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The Apalachee Blues Society is an IRS 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The Apalachee Blues Society became a Florida Not For Profit Corporation on December 29, 2000 at which time the Society began to implement its mission statement:

"The purpose of the Apalachee Blues Society, Inc. (ABS) is to preserve, nurture and promote one of America's indigenous cultures, the Blues, in the Tallahassee, Florida region."

The Tallahassee region extends out from Tallahassee town center for 100 miles, encompassing a large amount of the Florida panhandle, Southwest Georgia and Southeast Alabama...

One of the Apalachee Blues Society's objectives is to bring special Blues concerts and shows to the Tallahassee region and to support Tallahassee's many venues that present Blues music. Some ABS-sponsored events are benefits for local Blues musicians, charities and non-profit service organizations.

Another of the objectives of the Apalachee Blues Society is to educate the community about the history, importance and vibrancy of Blues music. So far, three ABS member musicians, Sir Charles Atkins, Jon Copps and Randall "Big Daddy" Webster, and internationally known bluesmen Fruteland Jackson, T.J. Wheeler and Handy Award-winning Bluesman, Otis Taylor, have presented "Blues in the Schools" programs under the auspices of ABS. As a recipient of a $5,000 Tallahassee/Leon County Cultural Resources Commission grant, the Apalachee Blues Society has enhanced its Blues in the Schools Project with numerous programs.

Annual membership in the Apalachee Blues Society costs $15 for students, $20 for individuals and $30 for families, households and bands. Membership benefits include discounts at most ABS shows and at most Bradfordville Blues Club shows, participation in monthly acoustic jams, periodic newsletters and other mailings. Join the Apalachee Blues Society and keep the Blues alive!


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The Bylaws of the Apalachee Blues Society, Inc.
These bylaws were adopted March, 2001,
and amended September 24, 2002.

NAME
This corporation shall be known as the Apalachee Blues Society, Inc, a nonprofit corporation.

