NOTICE OF VOTE ON RESTATED ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION AND BYLAWS
By Hugh Lowe
The Executive Committee presented proposed revisions to the structure of the organization to
the membership at the September 9, 2002 meeting. Discussion and voting on the proposed bylaws and
restated articles of incorporation will take place at the October 7, 2002 meeting. Should time
constraints require, the meeting may be adjourned for voting on November 4, 2002. The revisions are
intended to correct problems with a prior incorporation, to insure that the organization complies with
federal tax laws and to preserve the organization's rights under a contract with Home Depot. One-tenth
of the paid members must be present for the vote to occur.
From its inception South River City Citizens was a nonprofit unincorporated association
governed by a Constitution. In 2000, however, the association came to a development agreement with
Home Depot USA, Inc., which required the association to become a nonprofit corporation. The
organization did so on June 6, 2000, by filing Articles of Incorporation with the Secretary of State of
A recent review of the Articles revealed at least three problems caused by the incorporation:
(1) The act of incorporation may not have been conducted in accord with the
Constitution then in effect.
(2) The act of incorporation abolished the existing Constitution without saving significant
parts, such as provisions for vesting authority in an executive committee or board of directors, which
may not have been intended.
(3) The Articles require the corporation to maintain the status of a 501(c)(3)
organization under the Internal Revenue Code. That section of the tax code would curtail lobbying
activities that SRCC has traditionally pursued, such as efforts to persuade the Austin City Council to
adopt or reject zoning changes.
To correct these problems, the Executive Committee will request the membership to ratify the
June 2000 incorporation, then adopt Restated Articles of Incorporation, then adopt Bylaws, and finally
elect an Executive Committee under the Restated Articles.
Drafts of the proposed Restated Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws are posted on the SRCC
website at www.SRCCAustin.com. Questions concerning legal technicalities may be sent to Hugh
Lowe at email@example.com. Questions concerning policy considerations may be sent to Clarke
Hammond at firstname.lastname@example.org.