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CLCA - Victoria Bylaws

1- The Name of the society is:


 2-  The purposes

 a-  to promote and create an atmosphere of respect and collaboration between the members of the Victoria Lebanese-Canadian Association and the people of Canada.

 b- to provide the members an opportunity  to gather and create the Lebanese spirit in their Community.

c- to strengthen the ties between the members and the people of Lebanon.

d- to encourage the participation of the members in economic, cultural, and tourist activities for the purpose of promoting the Lebanese Heritage to the members themselves and to the people of Canada.

e- to be committed to operate within the laws of Canada and to enhance the relations between Canada and Lebanon.

 f-  to help the new Lebanese immigrants, refugees, students, etc. to adopt to the new life in Canada.

 g- to organize educational Programmes to teach the Lebanese language and folkloric dances.

 h- to encourage the participation of all members in religious services according to our Eastern Church.

 3- Dissolution and Disposal of assets

 In the event this Association dissolves, all debts and liabilities shall be paid first, and the remaining assets shall be donated to the Canadian Red Cross.  This provision is unalterable.

The By-Laws

a-   the active members of the Association shall be Christian Lebanese, persons of

Lebanese origin and/or descent, and others related to them by marriage or adoption.



b-   The Honorary members shall be the ones who, for signal service to the Association, have been nominated by the Executive Committee and approved by the Association.  They shall be entitled to all privileges and benefits of the membership in the Association, and shall not be called upon to pay dues.  He or she shall have no vote at any meeting of the Association.

c-     the active members shall pay annual dues to be decided upon by the

Executive Committee, and approved by the members at the general meeting.

d-   to belong to the Association, the applicant(s) shall be sponsored by two active members who submit the application to the Executive Committee to decide if it should be presented to the members at the next general meeting. The acceptance should be a simple majority.

e-   An active member ceases to be in good standing; if he fails to pay his or her dues for twelve consecutive months, or participates in any illegal activities, or breaches the concept and purposes of the Association, or becomes a threat to its existence, his or her case shall be presented in a general meeting, and he or she could be dismissed from the Association,  if the two third (2/3) of the present members vote for the dismissal motion.

f-    the minimum age for voting members shall be Eighteen (18) years.

g-     An active member in good standing and present at a meeting of members shall be entitled to one vote. 

-     Voting shall be by show of hands or by secret ballot as it shall be resolved at that time.  Voting by PROXY is not permitted.

h-   The Executive Committee is to be elected by the active members, in good standing at the General Meeting in January of every year as follows.







i-     Separate elections shall be held for each office to be filled.

j-    an election may be by acclamation, otherwise it shall be by ballot. 

k-   the members may by special resolution remove a director before the expiration of his term of office, and may elect a successor to complete the term of office.

l-    if a director resigns his office or otherwise ceases to hold office, the remaining directors shall appoint a member to take the place of the former director.

m-   a person shall cease to be a member of the Association:

1)    By delivering his resignation in writing to the Secretary of the Association or by mailing or delivering it to the address of the Association.

2)    On his or her death or in the case of the Association's dissolution,

3)    On being expelled.

4)    Or on having being a member not in good standing for twelve (12) consecutive months.

      1) A member may be expelled by a special resolution of the members passed at a general  meeting.

      2)The notice of a special resolution for expulsion shall be accompanied by a brief statement of the reason or reasons for the proposed expulsion.

      3)The person who is the subject of the proposed resolution shall be given an opportunity to be heard at the general meeting before the special resolution is put to a vote.


5-    The Duties

a-     The President shall preside all the meetings of the Association and the meetings of the Executive Committee, and shall appoint the Chairman of all Committees.

b-     The Vice-President shall assist the president in his or her duties, and shall take the Chair in the absence of the president.

c-     The Secretary records the minutes of all general meetings and the Executive Committees1 meetings, and he shall be in charge of all correspondence,

d-     The Treasurer shall keep a complete financial record of the Associations activities.

e-     The Director(s) shall act as advisor(s) to the Executive Committee.

f-      The powers and duties of the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors will be the management and administration of the business and the finances of the Association and setting its policies.  They shall also have the power to make house rules and regulations governing the Association, provided they are consistent with these By-Laws.

g-     No document shall be executed by or on behalf of the Association except by the authority of the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors.

h-   the execution of all documents and the signing of all cheques in connection with the administration of the Association shall be done by any two of the President, Treasurer or Secretary. 

i-      In order to carry out the purposes of the Association the Directors may, on behalf of and in the name of the Association, raise or secure the payment of money in the manner they decide.

The members may by special resolution restrict the borrowing powers of the Directors, but a restriction imposed expires at the next general meeting

6-    Meetings

a-     The Executive Committee and the Directors shall meet from time to time at the call of the President when required, or at a set time approved at a previous meeting(s).  A quorum shall consist of half of the members plus one or at least three (3) persons.

b-     The General Meeting shall be held in January, March, May, September and November of each year.  Notice of the General Meetings shall be made by mail, at least two (2) weeks prior to the meeting date.

c-     The election of the Executive Committee members shall be in the Annual general meeting held in January of each year.  The quorum of this general meeting shall be forty percent  (40%) of the active members.

7- Amendment of the By-Laws

A seventy-five percent (75%) of the General Membership vote is required to amend any of these By-Laws.