  1. PURPOSE
    The Apalachee Blues Society is organized for charitable and educational purposes, including the making of distributions to individuals and organizations under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code. The purpose of the Apalachee Blues Society, Inc. is to preserve, nurture and promote one of America's indigenous cultures, the Blues.
  2. BASIC RULES
    In order to achieve the stated purpose of the Apalachee Blues Society, the following three rules will be applied in as reasonable a manner as possible:
    1. For the purposes of the Apalachee Blues Society, the term "Blues" as it is applied to music shall be given the widest definition possible. Generally if the artist(s) considers their music to be Blues and/or the audience accepts it as Blues, then the Apalachee Blues Society will consider the music to be Blues.
    2. The Apalachee Blues Society will not actively compete against other ongoing Blues-related enterprises except in the case of special events. Such events should be spaced far enough apart to not seriously hurt the business of another ongoing Blues-related enterprise.
    3. Neither the Apalachee Blues Society nor anyone acting as its representative shall intrude upon the business or operational affairs of any other Blues-related enterprise unless requested.
  3. OFFICE
    The principal office of the Corporation shall be in Leon County, Florida. Said office shall be the registered office of the Corporation, and the Corporation shall have and continually maintain a registered agent whose address is identical with such registered office. The registered agent and the registered office may be changed from time to time by the action of the Board of Directors and by the filing of a certificate with the Secretary of State of the State of Florida.
  4. MEETINGS
    1. Membership Meetings
      Membership meetings shall be held at dates, times and places to be set by the Board of Directors.
    2. Annual Meetings
      The Annual Meeting of the Corporation and its membership shall be held in March of each year at a time and place to be set by the Board of Directors. One of the purposes of such a meeting shall be the election of a Board of Directors and officers for terms of one year. Directors and officers shall take office immediately after this election.
    3. Quorum
      Thirty-three percent (33%) of the members (including in-person and written proxies) shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business at the Annual Meeting, but if at any such meeting there shall be less than a quorum, a majority of those present may adjourn any such meeting at any time or place.
    4. Voting
      Every member of the Corporation, in good standing, shall have the right and be entitled to one vote, in person or by written proxy, upon every proposal properly submitted to vote at any meeting of the Corporation.
  5. BOARD OF DIRECTORS
    1. Number and Term of Directors
      The business, property and affairs of this Corporation shall be managed by a Board of Directors composed of a minimum of five (5) persons. In addition to the regular members of the Board of Directors, ex-officio members, who are deemed advantageous to the Corporation's interests, may be appointed by the Board of Directors.
    2. Duties of the Board of Directors
      The Board of Directors shall direct all business of the Apalachee Blues Society. The Board shall establish the policies, which govern fiscal matters and in general assume responsibility for the guidance of the affairs of the Corporation.
      1. Quorum
        The presence of one-third of Directors shall be necessary at any Board meeting to constitute a quorum to transact business. The act of a majority of Directors present at a Board meeting when a quorum is present shall be the act of the Board of Directors.
      2. Regular Meetings
        Regular meetings of the Board of Directors shall be held monthly at such time and place as the Board of Directors may designate.
      3. Special Meetings
        Special meetings of the Board of Directors may be held at the call of the President or by written request of thirty percent (30%) of the members of the Board of Directors. Notice of each special meeting shall be given to each Director not less than five days before the meeting, unless each Director shall waive notice thereof before, at or after the meeting.
      4. Power to Elect Officers
        The general membership at the Annual Meeting of the Corporation shall elect a President, a Vice-President, a Treasurer, a Recording Secretary, a Corresponding Secretary and a Board of Directors. The Board shall have the power to appoint such other officers and positions as the Board may deem necessary for the transaction of the business of the Corporation. The Board shall have the power to fill any vacancy in any office, occurring for any reason whatsoever.
      5. Election Procedures
        The Nominating Committee, composition of which is outlined elsewhere in these bylaws, shall begin its deliberations no later than January of each year. Also, no later than January 10, the Nominating Committee shall send letters to all members of the Society, requesting suggestions for nominations for the Board of Directors and for Officers. The Nominating Committee shall present a slate of candidates for Board of Directors and Officers at the February Board of Directors meeting. Elections shall take place by written ballot at the Corporation's Annual Meeting in March. All nominations shall be published and distributed, along with ballot and proxy forms, to all voting members in good standing at least two weeks prior to the Corporation's Annual Meeting in March.
      6. Removal of Directors, Officers and/or Employees
