Saluting 10 years of
Concerts, Lectures, Art Shows, Historic Observances, Plays, Rock Concerts, Tavli Tournaments, Movie Reviews, and Archaeological Presentations.
10 th Anniversary Celebration
Dinner & Retrospective of our 1st decade
Speaker: Art Dimopoulos
"Make America Greek again"
Executive Director @ National Hellenic Society
Saturday 4th of February, 2017 at 7:00 pm
Active Members: $35
Non members: $40
HELLENIC CULTURAL CENTER OF THE SOUTHWEST
Article I – Membership
- Types of Membership
- Individual Member - $50.00 per year.(one vote)
- Household Member - $75.00 per year (up to two votes)
- Student Member-$20.00 per year. (one vote)
- Organization Member – Membership donation of $500.00 per year (two delegates, one vote each)
- Patron Member – Membership donation of $500 to $1,000 per year. (two votes)
- Benefactor Member – Membership donations over $1000.00 or more per year. (two votes)
- Membership Privileges
The Board of Directors shall define the privileges and obligations of membership and such privileges and obligations shall be enumerated on the HCC Website
- Membership Application
Application for membership: A person may apply by filing an application form and submitting the current year's dues.
- Membership Revocation
A member will be automatically dropped from membership after one full fiscal year of non-payment of dues. Paying for the current year may reinstate the membership status.
Article II – Meetings
- Board Meetings
Meetings of the Directors shall be held on the first Tuesday of each month or as necessary at such time and place as may otherwise be specified during the previous meeting.
- Member Meetings
A meeting of members will be held once a year as a general assembly. Specific date of General Assembly to be determined by the Board at least sixty days prior to such Assembly. During the general assembly, the Board of Directors will report the activities of the Board, the organization’s activities of the past year, give committee reports, hear suggestions and or complaints of the Membership and report the Organizations’ current financial condition.
- Special Meetings
The President or at least seven (7) of the current Directors may
call a special meeting.
- Voting Rights
As provided in the Articles of Incorporation, only the Directors shall be entitled to vote at Board meetings. There shall be no voting by proxy.
In the event that Directors cannot attend the Board meetings in person, a teleconference line may become available for remote attendance.
In the event a voting is required on short notice, voting by electronic means (i.e. email) may be used at the President’s discretion. If an Organization’s authorized Director does not attend a Board of Director’s meeting and the Organization wants representation at such meeting, the Organization must submit a letter at least seven days in advance stating the replacement.
At a general assembly meeting, each attending member shall be entitled to one vote for all voting.
At the general assembly, all HCC-SW Members in good standing may vote for new at-large Directors. At all general assembly meetings, each member shall be entitled to one vote for each proposition voted on at the general assembly.
Other than as specified above, the process and terms of voting at the annual assembly will be defined by the Board.
At any meeting of the Board of Directors, the presence of at least 9 of the Directors present in presence or via live teleconference will represent a Quorum. A Quorum vote shall be necessary for the transaction of business, except as otherwise noted in these by-laws.
Article III - Board of Directors
- Board Role
The Board of Directors shall conduct the business of the organization on behalf of the members, elect the officers, and oversee the activities of the officers.
- Number, Election, and Term of Office
The Board of Directors shall consist to two types of Directors. The Board of Directors shall consist of Directors At Large and Member Organization Directors.
Each Director present at a meeting of the Board of Directors shall be entitled to one vote.
Directors At Large: Up to ten (10) Directors at Large can be voted into office during the annual assembly meeting to serve as Directors of HCC. A Director at Large nominee must be an existing member of HCC in good standing. Should the assembly occur during the second year of office for the Directors, the elections will include only any Director positions that are open at that time.
Member Organization Directors: Each member organization that has been approved by the Board and has paid their membership dues may appoint up to two (2) members to serve as Directors of HCC. It is the responsibility of the organization to notify the HCC board in the event that there has been a change in the appointed representatives in timely manner.
The term of office for each Director (both At Large & Membership Organization Directors) shall be for two (2) years A Director shall serve no more than two consecutive terms.
An individual shall serve on the Board of Directors only if appointed to be a Director by a member organization or voted on by the general assembly.
- Removal of Directors
Any Director may be removed from the Board for cause by a majority vote of a quorum during a Monthly or Special Board meeting.
A Director determined by the Board to be removed will be given written or electronic notice a minimum of (5) calendar days prior to a scheduled meeting and will have the opportunity to present a case against removal from the Board during that meeting.
