Annual Meeting

The Dairy Foundation annual meeting is held every March for our members and supportive industry representatives.

Thursday, March 12
Iowa's Dairy Center, Calmar

Dairy Foundation Annual Meeting Agenda

10:00 am Registration
10:30 am What's Happening at Iowa's Dairy Center: A Year in Review
Mariah Busta and Dave Lawstuen, Northeast Iowa Dairy Foundation
11:00 am Keynote Speaker: The Changing Dairy Industry
Mike Hutjens, Ph.D., Professor, University of Illinois
Presentation focuses on the U.S. and Midwest dairy industry and the impact of 2019 forage and feed production year challenges related to weather.
12:00 pm Lunch
12:30 pm Annual Meeting
Election of Board Members
Board of Directors Meeting
Election of Officers

There is no cost to attend and a meal will be provided. Register by Thursday, March 5 by calling (563) 534-9957, ext. 8107, or emailing bustam@nicc.edu.

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The proposed revisions of the by-laws of the Northeast Iowa Community-Based Dairy Foundation to be voted on at the 2020 Annual Meeting

  1. CURRENT: BYLAWS OF NORTHEAST IOWA COMMUNITY-BASED DAIRY FOUNDATION
    PROPOSED: BYLAWS OF NORTHEAST IOWA AGRICULTURE FOUNDATION
  2. ARTICLE I. NAME.
    CURRENT: The name of the Corporation is “NORTHEAST IOWA COMMUNITY-BASED DAIRY FOUNDATION.”
    PROPOSED: The name of the Corporation is “NORTHEAST IOWA AGRICULTURE FOUNDATION.”
  3. ARTICLE III. PURPOSE.
    CURRENT: The primary purpose of the Corporation is the education of students, farmers, milk processors and others in technologies and methods to enhance their dairy related operations.
    PROPOSED: The primary purpose of the Corporation is the education of students, farmers, youth, consumers, agriculture processing and others in technologies and methods to enhance their agriculture related operations.
  4. ARTICLE V. SECTION 1. MEMBERSHIP.
    CURRENT: There shall be two classes of membership, as follows:
    • (1)   Regular Individual Membership shall be open to all individuals 18 years of age and older who are residents of northeast Iowa and other interested individuals regardless of residence, and who have paid the current annual dues of the Corporation.
    • (2)   Affiliate Membership shall be open to all other organizations and business entities who have an interest in the purpose of the Corporation. Affiliate members will have no voting rights in the Corporation.
    PROPOSED: There shall be four classes of membership, as follows:
    • (1)   Regular Individual Membership shall be open to all interested individuals regardless of residence who have paid the current annual dues of the Corporation.
    • (2)   Lifetime Individual Membershipshall be open to all interested individuals regardless of residence who have paid the current lifetime dues of the Corporation.
    • (3)   Corporate Membership shall be open to all other organizations and business entities who have an interest in the purpose of the Corporation and have paid the current annual dues. Corporate members will have no voting rights in the Corporation.
    • (4)   Corporate Membership shall be open to all other organizations and business entities who have an interest in the purpose of the Corporation and have paid the current lifetime dues. Corporate members will have no voting rights in the Corporation.
  5. ARTICLE V. SECTION 6. SPECIAL MEETINGS.
    CURRENT: Special Meetings of the members for any purpose or purposes, unless otherwise prescribed by statute, may be called by the President or by the Board of Directors, and shall be called by the President at the request of not less than five of the members.
    PROPOSED: Special Meetings of the members for any purpose or purposes, unless otherwise prescribed by statute, may be called by the President or by the Board of Directors, and shall be called by the President.
  6. ARTICLE V. SECTION 8. NOTICE OF MEETING.
    CURRENT: Written or printed notice stating the place, day and hour of the meeting, and, in the case of a Special Meeting, the purpose or purposes for which the meeting is called, shall be delivered not less than five (5) days nor more than twenty (20) days before the date of the meeting, either personally or by mail, or at the direction of the President, the Secretary, or the officer or persons calling the meeting, to each member. If mailed, such notice shall be deemed to be delivered when deposited in the United States mail, addressed to the member as his/her address appears on the books of the Corporation, with postage thereon prepaid.
    PROPOSED: Written or printed notice stating the place, day and hour of the meeting, and, in the case of a Special Meeting, the purpose or purposes for which the meeting is called, shall be delivered not less than five (5) days nor more than twenty (20) days before the date of the meeting, either personally, electronically by mail, or at the direction of the President, the Secretary, or the officer or persons calling the meeting, to each member. If mailed or upon posting, such notice shall be deemed to be delivered.
  7. ARTICLE VI. DUES.
    CURRENT: The Board of Directors may establish, by resolution, from time to time, the amount of annual dues to be paid for any class of membership, including a Regular Individual Membership or an Affiliate Membership.
    PROPOSED: The Board of Directors may establish, by resolution, from time to time, the amount of annual dues to be paid for any class of membership, including a Regular or Lifetime Individual Membership or Corporate Membership.
  8. ARTICLE VII. (A) NOMINATING COMMITTEE.
    CURRENT: The Board of Directors of the foundation will appoint a Nominating Committee.
    PROPOSED: The President of the foundation will appoint a Nominating Committee.
  9. ARTICLE VII. (B) BOARD OF DIRECTORS SECTION 2. NUMBER, TENURE AND QUALIFICATIONS.
    CURRENT: At each Annual Meeting of the members, the Board of Directors shall be elected by the members. All members are eligible to elect all directors, regardless of the member’s district of residence.
    The number of directors of the Northeast Iowa Community-Based Dairy Foundation shall be nineteen. Six directors will represent six districts. One director from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, one director from Northeast Iowa Community College and one director from Midwest Dairy Association will be appointed at the annual meeting each year to the board by those institutions. The remaining ten directors will be elected at-large from the membership at the annual meeting.
    District composition and the number of directors shall be as follows:
  10. District #1: Chickasaw Co.
      Floyd Co.
      Howard Co.
      Mitchell Co.
       