        Any director, officer and/or employee may be removed by a majority vote of the Directors whenever, in the judgment of the Board, the best interests of the Corporation will be served thereby. A director with more than three unexcused absences shall be asked to resign from the Board.
      7. Officers
        The officers of the Board of Directors shall be the officers of this Corporation. They shall consist of the President, the Vice-President, the Recording Secretary, the Corresponding Secretary and the Treasurer, all of whom shall be members of the Board of Directors. Each officer shall be elected to hold office for a period of one year.
        1. President
          • Preside at all meetings of the Board of Directors and at all meetings of the Executive Committee.
          • Make all committee appointments other than the Executive Committee and the Nominating Committee.
          • Be an ex-officio member of all of the committees except the Nominating Committee.
          • Be Chairman of the Executive Committee.
          • Perform all other duties usually pertaining to the office of the President.
        2. Vice-President
          • Preside at all meetings of the Board of Directors and at all meetings of the Executive Committee in the absence of the President..
          • Perform all such other duties usually pertaining to the office of the vice-President.
        3. Treasurer
          • Be custodian of all funds and securities of the Corporation and collect interest thereon.
          • Keep a record of the accounts of the Corporation and report thereon at each regular meeting of the Board of Directors.
          • Make a report at the Annual Meeting and special reports when requested.
          • Deposit all monies of the Corporation in the name of the Apalachee Blues Society, Inc. in a financial institution or institutions selected and designated by the Board of Directors, subject to withdrawal for authorized purposes upon the joint signatures of two of the officers of the Corporation, one of whom shall be the Treasurer and the other of whom shall be the President or Vice-President.
          • Give bond in such amount as the Board of Directors may require. The Corporation is to pay the premium for such bond.
          • Prepare and file reports and returns required by all governmental agencies.
          • Place all securities and other valuable papers a safety deposit box or vault, designated by the Board of Directors, when deemed necessary by the Board of Directors.
          • The Treasurer's accounts shall be audited annually by an Accounting Committee appointed by the President and approved by the Board of Directors.
        4. Recording Secretary
          • Record the minutes of all meetings. Write up the minutes promptly following the meeting. Confer with the President for possible omissions. Send a duplicate copy of minutes to the President.
          • Have custody of the seal of the Corporation.
          • Give notices of all meetings required by statutes, by-laws or resolutions.
          • Take attendance record at meetings.
          • Maintain committee reports.
          • Perform such other duties as may be delegated by the Board of Directors and by the Executive Committee.
        5. Corresponding Secretary
          • Carry on all necessary correspondence of the Corporation.
          • Perform such other duties as may be delegated by the Board of Directors and by the Executive Committee.
  6. COMMITTEES
    With the exception of the Nominating Committee (the membership of which is provided by these by-laws) and the Executive Committee, the President, within one month of his election, shall make appointments to all committees and shall designate the chairman of each such committee from the membership of the Board of Directors. In addition to the standing committees hereinafter established, the President may appoint special committees, as the need arises. Each committee shall consist of one or more members.
    1. Executive Committee
      The Executive Committee shall be composed of the officers of the Board of Directors and the immediate Past-President. The Executive Committee shall have full authority to take action in any emergency arising between regular meetings.
    2. Nominating Committee
      The President shall appoint a chairman of the Nominating Committee at the regular meeting of the Board of Directors held in December of each year. The Board of Directors shall select two additional members for this committee. A report of a slate of officers for the ensuing year shall be made by the Nominating Committee at the Board of Director's February meeting. No Board member or officer shall be nominated by the Nominating Committee without first having obtained approval of the nominee prior to submission of the report.
    3. Standing Committees
      1. Promotion/Marketing Committee
        The Promotion/Marketing Committee shall:
        • Promote and market the Society's public events.
        • Address the issues of educating the public on the aesthetic rewards and enjoyment available through Blues Music
      2. Newsletter Committee
        The Newsletter Committee shall produce an Apalachee Blues Society, Inc. periodical which disseminates information about the Society and Blues-related activities.
      3. Public Events Committee
        The Public Events Committee shall plan and administer public events possibly including an annual Blues Festival and associated workshops.
      4. Public Sector Liaison
        The Public Sector Liaison shall:
        • Maintain regular, productive communications between the Society and other civic organizations in the greater Apalachee area.
        • Seek and maintain good relationships with Blues societies in the region.
        • Monitor and communicate with relevant public agencies such as local and regional arts councils.

