MLK Dream Team shall inure the benefit of, or be distributable to its members or officers. Notwithstanding any
other provision of this document, the MLK Dream Team shall not carry on any activities not permitted to be carried on (a) by an organization
exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, corresponding section of any future federal tax code, or
(b) by an organization, contributions to which are deductible under section 170(c)(2) of the Internal Revenue code, or corresponding section of
any future federal tax code.
ARTICLE V : EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE (OFFICERS)
A. The Executive Committee (Officers) shall consist of the Chair, Vice-Chair, Immediate past Chair, Secretary, Assistant Secretary, and
B. The Executive Committee shall meet as is deemed necessary to assist with the operation of the MLK Dream Team.
C. Any member in good standing may attend Executive Committee meetings and participate, have input and make presentations to the
Committee. Only Executive Committee members will have a vote.
ARTICLE VI : MEETINGS
The MLK Dream Team will hold its regularly scheduled meeting on the fourth (4th) Thursday of each month unless otherwise designated. The
Chair, a majority of members, and/or a majority of the Board of Directors, and/or a majority of the Executive Committee may request special
meetings as needed.
A. Each member shall have one (1) vote on all questions and elections before the MLK Dream Team.
B. A simple majority of those members present with a minimum of seven (7) will be necessary to conduct the business of the organization.
C. All meetings shall be open to the public with the exception of Executive Sessions.
D. A quorum of the Board of Directors shall be a simple majority of the total Board of Directors.
ARTICLE VII : COMMITTEES
The Standing Committees of the MLK Dream Team shall consist of Youth, Black History Month, Prayer Brunch, Voter Registration, Walk of
Fame, Food Drive and By-Laws Committee as approved by the Board of Directors.
Committees may be added as needed. Any person may serve on these committees.
Designated chairs of each committee will report the committee status at each regular monthly meeting as needed. Committee Chairs will be
approved by the Executive Committee.
ARTICLE VIII : REMOVAL OF MEMBERS, BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND OFFICERS – FILLING VACANCIES
SECTION 1. Any person may be removed as a member, or from the Board of Directors, or from an officer position of the MLK Dream Team
for just cause. Removal shall be effective after approval by a majority of the membership at a meeting called specifically to discuss removal of
members or board members.
SECTION 2. Just cause shall include, but not be limited to, the failure or refusal to attend three (3) consecutive membership meetings of the
MLK Dream Team; failure or refusal of a Board Member to attend three (3) consecutive Board meetings of the MLK Dream Team (all without
acceptable excuse); any action, conduct or statements which would be detrimental to the MLK Dream Team or violate the purpose of the
organization. The Board of Directors shall determine conduct, which it may consider to be detrimental to the MLK Dream Team or violate the
purpose of the organization. The membership shall then vote to determine whether that member or Board Member should be removed.
SECTION 3. In the event that a Board Member is removed and is an officer of the organization, the office is deemed vacant when the Board
Member is removed by the membership.
SECTION 4. Any vacancy on the Executive Committee (Officers), shall be filled by action of the remaining members of the Board of Directors.
Any person selected to fill a vacant or unoccupied position on the Board of Directors or as an Officer shall remain in that position until the next
regular election for the MLK Dream Team.
ARTICLE IX : DISSOLUTION
Upon the dissolution of the MLK Dream Team, assets shall be distributed for one or more exempt purposes within the meaning of section 501
(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code, or shall be distributed to the federal government,
or to a state or local government, for a public purpose. Any such assets not disposed of shall be disposed of by the court of competent
jurisdiction of the county in which the principal office of the organization is then located exclusively for such purposes or to such organization(s)
as said court shall determine, which are organized and operated exclusively for such purposes.
ARTICLE X : ADOPTION
These by-laws shall be recommended by the By-Laws Committee and shall be effective immediately upon the adoption by the MLK Dream
Team. All proposed amendments to the By-Laws shall be adopted by a simple majority of the vote of the membership. Membership shall
receive a thirty (30) day written notification of any proposed By-Law amendments.
|MLK Dream Team
P.O. Box 1004
Muncie, IN 47308