Section 1. All persons who are members of this Parish as of the date of the adoption of these By-laws, shall continue to be members.
Section 2. The Rector of this Parish shall be a member thereof.
Section 3. Any person may become a member of this Parish by submitting a written application to the Clerk, furnishing evidence that he or she is enrolled as a Communicant of the Church and has attained the age of sixteen years, provided that no person may be a member of more than one Parish of this Diocese at any time, and provided, further, that the requirements of this section shall be deemed to have been met by any Communicant over sixteen years of age who removes to this Parish, upon presentation of the certificate required by Canon 16, Section 4 (a) of the General Convention, in the manner prescribed by Canon II, Section 2 of this Diocese.
Section 4. When any person has become a member of this Parish he shall remain such until the relationship is terminated by death, or by written notice of withdrawal, or by vote of the Parish at the annual Parish meeting, the reason for the termination of such relationship in the last mentioned case to be determined by the Vestry, and reported to the Parish, in accordance with the provision of Article II, Section 10 of these By-laws; provided that notices of the proposed action shall have been given to such member either personally or by letter addressed to him at his residence or last known place of residence, by the Vestry of the Parish, at least seven days before the time of said annual meeting.
Section 5. Of the members of the Parish only those shall be entitled to vote at any Parish meeting who shall be adult Communicants and who for at least six months prior to that meeting shall have been faithful attendants at the services of the church in the Parish, unless for good cause prevented, faithful contributors to its support, and faithful in working, praying, and giving for the spread of the kingdom of God; these facts to be determined in each case by the Vestry, in accordance with the provisions of Section 8 of the Canons of the Diocese of Connecticut.
Section 1. The Officers of the Parish shall be the Rector, the Senior Warden, the Junior Warden, the Clerk, and the Treasurer, and such other Officers as the Vestry may from time to time create. The Vestry shall consist of the aforementioned officers and not less than five nor more than twelve Vestrymen.
Section 2. Each Officer and Vestryman must be a member of the Parish entitled to vote at Parish meetings and have attained the age of eighteen years.
Section 3. The Rector shall be chairman of the Vestry.
Section 4. The Officers and members of the Vestry shall be elected by ballot at the Annual Parish meeting from among the members so eligible to vote.
Section 5. The Officers shall be elected at the Annual Meeting for terms of two years. Any person nominated for election as an Officer shall have served as a member of the Vestry. The Senior Warden shall be the Warden most senior in years of service as Warden. If neither Warden has served a greater number of years, then the Vestry shall designate which Warden will serve as Senior Warden and which as Junior Warden. A Warden shall serve no more than two complete consecutive terms, and at the completion of two terms (four years) that Warden shall be ineligible for a Parish Office or Vestry term for at least one year. Any other Officer shall serve no more than three complete consecutive terms, and at the completion of three terms (six years) that Officer shall be ineligible for a Parish Office or Vestry term for at least one year. (Amended February 6, 2011)
Section 6. Any vacancy occurring by death or otherwise in the Office of Warden during the course of the year may be filled at a special Parish meeting duly called for that purpose. Any vacancy in any other office or on the Vestry may be filled for the unexpired balance of the term at the next annual meeting, or at a special Parish meeting duly called for that purpose, and may be filled until the next annual meeting by the Vestry, as the Vestry in its discretion may determine. (Amended February 6, 2011)
Section 7. In place of an annual election of all Vestry members (other than the Officers named in Article II, Section 1), Vestry members chosen shall be divided into classes holding office for one, two, and three years respectively, and thereafter the election of Vestry members (except to fill vacancies), shall be for three years. No Vestry member shall be reelected for more than two consecutive three-year terms or otherwise serve for more than six consecutive years, but a former member shall be eligible for election to the Vestry again after an interval of at least one year. The Vestry by a majority vote may, but is not required to, declare vacant the seat of any member who absents himself from three consecutive meetings of the Vestry. Upon such declaration, such member shall be deemed to have resigned. (Amended February 6, 2011)
Section 8. If at any Parish meeting there shall be omitted from the roll of the members of the Parish then entitled to vote, presented to such meeting in accordance with Article II, Section 10 of these By-laws, the name of any Warden, Vestryman, or Parish Officer, except the Rector, the term of office of any such Warden, Vestryman, or Parish Officer, shall terminate upon the adoption of such roll, provided that the Vestry, in revising the roll of members entitled to vote, in accordance with Article II, Section 10 of these By-laws, shall have notified the person affected by such omission at least seven days before such meeting; and provided that such person shall have due opportunity to be heard before the meeting with respect to such roll.
The term of any Warden, Vestryman or Parish Officer, except the Rector, may be terminated at any time by vote of the annual Parish meeting or of any special Parish meeting called for the purpose, provided that notice of such proposed action is included in the call of such meeting and written notice is given simultaneously to the person affected thereby, and that such person be given due opportunity to be heard at such meeting. A vacancy occurring as a result of such action may be filled by election at the same or subsequent Parish meeting.