    District #2: Allamakee Co.
      Clayton Co.
      Winneshiek Co.
       
    District #3: Buchanan Co.
      Delaware Co.
      Fayette Co.
       
    District #4: Black Hawk Co.
      Bremer Co.
      Butler Co.
      Grundy Co.
       
    District #5: Dubuque Co.
      Jackson Co.
      Jones Co.
       
    District #6: All Areas Beyond the
      Above 17 Counties
       
    TOTAL 6
    At-Large Directors 10
    ISUEO 1
    NICC 1
    MDA 1
       
      19 Total Directors

    Terms for directors elected at the 2001 annual meeting will include one third expiring in one year, one third in two years, and one third in three years. Then, at subsequent annual meetings, directors will be elected to serve for a three year term.

    Nominations for directorships shall be received according to Article VII (A). Nominations may also come from the floor at the annual meeting of the foundation.

    PROPOSED: At each Annual Meeting of the members, the Board of Directors shall be elected by the members. All members are eligible to elect all directors, regardless of the member’s district of residence.

    The number of directors of the Northeast Iowa Agriculture Foundation shall be fifteen. One director from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, one director from Northeast Iowa Community College, one director from Northeast Iowa Community College Board of Trustees and seven directors representing Iowa agriculture groups and organizations will be appointed at the annual meeting each year to the board by those institutions. The remaining five directors will be elected at-large from the membership at the annual meeting.

    Composition and the number of directors shall be as follows:

    Iowa State University Extension & Outreach 1
    Northeast Iowa Community College 1
    Northeast Iowa Community College Board of Trustees 1
    Iowa Agriculture Organizations 7
    At Large 5
    TOTAL 15

    Terms for directors elected will include one third expiring in one year, one third in two years, and one third in three years. Then, at subsequent annual meetings, directors will be elected to serve for a three year term.

    Nominations for directorships shall be received according to Article VII (A). Nominations may also come from the floor at the annual meeting of the foundation.