If a member of the Board of Directors misses three consecutive regular meetings of the Board, such member will be given written or electronic notice a minimum of (5) calendar days prior to a scheduled meeting and will have the opportunity to personally present his or her case against removal from the Board during that meeting. If the member to be removed does not attend such Board meeting to make a case against removal and such case is not accepted by the Board for missing three consecutive meetings such member shall be removed.
If a member organization director is removed from the Board, thereby creating a vacancy on the Board of Directors, the organization represented by such director will be notified to appoint a replacement director to complete the remaining term of the removed Director. If a Director-At-Large misses three (3) consecutive meetings and fails to provide an acceptable reason for the absences, on the fourth consecutive meeting the Board of Directors shall appoint a replacement at-large director to complete the remaining term of the removed Director.
Any vacancy on the Board of Directors caused by death, resignation, or otherwise, shall be filled by one of the following methods:
- If the vacancy is of a Director appointed by a Member Organization, then said organization may select a replacement Director to fill that vacancy; or
- If the vacancy is of a Director At large, the Board members may nominate an interim Director to replace said vacancy to serve out the term. Such interim Director nominees shall be voted in by the Board during a Monthly or Special meeting by a vote of a Quorum.
- Addition of Directors
In the event that there are vacant Director At Large positions after the annual assembly election, additional Directors At Large may be elected during the Monthly or Special meeting. A Director at Large nominee must be an existing member of HCC in good standing and be nominated by an existing HCC Director. A new Director At Large must be elected by a majority vote of a Quorum. The number of elected directors shall not exceed the number of directors authorized by these by-laws.
- Addition and Removal of Member Organizations
Both the removal and admission of a new member organizations authorized to appoint members to the Board of Directors is subject to a vote by the Board of Directors.
As a minimum, a membership organization must:
- Meet yearly financial obligations to the Hellenic Cultural
b. Support Hellenic values as a primary goal,
c. Not be a religious or political organization, and
d. Be deemed appropriate by the Board of Directors.
Article IV - Officers and Executive Committee
- Executive Committee
The Executive Committee shall consist of the President, Vice President, Secretary, Parliamentarian and Treasurer. The Executive Committee shall have the power to conduct the business as may be designated by the Board of Directors and shall report to the Board of Directors at each monthly meeting.
- Terms of Office for Officers
Each officer of the Corporation shall be elected bi-annually by the Directors from the existing Director group at its first meeting of the year and hold office for a term of two (2) years.
Candidates for office may volunteer or be nominated by other members of the Board. They may be reelected once for a second term and shall serve for a maximum of two consecutive terms. An officer shall be subject to removal and replacement by the Board of Directors.
Whenever a vacancy occurs in an officer position for any reason, said vacancy shall be filled by the Directors at a monthly or special meeting by a Quorum vote.
Any officer of the Corporation may be removed from the position of officer by a majority vote of a quorum of the current Directors during a Monthly or Special Board meeting. The Officer sought to be removed will be given written or electronic notice a minimum of (5) calendar days prior to the scheduled meeting and will have the opportunity to present his or her case against removal to the Board during the meeting.
Article V - Powers and Duties of Officers
Subject to the general control of the Directors, the President shall manage and supervise all affairs of the Corporation, including the administration of other officers. The President shall preside as chair at all meetings of Directors and shall have such other powers and duties as these By-Laws or the Directors may prescribe.
The Vice- President shall represent the President at the meetings of the Board of Directors during the absence of the President. During the incapacity of the President as determined by the Board of Directors, the Vice President shall fulfill the duties of the President.
The Secretary shall attend all meetings of the Directors, and shall keep records of the meetings, which are to be published by the next executive meeting. The Secretary shall maintain a current list of members in good standing, notify Board of all correspondence, and assist the Executive Committee with organizational tasks as needed. In addition, the Secretary shall perform all duties pertaining to the office of secretary and such other duties as these By-Laws or the Directors may prescribe.
The Treasurer shall keep correct and complete accounting records, showing accurately at all times the financial condition of the organization. The treasurer shall maintain custody of, and be responsible for, all funds, which may from time to time come into possession of the organization. He shall deposit, or cause to be deposited, all funds of the organization in a insured bank, and shall issue checks for items pre-approved by the Board of the Directors, or ad-hoc items with the explicit approval of the President. He will be responsible to coordinate with an accountant for the proper filing of the Organization’s tax forms and payment of taxes if any. The Treasurer shall perform all the duties pertaining to the office of the Treasurer and such other duties as these By-Laws or the Directors may prescribe.
Article VI - Appointed Positions
- Not Mutually Exclusive
Holding one of these positions does not disqualify an individual from being a Director.