        Subject to the prior approval of the Board of Directors, the Corporation may take a position and press an opinion on issues directly affecting the Blues industry and this Corporation, provided that no action shall be taken on such matters as clearly fall within the purview of individual members. Furthermore, no substantial part of the activities of the Corporation shall be the carrying on of propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, and the corporation shall not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distribution of statements) any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office.

      5. Blues in Schools Committee
        The Blues in Schools Committee shall plan and administer a program or programs about the Blues designed to educate and inform students about one of America's indigenous cultures, the Blues.
      6. Accounting Committee
        The Accounting Committee is appointed by the President and must be approved by the Board of Directors. All investments of the funds of the Corporation shall first be approved by the Accounting Committee. The Accounting Committee shall perform an audit of the Treasurer's financial records in the first quarter of each fiscal year.
  7. ANNUAL REPORTS
    The President and Treasurer shall present their respective reports of the operation of the Corporation for the preceding year at the Annual Meeting in March of each year.
  8. COMPENSATION
    No officer or director shall receive any compensation.
  9. FISCAL YEAR
    The fiscal year of the Corporation shall be January 1st to December 31st.
  10. AMENDMENTS
    The Board of Directors may amend, revise, add to, repeal or rescind these by-laws and/or adopt new by-laws by a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of the elected board.
  11. CORPORATE INCOME
    No part of the net income or principle of the Corporation shall inure to the benefit or be distributed to any director or officer of the Corporation or any member or person having a personal and private interest in the activities of this Corporation. Reimbursement for expenditures or the payment of reasonable expenses for services rendered shall not be deemed to be a distribution of income or principal for purposes of this article. Net corporate income shall not exceed $5,000 per year.
  12. MEMBERSHIP
    Membership in the Apalachee Blues Society is open to those individuals, businesses and agencies, which are actively involved in the Blues or are interested in Blues or in the advancement of the Blues. The annual membership fees listed herein are initial fees, and may be changed by a majority vote of the Board of Directors. Membership categories include voting classes as described below.
    1. Student Memberships
      Students may join for $15 annually upon presentation of a current student ID. In addition to attending meetings and receiving newsletters, active student members have full voting rights and may serve on committees and the Board of Directors.
    2. Individual Memberships
      Individuals may join for $20 annually. In addition to attending meetings and receiving newsletters, active individual members have full voting rights and may serve on committees and the Board of Directors.
    3. Family, Household and Band Memberships
      Families, households and bands may join for $30 annually. In addition to attending meetings and receiving newsletters, active family, household and band members are entitled to two votes and may serve on committees and the Board of Directors. Only active members of a band are included in band memberships. Family, household and band memberships are limited to no more than eight (8) membership cards.
    4. Business Memberships
      Small businesses may join for $100 annually. In addition to attending meetings and receiving newsletters, active business members are entitled to one vote and may serve on committees and the Board of Directors. Business memberships are limited to no more than eight (8) membership cards. Business memberships are entitled to business card sized ads in four newsletters and a mention in all other Society publications.
    5. Corporate Level Memberships
      Corporations and large businesses may join the Society for a minimum of $1,000 annually. In addition to attending meetings and receiving newsletters, active corporate level members are entitled to two votes and may serve on committees and the Board of Directors. Corporate Level memberships are limited to no more than twelve (12) membership cards. Corporate Level memberships are entitled to business card sized ads in four newsletters and a mention in all other Society publications, as well as banner advertising at all Apalachee Blues Society public events.
  13. DISPUTES
    All disputes among members of the Apalachee Blues Society whose settlements are considered fundamental to the functioning of the Society may be called to judgment by the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors must make judgment of disputes within thirty days from the time a judgment was called for. The judgment must be decided by a simple majority vote of the elected Board. An appeal of the Board's judgment, must be made in writing and must be received by the President or the Vice-President of the Society within ten days after the judgment is made. An appeal of the judgment of the Board shall then be taken to the general membership for a vote. This vote must be held within thirty days of the filing of appeal. Extensions may be granted in all situations upon agreement of all concerned parties.
  14. NONDISCRIMINATION
    The Corporation shall operate in a racially and sexually nondiscriminatory fashion as regards membership, staffing, use of facilities, composition of governing bodies, purchasing and all other activities.
  15. DISSOLUTION
    In the event of dissolution of this Corporation, no director or officer of the Corporation nor any member or person having a personal and private interest in the distribution of the assets of the Corporation shall be entitled to share in the distribution of the assets of this Corporation but such assets shall be donated, transferred, delivered and conveyed by the Directors to one or more organizations that are eleemosynary in character and have qualified under section 501(c)(3) or corresponding provisions of the Internal Revenue code and the revenue laws of the State of Florida.

 


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Apalachee Blues Society, Inc., Board of Directors - Officers, Members & Committees

The Board normally meets at 7:30pm on the second Monday of every month.
The meetings are open to the membership. All ABS members in good standing have the right
to vote on motions before the Board.

Officers and Members

President
"Sir" Charles Atkins

Vice-President
Chair is vacant.

Treasurer
Adam Gaffney

Secretary
Linda Jamison
Dale Robinson  

Past-Presidents
Michael Rouse
Walter Potter

Board Members
Rich Miller
Lois Hinners
Iris Melton
Craig Spencer
Ellen Granger










 

Committees

Executive
(Per the bylaws, this committee consists of the
current officers and the immediate past president.)

Blues in the Schools
Chair is vacant.

Bylaws
Chair is vacant .

Finance
Chair is  vacant.

Membership
Deborah Berlinger

Newsletter
Chair is vacant.

Nominating
Chair is vacant.

Promotions & Marketing
Chair is vacant .

Public Events
Chair is vacant.

Web Site
Laura Kate Barrett
Deborah Berlinger

 

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