  11. ARTICLE VII. (B) BOARD OF DIRECTORS. SECTION 3. REGULAR MEETINGS.
    CURRENT: A regular meeting of the Board of Directors shall be held without other notice than this Bylaw immediately after, and at the same place as the Annual Meeting of the members. The Board of Directors may provide by resolution, the time and place, within the State of Iowa, for holding of additional regular meetings, which shall be not less than four (4) per year, without other notice than such resolution.
    PROPOSED: A regular meeting of the Board of Directors shall be held without other notice than this Bylaw immediately after, and at the same place as the Annual Meeting of the members. The Board of Directors may provide by resolution, the time and place, within the State of Iowa, for holding of additional regular meetings, which shall be not less than six (6) per year, without other notice than such resolution.
  12. ARTICLE VII. (B) BOARD OF DIRECTORS. SECTION 4. SPECIAL MEETINGS.
    CURRENT: Special Meetings of the Board of Directors may be called by or at the request of the President or any three (3) Directors. The person or persons authorized to call special meetings of the Board of Directors may fix any place, either within or without the State of Iowa, as the place for holding any special meeting of the Board of Directors called by him/her or them.
    PROPOSED: Special Meetings of the Board of Directors may be called by or at the request of the President. The person or persons authorized to call special meetings of the Board of Directors may fix any place, either within or without the State of Iowa, as the place for holding any special meeting of the Board of Directors called by him/her or them.
  13. ARTICLE VII. (B) BOARD OF DIRECTORS. SECTION 5. NOTICE.
    CURRENT: Notice of any Special Meeting of the Board of Directors shall be given at least five (5) days previously thereto by written notice delivered personally or mailed to each Director at his/her business address, or by telegram. If mailed, such notice shall be deemed to be delivered when deposited in the United States mail so addressed, with postage thereon prepaid. If notice be given by telegram, such notice shall be deemed to be delivered when the telegram is delivered to the telegraph company. Any Director may waive notice of any meeting. The attendance of a Director at a meeting shall constitute a waiver of notice of such meeting, except where a Director attends a meeting which is not lawfully called or convened. Neither the business to be transacted at, nor the purpose of any regular or special meeting of the Board of Directors need be specified in the notice or waiver of notice of such meeting.
    PROPOSED: Notice of any Special Meeting of the Board of Directors shall be given at least five (5) days previously thereto by written notice delivered personally, electronically or mailed to each Director at his/her business address. If mailed or upon posting, such notice shall be deemed to be delivered. Any Director may waive notice of any meeting. The attendance of a Director at a meeting shall constitute a waiver of notice of such meeting, except where a Director attends a meeting which is not lawfully called or convened. Neither the business to be transacted at, nor the purpose of any regular or special meeting of the Board of Directors need be specified in the notice or waiver of notice of such meeting.
  14. ARTICLE VII. (B) BOARD OF DIRECTORS. SECTION 8. VACANCIES.
    CURRENT: Any vacancy occurring in the Board of Directors may be filled by the appointment of a new director, which appointment shall be made from a list of Regular Individual Members, and the appointment shall be made by the Corporation’s Board of Directors.
    If a Director misses three (3) consecutive regular and/or special meetings, his/her position as a member of the Board shall be reviewed by the Corporation’s Board of Directors immediately at the meeting following the third absence; and if deemed in the best interest of the Corporation, the Directors may call for a vote and may require two-thirds majority vote of the Board of Directors present.
    PROPOSED: Any vacancy occurring in the Board of Directors may be filled by the appointment of a new director, which appointment shall be made from a list of Regular Individual Members, and the appointment shall be made by the Corporation’s President.
    If a Director misses three (3) consecutive regular and/or special meetings, his/her position as a member of the Board shall be reviewed by the Corporation’s Board of Directors immediately at the meeting following the third absence; and if deemed in the best interest of the Corporation, the Directors may call for a vote and may require two-thirds majority vote of the Board of Directors present.
