Bylaws

ARTICLE I

Statement of Principles

We, as individuals, are ever mindful of the need of a sound soil and water management system on the land if our state and nation is to long continue as a prosperous and desirable place in which to live. We are ever conscious of the great educational work of the University of Nebraska carried on through the College of Agriculture and its Extension Service. We recognize the great store of information that this institution possesses and makes available to the public.

We also realize that the University is representative of the people of Nebraska with their interest for the welfare of the state and nation. It is the purpose of this corporation to make their interest our interest. We realize that without our full and earnest cooperation with local, county, state, and federal agencies, and without a well planned and longtime program, our soil conservation objectives, land improvement, water management and control will be difficult to attain.

It is with these thoughts in mind that we pledge this corporation, and our own companies as individuals, to cooperate with the Department of Agriculture and its various agencies to promote sound soil conservation practices, land improvement, water management and control in the state of Nebraska.

This non-profit corporation has as its primary objective the sponsorship of nothing but high quality work and workmanship by the individual members. With this in mind and with an eye to both the immediate and far reaching future, this corporation sets as its standard, quality work governed by proper specifications and proper maintenance.

Therefore, for the benefit of the customer and to build confidence in the Nebraska Land Improvement Contractors of this corporation and to prevent the constructive program from standing still or passing into obscurity, the members of this corporation guarantee each other and the public that only work of recognized good standards will be undertaken.

The compensation should be sufficient to allow specification work to be done and pay labor, repairs, depreciation, interest on investment, and a fair return for managerial ability. It is also recognized that costs of doing a good job of construction will vary greatly on different fields, depending on the degree of erosion, steepness and length of slope, type of machinery, soil, stumps or rocks, etc. This corporation intends to protect the farmer and itself by building standard structures as efficiently as possible for varying conditions mentioned above.

ARTICLE II

Meetings

The annual meeting of the members of this corporation shall be held during the month of January each year. The place, days and hours of the meeting shall be determined by the Board of Directors. Special meetings may be held at any time upon call of the Board of Directors. Notice of all meetings shall be given to all members by mail at least three weeks in advance of such meeting.

The majority of members present shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business at any regular or special meeting. Meetings shall be conducted according to Roberts Rules of Order.

ARTICLE III

Election of Officers and Directors

Section 1. The President-Elect and the Treasurer shall be elected by the members at the annual meeting for a term of one year. The year in which this amendment becomes effective shall also include an elected President. The President-Elect shall have the right of automatic succession to the office of President at the expiration of his term. The members may, by a majority vote, provide for the re-election of the President and President-Elect for an additional term of one year.

An Area Director shall be elected from each of the six District Areas in Nebraska by the members residing in that area. The immediate past president of the Association shall also be a director. Two members of the association will be elected as Directors at Large.

In a given year, Directors shall be elected from Areas Four and Six along with a Director at Large nominee. In the next election Directors will be elected from Districts Two and Three with A Director at Large. In the third year of elections Directors will be elected from Area One and Five with a Director at Large. Directors so elected shall serve for a term of three years. The rotation of Director elections shall be continued in the same manner every three years.

Section 2. Vacancies on the Board of Directors shall be filled by appointment by the President with the consent of the remaining directors and such a person shall be a Director until his successor for the balance of the term is elected by the members who shall make such election at the next annual meeting

Section 3. The secret ballot principle shall be used and may consist of a vote made on a piece of paper with no name signed. Votes may be made by proxy but such proxies must be signed.

ARTICLE IV

Members

Section 1. New members may be voted into this corporation by a three-fourths vote of the Board of Directors. All members of Nebraska Land Improvement Contractors Association, an unincorporated association, in good standing on March 17, 1964, shall be members of this corporation. Members prior to August 1, 1959, shall be recognized as charter members.

Section 2. Members may be expelled for violating and failing to correct in a six months period any of the principles set forth in the Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws. A simple majority vote of the members present upon the recommendations of the inspection committee at any regular or called meeting is required for expulsion of a member. Any expulsion shall be made public and the charges made public.

ARTICLE V

Administrative Details

All administrative details such as appointing inspection committee, etc., are to be carried on by the Board of Directors of this corporation.

ARTICLE VI

Dues and Assessments

Section 1. Except as provided in Section 2, the annual dues for active members of this Association for the calendar year 1992 and subsequent years shall be determined by the business gross income (as the term is defined by the Internal Revenue Code) derived by each active member from the business which qualifies said member for membership in this Association.

The annual dues for each active member shall be as follows:

Calendar year 1992 and subsequent years.

Business Gross Annual Income  Dues
$0 to $200,000 $235.00
$200,000-$350,000 $365.00
$350,000 and above $500.00

Each active member shall submit his/her appropriate dues based upon the above schedule to the Association office each year when due.

Section 2. The annual dues for a new member of this Association (a contractor who has not previously paid dues to this Association as an active member thereof) shall be $235.00 for the first year, or any portion thereof, of membership for such new member.

Section 3. The annual dues for associate members of this Association shall be $150.00.

Section 4. The annual dues for sustaining members of this Association shall be $25.00. Lifetime membership dues for sustaining members shall be $300.00.

Section 5. Special assessments may be made by three-fourths vote of members present at any regular, special or called meeting where all members are notified at least three weeks prior to the meeting.

ARTICLE VII

Active Membership Qualification

An active member shall be engaged in the business of land improvement, or water management and control.

ARTICLE VIII

Associate and Contributing Member Qualifications

Section 1. An associate member shall be a firm or corporation not necessarily operating or supervising soil conservation equipment but engaged in a business closely related to the activities of this corporation.

Section 2. Sustaining members shall be individuals sincerely interested in the welfare and support of this corporation but not actively engaged in the business of soil conservation.

Section 3. Associate members and sustaining members shall be considered as non-voting members and as such are not entitled to hold office in this corporation.

ARTICLE IX

Supplies and Employees

This corporation shall have its own letterhead stationery passed on by the Board of Directors and a budget set up by the Board of Directors for stamps, stationery and any secretarial help employed to carry on the necessary business of this corporation.

ARTICLE X

Advertising

This corporation believes the uniformity of good work is the best advertising that its members can receive. Any advertising put out and paid for by this corporation shall be approved by the Board of Directors both as to contents and price.

ARTICLE XI

Amendments

These Bylaws may be changed by three-fourths vote of the members present at any regular or called meeting about which all members have been notified at least three weeks prior to the meeting.

Bylaws amended January, 2014