The Board of Directors has the discretion to appoint an archivist. The Archivist shall maintain the historical archives of the Organization, This position is subject to administration by the President.
The Board of Directors at its discretion may appoint a Parliamentarian. The parliamentarian shall attend meetings of the Board of Directors and provide guidance to the Board concerning conformity with the Bylaws of the organization, as well as the organization articles of incorporation, and adherence to them by the Board’s decisions. Additionally, the Parliamentarian is responsible to ensure that Board meetings are conducted according to Robert’s Rules of Order. This position is not a Director position, has no voting power and serves at the discretion of the Board.
- Legal Counsel
The Board of Directors at its discretion may appoint a Legal Counsel. At the discretion of the Board, Legal Counsel may attend meetings of the Board of Directors and provide guidance to the Board concerning conformity with the Bylaws of the organization, as well as the organization articles of incorporation, and adherence to them and laws and regulations to which the organization might be subject. This position is not a Director position and has no voting power. The Legal Counsel position shall be voluntary and without compensation unless otherwise determined by the Board. Legal Counsel shall have no liability for malpractice or the effect or result of legal advice and shall serve at the discretion of the Board
Article VI - Finances
All funds are under the control of the Board of-Directors.
A budget for the organization shall be developed by the Executive committee at least annually as well as for any particular project being considered or approved by the Board of Directors and such budgets shall be subject to approval by the Board.
- Execution of Contracts and Documents
All contracts and commitments entered into by the organization shall be approved by the Board and executed on behalf of the organization by the President.
- Fiscal Year
The fiscal year of the corporation shall be from January 1st to December 31st.
- Spending Limits
The Treasurer, subject to approval of the President, may issue a check of $500.00 or less without approval of the Board of Directors not to exceed a cumulative total of $2,000 in a fiscal year. All checks must be signed by the President and Treasurer. All expenditures must be reported at the next Board meeting.
- Audit Committee
An independent audit committee selected by the Board shall audit the organization’s financial records annually and issue reports to the Board at the annual meeting. Furthermore, additional audits and reports may be carried out by the Audit Committee as directed by the Board. An audit shall not be subject to any change or approval by an officer.
Article VII - Amendments
- Amendment to the Bylaws.
Subject to law and the Articles of Incorporation, the powers to make, alter or repeal all or part of these by-laws is invested in the Board of Directors. The majority vote of a Quorum shall be necessary at a monthly or special meeting. Should an amendment be proposed, the amendment will be sent to the Board members at least two calendar weeks prior to the meeting.
Article VIII - Committees
- Standing Committees
- The Outreach Committee will handle the organization marketing campaigning, including new members campaigns, organization awareness, membership communication, solicit sponsorships, grants, donations, etc.
- The Newsletter Committee will be responsible for the creation and publication of the Quarterly HCC Newsletter, in both paper and electronic format, in coordination with the other HCC committees. The committee will ensure the content and quality of the Newsletter adheres to the standards of the Organization.
- The Program Committee will be responsible for the organization and coordination of recurring and occasional events by approval of the Board. The committee can appoint sub-committees to handle specific events, such as the OXI day, 25th of March, etc.
- The Technology Committee will be responsible for providing and supporting the technology tools and venues needed for the function of the Corporation, including the HCC Website, Social Media, digital and electronic information, maintaining the membership electronic list, etc.
- The Finance Committee will be assisting the Treasurer in matters such as Budget, investments, etc.
- Standing Committee members are appointed by and serve at the discretion of the President and may be selected from the general membership of the organization. Special committees may be formed on a temporary basis at the discretion of the Board.
President: Yannis Remediakis
Vice President: Anastasia Papanicolaou
Secretary: Mel Mamula
Treasurer: Dr. Ioannis Kakadiaris
The Consulate of Greece in Houston, TX
Alexander the Great Chapter 29, Order of AHEPA
Daughters of Penelope - Achaia Chapter 54
Mary M. Verges
Macedonian Association of Greater Houston
Directors at Large
Dr. Nicholas Checkles
Dr. Ioannis Kakadiaris
Dr. Emmanuel Papadakis
Anastasia Papanicolaou - Papasideris
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The Hellenic Culture Center Home is the main goal of Hellenic Cultural Center of the SouthWest. It will hold exhibits that will reveal the richness of Hellenic culture through the centuries, and will be the cultural junction point for the Hellenes of the Southwest US.
The home will host the following:
- Cultural events
- Greek Language classes
- Greek History classes
- Hellenic Library
Most importantly we are in the process of raising the funds that will make this dream come true.
Any help is welcomed.