  15. ARTICLE VII. (B) BOARD OF DIRECTORS. SECTION 9. EXPENSES REIMBURSEMENT.
    CURRENT: By resolution of the members, the Directors may be paid their expenses, if any, of attendance of each meeting of the Board of Directors.
    PROPOSED: By resolution of the members, the Directors may be paid their expenses, if any, of attendance of each meeting of the Board of Directors. Directors may also be reimbursed for special activities approved by the Board of Directors.
  16. ARTICLE VII. (B) BOARD OF DIRECTORS. SECTION 10. PRESUMPTION OF ASSENT. CURRENT: A Director of the Corporation who is present at a meeting of the Board of Directors at which action on any corporate matter is taken shall be presumed to have assented to the action taken unless his/her dissent shall be entered in the minutes of the meeting or unless he/she shall file his/her written dissent to such action with the person acting as the Secretary of the meeting before the adjournment thereof or shall forward such dissent by registered or certified mail to the Secretary of the Corporation immediately after the adjournment of the meeting. Such right to dissent shall not apply to a Director who voted in favor of such action.
    PROPOSED: Remove section.
  17. ARTICLE VII. (B) BOARD OF DIRECTORS. SECTION 11. INFORMAL ACTION BY DIRECTORS
    CURRENT: Any action required to be taken at a meeting of the Directors, or any other action which may be taken at a meeting of the Directors, may be taken without a meeting if a consent in writing, vote with respect to the subject matter thereof.
    PROPOSED: Any action required of the Board of Directors may be taken without a meeting if a consent in writing, vote with respect to the subject matter thereof.
  18. ARTICLE VIII. OFFICERS. SECTION 2. ELECTION, TERM OF OFFICE, AND EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE.
    CURRENT: The officers of the Corporation to be elected by the Board of Directors shall be elected annually by the Board of Directors at the first meeting of the Board of Directors held after each annual meeting of the members. If the election of officers shall not be held at such meeting, such election shall be held as soon thereafter as conveniently may be. Each officer shall hold office until his/her successor shall have been duly elected and shall have qualified or until his/her death or until he/she shall resign or shall have been removed in the manner hereinafter provided. Officers may succeed themselves.
    The Executive Committee of the foundation will include the three officers and six other members elected by the Board of Directors following each annual meeting. These nine people will have voting rights on the Executive Committee. The President of Northeast Iowa Community College and an appointee by the Iowa State University Dean of the College of Agriculture will also have voting rights. The nine voting members of the Executive Committee must be persons from the nineteen member Board of Directors.
    The Executive Committee is authorized to exercise powers of the Board of Directors and reports to the Board of Directors at their regular meetings.
    PROPOSED: The officers of the Corporation to be elected by the Board of Directors shall be elected annually by the Board of Directors at the first meeting of the Board of Directors held after each annual meeting of the members. If the election of officers shall not be held at such meeting, such election shall be held as soon thereafter as conveniently may be. Each officer shall hold office until his/her successor shall have been duly elected and shall have qualified or until his/her death or until he/she shall resign or shall have been removed in the manner hereinafter provided. Officers may succeed themselves.
    The Executive Committee is authorized to exercise powers of the Board of Directors and reports to the Board of Directors at their regular meetings.
  19. ARTICLE VIII. OFFICERS. SECTION 4. VACANCIES.
    CURRENT: A vacancy in any office because of death, resignation, removal, disqualification, or otherwise, may be filled by the Board of Directors, for the unexpired portion of the term.
    PROPOSED: A vacancy in any office because of death, resignation, removal, disqualification, or otherwise, may be filled by the President, for the unexpired portion of the term.
  20. ARTICLE VIII. OFFICERS. SECTION 7. THE SECRETARY
    CURRENT: The Secretary shall:
    • (a)   Keep the minutes of the members and of the Board of Directors’ meetings in one or more books provided for that purpose;
    • (b)   See that all notices are duly given in accordance with the provisions of these Bylaws or as required by law;
    • (c)   Be custodian of the corporate records of the Corporation;
    • (d)   Keep a register of the post office address of each member which shall be furnished to the Secretary by such member;