The Parish Clerk, who shall be also Clerk of the Vestry, shall be sworn to the faithful discharge of his duties; shall make and preserve a full record of the proceedings of all Parish
meetings and of the meetings of the Vestry; shall, under the supervision of the Vestry, keep an accurate roll of the members of the Parish and a roll of those entitled to vote, and have such roll present at every Parish meeting; and shall be custodian of the files, records, and archives of the Parish.
Section 9. It shall be the duty of the Senior Warden to arrange for the ministrations of the Church in the absence of the Rector. The Senior Warden shall preside at Parish meetings and Vestry meetings in the absence of the Rector.
It shall be the duty of the Junior Warden to advise the Rector and Parish concerning the parochial, financial, educational, and organizational life of the Parish. In the absence of the Rector and the Senior Warden, the Junior Warden shall preside at Parish meetings and Vestry meetings.
The Parish Treasurer shall receive and disburse the income of the Parish, and keep all records of all financial transactions. The Parish Treasurer shall be guided by Canon VIII “Of Business Methods in Church Affairs” of the Canons of the Diocese of Connecticut, in carrying out this responsibility.
Section 10. The Vestry of the Parish shall from time to time, and always within one month preceding the annual Parish meeting, revise the roll of the members of the Parish and of those entitled to vote at Parish meetings, in accordance with the provisions of these By-laws, and the roll of those entitled to vote shall be presented by the Vestry to the annual Parish meetings, and when adopted by said meeting shall be the roll of that meeting.
Section 11. The property and all business affairs of the Parish shall be subject to the direction, management, and control of the Vestry; except that the election of a Rector, the amount of his salary, the disposition of the real estate of the Parish, and the borrowing and lending of money shall not be within the control of the Vestry, unless by special vote of the Parish, provided, that in accordance with Canon 44, Section I (b) of the Canons of the General Convention, the Rector shall at all times be entitled to the use and control of the Church and Parish buildings, with the appurtenances and furniture thereof, for the purpose of his office and for the full and free discharge of all functions and duties pertaining thereto.
Section 12. When the office of the Rector becomes vacant, the Wardens or other proper officers shall, in accordance with Canon 46 of the Canons of the General Convention, at once notify the Bishop, and no election of a Rector or any assistant minister shall be had until the name of the clergyman whom it is proposed to elect has been made known to the Bishop, and sufficient time, not exceeding thirty days, has been given to him to communicate with the Parish thereon.
Section 1. There shall be an annual meeting of the Parish on the first Sunday in February, or some other day appointed by vote of the Parish, for the purpose of electing the Wardens and Vestrymen, Clerk, Treasurer, and of transacting such other business as may legally come before such meeting.
Thirty-five members so eligible to vote shall constitute a quorum at all Parish meetings. Special Parish meetings shall be called by a vote of the Vestry, or upon the written request of 10% of the voting members of the Parish.
The warnings of all Parish meetings shall be signed by the Clerk, or in his absence, by one of the Wardens, and shall be posted at the doors of the Parish Church at least one week before the time of the meting, and sent to every member of the Parish.
The warnings of all Parish meetings, except the annual meeting, shall contain a statement of the objects for which the meeting is called; and at all meetings the Rector of the Parish, if he be present, shall preside.
Section 2. Annually the Vestry shall adopt a schedule of regular meetings.
Section 3. Special meetings of the Vestry may be called by the Rector, either of the Wardens, or by three Vestrymen, upon notice to all members.
Section 4. At all Vestry meetings, a majority of the total number of the Wardens and Vestrymen and Rector shall constitute a quorum. All matters at such meetings shall be decided by majority vote of those present. Each Officer, each Vestryman, and the Rector shall have one vote. No person may vote by proxy.
Section 5. Voting on questions at Parish meetings shall be by voice vote or a show of hands, at the discretion of the chair, provided that upon demand of five members so eligible to vote, voting shall be by written ballot. Elections shall be by written ballot, provided that in the event that there be but one candidate or slate of candidates presented, the Secretary may be directed by unanimous voice vote to cast one ballot for such candidate or slate.
Section 6. Any question of parliamentary procedures not herein covered shall be governed by Robert’s Rules of Order.
Section 1. Annually, the Rector, after consultation with the Wardens, shall appoint such Committees and Commissions as are necessary for the proper operation of the Parish.
Section 1. Any By-law may be amended by two-thirds vote of the voting members present at an annual or special meeting of the Parish, provided that the full text or such proposed amendment shall have been included in a notice of the meeting mailed to every member of the Parish.
Section 2. These By-laws shall become effective upon adoption by two-thirds of the voting members present at a Parish meeting, provided that the full text thereof shall be included in a notice of such meeting duly mailed to every to every member of the Parish.