    • (e)   In general, perform all duties incident to the office of Secretary and such other duties as from time to time may be assigned to him/her by the President or by the Board of Directors.
    PROPOSED: The Secretary shall:
    • (a)   Keep the minutes of the members and of the Board of Directors’ meetings in one or more books provided for that purpose;
    • (b)   See that all notices are duly given in accordance with the provisions of these Bylaws or as required by law;
    • (c)   Be custodian of the corporate records of the Corporation;
    • (d)   Keep a register of the contact information of each member which shall be furnished to the Secretary by such member;
    • (e)   In general, perform all duties incident to the office of Secretary and such other duties as from time to time may be assigned to him/her by the President or by the Board of Directors.
  21. ARTICLE VIII. OFFICERS. SECTION 8. THE TREASURER.
    CURRENT: If required by the Board of Directors, the Treasurer shall give a bond for the faithful discharge of his/her duties in such sum and with such surety or sureties as the Board of Directors shall determine. He/she shall:
    • (a)   Have charge and custody of and be responsible for all funds and securities of the Corporation; receive and give receipts for monies due and payable to the Corporation from any source whatsoever, and deposit all such monies in the name of the Corporation in such banks, trust companies, or other depositories as shall be selected in accordance with the provisions of Article IX of these Bylaws;
    • (b)   In general, perform all of the duties incident to the office of Treasurer and such other duties as from time to time may be assigned to him/her by the President or by the Board of Directors.
    PROPOSED: If required by the Board of Directors, the Treasurer shall give a bond for the faithful discharge of his/her duties in such sum and with such surety or sureties as the Board of Directors shall determine. He/she shall:
    • (a)   Have charge and custody of and be responsible for all funds and securities of the Corporation; receive and give receipts for monies due and payable to the Corporation from any source whatsoever, and deposit all such monies in the name of the Corporation in such banks, trust companies, or other depositories as shall be selected in accordance with the provisions of Article IX of these Bylaws;
    • (b)   general, perform all of the duties incident to the office of Treasurer and such other duties as from time to time may be assigned to him/her by the President or by the Board of Directors;
    • (c)   Prepare a financial report to be presented to keep the Board of Directors informed of the financial condition of the Corporation.
  22. ARTICLE VIII. (A). STANDING COMMITTEES. SECTION 1.
    CURRENT: The Dairy Foundation Executive Board will appoint committees to run the foundation.
    PROPOSED: The Agriculture Foundation Executive Committee will appoint committees to run the foundation.
  23. ARTICLE IX. WRITTEN INSTURMENTS, LOANS, AND DEPOSITS. SECTION 5. SIGNATURES.
    CURRENT: Authority shall be given to the Treasurer to withdraw from the FDIC insured bank account of the Corporation funds.
    PROPOSED:Authority shall be given to the Treasurer or President to withdraw from the FDIC insured bank account of the Corporation funds.
  24. ARTICLE X. AMENDMENTS
    CURRENT: These Bylaws may be altered, amended, or repealed and new Bylaws may be adopted by a simple majority vote of the membership at any regular or special meeting of the members of the Corporation.
    Proposed amendments shall be delivered to the membership thirty (30) days before the date of the meeting at which the amendment will be voted upon. Proposed amendments may be delivered personally or by mail, or at the direction of the President, the Secretary, or the officers or persons calling the meeting, to each member. If mailed, such notice shall be deemed to be delivered when deposited in the United States mail, addressed to the member as his/her address appears on the books of the Corporation, with postage thereon prepaid.
    PROPOSED: These Bylaws may be altered, amended, or repealed and new Bylaws may be adopted by a simple majority vote of the membership at any regular or special meeting of the members of the Corporation.
    Proposed amendments shall be delivered to the membership thirty (30) days before the date of the meeting at which the amendment will be voted upon. Proposed amendments may be delivered personally, electronically or by mail, or at the direction of the President, the Secretary, or the officers or persons calling the meeting, to each member. If mailed or upon posting, such notice shall be deemed to be delivered.

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